Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shenandoah National Park, again

Instead of celebrating Apple Blossom with all of the other folks from Winchester, we decided to escape and take a hike.  We left the chaos of the festival and headed to Front Royal to jump onto Skyline Drive.  I love that we're so close to so many hiking trails and wildlife!

This is Snead Farm.  We didn't have to go very far to reach the barn, but it was still off the beaten path.  I wonder where the Sneads had their house?  It would've been a beautiful place to live!

 At the farm the trail takes off onto the Dickey Ridge Trail.  At one point this was our view.

 (No Brad doesn't have a cigarette in his mouth - it's the lighting or something!)

 I'm only going to make one criticism about me in this picture!  I definitely need to buy some shorts that fit!  Those look like dumpy granny shorts.  Blech!

We estimate the total hike was a bit over 4 miles.  That's pretty good for Travis' little legs!  He started to complain toward the end, but once the other boys started pointing out bugs, it got better.  
We saw at least 4 piles of bear scat.  Obviously there are black bears in those mountains!  But all we saw were insects on this hike.  No snakes, no bears, no other exciting animals!
We're looking forward to camping up in the Shenandoah National Park soon.  All of the campgrounds will be open this weekend.  Yay!

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