Monday, April 20, 2015

Shenandoah National Park

 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!

Our first full day, we spent the day hiking to two waterfalls; Rose River Falls and Dark Hollow Falls. The waterfalls were beautiful as all the rain had supplied lots of rushing water!  As we hiked, I thought how lucky we were to see the park during this time of year instead of during its summer glory.  I suspect we will see it during peak season at some point, but seeing it shrouded in fog was beautiful and undeniably special.

The morning before we left we were able to fit in another hike to Lewis Falls, which was not as glorious of a hike as the previous day but special nonetheless.

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!

1 comment:

  1. Fog does tend to lend a feeling of the unearthly. It can change the mood of the setting which is a pleasant change. The waterfalls fit right in. What a fine way to get out afoot! That last pic IS a taste of the reality of camping.


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