I was able to take a real live vacation this year. I haven’t been able to venture too far from home since July of 2014. After the consolidation of agencies in 2015, we all lost our vacation time for the year but gained it back this year along with our seniority.
I made my way to Virginia and stayed in the area of Front Royal, which is not far from the north entrance to Shenandoah National Park. I rented a tiny cottage on Carson Mountain appropriately called “The Carson Mountain Cottage” for an entire week.
I stayed near the north district of the park but ended up making the drive every day to the central district. It was around 40 miles one way to the trail heads that I chose. It was a long drive at 35mph, but the Sky Line Drive and my numerous black bear sightings helped to make up for it.
I had a great trip. I feel a lot better mentally, than I have in a really long time.
I am going to write more as I am getting back into the blogging groove. I attached a gallery of photographs from the trip to Shenandoah National Park.