2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Luray, VA - Luray KOA aka Country Waye - site 99

Luray, VA - Luray KOA aka Country Waye - site 99, another...

Luray, VA - Luray KOA aka Country Waye - site 99, and...

Luray, VA - Luray KOA aka Country Waye - part of the...

Luray, VA - Luray KOA aka Country Waye - the same part...

Lexington to Luray, VA 0 - our route - 92 miles

Lexington to Luray, VA 1 - headed up the Shenandoah Valley

Lexington to Luray, VA 2 - passing through Shenandoah, VA - a...

Lexington to Luray, VA 3

Lexington to Luray, VA 4

Lexington to Luray, VA 5

Skyline Drive 1 - the mountains are still shrouded in the clouds...

Skyline Drive 2 - we drove from Luray up to Front Royal...

Skyline Drive 3 - some of the north Shenandoah Valley

Skyline Drive 4 - visibility is low but it is still beautiful

Skyline Drive 5

Skyline Drive 6 - the Fox Hollow Trail

Skyline Drive 7 - the Fox family cemetery - only two headstones...

Skyline Drive 8

Skyline Drive 9 - the spring bog on the trail that used...

Skyline Drive 10 - a hawk soaring at one of the turnouts

Skyline Drive 11 - more of the valley

Skyline Drive 12

Skyline Drive 13 - it was a little foggy as we got...

Skyline Drive 14 - we did finally work our away above the...

Skyline Drive 15

Skyline Drive 16 - some more views of the valley

Skyline Drive 17

Skyline Drive 18 - and the mountains around us

Skyline Drive 19 - some budding mountain laurel along our trail

Skyline Drive 20 - headed back to the mountains for the last...

Skyline Drive 21 - now that's a fine farmhouse!

Skyline Drive 22 - back on top, the laurel are in full...

Skyline Drive 23

Skyline Drive 24 - the only wildlife we saw today - a...

Skyline Drive 25 - the Frazier Discovery Trail

Skyline Drive 26 - views from the top of Loft Mountain

Skyline Drive 27

Skyline Drive 28 - it is little cooler at night on top...

Skyline Drive 29 - the trail on the way back down the...

Skyline Drive 30 - at least I think the trail is in...

Skyline Drive 31 - a patient Libby awaits

Skyline Drive 32 - gas on Skyline Drive is 46 cents higher...

Skyline Drive 33 - the clouds were threatening on the way home...


It was a quick 92 miles from Lexington to Luray, Va. The first 40 miles was on I-81 with heavy traffic but once we started the back roads, the traffic was almost non-existent which suited me fine. We are staying at the Luray KOA, formerly known as the Country Waye Campground. We have a very nice 50 amp full hookup pull-through with a large field out our right side. Verizon is good and the satellite was easy - the campground had great WiFi when we checked in and the campground was empty, but it deteriorated rapidly when the weekend crowd arrived. Without our Verizon MiFi we would have effectively been without the Internet.

Thursday we traveled up to Front Royal and started the Skyline Drive from the top. It rained most of the night and there was still some fog as we started out but by the time we reached the drive in the Shenandoah National Park, the fog had cleared but we still had a lot of haze that limited the visibility quite a bit. We drove 32 miles of the 105 mile Skyline Drive and walked a couple of trails and generally just enjoyed the outing. Returning to Luray we decided to go ahead and see the Luray Caverns Thursday afternoon as we were supposed to have thunderstorms in the afternoon and that wouldn't affect seeing the caverns. We were surprised at how good the caverns were. We had seen Carlsbad Caverns, Mammoth Caves and a number of other caves so we didn't really expect Luray to impress us but they did! They had numerous formations covering the whole cavern with many different rooms full of them and the lighting was really well done.

Friday morning the sun broke through early and we headed back for the Skyline Drive to drive and hike the middle portion of it. Just after getting on it we went into the clouds as they hadn't burned off there yet. As we climbed we did finally get above the clouds but the visibility was so poor not many pictures were taken. We walked the Limberlost Trail which turned out to be a nice stroll though the woods without too much elevation change, much unlike the two trails we walked on Thursday. The last half-mile of the trail was through a thick mountain laurel area which will be gorgeous in another week or so as they are just starting to bloom.

We stayed at the campground over the weekend since we didn't want to contend with the holiday crowds in the Shenandoah National Park or anywhere else for that matter. We just relaxed and watched a little softball and baseball. I can't believe how bad the Gators did in their elimination game against Vandy - some real bad relief work!!

Monday we headed back to finish the last 40 miles of the Skyline Drive. It was a pretty day but still hazy so the vista pictures are still not as good as I would hope. About the middle of the drive we walked the Frazier Discovery Trail which was supposed to be an easy 1.3 mile hike through the woods. Well we "discovered" that they lie a lot. The first half of it was straight up Loft Mountain over some fairly tough terrain in some points. We have never been able to figure out how the park system rates their trails? We have been on some easier than this one that were rated moderate and others just as hard that were rated easy. At first we thought they rated on the difficulty of traversing trails over rocks, etc. and then we thought maybe it had to do with elevation change during the trail. But this one was both rocky in places and had a substantial grade for over a half-mile. We still enjoyed it and the view at the top was great but we were tired by the time we got back. Doris even bruised her big toe jamming it into the toe of her shoe as we came back down the mountain. It's all black and blue today.

Tomorrow, we head on a short trip up to Falling Waters, WV for four nights. It is located near Harper's Ferry, Antietam National Battlefield and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park.

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