Dawn On The Billy Goat

I took my customary dawn hike on the Billy Goat trail this morning and the trees are just showing the start of fall. With it comes my favorite season in Virginia. Soon I will return to Old Rage and other favorite sites to enjoy the changing foliage. Here are a few pictures from this morning for the vicarious hikers.

By the way, as the Trump Administration moves to open our public parks to logging and seeks to strip park status, our trails like Billy Goat have never been more crowded. When I leave the trail, there are cars backed up to park at the trailhead. Our national parks are the most popular government program and the least supported, particularly by this Administration. We give billions to other countries from Israel to Egypt, but we continually cut back on programs that our citizens desperately want and need from park areas to education.

Well, enough of politics, here are a few pictures from the trail:

6 thoughts on “Dawn On The Billy Goat”

  1. “Soon I will return to Old Rage and other favorite sites to enjoy the changing foliage. Here are a few pictures from this morning for the vicarious hikers.”
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    They have these on Old Rag Mountain. You have about 30 minutes to get anti-venom or risk permanent injury or death. The nearest hospital is in Luray about 36 miles away.

    https://youtu.be/v7B7D16wz68

    Loving nature is admirable; respecting it is imperative.

  2. Professor Turley, you’ve informed the universe of your location. Be careful. There are savage beasts out there. Enthralled and unsuspecting people out enjoying the natural world have been attacked by bears, mountain lions, rattle snakes, space aliens, etc., completely without notice.

  3. The volume of timber harvested on public federal land is a fraction of the volume harvested between 1950-1990.
    https://www.fs.fed.us/forestmanagement/documents/sold-harvest/documents/1905-2017_Natl_Summary_Graph.pdf

    In terms of total forest area (public and private), every state in the union has experienced what ecologists call a “forest transition”. That means every state now has more forest acreage than it did at its lowest point. (See Wikipedia for definition).

    Globally, one study found that between 1982-2016 net forest acreage increased by 2.24 million square kilometers. That’s roughly equal to the combined surface area of Alaska and Texas.
    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-global-forest-loss-years-offset.html

    BTW, the USDA predicts farmers will produce record wheat yields this year – not just in America but globally – and near record yields in soybeans and corn.

    The imaginary “climate crisis” Democrats have invented as
    a way to grab more power for themselves has created an oversupply of cheap food and expanding forest acreage.

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