70 degrees in February!

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(Pardon the ketchup all over her face!)

Boo and I took an unplanned trip home last weekend for a whole bunch of special birthdays and crab cakes (I am from Maryland)!  Driving back to Roanoke Sunday, the weather was absolutely gorgeous!  Bright blue skies, 70 degrees…just perfect – especially for February 28th!  The kind of day where I would much rather be outside than stuck in a car.

My drive back to Roanoke along I-81 parallels Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park – one of my all-time favorite places in the entire world!  I always know its there during these drives, taunting me.  My parents always manage to squeeze in a hike along the Drive when they come to visit, but I have never made the stop due to time constraints (It takes a looong time to travel with a baby).  Today was different.  I had my annual pass in the car and the mountains were beckoning!

Boo and I grabbed a quick lunch from Sheetz and trekked our way over to Skyline Drive.  We planned on heading for Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (the first visitor center you reach from the north entrance in Front Royal) and enjoying a little picnic!  Even though this side-trip added several hours onto our journey, I could not be more pleased with my decision!

This!  This is why I adventure with the Boo!

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She loved it!  She has seen many beautiful look-offs in her short life, but this is the first time (at 18 months) she has really been awestruck!

I can’t wait to spend some time camping up here this summer!  (Interesting fact: This park was my first ever camping trip at 6 weeks old.)

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