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Oct 9, 2011 - Luray, Virginia

Destination # 41: Luray, Virginia Mileage: 240 miles (from Williamsburg, VA) Arrive: Sunday, October 9, 2011 Depart: Monday, October 10, 2011 • Sunday, October 9  We are on our way from our Williamsburg camp site at 9:00 a.m., headed to Luray, VA, to see the Luray Caverns. It’s a gorgeous day with nothing but sunshine and the Virginia scenery is stunning, with lush green fields all along the way with the Fall colours making their appearance in a big way now. Our plan is to park the motorhome in the Walmart parking lot in Staunton, VA and...

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Jul 1, 2011 - Chores & Relaxation

Not much to report today. I did a little reading and tried to spruce up Winnie with a little wax. Not sure you would notice, but I hope it protects the fiberglass. Sue caught up on her e-mail and went to the pool. Max relaxed. I'm also posting the hood ornament names. They were a little tougher than the ones from earlier this week. We'll be looking for another car museum as we move on, so stay tuned for some more hood ornaments.

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Jun 28, 2011 - Luray Caverns

We stayed close to Winnie and Max today and went to Luray Caverns. The Caverns were discovered in 1878 by Andrew Campbell when he, three other men, and his 13-year-old nephew were exploring the area looking for a cave. They found one, as it was the largest series of caverns in the East. Luray is much more commercial than Skyline Caverns with walkways paved with bricks or concrete, and well lit to accent the stalactites and stalagmites. There are some huge rooms within the caverns. Probably the most interesting parts were the reflecting...

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Jun 23, 2011 - Down Day

The weather cooled off today with a nice breeze. It was a good day to be down, sit, and relax. Which we did for the most part. I got up this morning and wanted to take a shower. I turned on the hot water and not a drop came out. Time to trouble shoot the water system. We had cold water at all spigots and the toilet, but no hot water at any spigot. The problem could only be at one location. There must be a blockage on the discharge from the hot water tank, but I can't see where it comes out of the tank. I even tried pressurizing the tank...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Moving on to the Shenandoah Valley

Before leaving the Potomac area of Virginia, we stopped at Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason. Mason wrote the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. “That all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent natural Rights… among which are the Enjoyment of Life and Liberty, with the Means of acquiring and possessing Property, and pursueing and obtaining Happiness and Safety.” --George Mason. Virginia Declaration of Rights, May, 1776. If these words look familiar, they served as the model for...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Luray, VA

June 10th and 11th Today we are at Country Waye Campground in Luray. We are here for two nights. This is a really nice campground in the Shenandoah Valley. We can see mountains all around us and we are down in the valley in beautiful farmland. It is very peaceful here and tonight, they had entertainment, a really good singer. Last night we had a terrible storm that woke us up with lots of thunder and lightening. This morning everything was beautiful and cooler than it has been. We drove up to the Shenandoah National Park and drove for a...

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May 10, 2011 - Big Meadows

We reached Virginia today. We plan on staying at "Big Meadows" RV campground (one of three campgrounds on Skyline Drive) for three nights. The other campgrounds still have not opened for the season yet. There are no hookups at the campground so we will be dry camping for a few days. They do have showers and a laundry room for a fee. It has been quite cloudy and a bit cooler than we have been use to here at 3800 ft. The leaves have barely even come out on the tree.

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Jul 12, 2010 - Jul 2-16, 2010 Luray, VA

Luray RV Resort (Country Waye) Lee's retreat is a Civil War Trail that we followed looking at some sites and seeing some local battlesites. Then we drove to the Manassas Battlefield where two seperate battles occurred. We walked around the first battlefield and then drove on the 2nd battle tour. These battles were also known as the Battles of Bull Run and where Sherman earned his name Stonewall. While in the area I connected with a friend, Maureen, I had not seen in about 20 years but had grown up with. We had a great, tearful reunion and...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Outside the park - sights to see

The Luray Caverns are a commercial operation, but a government-registered historic site and very well maintained. The caves are not very far underground, and are reached by 25 steps or so and then by a long, winding paved trail which winds long deeper and deeper into the ground and back out again. The stone formations are mostly gold from the iron and clay soils above, but a few white ones made from calcium carbonate. The caverns' big feature is it's stalacPIPE organ, which was created many years ago by someone who went through the big...

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May 27, 2010 - flat tire and heat

I got up early today planning to go back to Shenandoah but had a flat tire. I had someone change it for me (the AARP motoring plan seems to respond as well as AAA) and then made phone calls trying to find a place to get new tires. I found a place a half hour from here but they won't have the tires until morning so I'm glad I wasn't planning to go too far today. Luckily I have a "real" spare tire and it's in good shape so I'm not grounded. I went over to the local country club and played nine holes on a beautiful, hilly golf course with some...

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Laurilee's trip

May 26, 2010 - Shenandoah

II spent today driving the southern portion of Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. When I first entered the park there was little to see; the fog was too thick to see anything from the overlooks. Soon though that cleared up and I could see why so many people say that this is one of the prettiest drives in our country. I still prefer the rugged mountains so I would still choose the roads through Glacier or Rocky Mountain but this is pretty. Naming the range the Blue Ridge makes sense too because there always seems to be a blue...

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