On the Road Again-MacRea's RV adventures travel blog


8 am-it looks like today will finally be a sunny day…yeah! The swelling on Al’s knees has gone away and he will continue to take it easy. On our way to Front Royal, the entrance to Skyline Drive, VA, we came across the Dinosaur Land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Of course we had to stop and take some pictures. At Front Royal, VA, we stopped in at the visitor center to get oriented. They suggested a self-guided walking tour to the town. We started out on this tour but all the houses were closed so we headed north to the Gertrude E. Miller Park where Al grilled hamburgers for lunch. Although the park was small, it had a creek, water feature, and several picnic tables. It was a pleasant place to have lunch.

After lunch, we drove to the Shenandoah National Park entrance and Skyline Drive, which was only a few miles away. We reset the odometer and started out. Skyline Drive is a 35 mph road that follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia for 105 miles. We stopped at several overlooks, referenced to by odometer readings, to view the vistas of the valley below and the mtn ranges in the horizon. We started this leg of our journey with some sunshine but it quickly turned overcast and began raining around 1:30 pm. As a result, the views from the overlooks weren’t great and mostly overcast. We made the most of our drive and snapped a few pictures.

We arrived at the Mathews Arm Campground and self-checked in at 4 pm. The rain had stopped but it is still overcast. This is a tent/trailer campground with no electric and water hookups. We plan to stay only for the night before heading to Big Meadows or Charlottesville, VA in the morning.



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