November 5, 2018 – Front Royal, Virginia

A little foggy when I left.

Another short drive to the next site – no sense going too far without Brenda – arrived at North Fork (of the Shenandoah River) Resort – some call themselves that – not too resorty but have a nice back-in site with FHU and SAT. It had been raining so the ground is saturated. We are on the river.

Did take off to visit the Shenandoah NP VC. Saw the movie and bought my magnet and got my passport and a map of the area.

The park was established in 1935 to give millions opportunities to travel to the top. The Skyline drive was created to give motorists a chance to leisurely see God’s great creation. President Hoover built Rapidan Camp in the area to escape the stress and humidity of Washington DC. The Skyline drive was built by the CCC boys in the 30’s and is 105 miles long. The Appalachian Trail follows the ridge line.

Did find a brewery on the way home – good IPA.

Did ask about why the name Front Royal – bartender didn’t know but she found out that when the militia marched through Shenandoah Valley they would align their troops by the Old English Royal Oak and command the men to get in front of the oak – therefore Front Royal – one story.

Tuesday it is raining again so we hunkered down and enjoyed the morning. In the afternoon I drove 30 miles to give blood – why not I wasn’t going hiking.

Wednesday is nicer weather-wise and I took the dogs and we explored Shenandoah NP.

First stop was a hike to a waterfall. We hiked about 1.2 miles and dropped 200 feet.

We drove the Skyline Drive – ended up doing 65 miles one way (40 more to finish the entire Skyline – save that for another day). We have missed the peak leaf color so the scenery was brown and dingy but the mountains were beautiful.

Did get to hike a small portion of the Appalachian Trail which runs parallel with the Skyline drive (the ridge of the mountains).

Saw 4 deer along the way. The rangers say that Shenandoah NP has the largest population of bear per square mile than any other NP. We didn’t see any bears – thank you!

Did another hike by the second VC.

Along the drive there are lots of turnouts with scenic views.

On the drive back we drove through the Valley (faster and less sharp curves) and drove down “Stonewall Jackson” Parkway. Yes the Confederates did march north through the Shenandoah Valley.

Wednesday is supposed to be in the mid 60’s so I will take the dogs and we will explore downtown Front Royal- found the site where the Civil War happened here.

Walked the downtown area – the dogs do enjoy walking Main Street.

Then went over to a park and did more walking.

Finally found another brewery and had my typical.

Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful place to spend lots more time.

Thursday is off to Washington DC to pick up Brenda.

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