Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I led a hike the first weekend in December on Shenandoah National Park's Brown Mountain Trail, taking scouts from my troop on the trail. It is really hard to keep up with young scouts on the prowl for rocks to climb, so I did not get the number of comparison photos I had hoped to obtain, showing May and December views from the same perspective. But I did get some new photos, which are copied below. Overall, the landscape had changed dramatically from when I last hiked the trail in May. There was no "burn smell" at all! The forest is clearly healing.
The photos below shows the changes to the trail from May to December, with a May shot directly above the December photo.