Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Green Getaways -- Shenandoah National Park

This year, the U.S. is celebrating the centennial of its national parks -- definitely one of our best ideas ever!  So in honor of the national parks, I'm re-posting several posts on some of my favorite national parks -- enjoy!

I am the queen of the mini-vacation!  As Julie McCoy , cruise director of the SS Greenmomster, I find that planning vacations is almost as much fun as going on them.  So this year, I decided that we were going to take a mini-vacation at the beginning of spring break.  Lucky for us, we live less than two hours from Shenandoah National Park.  This time of year, the trees aren’t quite budding (except for an early blooming dogwood or redbud), but there’s plenty of beauty to be had.  The views are stunning 2014springbreak18and the early blooming spring ephemerals were out, including this cute little Hepatica (thanks Dirck!) 2014springbreak40  Spring is also a great time for waterfalls 2014springbreak35 , searching for salamanders on Fox Hollow trail  2014springbreak2, finding salamanders on Milam trail (one of my favorites)  2014springbreak5, and catching those first millipedes as they warm up 2014springbreak17.   And there’s always time for relaxing in the leaves 2014springbreak33.  Where’s your favorite National Park getaway?

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