After some great hiking in Great Smoky, we headed to Shenandoah national park. We checked into Cardinal Inn motel and then spent the afternoon at Luray Caverns and Luray Valley Museum before setting off to some hiking in Shenandoah the next day. But first we attended Mass at the very small Our Lady of the Valley Catholic church near our motel, and the only one in the entire parish. The next few days were filled with strenuous hiking, rock scrambling, breathtaking views, junior ranger lectures and activities, some rain, and lots of beautiful butterflies and black bears.
Our Lady of the Valley is a tiny Catholic church- about 20 pews.
The first black bear we saw in Shenandoah and one of four beautiful bears.
Hawksbill Summit and the
After 45 mins of scrambling up a 311 ft elevation. The reward - a magnificent view
Hands, feet, rock, scramble! And hold on to dear life!
After scrambling Bearfence, we hiked up Stony Man Mountain at an elevation
of 4,000 ft.
Another cute black bear on Skyline Dr.
Lots of beautiful butterflies fluttered through Shenandoah
Ranger Travis teaches us about Skeet, the owl that was hit by a car while trying to eat food thrown out of a car. Skeet is now blind
Hike up to Rose River Loop -
8 miles roundtrip
Pledged to be a good junior ranger
Spotted a running black bear on Pass Mountain Trail on the AT loop
After the last day of hiking, I enjoyed a most delicious Osso Buco at Big Meadows
Lodge Restaurant on Skyline Dr
Atop Hawksbill Summit after a 2.9 trail hike at an elevation of 860 ft.
Rock scrambling my way up to Bearfence. The trail is only 1 mile but I really used my hands and feet to pull me up
To get down from Bearfence Viewpoint, I need to scramble my way up a boulder
to get down.
Amazingly, I did not break one finger nail!
I'm tough as nails!
The view from the edge of
Stony Man Mountain
Big rattle snake on Skyline Dr
A docile deer
Ranger Travis signs our junior ranger books
Glad we packed our rain gear. It poured coming down
With my Shenandoah junior ranger patch
Found an empty energy drink can inserted in a tree branch. Why do people trash
Celebrating the National Park Service 100th anniversary and our
childhood sense of wonder
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Hope you'e been inspired to visit Shenandoah. Find out how to plan your visit at Shenandoah National Park website. Happy Trails!