While driving a portion of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive in mid June, the beautiful mountain laurel still bloomed profusely. My son-in-law’s mother, Sue, is a friend of mine and when I am visiting Lynchburg, we always make a day trip. This time our travels took us on to the Skyline Drive.
The SNP was established in 1935, a couple of years before Sue was born so it was a part of her personal history for all the years she was growing up. We visited picnic grounds where she remembered Sunday school picnics and overlooks where she pointed out Bacon Hollow and other places that were part of her background. It had been many years since she had been on the beautiful curvy two-lane that winds its way across the mountaintops of northern Virginia. We included a visit to the long-divided 240-acre farm where she was raised so it was all a fun trip down memory lane.
It was my privilege over many years of full-time RVing to often drive the Shenandoah from its northern beginning at Front Royal, the 105 miles down to the Blue Ridge Parkway. With my youngest living only a few miles from it, I have also driven the 469 Parkway miles down Virginia and through North Carolina to the outstanding Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Full-timers tend to roam wherever the wind blows them so I’m sure you will be in this part of the country some time. If you drive this nearly 600 miles, please do not drive it if you are in a hurry. These beautiful miles are filled with history, beauty, culture, arts and crafts, music, endless views, wildlife, a diversity of plants, and you will have many hiking opportunities including the Appalachian Trail that follows alongside. If you can’t spend several days experiencing it, go west a few miles and drive Interstate 81. Why are you hurrying anyway?
God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”