When we left Washington, DC we were ready to leave the city. DC is an amazing city, but the anticipation for the outdoors was building. We couldn’t wait. We hit the road early. This is what we saw.
And all we saw. 3 hours into our drive we had made it 38 miles. After a total of 5 hours of driving, peppered with car sickness and brief thoughts of abandoning the first night in Shenandoah and staying in a town called Culpeper (which only had 2 hotels that were both full, “there’s a wedding in town this weekend”), we made it. And it was worth it.
What followed in the next day and a half were some of the most breathtaking natural sights we’d ever seen. We hiked (a small patch of) the Appalachian Trail. The boys took part in a Junior Rangers program. Maggie cooked a mean camp stove dinner.
As we drove along Skyline Drive through the park, we pulled over at a half dozen scenic overlooks. If you know me well you’ll know that most of the time I stood at a safe distance taking photos while Maggie took our children TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.
It’s hard to describe how grand this all was, especially on very little sleep (Isaiah is having a hard time adjusting to hotel living so we had a 4:30am date driving around Knoxville, TN this morning).
We were sad to see Shenandoah go, but we had a lovely view on the way out.