General Francis Marion Hotel
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I set my alarm for 7:45 this morning but we had crossed another time zone and my iPad hadn't updated itself so I was nearly late. Luckily I was kind of awake at 8:15 when Nicole called in to see if I'd survived the downpour so I got up. At 8:30 we had to go to the office on our campsite and pay for our white water rafting trip then at 9am we jumped on a proper American school bus and headed up river. Our guide was called Dana and he ...
AJ and Allison will so 2100 miles- we did 2- well, 4 round trip! We drove from Mt. Rogers National Recreation area to Grayson Highlands State Park. We stopped at the visitors centers at both areas. At Grayson Highlands we parked at Massey Gap and walked a couple of miles in on the trail. Despite being called Rhododendren Trail, the trail was covered with lovely pink mountain laurel and bright orange honeysuckle bushes. We walked in to see the wild ...
... brought them some treats) for the next week on the trail. They have some interesting gadgets, including a tiny gas stovetop. Footgear becomes very important and they have issues with drying as rain has been abundant this summer. Allison had a bite and rash on her leg but no pain or illness- so- they will continue on their way! They are still full of excitement and energy. What a bold endeavor! After breakfast we gave them a ride back to the AT.
Today was a great day. Breakfast at the Best Western was perfect, oatmeal, coffee and OJ, all for $2.50. Rt 522 from the hotel to Port Royal was a great 4 lane country road and didn't feel like a highway. Entered Sky Line Drive on the North side. Sky Line Drive/Shenandoah National Park was majestic. The views and twisties, (curves) ...
... halt. I sat there in shock as the manager cleared
the door- livid… and spouting epithets which gently translated to, “Get out of
here and don’t come back again!” We did,
hurriedly… but ever since I am VERY aware of overhead clearances.
Well, the campground is beginning to fill. Think I’ll get a cup of coffee and see if
anyone might need some help setting up….