I was off from work yesterday as we were spending the day at Shenandoah National Park. Good times were had by all. Ellie even managed to walk almost the entire 2 mile, 3 hour “scavenger hike” we went on. The most interesting part was when we saw a box turtle along the hiking path. Apparently, they are “common” in the park, though it was probably odd to see it at 3500+ feet, with no real streams or steady water nearby. Aside from the turtle, the only other wildlife we saw were a bunch of deer, which are frankly so common they’re darn near nuisances at this point. No bears, plenty of squirrels and chipmunks, and possibly a vole. The best part of the trip though was arriving home and having Ellie say, “I wish we were still in the mountains.” She’s already planning our next trip.