May 7, 2008 – Our Anniversary, Woodstock Tower, and Water

Today is our 20th Anniversary – Happy Anniversary to us!!

This morning we traveled to the Woodstock Tower.

Some pictures:

The tower looks over the Shenandoah River. The river bends 7 times as it meanders down this valley. We were told that you could see all seven bends from here but alas, too much growth.

And today, we started our garbage pickup. It never ceases to amaze me how much trash people just throw away, instead of carrying out when they are on the trails. So I have decided that every hike we are on, I will bring a bag to pick up trash and carry out. (And maybe others may do the same – or at least think twice before leaving trash.)

We checked out a few of the other forest roads and then headed back to camp.

Since we decided to stay longer, we needed to refill our water supply to make sure we have enough to last. They only have one pump (and it is a pump) near the entrance. So we filled our 3 five gallon containers and trucked them back. Other times, we have used a transfer pump to fill the tank but this time my Andy (alias McGuyver), came up with another plan.

Here is a picture (no pump needed):

After a second fill, we were all set.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing, reading, etc. We have also decided on this trip, not to be rushing around all the time and spend more time on exploring more hobbies. Andy has been having a great time checking in various nets. For those of you who don’t know, Andy and I are both amateur radio operators (Andy is N3HHH and I am N3LHM.)

Another great campfire evening!

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