Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park "Phone Booth"

This is how we made phone calls on our cell phone while we were here...
By driving to a pull out where we could nab a signal! The views are
so big, we look like a toy truck in this photo, don't you think?

Monday was kind of a lost day. We drove on in more crummy weather
and pea soup pockets of fog. We were pushing on to the Big Meadow
Campground in Shenandoah National Park. The fog got so bad I could barely
see two feet in front of the truck, and we slowed to a crawl. Good thing
too, because we must have encountered more than 40 deer in the last few
miles, and they were ALL standing in the middle of the road! I'd see a shadowy
form and it would be a deer...never alone, but always with a few more.

We later learned that there is so much salt accumulation on the roads from winter, that when the roads are wet, the deer gather on the roads to lick up the salt.

It was really a dangerous situation and we were very glad to reach the
campground. Somehow I navigated us into a pull through buried in the trees
in the encroaching foggy darkness and rain. No satellite, no cell phone
reception, but we did get a good night's sleep!

Tuesday was a beautiful day, so away we went. After a hike to the Lodge for
breakfast, the next thing we did was search out another campsite where we could get a satellite signal (still no cell phone though).

Who says you can't stay in National Parks with a big rig??
(Can you see Rusty in the doorway?)

We drove into the town of Elkton to pick up propane and buy fuel
($2.77 a gallon,the best price we've found in quite a while).
Some pretty views along the way, now that we could see them without fog.

In the afternoon, we walked several miles in the "big meadow" across from
the campground. Lots of deer were grazing, and a multitude of tiny flowers
are getting ready to bloom.

It's a totally different feeling to walk through the meadow. In the 1930's
the Conservation Corp had a camp here.

Tiny flowers starting to bloom in the meadow.

One more day here, and then it's on to Washington D.C. area.