I started Patriot Travel Services, LLC in June 2018 after giving “Onion” a ride to Mountain Home B&B in Front Royal. We crossed paths at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park and I offered her a ride to the visitors center so she could call a shuttle service. However, the electricity was out at the Byrd Visitor Center and the surrounding area. I was going to pass through Front Royal anyway on the way home so I gave her a ride to the hostel.
A couple of days later I stopped at Mountain Home B&B to see if “Onion” needed a ride back to the park, There I met Lisa after she stepped on a big black snake laying in the drive way. Anyway, Lisa told me she had shuttled “Onion” and two other hikers to the park earlier that morning. She mentioned they needed “shuttlers” to take AT hikers to and from sites along the trail. We exchanged contact info and I asked her to call me when they needed help shuttling hikers.
I thought about what Lisa said, and a few days later I submitted my on-line application to establish Patriot Travel Services, LLC. So, I’m grateful for meeting “Onion” and for Lisa’s inspiration.
PS: “Onion” is Abby’s trail-name while she through hikes the AT this summer.
PSS: No snakes or other animals were injured.
I’ll be camping at Big Meadows this weekend and trying out my new Eno© hammock and tent fly. I recently found the hammock on sale at the REI Outlet for 70% off MSRP. So now I’m a “hammock camper”. Thank goodness I didn’t find an igloo for sale!
Everyone ensures me there will be lots of places to hang it. The hardcore enthusiasts insist I’ll never sleep on the ground again and I’ll want to hang the hammock on my back deck. I wonder what the HOA will think about that.
I’ll let you know this adventure goes.
SNP Wilderness Weekend
Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Wilderness!
September 8 – 9, 2018
Celebrate America’s wilderness heritage during Shenandoah National Park’s 18th annual Wilderness Weekend. One of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern United States, Shenandoah’s wilderness offers opportunities for solitude, scenic views, wildlife sightings, and glimpses into the past. Gaze into Shenandoah’s wilderness from Skyline Drive or experience wilderness on the trail.
Shenandoah’s wilderness was designated by Congress in October 1976. Forty percent of the park, almost 80,000 acres, is wilderness. Areas preserved as wilderness provide habitats for wildlife, sites for research, reservoirs for clean, free-flowing water, and sanctuaries for human recreation. Today more than 109 million acres of public land across the United States are protected in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Join us at one of the special programs listed below to learn more about wilderness in Shenandoah.
My first taxidermy order came from a State game warden after the zombie outbreak near Warm Springs. He had captured the zombie in a baited bear trap in the Sierra Mountains near the Pacific Coast Trail. The intact upper torso arrived yesterday afternoon in the locked metal box I sent him to ship it in.
In my underground work room I narrowly escaped being bitten when I opened the metal box. The damn thing nearly tore my arm off and bit into my chain-male glove before I could throw it to the work room floor. Afterwards, I cut off both arms and the torso before storing these putrid remains in the freezer.
I’ve taken several precautions to protect my neighbors in case I’m bitten and become a zombie. The exterior door lock requires a hidden key, a 16 digit PIN, and fingerprint authentication. After three failed attempts to unlock the door its sealed and can’t be opened from the inside. This triggers a self-destruct mechanism that will incinerate everything in the work room. It’s the least I could do to protect my neighbors and limit my liability.
After screwing the Kevlar safety shield into the zombie’s skull I mounted it on the oak plaque. Throughout the procedure the damn thing violently shook its head back and forth and tried desperately to bite me. When I was done I immediately incinerated my bio-suit, chain-male gloves and face shield since they were covered with gore. Disinfecting the room took most of the night.
I packed the mounted head in dry ice before shipping it back to California. I enclosed an ominous sounding letter from my lawyer warning the buyer to never remove the Kevlar safety shield. It also included detailed instructions on how to safely mount his trophy on the wall.