44. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Great news! I didn’t get eaten by a bear in Shenandoah, in case that wasn’t already abundantly clear. The even better news is that I feel totally semi-competent at camping and will definitely be doing it again, somewhat less fearfully. Overview: Shenandoah National Park is 200,000 acres of protected land, featuring the southern Appalachian Mountains. It’s … More 44. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

33. Catlett, Virginia

Attention! Before you read this and decide you desperately want to go to a lavender farm, be informed that in some places–Catlett, Virginia, for instance–the season can be very short. I was told to come in early June–or as close as possible. Unfortunately, the first time I was told that, it was August. So when … More 33. Catlett, Virginia

Next up: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

I’ve been to Shenandoah National Park once before, on an epic day trip that involved ditching school and bolting at sunrise to cram the whole Skyline Drive trip into one perfect fall day (see above). This time, however, it’s gonna be a little different–we’re camping. In case you missed my Assateague throwback–or my Caddo Lake … More Next up: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia