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Look What We Found

Jason and his dad headed out to the country lot this week. We still hadn’t found two of the lot’s corner markers, so they headed out with a metal detector to find them. In the process, Jason found this…

Deer Antler

Deer Antler 2

This is the craziest thing yet in this whole country home adventure. Jason figures that there are probably more, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled on future lot walks.

Road Trip to DC: Shenandoah National Park

The day after the wedding, Jason and I packed up to hit the road again. One of the benefits of driving was that it enabled us to visit Shenandoah National Park on our way back to Wisconsin. We’re really cruising along on our goal to visit all of the national parks  🙂

Shenandoah National Park

We didn’t know much about Shenandoah before our visit, but we were quick studies.

The major feature of the park is the 105-mile Skyline Drive, which also happens to be the only public road through the park. The road is designed to maximize the great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Piedmont, and the Shenandoah Valley. There are overlooks every few miles, providing plenty of opportunities to take pictures and absorb the environment. An excellent feature of the road are the mile posts running the entire length of Skyline Drive. At any given moment, you can know exactly where you are along the road, and you can easily find your way to any point of interest you want to visit.

Skyline Drive

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center along Skyline Drive
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge in Fall


Another prominent feature in the park: Deer. We saw deer all over the place, several at a time, who were completely unfazed by the presence of people. The speed limit along Skyline Drive is 35 mph for good reason – the majority of the deer we saw were right along the road.

Deer Crew

Lots of Deer

No joke – We were seriously this close.

We stayed at Skyland Resort, located at the highest point along Skyline Drive. The resort was founded in 1888, and it is now made up of 28 buildings. The rooms are rustic but comfortable. The best part of Skyland: the incredible views.

The dining room building
Skyland Resort

Our room was located in Raven’s Nest
Raven's Nest

You couldn’t beat our view.

Our View

Room with a View

Blue Ridge Sunset

Visiting Shenandoah was a very good decision.

California Vacation 2011: Muir Woods

On the drive from SEKI to San Francisco, I once again had cell coverage and jumped on Facebook. I updated my status about our change of plans, and I’m really glad that I did.

My friend Carrie mentioned the redwoods and how cool they were to see. Then my mom’s cousin Nancy gave us the head’s up about Muir Woods. Just across the Golden Gate, we would find redwoods there. Perfect! Jason and I decided that would be first on the docket for the next day.

Once again, we let ourselves sleep in for a little, but after breakfast we headed out for Muir Woods. I was digging the fog that overtook the city in the morning.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t too shabby either.

Golden Gate Bridge

As we made our way up through the hills to Muir Woods, the fog started to break. It turned out to be an incredibly gorgeous day!

Muir Woods

Luckily, our waiter the night before gave us the tip to get to Muir Woods early, and we did just that. We easily found a place to park and as we walked to the visitor center, we were greeted by some deer.

Deer at Muir Woods

Deer at Muir Woods

Deer at Muir Woods

Muir Woods was beautiful and peaceful. If this is anything close to what we’ll experience when we visit Washington and Oregon someday, I’m going to fall in love. (Actually, I’m pretty sure if I visit the Pacific Northwest, I’ll never want to come home.)

Muir Woods


Base of a Redwood


Muir Woods

The redwoods did not disappoint. The height is staggering. I spent plenty of time with my neck craned all the way back to take it all in. I understand why people love this place.

As we were pulling out, we quickly appreciated the tip from the night before. Cars were lined up all along the road leading into the parking area and people were filing in. I’m glad that we could experience this place in relative peace. As we walked the trail, there were times when we were pretty much alone. It was fabulous.

If you plan a trip to San Francisco, I highly recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument.

And go early – You’ll thank me  🙂


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