Wednesday 9/18/13…. We have had a pretty good time while here in Luray. Sunday when we got here we just kicked back and enjoyed the great spot we have and the scenery around the park.
Monday we took a ride into town and checked out the visitor center as well as did a nice drive in the countryside. Luray is a very neat and well-kept town with a pretty nice historic downtown area. Luray is home to the world famous Luray Caverns and the Shenandoah National Park and scenic Skyline Drive.
Diane thought the countryside reminded her a lot of the Lancaster area we visited a few weeks back. Myself I think the Lancaster farms that we saw anyway were much neater and detailed.
None the less everyone we had contact with was very friendly and the town had that small town America feel that we like. I think we both agreed that we could spend a couple weeks here and explore a bit more and spend more time in the Shenandoah National Park.
Speaking in the park, today, Wednesday, we loaded up a sack lunch and headed to it and Skyline Drive. We have heard a lot about it and it was the one thing we for sure wanted to experience.
The park entrance was only 12 miles from our campground so it was a short drive to get there. Once there we flashed the Old Fart Card and went through without a fee. I think normally it cost $15 per car but we didn’t really pay much attention, sorry.
The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park.
The speed limit is 35mph so you can kick back and enjoy the views without the worry of holding people up. There are 75 overlooks on Skyline that offer views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers can put on a show of their own.
We didn’t drive the entire thing but we made plenty of stops to enjoy the views and toured the visitor center. We both had to take turns because we had Jack with us.
We did hike part of the famous Appalachian Trail just to say we did LOL!!! Of course the few hundred yard hike that we did was hardly even a fraction of the 2000 mile foot path that goes from Maine to Georgia.
And I took a 1.5 mile hike down to the Dark Hollow Falls. I didn’t read the sign at the trail head but as I was standing there after the hike out, I’m sure red faced and dieing, Diane pointed out that it said the hike out is strenuous. And I would agree. But I guess that seeing the falls at the end of the trail was worth it.
I told Diane it was her turn and I would stay with Jack but she opted not to LOL!!. But in her defense she did take Jack on an exploratory hike out in the woods while I was gone.
Her and Jack came across the CCC camp that was put together in 1933. About all that remains are stakes in the ground that mark where the buildings once stood and a few markers telling about the area. But it was a unexpected find.
It was a good day and we enjoyed the drive. Afterwards we headed home, had a BBQ and had a nice short visit with the owner of the park before we headed inside. We have to figure out our route for our short trip to Charlottesville where we will probably spend 3 days. We want to visit the Monticello.