Three years ago I was discussing photography with a fellow photographer, pictured below. We were discussing places for good photography in the DC-Baltimore vicinity and he mentioned Shenandoah Valley. He also showed me some photos of deer he had gotten there. He was pretty impressed with how close he got to the deer (although – spoiler – I eventually got closer). I was impressed with the deer photos and his description of Shenandoah Valley. I resolved to visit it.
I told my wife and she seemed amenable to the idea. The only problem was that it took over two hours to get there. And, when I looked up information about the National Park, it turns out that it was a 105 mile drive in which drivers are limited to 35 miles per hour. We realized that while it was technically doable in one day, we would probably be miserable at the end of the day. So we decided we had to wait until we could plan a trip where we’d spend the night in a hotel there. Fast forward to 2009 and we resolved to go for our anniversary. Then some other things came up around that time (lots of travel) and we decided to go in the fall. Somewhere along the line we mentioned it to my in-laws and they asked to join us. So over Columbus Day holiday we made a visit to Shenandoah National Park, my third visit to a US National Park. Following is a photo essay with a selection of my photos from my Shenandoah National Valley Trip set on flickr. All the above-ground images are GPS tagged so click through to the flickr page if you want to see where the photo was taken. Once on the page, click on the “map” link on the right near the bottom (around where it says the date the photo was taken).