Oh, What A Day!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Well, we made it through our first chilly night sleeping in the trailer.  It took everyone a little while to settle in (Clare was singing Baby Beluga at the top of her lungs until about 9:30 pm) but everyone was up and ready to start a new day by 7am the next morning.  No surprise there!  After some breakfast and another round of mini golf (I see a lot of mini golf in our future) we packed up and set off to Skyline Caverns.  Everyone enjoyed touring the cave and I think Aimee was the only one scared when they turned out all the lights for just a minute!

  We had a picnic lunch at an amazing park in Front Royal called Fantasyland Playground.  We all had some time to burn some energy before we piled into the truck to travel on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.  

 We weren't sure how the truck would handle pulling the trailer up into the mountains and around the tight corners but it seemed to do just fine.  It was us that were nervous with such narrow roads and very steep drop offs with no guard rails.  The kids thought it was pretty cool how there wasn't any snow at the bottom but at least half a foot near the top.  They were also surprised by the temperature change.  

We arrived at our campsite late afternoon and the kids were climbing over each other to get out and jump on the huge "jumping pillow".  Wish we had one of those in the back yard!  Later in day we rode our bikes and checked out the campground then headed to the woods for a game of laser tag.  The boys thought they were in heaven.  

The next morning we went to the grocery store, a local bake sale (we like to frequent these whenever we can), played at the park, had a game of mini golf, did some laundry, played horseshoes, went on the paddleboats, and of course hit the jumping pillow again.  We had our first campfire that night and just enjoyed being outside in the warmer weather.     

The Easter bunny arrived the next morning much to Cohen's surprise (he was worried he might not find us) and even hid eggs outside for the kids to find.  As we packed up we had no idea what was in store for us on this beautiful Easter morning.

We had done a lot or reading about the Blue Ridge Parkway and were looking forward to seeing its beauty for ourselves.  As we climbed back up into the mountains we noticed more and more fog and less and less of a view.  About 10 miles into the drive we could only see 5 ft ahead of us and were watching Bruce's knuckles turn white on the steering wheel.  We had no choice but to continue on, on this road that seemed to be even more narrow than the Skyline Drive with tighter corners at an elevation of about 4000 ft.  Don't Americans believe in guard rails?  After 2 hours, only traveling 30 miles, we were finally able to exit and gladly headed to the highway.

We stopped at The Natural Bridge for a picnic lunch then got on the highway again.  We had only travelled a little way when traffic came to a dead stop.  3 HOURS later we found out that there had been a 95 car pile up due to the fog.  25 people were taken to hospital and sadly there were fatalities as well.  We felt very fortunate that we weren't one of those cars knowing if we hadn't stopped for our picnic we probably would have been.  Because we sat on the highway so long, we ended up having to try and find the State Park we were staying at in the dark.  We will say how absolutely kind 2 different Virginians were when seeing our license plate on a dark country road, waved us over to make sure we knew where we were going.  We were on the right roads but were very glad to be reassured.  We arrived at 8:30pm to find the gates to the campground locked for the night.  With nowhere to park we headed back to the city we had just gone through in order to figure out what we were going to do.  And then it happened.  Aimee had been dreading it, saying it would never be necessary, but there it was, like a beacon in the night - WALMART!  It was 10 at night and we were just glad to end this day, even in a Walmart parking lot.  Tomorrow can only get better!
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Sandra on

So, that was you that made national news with the headline: "Canadians make big noise in Virginia Walmart parking lot!" Aimee, how could you?!
All joking aside - we love reading your posts. keep them coming. We will keep praying for your safe travels!

Neil on

Did Bruce get offered a job as a walmart greeter? Reid wants to know how it was sleeping in a parking lot!?!

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