We all met up at Smokemont campground in the Smokies. Dad and Mom got there first but battled traffic all the way. Lora and I didn't get in any traffic but Steve and Kathy drove through Gatlinburg by mistake so they battled traffic all the way. Kathy put on a chili dinner for our first night together. We sat around the campfire visiting.
Sunday morning we got up and started on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We saw the elk before we got on the road. We stopped at a few different overlooks to take in the sights. We stopped at the Devils Courthouse and hiked to the top. We stopped at another overlook for lunch and then went to our campground at Mt. Pisgah. This is a really nice campground. Dad was having battery problems so I ran him to town. We had steak and veggies for dinner. Another enjoyable campfire.
Monday we went hiking. We drove down and saw Looking Glass Falls and then went out the forest service road to hike to Twin Falls. We didn't make it to the falls, but had a good hike anyways. We came back and had hamburgers for dinner followed by a campfire.
Tuesday we went hiking again. Mom and Kathy stayed at the campground. We hiked Looking Glass Mountain. A really nice hike with wonderful views from the top. Dad lost his apple off the Looking Glass Cliff face. Lora was talking with some young ladies from Alabama, comparing Southern accents. They won. After our hike we drove the forest service road and saw Slick Rock Falls, Log Hollow Falls, and another waterfall. We also found a hunting dog that followed us to the waterfall and back. Steve got the info off his collar and helped get it back with it's owner. We had chicken tonight followed by a campfire.
Wednesday we were back on the Parkway toting our campers. We stopped at Craggy Gardens for our lunch with a short hike up to an overlook. We pulled into the parking area at Craggy Pinnacle Summit when we heard a large bang. Dad's tire blew out on the camper. Come to find out, he hit the curb leaving the Gardens and pinched the sidewall. We were very blessed that a race car owner was in the parking lot and had all the tools we needed to get the tire changed. After that we climbed the Summit. We drove on to the Linville Falls Campground, and RV Park for the next two nights. We had a Mexican dinner followed by a campfire. The entertainment was the acorns falling from the trees. The trees were extremely tall and the acorns had plenty of speed when they hit. Loud noises as they bounced off the camper tops.
Thursday we drove to Little Switzerland for some shopping and exploring. We had lunch in town followed by an exciting trip led by Steve down some good old washed out roads. When we turned around and headed the right direction we found the Grassy Falls which were beautiful. We drove to Linville Falls which was another beautiful area to visit and then made a Walmart trip before heading back to camp. We had fish for dinner tonight followed by a campfire.
Friday we all loaded up the campers and headed down the Parkway. We stopped at Blowing Rock and did the shopping thing again. We ate lunch at the campers and then headed on down to our campground at Rocky Knob. We had a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey tonight followed by a campfire.
Saturday Steve and Kathy headed towards home as the rest of us finished the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had our lunch at Peaks of Otter, finished the parkway and drove the Skyline Drive up to Hwy 33 and camped at Swift Run Campground. When we got here we found that we had lost one set of our camper keys?? We cooked out Brats and skipped the fire. We were tired and wanted to get our showers in.
Sunday the fog settled onto the mountains so instead of doing a moutain drive we did the valley drive through the Shenandoah Valley. We stopped at the little towns of Stanley, Luray, Rileyville, Overall, Bentonville, and Front Royal. Mom got her shopping fix on. We headed back to the campground for dinner of spaghetti. Cold and damp evening spent relaxing in the campers.
Monday we got up and headed East on 33 to Mechanicsville to see my sister. We had a good visit with her and Jim. They took us to the battlefield for a little hike and then after dinner we got to see the play Hamilton.
Tuesday the ladies went shopping while the men got projects done and or rested. Jim and Lynelle took us over to the river downtown and then we went to check out Nate and Perry's house. We enjoyed visiting and dinner with them before heading back home.
Wednesday we got up, said our goodbyes and then headed West. We took back roads to see the rolling hills of Virginia. We stopped in Fort Chiswell and camped at the Pioneer Village RV Park for the night. Hurricane Zeta is supposed to come through tonight.
Zeta didn't get through until about 10:30 this morning. We packed up and headed out taking interstates the rest of the way home. We stopped at the TN boarder for lunch. The weather turned to sunny for us. We had a great time.