Foggy Friday in SNP

November 14, 2008

Despite overcast conditions along with intermittent fog, Friday afternoon was still very pleasant in Shenandoah National Park. Deer and birds dominated much of my time there, including a few robins, which I hadn’t seen in a while.


I’m not sure if it was the chance of rain, or the fact that it is getting late into the year, but very few other people were in the park.

Upon entering, I was told that all park gates would be locked after 5 p.m., but I knew that was misinformation. Gates in the central section will remain open until November 30 when Big Meadows shuts down for the season. The North and South sections do currently lock up after 5. The lockup is the park’s attempt to prevent illegal poaching.

The Drive was much different than even just my last visit in terms of foliage. For the most part, trees are fully bare now. Although it is a little more dangerous with fog, I think it makes for an interesting trip. A few deer passing through the fog made some good sights as I drove along.


Since I was a bit limited in where I could spend my time due to the gates closing, I went to Big Meadows again. Temperature was excellent and there was very little wind.

One thing that caught my attention was what sounded like a large group of barking dogs. For nearly ten minutes, I heard barking on and off. Having scanned the area in my vehicle before walking, I know no dogs were nearby. I’m not sure if coyote make that type of noise or if birds can mimic it.

And for what it’s worth… here’s a general wildlife tip. Don’t get as close as the person below. There is absolutely no need. And she approached from behind, when that animal is easily capable of kicking backwards if startled. The National Park Service recommends maintaining 200 feet or more from large animals. While that might be excessive for some circumstances, it certainly beats getting a kick from a deer.


Around 5 p.m., conditions became too dark to make high quality images, so I began to wind my way back home. Sorry kids, no bears.

3 Responses to “Foggy Friday in SNP”

  1. Jim T Says:

    I like the foggy days up there. I added this site to my blogroll on Hawksbill Cabin today. Good luck with the upcoming book!

  2. Evan Dyson Says:

    Thanks, Jim. Good to hear from you. You wouldn’t happen to have any leads on any of these, would you?:

  3. Jim T Says:

    I’ll keep an eye out for them. I saw a fox on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Alexandria earlier this week…

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