Sunday, August 4
We left Maryland around 10 to drive South. Once we got to the top of the park, Front Royal, we took the Skyline Drive to our campground. The park is really beautiful and I would recommend going if you are traveling through the area. It is 100 miles long and goes over the mountains, and there are around 75 pull offs and overlooks. We stayed at Big Meadows campground, which is in the middle section of the park. After getting the tent up and buying some firewood, we sat and read in the sunlight. The weather was so nice in the 60's and 70's. We then made dinner over the campfire-hot dogs, chips and then s'mores. Mmmm! The stars were gorgeous and we stayed up late around the fire. It was so cold in the 50's since we weren't used to it! Thankfully we had packed a lot of warm sleeping bags and bundled up.
Monday, August 5
We woke early from the sun rising in the East, and we were on that side of the mountains. We drove to the trail head of the Rose River Falls trail. It is four miles long and I read that it is moderate in difficulty and follows a lot of cascades. We saw a mommy and baby bear-I was in love! We also hiked up off this trail to see the Dark Hollow Falls. The trail was nice and the weather was good for hiking. I thought the falls were not as impressive as others I have seen, but they were nice. After this we napped, showered, and walked out in the big meadow that the campground is named for. There were deer all over the park that were not shy at all and actually would walk through our campsite. Another night of s'mores! This night it rained for several hours straight but we luckily did not get wet.
Tuesday, August 6
We waited until it was just a drizzle to get out of the tent around 7am. It took awhile to pack up, and we headed South again. We made it to my parents house around 4 and had a lovely night. We saw Tommy, Cyril and Jenny and also ate a delicious meal of mashed potatoes and meatballs. It was a fun vacation!