Acadia National Park – Data and Statistics

Acadia presented the option for lots of data. It was the first extended vacation I have taken planned by me, with only me in attendance. Costs I wanted to camp for several reasons. First, because camping is fun and I enjoy it. There’s something special about sleeping outside under the stars and cooking over theContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Data and Statistics”

Acadia National Park – Day 3

Tuesday’s morning plan was to drive the loop road to hit Monument Cover and Boulder Beach for sunrise. The weather did not cooperate so I just went to Otter Cliffs and saw no sunrise. By the time I got back to the campsite it was misting and I had no faith my fire would startContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 3”

Acadia National Park – Day 2

Day 2 saw some actual planning on my part. I woke up at 5:30 to drive up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise (at 6:30). There was no parking at the top. I was lucky and found a roadside spot on my way down. This was frustrating because, again, I did not realize how crowded this parkContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 2”

Acadia National Park – Day 1

Day 0 was a driving day. I started in Ashburn, VA, and ended up in Freeport, ME 12 hours later.   On to Day 1, I woke up in Freeport and did my pilgrimage to the LL Bean flagship store. The giant Bean Boot out front is really cool, as are the interlocked moose inContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 1”

50th Anniversary – Apollo 11

The 50th anniversary of the moon landings – Apollo 11 – was a few weeks ago. The Smithsonian hosted a special event where the Washington Monument was used as a projection screen for the Saturn V launch and moon landing. It was spectacular. The sound during the rocket launch caused the ground I was sittingContinue reading “50th Anniversary – Apollo 11”

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is one of those places that I didn’t care for growing up. In high school we went through as part of our Virginia vacation and I found it just did not compare to the wonders out west, like the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, or any others. The light was flat, theContinue reading “Shenandoah National Park”

Shenandoah River State Park

Friday saw what was originally last weekend’s plan – Shenandoah River State Park.  This park is in the Shenandoah valley, right past Shenandoah National Park and Front Royal, nestled along a few bends in the Shenandoah river. I definitely need to go camping at this park.  They have cabins, tent sites, and yurts.  One ofContinue reading “Shenandoah River State Park”

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park

The rains ruined a perfectly good proposed Saturday outing out to Shenandoah.  The compromise?  A quick Sunday morning hike to the Potomac at Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park, a part of NOVA Parks.  Judging from the NOVA Parks cover photo, I need to go back because I don’t have to be on the river’s edge. Continue reading “Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park”