Last week, I packed up the kids and headed north to visit my parents in Virginia for the week and celebrate my birthday. Dylan is in the middle of track out from school and Trent had a business trip in Canada so it was the perfect opportunity to go.
The weather on my birthday was the best weather of the week. And thank goodness as we had planned a visit to Shenandoah National Park for a hike and lunch. The sun played peek-a-boo the entire adventure. Out one minute. Gone the next. The temps hit the low 50s and there was a bit of a breeze. We bundled up and headed upward following the trail from Little Stony Man parking up to the Summit.
The view was so worth it! We could see down to the valley below and the mountains to the west beyond. Dylan had a great time leading us with his “hiking stick” (i.e., a long stick he found and took along). Elise enjoyed the ride on my back in the Líllébaby Seahorse carrier laughing as she watched both Dylan and her grandparents’ dog, Tia, make their way up the trail. (I only realized later that she was seated a little too deep. But given we were both comfy and she fell asleep on the descent, I’ll consider it still a win.)
And proof it is possible to get a group shot (well, minus the dog!) without a selfie stick. Just find a good tree to position your phone on and set the timer.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll get everyone looking at the camera!
After our trek to the top, we headed back down the trail to the car and then to lunch at the Skyland Restaurant nearby. It was such a beautiful day and great way to spend my birthday.
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