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Serenity Found in Shenandoah National Park

Recently, I’ve felt like I’ve been moving at over 100 miles per hour. Work, travel, this blog and just… life has been moving at a rapid-fire pace, with no signs of slowing down in sight.

Last Friday, as I drove down Route US-211 West, towards the small town of Sperryville, Virginia and the mountains of Shenandoah National Park, I had what I can only describe as a moment. There was something about the natural beauty that surrounded me and the empty roads that extended ahead of me that induced a real, physical moment where I felt all of the urgent energy I had bottled up inside me just disappear. My breathing relaxed and my foot eased up on the gas pedal as I —finally— slowed down my pace.

This is what nature can do. It’s powerful, it’s rejuvenating, it’s real. And, the nature in Shenandoah National Park along Skyline Drive is some of the most magnificent around. At just about 80 miles from downtown D.C., it makes for an easy escape for the day or the weekend. I went for the night and stayed at Skyland Resort, which I found so serene that I didn’t want to leave. (Stay tuned for me review of Skyland later this week…)

Here are some of my favorite photos from my visit… and until I am able to go back, I’ll try to hold on to that tranquility for as long as I can!

Shenandoah- Skyline Drive View 3

A dramatic view from Skyline Drive as a summer rain storm begins to move in

 

Shenandoah National Park- Skyline Drive fog

Driving through a cloud

 

Foggy Tunnel with Hot Car

I could barely see the tunnel in the dense fog, but this red-hot sports car stood out as soon as it came into view.

 

Shenandoah National Park- Skyline Drive View 4

At the top of the mountain, and above the dense cloud layer, I once again found myself in the summer’s warm sun.

 

Shenandoah National Park- Owl 2

A Barred Owl hides in the trees at Big Meadow

 

Shenandoah- American Goldfinch

I was charmed by these cheery American Goldfinches

 

Shenandoah National Park- Big Meadow- bear sightings

I didn’t spot any bears during this trip (drat!), but from what I saw, there were lots in the area…



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