Shenandoah National Park – The Quest Continues

As most of my readers know, I like to dream big.   I don’t mind setting big goals for myself.  Well that’s what I did 2 years ago when my wife and I decided that we wanted to visit all 59 National Parks.   If you have ever looked at a National Park map, you know this is a daunting task.  Many parks are in Alaska, Hawaii, St. John and even American Samoa.

You have to start somewhere, so we are knocking out the parks closest to our home here in Ohio.   This past weekend, we visited Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  This marks 9 of 50 parks on our list.   We couldn’t have picked a better weekend to visit.   Skyline drive splits the park north to south and was in full splendor of Fall color.  DSC_0255We don’t mind tent camping when it’s not too hot.  This weekend fit the bill since temps got down to a chilly 33 degrees Saturday night.  We pretty much had the campground to ourselves adding to the adventure of the weekend.

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On Saturday, we hiked Rose River Falls trail which is a supremely photogenic 5-mile loop.  We are not great photographers but our National Parks make the most amateur guy with a camera in his hand look like a professional.  Here are a few of our better pictures:DSC_0260 DSC_0291 DSC_0307

This blog is a great place for me to capture my thoughts, memories and insights from our ongoing quest to visit all the National Parks.  Stay tuned for the remainder of our adventure.  It may take us years to complete, but I will find a way to get it done.  I like to always end with a challenge.  What’s your big goal?   What’s the giant, improbable adventure you have thought about but never done.  Write it down on paper, talk about it with your friends and make it happen!

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