The Call of Nature

A few weeks ago, my friends and I took a road trip down south to the Shenandoah Valley. I have been planning this national park trip for the longest time and it was definitely one heck of an adventure! The drive from Connecticut took approximately ten hours including food and rest stops. We camped for three nights at Shenandoah National park’s Big Meadow campground and took advantage of the breathtaking views and rigorous hikes.

Shenandoah National Park

Skyline overlook

A fork in the road


The ascend

Mary’s Rock summit

Closer to heaven

My Shenandoah escape was too short! I had but a glimpse of a baby black bear before it ran away and hid. There was no shortage of deer though, they were everywhere! I did not have enough time to explore Shenandoah’s 200,000 acres and most of all, I was not able to see ANY waterfalls!! The call of nature is too strong to ignore. I shall return and venture out in search of swimming holes next time.

If you’re a nature lover, hiker, camper and wants to cross out some national parks off your bucket list….then this is a MUST!

Jen is a Chicago-based traveler and a full-time Director of Development for an arts & culture organization. Originally from Connecticut, she created JetsettingJen as a place to share her travel stories and photos with friends and family. Now, it is a place for adventurers, explorers and dreamers. Its purpose is to inspire and encourage people to see the world and achieve a better work-life balance.