Shenandoah National Park

8/12 -- 8/15/2020

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Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is a land bursting with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, and quiet wooded hollows.  The park is long and narrow, with the Shenandoah River and its broad valley to the west, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont to the east. Skyline Drive, the 105-mile main park road, generally traverses near the ridgeline of the mountains.  Along the 105-mile stretch, which climbs to 3,680 feet above sea level, you'll have the opportunity to pull off the road at 76 scenic overlooks and take part in an array of recreational activities - from hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing to culinary events and wine tasting.

Getting there ...

We continued our trip from New Haven after Linus and Miriam's wedding.  We left New Haven at 5AM in order to drop off Iris at the Newark Airport to catch her flight to Chicago (so she could help Henry move in his apartment).   On our way to Shenandoah, we had time to stop by Wilmington, Delaware to visit Nemours Estate and to have a lunch with our friends who live in Wilmington area.

[New York (8/7--8/10)] [New Haven (8/11)] [Shenandoah (8/12--8/15)] [Pittsburgh/Baltimore (8/15--8/17)] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 


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We did not stay at the peak for too long, and we decided to go back down to retrace our paths for a shorter return route because we saw cloud was forming and sky was becoming darker every minute.  Ten minutes after we were back to the trailhead and drove in the car safely, the thunderstorm came and it was a totally different world...

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Next...

It's time to move on to our next destination Pittsburgh to pick up Iris and Henry.  Woanyu did a GPS route without toll.  Although it was a slower route (~5 hours), it was a very pleasant and scenic drive through the rural regions, and it made our timing perfect to arrive at Pittsburgh Airport at 4PM.

[New York (8/7--8/10)] [New Haven (8/11)] [Shenandoah (8/12--8/15)] [Pittsburgh/Baltimore (8/15--8/17)] 


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