You Sure You Wanna Stay Here??

Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Chestnut Creek Campgrounds

Flag of United States  , West Virginia
Sunday, July 12, 2009

So the lovely Inn at USC gave us two tickets to the local Riverbanks Zoo which we visited early in the morning on Sunday. It was a very small zoo; had some interesting animals though and a pretty cool bear exhibit where we ended up spening the most time. Right as I was taking a picture of a baby giraffe, the stupid red flashing battery icon pops up on the digital camera. Normally this wouldn't be the worst news except that it's a rechargeable li-ion battery so it's not like we could stop by the next gas station and pick up some batteries. Not to mention, we were heading for West Virginia where we were going to be camping and I would not get to plug in the battery charger.

After leaving the zoo, we head out on the highway towards Lansing, WV and figure we'll stop in Charlotte, NC and hopefully stumble upon a Best Buy so I can buy a new battery. As it turns out, a few miles before Charlotte, I see a Best Buy sign from the highway and we pull over. The wonderful employee Brittany enlightens Joey and I to the Car Inverter - plugs into the cigarette lighter and has a space for a regular plug so that I could plug my charger into it! PERFECT!!!! This way, we can just charge the battery as we go! Joey was so excited he told the store manager how great of an employee Brittany was for saving our trip :) haha

We ended up stopping a little further in Huntersville, North Carolina to eat at O'Charley's. They had some goooood food! I had lemon artichoke fried chicken and Joey had Prime Rib Cajun Pasta - yumminess. We snapped a few pictures of the amazingly gorgeous houses in this part of NC. They were literally picture perfect with perfectly landscaped lawns on perfect little streets. Not sure what real estate prices are around here but these houses sure made me want to live in NC.

Joey was anxious to see mountains so we continued on our way through Virginia and finally West Virginia, where our ears started popping constantly as we went up and down, up and down, up and down the hilly mountain streets. Eventually, we crossed the New River Gorge Bridge (the New River is where we would be whitewater rafting on Monday.) The New River Gorge Bridge is pretty awesome - it's the longest single steel-arch bridge in the  Western Hemisphere (used to be in the World, until someone in China decided to build one to, too.) Anyways, we got out of the car just past the bridge to go to the overlook where we could see a great view of the bridge and the river below but we were in a bit of a hurry as it was now almost 8:00 pm and we still didn't know where we were staying for the night.

We saw a sign for Chestnut Creek Campgrounds just up the street and figured we'd check it out. As we drove into the forest, we came up to a small wooden shack with the sign "Office" on it. It looked closed but the owner suddenly came by and Joey got out of the car to see if we could stay there. I chose to hide in the car because the place looked a little creepy. Apparently, when Joey asked about the camping, the owner says in a low, southern drawl, "Are you sure you wanna stay here?" Now if I were out there with Joey, I probably would have said "No thanks, we're going back to a hotel" but I didn't hear this conversation until after we had set up our tent and were ready to go to bed! Then I freaked out that only did I have to worry about bears attacking us, but we also had a crazy people-eating guy somewhere in these scary, dark woods! Needless to say, with all the weird sounds of the woods and my fear of being killed in  the middle of the night, I did NOT sleep very well that night (although Joey -who apparently didn't care about our safety- passed out and slept the whole night through!) 

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