For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Last Tuesday Jeanette and I left for a week to visit Shenandoah National Park. This has always been a destination for me in which I planned to fish for southern Appalachia brook trout. But on this trip I did not bring one piece of fishing gear, this was to be a time for walking, and discovery of one of the most beautiful parks in the nation.
Shenandoah was created in the nineteen thirties and built in part by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The road which travels through the park is known as Skyline Drive and offers one views that are awesome. The park is full of history, both man made and natural. There are many trails that can be enjoyed, including easy peaceful walks as well as difficult strenuous hikes into the back country which is a designated wilderness.
We truly enjoyed our visit here and will return again in the fall, this time with a 3wt.
With ample rain the mountain woods were lush and green. There are so many peaks that were not visible to us because of the weather, which featured some thunderstorms and fog.
Mountain Laurel was in bloom and the flowers through out the park gave us every color there is.
A natural rock tunnel....I guess it's safe.
This meadow was one of the gentler walks. Deer could be seen heading from the grassy fields to the wood line with their young.
This is a walk that required a little bit of navigation. There was Lupine in bloom as well as these beautiful tiny yellow flowers.
All along the ridge were these wild strawberries. These berries have the most sweetest taste, and leave the nicest fragrance on your hands.....We were not the only ones enjoying the wild strawberries this day.
We came up on this fellow eating berries like there was no tomorrow. We stood there for some time and he did not notice us because he never looked. I decided that it's best to let him know we were there so as not to alarm him, and give him a chance to flee. So I whistled and he looked up saw us and quickly left.