Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Summer Trip {2014}

We packed the Prius to capacity early Tuesday morning and hit the road. We had planned several destinations to visit along our five-day trip. 

Late Tuesday morning we arrived at our first stop, Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia. We entered onto Skyline Drive, ready for adventure. Unfortunately, the fog was thick, so we did not get to see much during our drive. 

We made it to the welcome center for a quick picture, and then we got back into the car to find our first trail, Little Stony Man. We had hiked this trail before and knew what to expect in the end. 

After a quick lunch of sandwiches and grapes, we drove to the second trail on our list, Whiteoak Canyon Trail. We had never walked this trail before, but we prepared ourselves for it to be somewhat hard. We made it to the upper falls area and saw the cascade from 86 feet and then began a slow, very steep hike back to our car. 

We hiked the 4.6 miles in three hours. Early into the hike, I slipped off the path into a large rock and tree. Poor Ralph slipped five times. He scraped his knees, hands, and elbows, but he finished the hike like a trooper. 

After refueling with water and a few more grapes, we got back into the car and drove to a picnic area to grill burgers and bratwursts

When we were almost finished eating, the fog came rolling in very thick, so we packed up the car quickly and headed to our hotel. 

After refreshing sleep and a quick breakfast, we started our journey to Nashville, Tennessee. We have family in Nashville, and we made plans to stay the night with them. 

Our first stop in Nashville was the Parthenon. We have visited Nashville before, but we never made the time to visit this amazing place. It was built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition. 

Then we drove down Nashville's Music Row, and finally ended up at the stadium where the Titans play. Then walked the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

After our afternoon of fun, we visited with our family, had an excellent dinner, and stayed up too late talking. 

In the morning we said good-bye, jumped back into our car, and made our way to Paducah, Kentucky. We visited with more family in Kentucky, stayed the night, and left the next morning for Mammoth Cave National Park. We took the 2 hour Domes and Dripstones tour and enjoyed every minute of it. 

The cave tour was our final destination, so we started the long journey home. 

After a few hours in the car, Chris suggested that we continue to drive all night to avoid Saturday traffic. It was hard, and we did stop for two-hours at a rest stop, but about fifteen hours later we finally made it home, safe and sound and a little sore! 


  1. What a fun trip! We've been to the Patrhenon and I think we have that exact same picture of Athena!

    And, Mammoth Cave National Park is where my husband and I met. We met on a college sponsored hike there!

  2. This is a great trip!! We do Disney WAY TOO OFTEN! I'd love to do something like this!

    As for the Parthenon.. I think all the Percy Jackson fans out there are thankful you're trip wasn't too adventurous! ;)

    1. We love Disney and will hopefully be there in November.

  3. Looks like fun! Methinks you need to make a trip to New Mexico to see the Carlsbad Caverns. ;)

    1. Oh, we have talked about visiting New Mexico. We will add the caverns to our list!

  4. Our family loves adventurous road trips too! Look like a fun time for all.

  5. What a great trip! I love all the pictures! And I had no idea that there was a Parthenon built in Tennessee! That looks like such fun to visit!

    1. We did not know it was there until we watched Percy Jackson! Ha!


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