We decided to get out of the city for the day and head to the Shenandoah National Park. Ah, the great outdoors! Being out in the mountains and in the valleys was a refreshing change from the busy life of the city. We stopped in Fort Royal, VA and picked up some sandwiches for a picnic lunch and headed up into the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Lunch in the Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains
The Great Outdoors
Shenandoah National Park
We drove around for a bit when we saw Mathew’s Arm Campground. What?! They named a campground after me and didn’t even give me royalties?! Haha! A little past the campground, M.E. started freaking out in the car and screaming “BEAR!”. I pull over to the side of the road as M.E. bolts out of the car with her camera. Sure enough, there was a black bear that was hanging out on a hill. M.E. immediately decided to name him, Nelson, and we spent a few minutes watching him before he started to move up the hill and out of sight.
They named a campground after Matt?!
M.E.’s Black Bear, Nelson
The great part about Shenandoah is all the trails that they have. The Appalachian Trail runs through the Shenandoah and there are plenty of other trails all throughout the park for hikers to explore. M.E. and I had fun running around in the woods and checking out the wildlife, while my parents hung out back at the car during one of our stops along the drive.
The Appalachian Trail
Shenandoah National Park Trails
A tunnel running through the Shenandoah.
M.E. and the mountains
We ended our great day in the mountains with a drive back to D.C. just in time to watch the opening ceremony for the Olympics. First time in a long time that we’ve actually sat down and watched TV intentionally but I gotta say, it was nice sitting on my parent’s big, comfy hotel bed in the A/C zoning out to TV for a little bit. Just livin’ the American dream!