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Shenandoah (part 1)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Spending time in nature is so good for the soul.

Last week, I flew from Phoenix to Washington, DC, to visit my daughter. We left town and spent the first three days in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous place to be! In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah is lush, wet, and wild.

We stayed at the Skyland Lodge, inside the National Park borders. This was the view from our back porch:

The first day, we hiked up to Stony Man Overlook. It is a short, though steep hike and the reward was well worth the climb.

The second day, we spent almost 8 hours on trails. We took the beginnings of Stony Man trail to pick up the Appalachian Trail (AT). The AT is marked with white hash marks.

The AT runs near the ridgeline throughout the park, offering hundreds upon hundreds of stunning views.

On the return loop, we veered off the AT onto a park trail called Passamoquaddy Trail. The park trails are marked with blue hash marks.

The reward at the end of a gorgeous day of hiking... we enjoyed a cold beer while sitting on that back porch...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SNIC23 6/5/2013 12:05PM


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LINDAKAY228 5/27/2013 6:50PM

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pics. Getting to hike there is a dream of mine on my bucket list. Your pics just make me want it more!

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KAYOTIC 5/27/2013 5:36PM

    Looks like a great time! emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 5/27/2013 1:21AM

    Oh, lucky you to perhaps hike in cooler temps that we are currently having at home. Loved the pictures and how nice you could hike with your daughter.

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    Beautiful photos!!

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LINDAK25 5/26/2013 4:08PM

    Fantastic! I can't believe the leaves aren't completely out yet. Their weather has been cooler than normal though and you were at a higher elevation. Glad you got to spend time with your daughter!

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TCHNCRFT 5/26/2013 11:55AM

    What gorgeous scenery! And what a nice way for mom and daughter to spend time together.

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KANOE10 5/26/2013 8:34AM

    What a lovely way to get exercise surrounded by nature. Thanks for the great pictures. emoticon

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 5/26/2013 2:08AM

    Beautiful time of year! Spring in the forests is the best place to be.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/26/2013 12:08AM


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MODERNELF 5/25/2013 9:44PM


fitness + nature = bliss.

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