Shenandoah Recap

park sign

Length of Stay:

  • 3 days, 3 nights


  • Weather – a balmy 65° up in the mountains
  • I saw only one mosquito, and I quickly eradicated its life before it could destroy mine


  • Feet problems (weak arches = toe/ankle/heel problems)
  • Saying goodbye to my good friend Tyler

Favorite Hike:

  • Bearfence Scramble

Favorite Treat:

  • Locally made blackberry ice cream from the camp store

Favorite Random Moment(s)

  • Trying to get my camping stove to work. On my first night, it took about one and a half hours to make chicken and pasta. I thoroughly enjoyed the blissful feeling of success. It’s all part of the camping experience, right?
  • Finding a note on my car that read as following: “I have some questions about your MyPod. Please call Carol at…” This was the first of many MyPod inquiries and “tours”.

Bear Cubs, Vistas, and Hoover History

Within ten minutes of entering Shenandoah, a deer and her two fawns pranced through my campsite, looked at me, and then continued to chomp on some long grass five feet from my vehicle. And such began my adventure to this gorgeous, sprawling landscape in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The wildlife at Shenandoah amazed me for the entire three days. Whether it was a wild turkey trotting on the side of the road or a bear cub (teenager?) hanging out on a rock, there definitely wasn’t a shortage of animals that caught my eye and won my heart.

Bear Sighting on Skyline Drive

Skyline drive is well known for its incredible views and spectacular overlooks. I never quite realized, however, just how breathtaking each stop was. Depending on the time of day, the experience would differ slightly. On Thursday, the first full day of my adventure, I woke up early to go on a sunrise hike. The view from the top was surreal, and much more rewarding than a car-side pullover.

View from Bearfence Scramble (at approximately 5:50 am)

Shenandoah is also home to Camp Rapidan, a retreat center that President Hoover set up in the late 1920’s. This camp allowed him to escape the stress of city-life and relax in nature. The guided tour was informative and intriguing. I was able to see historical buildings, the stream in which Hoover frequently fished, and Mrs. Hoover’s decor.

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President Hoover’s Cabin at Rapidan

Already I am loving the camping lifestyle. I can’t wait for new experiences and more time spent in the great outdoors!