I must have posted this blog a while ago; it was when Ava was around 7 months old.
America is blessed with incredible natural beauty. The famous quote, “The mountains are calling, and I must go” has always resonated with me and we wanted to visit as many national parks in last summer but were afraid to head out on the first year of our baby. And, that when Senthil had to visit his Atlanta office for a week. I was afraid to be myself with Ava, the entire week and we were equally worried to take her on a flight through the security checks.
We decided to drive all the way from South Jersey on our new Subaru Forester. We woke up early around 5 AM (Poor Senthil had to work till 11:30 PM, the previous night) and we were on our road by 6:30 AM yet we still could cross the Delaware memorial bridge only by 10:30 AM. Little did we realize, the very rare solar eclipse was on the following Monday. Pretty much the entire east coast was driving south towards South Carolina (few hours from Atlanta). For a moment, we were confused if we should head back home or take a flight instead. Since Ava was cooperating, we decided to stay on the road. We absolutely enjoyed the road trip as we hardly get time to sit next to each other during his working days. And, we reached our hotel at 12:30 AM and we were super exhausted.
On our way back from Atlanta, we decided to have a pit stop in the middle (North Carolina/Virginia) and choose a scenic route. Visiting Shenandoah national park was not in our original plan but we are so glad, we took the skyline drive. We had planned to visit this park few times, but it never worked out. Senthil showed me the breathtaking photos of the park on his mobile and I was instantly hooked.
I am sharing this post especially to share the beauty we captured in the incredibly beautiful Park (despite our tired faces). Do you know, Skyline Drive of this huge park is a 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains. It was breathtaking to see the huge line of moutans along with dense forest and chirpy birds. it takes half a day to drive the extended length of Skyline Drive. There are total 75 scenic looks comes along the Skyline Drive.
Skyline drive was one of my most unforgettable memory of the entire road trip. I am adding all the beautiful pictures we captured while exploring the Drive. I hope these pictures are worthy to explain the beauty of Shenandoah Nation Park, Skyline Drive.