Roadtrip 2016 Day Three: water falling everywhere, but no waterfall

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Tyler and I after hiking three hours in the rain. We still had a two mile hill left to climb. 

I woke up in the morning, all cozy in our little tent. Tyler and I had slept well last night. We did not hear any bears roaming through the camp. Whether that was because the bears had a feast last night and felt no need to return for more food, or because we just slept through them walking by our heads, I guess I’ll never know.

About the time I woke up, I noticed that it started sprinkling. I made a dash for the towels we had strung up the night before and stowed them in the car along with the camp chairs. Back into the tent I went. Tyler and I waited out the drizzle. It seemed to let up, so I hurried to the bathhouse to change clothes. I was just finishing brushing my teeth when it started legitimately raining. By the time I made it to the car, it was downright pouring. I could hear Tyler hollering encouragement as I scurried to the car. I dove inside and sheltered there until the rain let up a bit. While I waited, I read Just Passin’ Thru, a wonderful book Nancy gave me about Mountain Crossings, the outdoor gear store on the Appalachian Trail.

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Roadtrip 2016 Day Two: Shenandoah National Park

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One of my favorite pictures from Shenandoah National Park.

If you recall, Tyler and I feel asleep under the air conditioning window unit in Nancy’s living room. The air conditioning was fantastic. Despite the warm sticky air outside, we were quite comfortable. The window unit itself was a bit less fantastic.

It had two modes, quiet and loud. Either mode was perfectly fine. It created white noise which Tyler and I prefer for sleep anyways. The issue is the fact that there were two modes. You see, I would be used to the quiet mode. Then, the window unit would kick into loud mode and startle me awake. After a little while, I’d become accustomed to the louder noise, fall asleep, only to be startled awake during the next cycle. Still, I much preferred sleeping in the living room with the air conditioning and ceiling fan than in the basement.

That morning, Nancy came down the stairs to wake us up. I was cozy in my sleeping bag snuggled up with Tyler, but I knew we had to hop to. Nancy and I made lunches while Tyler packed away our nest. Before long and mostly on time, we hit the road. We made a quick stop at a local cafe for freshly baked pretzels. I got a pretzel slider, which is an egg, cheese, and bacon breakfast sandwich on a small round “everything” bagel. It was so tasty!

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Roadtrip 2016 Day One: Onward to Washington D.C.


8:00 AM – Tyler and I pulled out of the parking lot of our apartment.

I was impressed. You see, Tyler and I are somewhat notorious for not leaving on time. On our own, we can usually get to where we are going just fine. But put us together? We are going to be atleast 15 minutes later than intended. This morning though, we did well. Our original plan was to be up at seven and leave shortly thereafter with the ultimate goal of leaving by eight at the absolute latest.

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An Introduction to Our non-Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip

Tyler at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia. This picture is from my favorite day of the whole trip. Ponies and bunnies and snakes, oh my!

Last week Tyler and I went on an amazing road trip. It’s been quite some time since I took a week off from work, so this trip was a much needed break.

Similar to our California trip a few years back, I will write a blog post for each day ( One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven). We packed so much into one day, that a single blog post about the whole trip would be a marathon of a post.

However, unlike with our trip to California, I endeavor to finish the blogs posts more quickly! I’m pretty sure I took at least six months to detail our week in California.

I’ll (try) to post a new blog post every Tuesday evening. So if you want to hear more about our adventures, be on the look out for new posts Tuesday evenings/Wednesday mornings!

As I complete blogs posts, I will update the list below with links. That way, if you miss an update, you can easily find the link.

Day One: Washington D.C., here we come!
Day Two: Shenandoah National Park
Day Three: Waterfalling everywhere, but no waterfall
Day Four: Grayson Highlands State Park, aka Wild Ponies!
Day Five: Grayson Highlands Part 2
Day Six: In which Morgan eats herself sick
Day Seven: Hiking Hen Wallow Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains
Day Eight: Nashville, our last day

Just a quick run-down of the trip. Tyler and I started by driving to Washington D.C. There we met up with Nancy, who came with us to Shenandoah National Park. Next, Tyler and I visited Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, before driving to North Carolina. We camped one night at Tsali, to springboard us into the Great Smoky Mountains. Finally, we stayed a night in Nashville visiting Ashley, a high school friend we hadn’t seen since our wedding two years prior.

Whew! It was a whirlwind of a trip, yet I wouldn’t change anything. Not even the day we spent four hours hiking in the rain without ever finding the waterfall.

Intrigued? Guess you will have to wait to hear more!  I’ll add links to my facebook feed when I finish a new blog post. Check back on Tuesday night.