Virginia Shenandoah Valley

Friday September 2, 2016

We left Lancaster County Pennsylvania around 9:00 AM.  It was 59 when we woke up and 67 be the time we left.  We could not stay because they were booked for the Labor Day weekend.  We got really lucky and got a site in Virginia for the weekend.  Someone had just cancelled when I called last week.20160902_085302Wonderful bridges crossing the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.20160902_090954Passed by Middlesex.20160902_094151Wonderful farms along the highway.20160902_1013330Went through Maryland for 8 miles.20160902_102523Drove through West Virginia for 24 miles.20160902_105243This large cross along the interstate was very cool. People can be so creative.20160906_084050261 miles, 5 hours later, we arrived at Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA. This is a family owned campground that hires Workampers for the season.20160902_141502We really like this park. Our site is #68  The sites are long and level. 50 amp, water and sewer.  Cable was not very good and the internet was very slow.  The water pressure changed throughout the day.  The new owners are working on get a pump station on top of the hill to help with that.20160902_134136Even though it was not perfect, it worked for us and we enjoyed it.20160902_134201There is a pond down there.20160902_134204A very nice couple did take this spot for the weekend, but we didn’t care.20160902_141507The pull through sites are very long.  The back in sites have a better view.20160902_141512No big trees or boulders to get in your way.  Some of the reviews mentioned a very steep hill.  I found it while walking and it was steep.20160904_092405Just don’t take sites 107 – 111.  But it was not that bad getting to our site on top of the ridge.  Everyone was so friendly here.20160905_073852Down on the lower level, there is a very nice pond and camp sites all around it.  We liked being up on the ridge.20160902_173444We had a visitor at our site.20160902_173451He just sat there a while, then moved under the pile of camp fire wood.20160902_180832We had a nice campfire and one of the neighbors came over and offered us some Peach Moonshine.  It was probably some of the best tasting moonshine I have ever had.  These people are really friendly, like I said.20160902_185844Then we were graced with a beautiful sunset.20160902_185945We feel so relieved to have a nice camp site for the holiday weekend.

Saturday September 3, 201620160903_121325A trip to Central Virginia is not complete without a visit to Monticello.  Thomas Jefferson’s home on the hill. Construction began in 1769 and he continued to design and re-design for the next 40 years.  20160903_095848It was a 45 minute drive from Staunton.  The views from his hill are wonderful.20160903_110508They give house tours every 15 minutes from 9:45 – 4:30. This does not leave very much time for each tour.20160903_110437I had come here several years ago and loved the tour.  This time was not as nice.  I think they are trying to get too many people through and don’t give you nearly as much information as they used to.20160903_095919And for $25.00 a ticket, I was really looking for more.20160903_121649No pictures were allowed inside, so I only have exterior photos.20160903_121721There were beautiful flowers everywhere.20160903_12173720160903_12250720160903_122224Jefferson’s wife, Martha, died in 1782.  They were only married for 10 years before Martha died.  They had 6 children together, but only 2 daughters survived to adulthood and only one past the age of 25.  Martha only lived 4 months after the birth of their last child.20160903_123419It is a very lovely place with so much history.  Jefferson was an amazing man.  He loved architecture and gardening.  He recorded the weather everyday while at Monticello.20160903_123458Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 and was over $100,000 in debt, mostly because he inherited his father-in-laws debt. It was not an easy life for the author of the Declaration of Independence.

Labor Day, September 5, 201620160905_090341We thought it was a good day for a drive. Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Drive20160905_091404105 miles of beauty.  Speed limit is 35 mph.20160905_091424Hugh valleys with wonderful views.20160905_09342175 Overlooks along Skyline Drive.20160905_094347We only drove less than half way and each overlook was different.20160905_094711Small lakes throughout the valley.20160905_103722Beautiful rolling hills.20160905_104032101 miles of the Appalachian Trial pass through the Shenandoah National Park.  The A.T. is 2,180 miles, passes through 14 states, 5 National Parks, 7 National Forests, and numerous state parks and towns between Georgia and Maine.20160905_104052Ivy Creek 1.4, Pinefield Gap 1.9, Ivy Creek Spring 2.2 and Simmons Gap 3.320160905_105109Another beautiful overlook.20160905_105229Even some wildlife.20160905_105232Sorry it is so blurring, but this deer was moving fast.20160905_112905A wonderful barn on the way back to Staunton.20160905_122646An awesome home in downtown Staunton.20160905_123708We were told that Kathy’s was the best in town, and it was wonderful.20160905_130624Being Labor Day, we got lucky that they were open.  They close at 2:00 and we got there about 1:30.20160905_130717Saw this marker outside that Staunton is the Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President.  He was born here December 28, 1856.

Moving on tomorrow to be closer to my Dad.  I get to see him for a few days. I can’t wait. Safe travels to everyone.

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