Shenandoah

Sunrise in the Appalachian Mountains can be an awe-inspiring sight. Sitting on an ancient rock and breathing in the cool mountain air, the beauty of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia unfolds before you as the first rays of sun sweep down into green valleys and misty hollows. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets old. Photo by N. Lewis, National Park Service.

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and one of the best drives on the east coast. There are 75 overlooks along the park’s Skyline Drive that offer stunning views of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. So roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. Photo from The Point Overlook at milepost 55 by National Park Service.

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Shenandoah National Park - part of the Blue Ridge province of mountains uplifted when Africa slammed into North America to complete growing Pangaea. Surrounded by valleys that host the Shenandoah River, this long linear park features a single road, Skyline Drive, that can take you almost the whole way across.

This is a short time-lapse video highlighting the best locations in Shenandoah National Park. The park is located in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s one of the most beautiful national parks across the United States and is known for it’s scenic drive, Skyline Drive, that travels all the way through the park. Shenandoah has everything from cascading waterfalls to spectacular vistas. I hope you enjoy the video and go check out Shenandoah for yourself to find your own spots!

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs have short ears and a short tail, and can weigh up to 11 pounds. They have two layers of fur: A dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog a “frosted” appearance. Despite how they look, groundhogs are good swimmers and tree climbers. Photo of a groundhog eating a flower at Shenandoah National Park by National Park Service.

Nearby the campsite where P and I stayed this weekend was a by-way of the Appalachian Trail. We set foot and walked a few miles down the trail with our morning coffee, hand in hand. Although the trees were dead and barren, the moss was abundant on the sides of the trunks. P walked up to this tree and was stroking the moss gently. He looked at me and said, “Can you ever just…feel the tree’s energy?”

Yep. That’s my boyfriend. Hearteyes for nature boys.

Why doesn’t sunrise make a sound? A vision so beautiful seems to deserve a musical overture. But maybe, overwhelming your sense of sight is enough for dawn at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Photo by N. Lewis, National Park Service.