Shenandoah National Park
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Camping Shenandoah Park - $15 with showers $1
Up early to make full use of the day, and as we still had a few miles to do before reaching our destination at Shenandoah National Park.
It was a funny sight at the motel in the morning while we had breakfast. As mentioned before, we were unlucky to coincide in the area with both the "home coming" of Virginia Tech students and Nascar racing at Bristol (both close by). Breakfast was like walking into some Star Trek episode where a "tekkie" nation had mixed with a "Nascar fan" nation...certainly two different worlds!
We make a brief stop at Roanoake to do some cybersurfing and updating of our travelpod
Anyway, we arrive at Shenandoah National Park around lunch time after enjoying a wonderful drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Basically the Parkway is a very long one lane road crossing beautiful scenic areas. It has very frequent parking stops to observe mountains, lakes, etc. Due to the maximum speed of 30-35 miles per hour (50kms) it means that you have time to observe while driving along...although it does make getting to places very, very slow. Its also full of Harley Davidson bikers with long beards...
The National Park was $15 per car for a weekly pass, and $15 for the campground per night.
The moment we entered the national park we had to stop the car for a black bear family crossing the road and climbing up a hill
It was funny because Marcos had commented in the Great Smoky Mountains that the US forrests were wonderful but that he was missing "animal spotting" such as the monkeys, sloths, etc of South and Central America. He had to take back his words while eating a Mars bar the moment bears started appearing all over the place.
Additionally when we were setting up our tent in Shenandoah our neighbour (with a very thick Southern accent) mentioned that a deer buck had just been walking around the place eating fruit. 5 minutes later a huge buck appeared and started picking apples from the tree just in front of us! We took great photographs of the event but sadly they are forever deleted...sniffs!
In the afternoon we did a gentle hike along one of the trails and enjoyed a couple of miles of the Appalachian Trail. The trail runs 2,100 miles from Maine to Georgia so at least we did a small...small part of it! Something to look forward to doing in the future...the whole trail, that is.