What’s a girl to do?
Whelp, perhaps against my better judgment, which, let’s be honest, was never really that great to begin with, I convinced George that our trek to Shenandoah should be our first DukeTrip. This could be really awesome or go horribly, horribly awry. It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but if i were a gamblin' lady i'd put it all on red 21 if, that is, red 21 represented Duke maniacally tearing around the hotel room.
So, regardless of the hesitation, what made this the right venture for Duke’s travel trial run?
- Destination: Shenandoah is a pretty pet friendly National Park. In some parks pets dare not breach the bounds of the car, but there are a number of trails in Shenandoah on which you can hike with your dog, which means it isn’t a totally pointless endeavor to bring him along. Rather than being trapped in a hotel room, he can be out in the open with us … though, to be clear, he did get scared of a leaf on our walk yesterday.
- Proximity: Less than four hours south of Philadelphia, Shenandoah makes for a relatively easy drive. (Knock on Appalachian wood.) If disaster strikes, we’ll be close enough to home to bag the trip and head back early, lessons learned.
- Hotel Choice: Because this is really an outdoor trip, we’ll be spending fairly little time in hotels. As such, we picked some low-key, budget options, which just so happen to be some of the most pet friendly. Plus, they'll leave the light on for me! (Anyone? Anyone?) Good on you, Super 8!