We left our hotel at 9am this morning and immediately ran into bumper to bumper traffic. People were obviously on their way to the city for work. I think most of them were late. We drove through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. We got to the entrance of Shenandoah park at 5:30pm and started the long 105 mile drive. The drive was nice and very twisty turny the whole way. The weather was OK at first but then turned very wet at around mile 50. At mile marker 51, we actually got out of the car and took a 1.5 mile hike to a waterfall. It was downhill the whole way and very wet and slippery. It started to rain hard after we started walking, but we brought umbrellas with us. The waterfall was nice, but we could not get a very good view of it. However, there was also a rainbow at the waterfall!
After returning to the car we drove the rest of the way out of the park. In the park we saw a total of 25 (yes, we counted them) deer, 2 turkeys, 1 snail, 1 centipede, one unidentified thing that looked like a snake but only 2 inches long (!) and.... ONE BEAR!!!!! Yes, we saw a huge black bear cross the road right in front of us toward the end of the drive (it was dusk). That made us really happy.
We saw an extremely cute baby deer trying to cross the road. Luckily, the car in front of us stopped. We tried to get a good picture of it, but that same car honked its horn and the baby fawn jumped, struggled to get its legs, and ran off followed by its mother. We weren't quick enough to get a good picture, but if you look in the lower left corner you can just make out the little spotted baby (so tiny!) on the side of the road.
We stopped for the night in the town that is on the other end of the park. Honestly, I can't even say where that was. All I wanted was to sleep!