Back from the camping trip with my college friend. We had a great time, even though it rained on and off almost the whole time, I got stung by wasps, and I fell several times, earning this enormous bruise:
For scale, that's my thigh, so the bruise is probably 5 inches across. And I can't blame it on particularly tricky terrain -- there was just a big rock in the path that I totally didn't see.
Given the rain, we decided that climbing Old Rag would probably be a stupid idea, so we explored some of the other trails in the area, and had a great time playing around in this swimming hole:
I suspect that the rhododendrons would have been unreal a month or two earlier, but at this point, the most interesting wildlife was the various and colorful fungi:
For anyone considering a trip to Shenandoah National Park, I highly recommend the trip planning database on the NPS website. You enter the experience level of your group and how many nights you want to camp, and it spits back a list of suggested trips.