"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Virginia, more or less.


Leaving Gettysburg, our plans were to make it a short distance down to Front Royal, Virginia and enter Shenandoah National Park.  Home of Skyline Drive and the Northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Easy to see where the name, Blue Ridge, came from.

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We planned to spend a couple days in the campground at Big Meadows recreation area, and explore out from there.  As we climbed up to Skyline Drive from Front Royal, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful drive to Big Meadows.  Managed to get a really nice site and settled in.  The gnats were bad, so we set up the screen room over our table.  Cooked an early supper and decided to drive out to see the meadow.

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Found these two wandering around, looking lost.

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Big Meadows, and Sky Line Drive were the pride and joy of the CCC.  Being close to Washington, DC, they were the first CCC camps set up by the Roosevelt administration.  Their handiwork is everywhere in the buildings, roads, and stone fences.

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As mentioned earlier, so much for plans.  We awoke the next morning to wind and fog.  The fog was so thick that everything outside was soaked.  We decided to go to the lodge for breakfast and wait for it to blow out.  It was still thick as we left the lodge, so we went to the visitor center.  Two movies, one museum, and another gift shop later, we were still in the clouds.  As we made our way back to the campground, I asked her opinion.  Though we had paid for two nights, hers was the same as mine.  Give the park our money, and get off that mountain.  We tore down the screen room, stuffing it into the truck soaking wet, along with everything else that was outside.  Hooked up the trailer and started looking for a road down. 

From reading facebook, we knew both Mississippi State and Ole Miss were playing on Television Saturday.   That became the driving force of where our next location would be.  As Wanda was driving, I was on my phone looking for a place on rvparkreviews.com, trying to locate a  park with good ratings and cable television.  It wasn’t as easy as it sounds.  Most of the parks failed the test.  Actually found one three hours away in Wytheville, VA.  A great park with outstanding facilities, plus cable.

Saturday, after a Bob Evans breakfast, and a Walmart stop for an oil change and a haircut, it was SEC football time.  We watched State kick Texas A&M’s butt!  And then, we watched the Rebels defeat Alabama.  A great weekend for Mississippi football.

From Wytheville, we wandered down to Mt. Airy, North Carolina.  Better known as Mayberry.

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He was still on patrol.

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But, Floyd was closed for the weekend.

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Their sidewalk art project was guitars.

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This tee shirt pretty much defines my life.

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Remember this episode?

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We’ve now made our way to Boone, North Carolina.  The campground we’re in doesn’t have much going for it, except this little creek behind the Casita.

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Thankfully, we can hear it running with the windows closed.  it’s to be below freezing  tonight….jc


  1. Love the t-shirt! Also loved the Ole Miss win - believe me, we were pulling for them. Good for the SEC and the state of Mississippi.

    Stay warm.

  2. Yep, sometimes it just pays to move on--dang weather!

  3. Love seeing the southern progress you are making. Too bad your mountain top experience was miserable. Hope you have time to get back up on the parkway before Cherokee. The LBL was a great rally....your ears should have been burning..T and J from Kansas were there along with Missouri, Kentucky and another east TN couple.

  4. To bad that the weather didn't hold up...Skyline Drive can be an awesome drive, plus some nice hiking trails.....you didn't have to mention the whipping the Aggies took.. :) ....looks like you did a lemon to Lemonade event...Mt Airy and Boone are some neat places....BTW, some awesome photography....Safe Journey...Horst sends

  5. We stopped in mt airy a few years back and enjoyed it as well. On our way to hunting island now!


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