Solistice in Shannendoah
Trip Start May 01, 2005
141Trip End May 01, 2006
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I went South in to Virginia from there and stopped at the National Fierfighter Memorial. A circle of the maltese cross with names all over the brick floor surrounded by flags with an iron maltese and flame in the middle.
The people in Virginia are great. Much unlike Maryland. Good Southern Hospitality they say. Well I was directed to www.campcanoe.com in Richardsville, VA. I drove there down some back roads and ended up along the Rhappahanne River where I went Kayaking for 5 hours the next morning. Peaceful. I saw white tail deer, heron, massive hawks and eagles, turtles. Didn't see any 5 ft black snakes that eat the smaller poisonous ones. Thank god - I always tried to steer away from overhanging trees. Some rapids too but fairly low waters.
Drove onto the Skyline View of the Blue Mountains. Awesome!! Increadible ribbons of roads and small pitstops every mile. Viewpoints and 2 - 8 mile hikes everywhere. I stopped at Hawksbill 4500 ft elevation for a short hike and 360 view.
Stayed the night at campsite further down and hung out with my neighbors. Chris 14 year son of a crack mom in jail and his biological dad who was a sailer, mechanic, electrician, reverand- serious (he has conversations with Jesus) and now trucker. Absolutley histarical night, we shared red neck jokes and beers around the fire he started with about a liter of citronella oil.