One week in on our journey to comply with 70 levels. Have we discovered it? The place have we been? The place are we now? What are we as much as?
After leaving NJ we drove for about 4 1/2 hours. Doug was fairly decided that we wanted to not less than get out of the Northeast Hall earlier than we may cease for the night time. He even tried to inform me that we wanted the depart the state earlier than we may take a potty break… That didn’t occur. Actually, I don’t even assume we had formally left our house county earlier than I used to be complaining that I wanted to go. However we did in truth make it previous Washington DC and throughout the northern portion of Virginia earlier than we known as it an evening. So the place did we go?!
We stayed within the Shenandoah Valley on the Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville, Virginia. This place was excellent. Firstly, it was hotter than the climate we left in NJ. So for two individuals looking for hotter days, this labored. Actually the day earlier than we left, the each of us have been out salting and plowing roads. Right here, there was barely any snow on the bottom and the temperature was above freezing. I’m not going to say that we have been heat but, or that it was even remotely near 70 levels, but it surely was positively higher. Temps have been within the 40’s and the solar was shining vibrant after we began our first official day. Heat sufficient to take a pleasant hike down alongside the river with our canine Lagertha and discover the world.
On high of the marginally hotter climate, Virginia has finished a superb job making their state park a vacation spot for the RV group. Our website was giant with a ravishing view of the mountains throughout. The bathhouse was clear with showers and a laundry room. We had water and electrical on the website, with a dump station completely situated as you exited the tenting space, and it was all moderately priced.
Proper now we do our street tripping in a fifth wheel camper. But it surely wasn’t that way back that each one our street journeys have been finished in our every day driver, largely our Suburban, however typically in a small sedan. State Parks are an distinctive choice for this kind of traveler as a lot of them supply primitive websites for tent tenting, or cabins for the much less outdoorsy. The bathhouses are cleaned and maintained by the park rangers usually. And, like I mentioned earlier than, the worth is usually proper.
Entrance to the Shenandoah Nationwide Park was a ten minute drive down the street. Right here you will see that the northern begin of Skyline Drive, a ravishing byway that actually permits you the chance to journey the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 105 miles of mountain high driving with breathtaking views of the valley’s beneath. The street continues and finally turns into Virginia’s portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We didn’t drive your complete factor, however we did go for about an hour stopping at a lot of the scenic overlooks alongside the best way.
In a brief driving distance there are a number of caverns (Skyline, Luray, Shenandoah, Grand and Infinite – simply to call a FEW!) within the space, all providing guided excursions for about $30 per individual. We’ve finished a number of cavern excursions up to now with Jayden when he was youthful. They’re definitely enchanting, and typically it’s arduous to understand that this panorama is slightly below our ft. Strolling by means of a few of them you’ll be able to really feel like you’re on a far-off planet. However on this journey by means of the world we opted to skip them in favor of getting misplaced down nation roads to see what else the world needed to supply.
Luray Virginia didn’t disappoint. In our pursuit of getting misplaced we stumbled upon Cooter’s Place. Now, I do know the tv present Dukes of Hazzard went off the air again in 1985, however the present maintains an honest following of followers. Right here at Cooter’s Place in Luray Virginia you’ll be able to tour the museum of all issues Dukes of Hazzard without cost. They’ve a duplicate of Cooter’s Storage with the unmistakable Common Lee and several other different of the long-lasting automobiles from the present. There’s a eating space for some eats, and you may peruse an array of merchandise. Their webpage boasts a live performance by Cooter himself each Saturday, but it surely was a Monday after we have been there so no backstage passes for us this time.
We wakened Tuesday morning to a balmy 17 levels.. Which meant it was time for us to maneuver on. We had solely spent 2 nights right here within the mountains, but it surely was now method too chilly for us, and we’ve method too many different locations to go to and other people to see! That is definitely an space that we plan to return to in a hotter month to benefit from some extra climbing and fishing of this prestigious panorama. Preserve following our journey right here, and on our YouTube channel to take a look at among the cool video footage of the place we are and what we’re doing!