After Monticello, we headed to Shenandoah National Park for a couple of days. Heading into this vacation we knew that it was very likely that Shenandoah would not have awakened from winter yet and so we weren't at all sure what we would find. There were signs of spring if one looked closely enough and though it was chilly at times, it certainly wasn't too cold to enjoy time outdoors. We arrived at the park after a rainstorm and as we drove Skyline Drive to the campground (it took almost two hours!) we encountered dense, beautiful fog.
Our first evening, at about 2 in the morning, a thunderstorm rolled in that was one of the most intense storms I've been in! In fact, I laid in bed wondering how on earth I had never researched the safety of being in a metal box during a lightening storm!?! Fortunately, it stopped raining the next morning and we were able to get out of doors!
Ok, I had to add this picture because it cracks me up. So often we see magazine or blog worthy pictures that make camping look ideal. Usually it involves enamelware coffee mugs (which we have), dinners in cast iron skillets cooked over a fire (which we do), and a perfectly dressed camper with a wool blanket thrown over their shoulders (which we also have) but here's our reality on this evening... us huddled around a muddy fire reading Harry Potter while wrapped in a fleece blanket and a strangely deformed hat due to a ponytail underneath. What you can't see is the vast amount of water droplets forming on the tree branches from the low clouds that eventually drove us inside because we were getting soaked!