After 2 years of living in Virginia, I finally got a chance to drive through Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park. The weather was perfect and the sights from the overviews along the road were absolutely stunning. I grew up in Ecuador, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, but I lived most of my adult life in Florida, which has none. So this drive was like coming back home.
The only thing I wanted more of was time. Our drive was fairly short, and it takes several hours to go through the whole park. Now that we have a taste of it, we will be sure to go back again soon. I can’t wait to see it during the fall when the leaves are turning! Next time, I will bring my field guide, to make my bird watching more interesting.
Once hunger hit, we headed to our favorite spot in Charlottesville: Christian’s Pizza, at the downtown location. We love that place! The pizza is amazing, the pedestrian strip with outdoor cafes and shops is quaint and lively. It was the perfect way to end the day. (For more reviews on Christian’s Pizza, click here)
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Silvia, in the summer of 2007 we lived in Charlottesville. We could step outside the back door and watch the sunset over the these very mountains. This is the last place we lived before returning to the north. Two summers before that we lived in Knoxville, TN. Grace and I had a trip to VA Beach then and on our drive back we stopped for the night along Highway 81 and woke up in the Shenandoah Valley. It was stunning.
I do believe we did ride some of Skyline drive on one of our several trips to Harrisonburg in summer of 2007, where Katie and Michael introduced all the NCFCA speech events to a Debate Club there over the course of 4 weeks. Thanks for unearthing some sweet memories for me.
What an amazing journey you’ve had living and experiencing so many different places! I’m sure you’ve had hardship with so many re-locations but you’ve blessed so many people everywhere you’ve been! I was certainly very fortunate to meet you 🙂