Shenandoah National Park // The Great Outdoors

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We went camping at Shenandoah National Park with good friends about a month ago. We hiked. We froze.  We ate delicious food. We celebrated a birthday.

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We also saw a mama black bear and her two cubs the first evening (very) near our campsite.  Yikes.

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We roasted marshmallows and enjoyed the spectacular view (that really can’t be captured via camera).

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We worked on Junior Ranger badges & ended up buying badges from the gift shop instead, since the kids were a year too young to earn them. We hiked some more.  We oohed and ahhed over waterfalls. We brought our bikes but didn’t ride them. I was thrilled that my hurt/healing leg cooperated on the hikes–man, was it sore for the next week.

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I highly recommend camping there, with the caveat that it may be 10 degrees cooler than predicted (and very windy). The first night I had my 3 year old sleep with me in my one person sleeping bag, which is about as relaxing as it sounds. As a result of the freezing weather, we now have a full set of camping hats and gloves.  The good news about freezing–we were too worried about being cold to worry about the nearby bear.  We camped a lot in May, and I’m thinking we might wait out the humid summer months before we camp again. 

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5 Comments

  1. Michelle Holloway
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Haha. I’m from Georgia. Am vacationing in Virginia and was just there yesterday at the park hiking

  2. Posted June 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I have been there and it is so beautiful :) We did not camp though, we did the skyline drive in the Fall. I loved living in that part of the country!

  3. Kristin
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    So glad we got to share the time with you! Next year we should go again:)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      I think we should make it an annual tradition! Thanks for the great time.

  4. Posted July 2, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Great post and beautiful pictures. I love Shenandoah. : )

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