Here’s to 3-day weekends and endless exploration! At CavemanUnbound, we started our adventuring with Memorial Day Weekend trips and we’ve been keeping the tradition going strong for 3 years now! In 2013 we infiltrated Boston. In 2014 we camped on Alger Island in the Adirondacks. Now in 2015, we hit up Shenandoah National Park in VA for our first big bite of the South!
Hitting the road before the MDW traffic started to build up, we managed to get across NJ and PA, cross the Mason-Dixon line and arrive in the Shenandoah Valley with plenty of sunlight left in the day. Our first stop before even checking into our hotel was at Mary’s Rock in the northern section of the park.
The Mary’s Rock trail is a short but difficult climb with a formidable elevation gain in just about 2 hours. The trek up the mountain is a sweaty, depleting undertaking but the motivation to push forward never dies as the trail gives hikers many previews of the spectacular vistas waiting at the summit.
We chilled at the top for a while – luckily having the whole mountain to ourselves. The day was absolute glory as we watched the bright green vegetation and endless ridges sprawled out before us.