Oh Shenandoah..

Shenandoah National Park is a gorgeous place. It is considered America’s thinnest national park, it ranges from one to thirteen miles east to west, but stretches a long distance along the crest of the Appalachians. Here, the color green is divided into a huge number of shapes. I can identify maple, oak, and ash leaves, but many others are a mystery. The shade itself is green. Hidden birds call constantly; roses, daisies, and many other wildflowers cling to the ground. The silence roars at city ruined ears. We saw a bear moving quickly away from the trail. Kate caught a glimpse of a cub, I wasn’t so lucky.

We also visited the town of Staunton. This is a beautiful place that has preserved traditional architecture. It is a very artistic town, with many galleries, music venues, etc.A great place to visit when you are in the area.


We are very taken with this region in many ways. People are very friendly, culture and hiking areas abound. One issue is that many people, including many who can pay a lot for housing, are heading this way, with resulting sprawl, traffic, etc. This is one thing we are trying to get away from but it is worldwide.

People of a certain age will remember Ursala K. Leguin’s nonovel THE DISPOSESSED, where people at odds with a culture move en mass to a moon and create community. Anybody know any  available moons? I am dreaming, but you get the idea. More to come.


About pelicanguy6

I'm an environmental educator and writer currently based in Oakland, California. I plan to include a hiking/nature journal on this blog, along with articles on environmental education, travel articles, poetry, and spontaneous thoughts. I am a passionate hiker and camper and a world traveler. I really enjoy cooking vegetarian feasts, and specialize in veggie German meals for Oktoberfest.
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