Saturday, August 31, 2013

Time in the Sky - Shenandoah National Park

Went up to Shenandoah National Park about two weekends ago and had a great time. the weather wasn't all that bad, rained a little but was nice. My girlfriend didn't get cold at night either which was a plus for her. Unlike the last time we went in Spring we got to see all kinds of wildlife this time around. Anyways check out the pictures! 
Clouds were blowing over. There was a slight wind that made the temperature great for hiking!

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We went to Lewis Falls in which you can access the trail from a parking lot next to Big Meadows. It is a nice hike down like pretty much all the falls off Skyline Drive and hike back up to the lot.

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There really wasn't to many good angles to see the falls except this one. You can be over top the falls as well and get a view into the valley. 

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There was quite a bit of moss and short growth along the trail. I'm a moss man so it was much appreciated. 

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There is a nice view from the parking lot at Big Meadows cabin. It is a short 100 ft hike up to it and you get a great look out to the valley below and the mountains beyond. 

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From a overlook I was taking a look at Old Rag in the clouds. It looked like it would have been a humid day to hike the mountain but it would have been interesting with clouds covering everything. 

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My girlfriend enjoyed Big Meadows and we walked around it for maybe 2 hours. There was hardly anyone out there and there were a few deer enjoying themselves. 

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The grass and plants were a little wet and made the walking soft on the feet. We came across some very soft moss in which some was five inches thick. 

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We sat out in the meadow and had our lunch and i was great. We were in shade and was gorgeous out. We wish we brought books to sit out there longer. 

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This moth was being sneaky trying to hide hehe

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There were a few millipedes walking around, some climbing trees like this one!

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There were also a lot of butterfly that were happy with all the wild flowers that were out.

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At our camp site a fawn and mother were near by but the fawn got really close to us. It was eating something and it looked so happy!

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We were also lucky to see some black bears eating some apples in this tree. They were cute! If I could show how many people there were taking pictures next to me you would laugh. We had blocked up Skyline Drive with cars!

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The flowers were great to see, the last time we went was wildflower weekend and there were now flowers but now there were these and yellow all over. 

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This flower had its petals eaten at an interesting pattern.

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Finally Moss! Its so lushes and green. It was so soft!

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Thanks for taking a look!!!

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