It’s no secret that we love national parks. So when I realized how close we were going to be to Shenandoah National Park, we knew we wanted to visit. After we left Richmond, we had an easy 2-hour drive to the Big Meadows campground, and we arrived on a Sunday. Even though it was early May, spring has not yet quite arrived at the higher elevations of this park. In fact most of the trees were still quite bare!
The campground is nice and spacious and we picked a huge, pull-through site on the F-loop. There are no hook-ups at this campground, and also zero cell service. However if we walked over to the amphitheater, we were able to get enough signal to check our messages a couple times a day.
As we were setting up, I happened to look out the window and noticed an Airstream parked right behind us. And then much to my surprise, I realized I recognized that Airstream! It belongs to one of my very favorite bloggers, Jackson and Kat of Life on The Blue Highways. I knew they were in the area but had no idea that they were in Shenandoah. I went running right over and introduced myself. If you haven’t read their blog, be sure to check it out. Jackson is an excellent writer and never fails to make me laugh with his witty observations. We had dinner with them one night and thoroughly enjoyed Jackson’s potato soup and Kat’s bread pudding. I neglected to bring my camera but Kat snapped a picture which I borrowed from their blog.
The main road that runs through the park is called Skyline Drive, and we drove most of it and stopped at several of the scenic pull outs. The weather was nice and cool, but rather overcast and there were clouds down in the valley almost every day.
One of the nice things about Shenandoah is that dogs are allowed on most of the trails, unlike most national parks. There are several waterfalls in the park, as well as a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. But I must admit, overall Deas and I felt a little underwhelmed by this park itself. It may just be because we lived in the north Georgia mountains for 5 years, and this park felt very much like what we essentially had in our back yard. Also I think we hit it a little too early in the season. I would imagine this park must be gorgeous in the fall though.
And an update to the whole bug bite/infection drama…just when I thought I was out of the woods, I woke up one morning in Shenandoah covered head to toe in a rash! So off we went to yet another doctor, who concluded that I was having an allergic reaction to one of the antibiotics I was on. A couple of days on steroids and antihistamines and then I was once again on the mend. And now that really better be the last of that story!