The many deer, which were a constant presence in the campground...
When Curly and Moe went exploring near our camp,
...they found the Appalachian Trail,
...and a spring. Presumably this sign is to direct thirsty hikers to a nice fresh source of water.
We took a lovely hike through the forest
to see this pretty waterfall.
The views from the trail (and from all over the park) are spectacular.
Moe had fun climbing on the rocks.
We even spotted a black bear. Can you see it?
I think he was looking at us.
There were NO video games allowed in camp!
Hey, who snuck in that MP3 player??
We took a lovely walk in the Big Meadow,
...where there were scads of wild blueberries.
The deer were munching them happily.
This one just wanted to relax.
There were so many bumblebees, we could hear them buzzing all around us.
Everywhere we went this weekend, there were scores of butterflies (and other insect friends) gathering nectar from the countless wildflowers.
The evenings were just as much fun; the kids roasted marshmallows,
had smoke-saber battles,
and played with sparklers.
I wish I could have taken a picture of the stars that were so bright on Friday night, or the shooting star I spotted just above the trees. Even though sleeping on the ground with nothing but a thin air mattress under you isn't very comfortable, the sounds of the night insects, the gentle rain on the tent roof (despite the leak in our brand-new tent...grrr...) and the wind in the trees makes it all worth it.
Last week my friend Ginny of the "Small Things" blog took her family here; check out her post about their Shenandoah adventure. (Believe me, you don't want to miss it; her photos are much better than mine.) Without planning it, we both took our families to the same place and saw some of the same things. (We think we both saw the same bear, too.) I only wish we had stopped at the Barbecue place where they went on the way home. Next time.
Lisa at 5 Orange Potatoes posted some lovely photos this week of an afternoon she spent at a little pond with her daughter. Check it out!