The Last Hurrah...

Trip Start Jan 22, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

When we left Greensboro we headed north on route 29 up through the center of Virginia.  It was 275 miles to our next destination in Arlington.  We spent a beautiful day travelling through the countryside with the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shenandoah Mountains to our left the whole distance.  We encountered a bump in the road around lunchtime when we decided to get off in Charlottesville for something to eat and refueling.  Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home.  We had no idea that this whole area would be so congested with malls and traffic.  Trying to maneuver the motor home, car and dolly around the roads, no less restaurant parking lots, proved impossible even with Jeff's masterful driving skills.  Will we never learn to just stay on the beaten path??  Finally we gave up on eating and gassing up in Charlottesville and hit the road again.  Several miles out of town we found a parking lot which could accomodate us and a gas station across the street charging $3.55 a gallon.  We had seen others up to $3.69 a gallon and when your tank is 75 gallons, you're excited to find a bargain like that!

We had made a reservation at Lake Fairfax County Park, about 15 miles from Sara and Ted.  There are almost no RV parks near D.C. and this is one Sara had found and suggested we try out prior to the baby being born, when we intend to stay for a longer period of time.  This is a beautiful setting, on top of a hill and once there we found that we are the ONLY vehicle camping there.  This seemed cool until it got very dark and very isolated and a bit scary.  We also realized that the only hook-up available is electric.  Yes, Jane and Larry, we are now doing REAL camping.  No water, no sewer and no neighbors!  We woke up this morning to a teaming rain and trudged over to the bath house with our dirty dishes and dirty bodies to wash all.  The first thing we saw when we entered the bath house was a poster warning against Copper Head Snakes!  Love life in the wild!!We will spend one more night in this safe haven and then go home to see what our new normal will be. 

This has been a great adventure with no regrets.  We had thought we might get homesick but as long as we had each other and our little home with us we were happy.  We now know that we can do this kind of life without killing each other!  We're already planning our next trips which include D.C. in April, May/June for Sara's baby showers and birth of Baby Wittmer, Virginia Beach in September for our niece Emily's wedding to be followed by another six week adventure, this time out West to see National Parks and the Albuquerque balloon festival.

It has been such fun to share this time with all of you who have followed our journey.  We thank you for reading and responding to our adventures. Our goal is to continue to have a little bit of fun each day when we get back to life "on the Terrace". The best is yet to come!

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Charles Conrad on

Welcome home! What a great adventure. Thanks for sharing

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