This past weekend we took a little trip to shenandoah national park for our anniversary. It was significant in a lot of ways...shenandoah is probably our favorite spot we have been to together since being married. also, hiking has been such an enjoyable thing to do together over the past few years. David and I actually don't have a lot in common when it comes to hobbies and downtime (which we have actually learned to love and appreciate), but hiking is one thing that we have both grown to love. Personally, I have never loved anything that makes me sweat (because why? am I right?) but hiking seems to be the exception. There is just something about getting out into nature and exploring new parts of the world untainted by man.
But anyways, our trip. We took our little sidekick along and she did pretty well with all the hiking and napping on the go. She did pull two long nights with lots of waking up and finally suckering her mama into sleeping in the second bed with her, but besides that, she was a trooper. While having a baby along for our vacations changes a lot (and we did have a few moments of missing what things used to look like), it was fun to share this adventure with kenz. We really really hope she grows to like hiking (or else!).
Here are some photos from our time in shenandoah with a few captions...
beautiful views from the tops of these mountains...don't worry, we held on tight to that little girl
that face. what a goob.
mountains for days...
black bear!!! We saw THREE bears during our time in the park, we couldn't believe our luck! We saw two big males and this little cub (not sure where the mama bear was...we kept looking over our shoulders!) The first bear we saw was standing right in the middle of our trail about 25 yards in front of us. We rounded a corner and BOOM, there it was, just staring at us. David said I turned sheet-white and immediately turned around. It is an amazing experience seeing a bear in the wild, but also very unnerving. We did a little research on them, though, and they are surprisingly docile and timid for how big and scary they look. Definitely a highlight of our trip!
We stayed in a lodge at the highest point in the park, and this was the view from our room! After kenz would go to bed at night we would sit outside on our porch with a big blanket around us and just talk until it got dark.
Dusk from our porch
This girl loved rolling around on our bed. This was after a llooonnngg night with her, but I had already forgiven her ;)
The fog over the valley in the morning was amazing
David took this photo right before we took a break for me to feed kenz. Just after we sat down I glanced up into the woods and there was a huge black bear just sauntering by...yikes!
Working on her waving... and you guys. hiking with an almost 20 lb. baby is a whole new level of workout.
Last hike of the trip. This was the point when kenz was like, "but seriously another overlook? don't you people get tired of this?" and we were like, "JUST SMILE FOR THE CAMERA CHILD."
waiting for breakfast at the lodge and an older couple offered to take a family photo for us. Love a little stranger kindness.
baby girl was such a trooper with naps on the go.
the morning fog from our porch
love this little family of mine and the adventures we have together. Such a sweet memory and celebration of our marriage. We will be back, shenandoah. you can never keep us away for too long...