buck at big meadows in shenandoah national park

Day 53 – Skyline Drive through Shenandoah Valley Part 2

If you like this article, please share. Thanks!

Day 53 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Shenandoah National Park

Thankfully the skies were friendly and no snow fell last night.  The temperature couldn’t be much above 40, but the sun was out, so the dogs and I went for a walk.  We connected Lewis Trail Falls with the Appalachian Trail to complete a 3.3 mile loop.  The view of the falls was mediocre at best, but the view of the Shenandoah Valley below and the mountains afar was lovely.  I didn’t see that many people on the trail, maybe ten or so hikers, but Kathy was nice enough to take a picture of me and the dogs.

view at Shenandoah National Park

As I returned back to camp, I saw the same buck I saw last night or at least it was a buck of the same stature in the same general area.  He was following a doe and not far away was a young buck who had just begun growing his antlers.  The large buck posed for the camera.  He looked right at me, he scratched his back with his antlers, he scratched his head on a low hanging tree branch before continuing across the road.

After lunch, we headed to the lodge in VANilla.  On the way up, I passed by another doe that was attempting to eat an apple.  She was pushing it across the ground with her nose…so fun!  It’s only three in the afternoon as I sit by the fire.  I’m not sure what to do with all this free time. I may drive to some overlooks.

doe eating an apple at shenandoah national park

In the meantime, it is supposed to drop into the twenties tonight with a high of low thirties tomorrow.  If I’m not too frozen, I’m planning a few more hikes in the morning. Then I’m off to stay with my cousin Katherine for the evening. Signing off. ETB

Map of My Road Trip Across the USA

For a summary about my road trip across the USA, click HERE. For the interactive map, see the below link.

Other Articles About Virginia You May Like


Check out the photographic note cards and key chains at my shop.  Each card has a travel story associated with it.  20% of proceeds are donated to charity.

photographic note card, fall colors in connecticut
Best Adventure Travel Blog

If you like this article, please share. Thanks!

Published by

Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned award winning travel blogger and photographer sharing the earth's beauty one word and image at a time.

5 thoughts on “Day 53 – Skyline Drive through Shenandoah Valley Part 2

  1. I’m looking at your pictures of the deer just minutes after telling Chris bye as he is leaving for opening season of deer hunting in Texas. Your deer have no idea how lucky they are they didn’t run into Chris instead of you. LOL

Leave a Reply