Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains have been our home for the last two weeks. The first stop was a lovely state park, Hungry Mother, just outside of Marion, VA. The campground was nearly empty & we had a great spot by a lovely stream. Water, electricity & a laundry made us feel we were living it up. It seemed we spent most of our time going into town for groceries or WIFI or something. Perhaps we just needed a rest. The highlight of Marion was our breakfast at Sister’s Café. They had rosemary parmesan grits & a biscuit bar! Need I say more?
The weekend brought the crowds & we were happy to leave for the US Forest Campground, Stoney Fork, near Wytheville. A perfect park – quiet, private wooded sites & water/electric hookups. Yahoo! We stayed there a week hiking, doing our art/music thing, & enjoying the nearby Starbucks. We even zipped back down I77 for a lunch date with Leila! Definitely a park we will return to.
Loft Mountain Campground is in the Shenandoah National Park, so no hookups. We had a nice site & very few neighbors. The Appalachian Trail crosses the campground & we enjoyed all the backpackers headed north. An amazing variety of people hike the trail or portions of it. (Not on my bucket list.) Emma & Charlotte came to visit us, staying at a nearby B & B. It was so much fun to be with them. We went to White Oak Lavender Farm, which was lovely even though the flowers weren’t quite blooming. Charlotte had her first campfire & roasted marshmallows. Miraculously, the rain held off and Saturday we were tourists at Luray Caverns. The rains descended & Edward & I spent the last two days huddled in the camper, trying to stay warm & dry. Hoping for blue skies in Pennsylvania.