September 1, 2016

Blog Post Number 5700

After Eleven Years of Blogging, This is Post #5,700!
On the Lands Run Trail. Photo by Frank.
Later today I'll post something for the City Daily Photo Theme but first I want to keep up with my tradition of writing an anniversary piece for every hundredth blog post. This time I'll write about my love for the Blue Ridge Mountains.

My parents brought me here many times throughout my childhood. My sister laughs at how I disliked camping because it was dirty, but I loved being up high and also being in the woods. There I'm "in my element." There's a spiritual connection.

One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. - John Muir


Good Fences
Shenandoah National Park seems timeless. It changes with the seasons but otherwise it's pretty much as it was when I was a small child. But of course there are updates. Here the walkways and railings are being redone at Skyland, a resort area which actually predates the National Park.

I thought the smooth new concrete ramp looked like it may get slippery when wet. Then I saw that someone thought of that and added texture using stamps that look like tracks and leaves.



The park has over 500 miles of hiking trails and I've only walked a small portion. The Appalachian Trail runs the entire length of the park and then continues on to Maine and Georgia. When I was younger I thought it would be exciting to walk the entire distance and many people do it. Right now I'm not hiking at all until my foot heals. (Stupid bone spur!)

Still, I have a Parks Pass so I can drive in the park whenever I get a chance. The road through Shenandoah is Skyline Drive and it is spectacular!

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful image of the fawn.

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  2. Well done on your consistency of the blog. It is quiet impressive. I always liked visiting parks and hiking when I was growing up.

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  3. I prefer open woods to dark, dense woods, although the latter is beautiful as in the Olympic National Forest in WA state. Like you, I also enjoy being up high so I can see the surrounding countryside, be it panoramic or just what's up ahead.

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  4. I've been blogging for 11 years too. So many have given it up. And we both share the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  5. That's ana mazing no. of posts! Well done and thanks for sharing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mts

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  6. An amazing place to spend time in, Linda.

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  7. i love your blue ridge mountains, too. your views are spectacular. :) congrats, linja!

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  8. Beautiful photos! The Blue Ridge Mountains are so scenic and amazing to see.

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  9. Alwaysenjoy your regular daily posts!

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  10. congrats on your 5700th post!!!!!!!!! Wow. I thought I was doing well at 400

    You are so lucky to live near Shenandoah.

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  11. I love stamped concrete. I like the rustic feel they've given this one. I agree, being out in nature restores the soul. Nice shot of you.

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  12. Eleven years of blogging - that's amazing! Congrats.

    Enjoyed the lovely countryside in your photos.

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  13. Congratulations on 11 years blogging, I've only been doing it four & a half and a hundred less followers. The Blue Ridge mountains look a beautiful place to visit

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  14. Congrats, that is a lot of blogging. lovely pictures as usual, I always enjoy seeing your area through your eyes and camera.

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  15. Huge congratulations on eleven years Linda, an amazing achievement. Shenandoah was always just a poetic notion until you captured it's magic for us, merci beaucoup.

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  16. What a honorable milestone, dearest Linda, congrats, I'm always amazed at such goals !

    Wishing you the most beautiful weekend ever and still many years on the blogosphere and lots of wonderful blog posts, thank you

    Xx Dany

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  17. It's a beautiful area and the new walkway is cool with all the tracks/leaves they added. Hope your foot heals soon.

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  18. I agree with you. Whenever I am in nature it feels very spiritual. Your photos are great and congratulations on 11 years of blogging.

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