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February 3, 1995     Cape Gazette
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February 3, 1995
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Winter stornl, ad.ds special dimension to l winter camping m Virginia mountains At 9:45 last Saturday morning - Jan. 28 - small flakes of snow began falling from the low gray clouds settling into the Virginia mountains.. When darkness finally drew in close to a lone campfire tucked deep in the St. Mary's River val- ley, a heavy blanket of snow cov- ered all but the steadily flowing fiver. At six feet plus and approaching 200 pounds, John- Ellsworth - the Preservation Forge blacksmith - wouldn't normally be classified as a whittle guy. But the truth is the smithy can carve wood nearly as well as he can twist metal into decorative shapes. Ellsworth was among a group of Cape region residents who repaired to George Washington National Forest - west of Char- lottesville - last weekend for some brain-cleansing mountain air. The steady rushing of the St. Mary's River swallowed the soft noise of the snow that fell alter- nately as small, sleet flakes and then as huge, cotton-puffed size balls of snow. And while it fell, Ellsworth worked carefully on a new date panel for his dogwood walking stick. The panels he carves into the stick are about six inches long and an inch and a half wide. Over the years he has carved a number of dates of a variety of camping trips into the stick. He added a precisely etched snowflake to the panel for this year's event. Using a pointed,' charred stick from the steaming fire, he blackened the lines of the flake to give it contrast against the light colored wood grain. He also blackened in the number he etched between the date and the snowflake: I 1". On Friday'm0rning, headed  toward George Washington National Forest and the St. Mary's Wilderness Area, we stopped for breakfast in a red brickrestaurant that we call the Log Cabin. I was along as the guide - an experi- enced woodsman who carried that 'i iiii::!  ii;, dulling sense of responsibility that nonetheless had to be shouldered to ensure that the men from the coast didn't run headlong, blindly like lambs, into the potentially slaughtering danger of the rugged and ruthless Appalachians. Others in the gamy group included Bruce Hefke, Tony Bai- ley, Dave Frederick, Ellsworth - all of Lewes - and former Lewes resident Donald McCann. McCann lives now at Windmill Point near the mouth of the Rap- pahannock River with his wife, Jennifer (of architectural fame) and daughter, Lucy. We reconnoitered and eventual- ly met up with McCann at the Charlottesville restaurant. We watched a televised weather forecast in the Log Cabin as Uni- versity of Virginia co-eds pumped quarters into a juke box - at 7:30 a.m. -and flannel-shirted good ole boys sipped coffee from porcelain mugs at the counter. The Log Cabin - tastefully decorated inside with the muted black and orange fighting colors of UVA and elk antlers - offers a great menu and a dynamic mix of cultures. (Dave Frederick, dressed in camouflaged Army pants, a red and blue plaid flannel shirt, a sleeveless, black Champion, sweatshirt, and a red knit capwith a jaunty pom-pom on top, intro- duced backpacking, South Philly style, to the Charlottesville set.) The woeful lyrics of a Merle Haggard tune drowned out the Continued on page 8 Dennis Fomey photo Shown left to right on the snow covered Mine Bank Trail: Ellsworth, Bailey, Hefke, Frederick and McCann. They did well, all things considered. Their mentor is behind the cam- era. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 3 - February 9, 1995 - 7 LIST YOUR HOME WITH THE HOME TEAM*- Jil 2ND OCEAN BLOCK Great location. Great price. Needs a buyer with ImaglnatJon. Basement apartment with off-street parking. $69.0(10. Cotl Doug Davls: 227-6111. 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