After leaving Harper’s Ferry, WV, we traveled south through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia along Skyline Drive, continuing our mission to spend as much time as possible in the turning leaves of fall.
Skyline Drive runs 105 miles through the park from Front Royal, VA in the north to Waynesboro, VA in the south, and we camped close to the middle point of Skyline Drive at Big Meadows campground.
The campgrounds are primitive, meaning they did not have electricity, water, or sewer. We relied on generators for electricity to cook meals and heat the trailer during the blocks of time permitting generator usage, but overnight the temperatures dropped into the 20s and the trailer got really cold.
We all slept in our sleeping bags, including Wilson and Jane who have their own short, kid-sized sleeping bags. In the morning, we all stayed wrapped in our mummy sleeping bags until 8am, when we could fire up the generators again to heat the trailer and eat breakfast in comfort.
These days and nights in the Shendandoahs were some of our last spent in the mountains on our adventure. We tried to make the most of them, despite some of the discomforts at night. During the day, we ventured up and down Skyline Drive for little day hikes to overlooks on cliffs, waterfalls, and areas where we might see a black bear (though we never did). We even made a fire each night to cook dinner on the open flames, which we seldom do because it means lots of work for dad.
Here are our photos from the Shenandoahs: