Our second (and final) day in Shenandoah National Park started at sun-up. We set out early on the Lewis Falls Trail (the trailhead is at the Big Meadows Lodge) so that we could complete the hike before checking out of our room at the lodge. The sun was just rising and starting to peak through the trees as we started our hike. We ate peanut butter and crackers for breakfast while we were hiking in order to make the most of our time.
We came across this doe somewhat close to the lodge. She didn’t mind us one bit.
I’ve never seen trailmarkers like the ones used at Shenandoah. The design is actually pretty smart, as the metal holds up much better over time than painted wooden signs. There were quite a few trails in the area. It was TOO COOL to see the Appalachian Trail labeled on this particular marker. Maybe one of these days I’ll get to hike the whole Appalachian Trail, rather than just a teeny, tiny part of it (you can see that the Lewis Falls trail heads south on the Appalachian Trail).
We don’t have much of a fall or many trees where we live, so we were constantly keeping a look out for pretty leaves. I really love the color variations in these maple leaves.