July 13, 2018

Staycation All the Time

One of my photography friends challenged me to post "staycation" pictures showing ideas for a vacation consisting of day trips close to home. It's pretty easy when you live in the mountain-valley region of Virginia and I could list dozens of places but I'm just choosing five for Willy Nilly Friday so I'm selecting places that are really close by.

1. Shenandoah National Park, of course. It's only half an hour from home and the views are spectacular!
Sharing with Floral Friday
2. George Washington National Forest is so close you could walk there (if you were in better shape than I). This black and white image shows the suspension bridge that crosses Passage Creek.

3. The Shenandoah River is so close even I can walk there from my home. The spot where I took this picture is farther away though, down behind Walmart in Front Royal.
Weekend Reflections.
4. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown. I went on a History at Sunset tour this evening and made it there in 20 minutes.

5. Last but not least, my own neighborhood. We have some great views as well as a lake and river access. This happens to be a sunset I snapped a couple of days ago.
Sharing with Skywatch and Orange You Glad It's Friday.


  1. What a beautiful area!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Beautiful post. Love the lines and the contrast in your black and white.

  3. Hello, I would like living close to Shenandoah. Love the sunset! Happy weekend!

  4. You do live in a beautiful part of the country indeed. I love that first shot--what a view!

  5. A "staycation" to die for! Loved the post!

  6. Wonderful photos, and you are lucky to live in an area with so much to do and see!!

  7. You have a lot of interesting things to see and do live.

  8. Gosh how lucky to have these walks so close by Linda, beautiful captures here ✨

  9. Posting "staycation" photos of your area is a great idea. Makes one realize that they live in a lovely place.

  10. All great shots! I love the sunset photo!


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