|We spent two nights in Gettysburg, PA at Artillery Ridge Campground.....we were here in June when we explored Gettysburg National Park. This was suppose to be a rest stop. However, we had chores that needed to be done....laundry, fill a propane tank, some RV maintenance and cleaning.....so instead it became a work day. Ugh.
We still needed to head south and west to get out of the track of Irene. So Friday we pulled out of Gettysburg. We travelled down highway 15 to US 340. Along this route we went through 4 states.....Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. We made a stop at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. This was not a planned stop but a spontaneous stop. We enjoyed a little over an hour at the visitors center and in old town. The park provides free bus service to many of the park areas. We really liked this service....they dropped you off at well located stops, running every 20 minutes of so. Nice....would suggest this for Acadia National Park. We will return to visit this park when we have more time. It is really interesting. After the visit we enjoyed lunch in the Airstream before continuing our journey south and west.
This was a beautiful drive through the Shenandoah Valley. On one side of us were the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the other side the Washington National Forest. We drove for awhile on I-81 and decided to change to US 340. We love the back roads as you really can get the feel for the area. We left late in the morning and with our stop at Harpers Ferry and taking our time to enjoy the journey we were late (for us) arriving at our campground.
We finally got parked and setup. Eat some dinner. I was looking at the maps and told Tom where we were in relationship to the events happening now. Tom said "You said we are WHERE?" Well, after travel 3 days and nearly 600 miles we are 100 miles north and west of Norfolk, VA and Hurricane Irene. At this time we are getting some rain and wind from some of the bands. And we are 66 miles from Mineral, VA....the center of the 5.9 Virginia earthquake from last week. Sure hope there are no after shocks while we are here.
We will hunker down here for a few days resting and waiting for the weather to clear up. Then we continue to head south and west....but first a stop to visit some good friends here in Virginia.