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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...
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