DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

There is plenty of space for us, park where you want!

The choice was easy for us, on level gravel near electric n...

We get settled in for a short stay.

We arrive to the Ranger station and Museum

We walked amongst the battle field, now overgrown.

We found this story stone about the battle

This is the new bridge, not used but for walking only. The...

Over the Staunton River

Map of the battlefield, about a mile distant

The story of the battle for Staunton River bridge

We walked the length of the old rail trail to the railroad...

About the railroad station museum

Map of the trail of operations for the Union Army to weaken...

About the Staunton River Battle


Our drive from TT Lynchburg to Nathalie was only 75 miles but it was a wonderful and beautiful drive through the Virginia countryside.

We have many RV’er friends and some even have homes with RV hookups! While in Florida last year we met the Patterson’s, they are also military retirees. Diring the ensuing conversation they invited us to come by their property for a short stay. Now, months later with much planning, we drove up the driveway and parked, they had 30 amp service and super clean water waiting for us.

One of the main items on our agenda, was for Dave to teach Beverly how to make bowls, baskets and platters using Lariat ropes. After a days rest and some delicious meals, the two of them set up the teaching station. With ropes flying and soldering irons smoking Beverly made two very nice bowls!

Another day, the four of us drove to the Staunton River Battlefield State Park. Along the Staunton River and not to far from Patrick Henry’s home, this is the site of a very fierce battle of only four to five hours fought bravely by men as young as 15 years old and as old as 75 year old southern farmers to defend an important bridge. The Union wanted to destroy the bridge and the Confederacy needed to keep this important lane of commerce for resupply. At battles end, the Union couldn’t get the job done, thereby giving the victory to the south for that day. We learned of the details at the ranger station museum then walked the entire length of the railroad bed including the bridge and old rail station, a distance of about 1.25 miles. That is doubled because it’s “to and fro”!

This was a great experience to Learn about an otherwise obscure but important Civil War confrontation.

Our last full day together we went in to Lynchburg for church services and had a terrific lunch together. The rest of the day was spent visiting and catching up on our past. With our 5 days expended, it’s time hit the road and be thankful for such great friends.

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