Tuesday, October 25, 2016

VA - Shenandoah Valley Campground Surprises

   After a long drive, I was glad to arrive at my next stop.  I arrived late and it was nearly dark, but a very kind woman met me at the entrance to give me my camper's packet and welcome me.  A good night sleep followed getting settled in.  The following morning I woke up to bunnies everywhere!  Outside my door, along the road, under trucks...when I went up to the office to pay for my site, I was told that 2 years ago there were only 5 rabbits...we laughed and laughed!!!

My rainbow fire 

BRIGHT SPOT - What a delightful surprise to find that there was a waterfall right on the premises of Shenandoah Valley Campground.  I might not have known about it if it wasn't for me having the distinct pleasure of meeting Jackson!  I was walking and alongside me came Jackson who was riding his bicycle.  We immediately began chatting about....oh, several things, actually.  We talked about the bunny "take-over" first as it was front and center...and on both sides and behind us...LOL  He said he could show me the waterfalls if I wanted him to.  "YES, please", I exclaimed.  So off we went still chatting, with Jackson riding slowly and me walking fast so we could keep up with each other.  Finally, we reached the falls and the little beach area....it was so cool!  It was there that Jackson, age 11, told me about his dream of becoming a paleontologist!  He studies snakes!  He is in middle school and loves Math!
After we hung out at the falls a bit, he took me around the campground to show me where the pool  was.  Once we got back to where our sites were (his family's was right next to mine), I went into the store to get some bunny food and Jackson and I sat along the road feeding the multitudes...lol
Later, I went over to introduce myself to his parents.  What a lovely family.  I told them Jackson was polite and funny and a wonderful guide!  I am grateful to have made a friend in him.  Keep in touch, Jackson.  I want to know about your own adventures!
That little one seems awful curious

My friend, Jackson

Falls at the campground

Here they come
No fighting...there's plenty for all of ya

Yes, I am taking your picture...lol
Thanks for posing!

Jackson had them eating right out of his hand

Hey, get out of there...lol

How cute is this bunny?! Ole lop ear!

Back for more...

I can't tell if they are coming or going!

VA - Skyline Drive and Dark Hollow Falls

    What an amazing time of year to witness the beauty of Skyline Drive in Virginia!  The leaves were gorgeous even with an overcast day.  I had no idea just how curvy and steep the drive would be...good thing I didn't!!!  LOL  Flashbacks of the trip to Alaska through British Columbia, the Yukon and the Al-Can rushed through my mind's eye...accompanied by butterflies in my stomach! That sure made an impression!  Nonetheless, I made it and it was well worth the mild angst.
     The .75 mile hike to Dark Hollow Falls was pretty good.  All downhill.  What I didn't bother myself with ahead of time was that coming back would surely be ...ALL UPHILL...LOL  These legs got a serious workout that day.  I did learn something about my body's tolerance for incline...just gotta take it slow and when it's time to take a break...take a break.  Again, a sight well worth the effort to get to it.  The falls were spectacular.  Quite a crowd was gathered around the base taking pictures.  I sat along the side and watched all the excited faces of children and adults alike.  There were a few folks who were experiencing their first ever waterfall...it was great!  I was amazed at how still I was able to feel inside with all the commotion going on around me.  There is something magical for me about the sound of naturally moving water...falls, lively rivers, the ocean.  It resonates with some deep part of me and I'm sure that is why I can tune out extraneous noises.  For that I am very grateful.

There was a display of mini quilts at the
Visitor's Center...I've included just a
sampling here
They depicted the many national parks
The National Park Service celebrated its
centennial on August 25, 2016

Pic of tree with sun behind me

Pic of tree with sun in front of me

Cool sightings along the path

Dark Hollow Falls

Down, down, down

Up, up, up!!!

The PERFECT pizza!  85% toppings
and 15% crust...thank you Pizza Hut!
Yum...I got three meals out of this one!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

MD/DE - The Beaches...How I Have Missed You

     Sometimes you don't know how much you miss something until you are without it for awhile! That holds true for me when it comes to the beach...moreso, the ocean.  It doesn't ever matter what time of year I find myself back in Maryland, I go for a day or so to get my "WATER" fix!  Lakes and rivers are great, but, really.....
     My dear friend, Sharon, once again opened her beach home to me for a couple of days...thank you hon!  That meant Bethany Beach...AND the weather was unseasonably warm and if I must say...PERFECT.  The sky was clear, the air was warm, the ocean was alive and the sand was between my toes!  It was magical!
   A very special event took place in Bethany a year ago...one that was not obvious right away.  I was at the main drag where shops are and I had just returned to Van Go from a day in the sun when a lovely woman approached me and asked about my van.  Before we realized it, we had talked for a couple hours right there in the parking lot.  It was like we had known each other for...ever!  We knew it was no coincidence that we met there that day, but....   Well, one year later-we got together and spent the day at the beach having the time of our lives!  Day one we actually hung out in Ocean City, MD where Suzanna lives which is only 20 minutes from Bethany.  We walked on the beach and talked for hours and laughed out loud and cried over lunch...what a day!  We blew bubbles all over everybody on the boardwalk!  So many smiling faces...YES! And curious dogs...lol  We took some crazy selfies and when it was time for Suzanna to go to work, we decided to hang out again a little while in the morning before I left.  I invited her to join me for the sunrise and a homemade pancake and raspberry breakfast.  I didn't have to twist her arm...well, maybe a little about getting up at 6:00AM...lol
She met me at the beach in Bethany and the morning was wonderful.  We truly have a very special connection between us.  When we share to help the other, we also help ourselves.  Unexpected clarity and thought-provoking words flow from each of us.  We are the kind of friends that don't need to see each other very often and somehow when we do it feels as if no time has passed at all.  There was a delightful exchange of love and support those two days.  I am so happy that we met up and spent some time together.  Thank you my dear 'Sol' (sun) sister.

***Too many pics here...Part 3 on George moved to next post***


Sailboat at dawn

I LOVE my new sneaks

First LIVE horseshoe
crab I've ever seen

Lovin on Cersei...Suzanna's

On Suzanna's fridge...interesting

A gift from Suzanna

We're cool

There's a very large piggy on the beach...lol

WANT one of these chairs!!!

Awesome dinosaur climbing
thingy for kids


OK...it was begging to happen
The shades were right there on the
beach...I couldn't help myself!
It's Mr. Sandman...lol 

Puppy prints

A mom and her little one watching
the sun wake up....just so sweet

A dolphin tail!!!

Our morning brews
Coffee and chai


"Sol" sisters