Shenandoah, Virginia

We travelled through North Carolina on the main highway, so I can’t say we saw much of the state this time around.  When we approached Virginia, we were still on the highway until we got near our RV park but already you could tell we were in a rural area that looked like we had stepped back in time by 50 years.  I kept thinking of the Waltons (which I used to love watching) and was singing the theme music as we drove by red farm buildings and old brick houses with white pillars out the front, grain silos and green fields.  There’s a Norfolk and Suffolk in Virginia and I thought the countryside looked very much like the Norfolk, UK where I grew up.


We arrived at Yogi Bears Jellystone RV park.  As the title suggests it was a family park geared up for young children with waterslides, fishing and mini golf etc. Most families did have young children, usually 3-4 with a couple of dogs, we didn’t mind staying at this park at all-the family atmosphere is friendly and the park is always quiet at night time. At this park we are positioned in the woods on the edge of the Shenadoah Range and when we checked in we got a notice warning not to leave rubbish out over night as there have been an increase in bear activity.  I thought it funny that the park theme is based on the Yogi bear and Boo Boo cartoon, it would be confusing for a young child to see a real bear!  We didn’t see any but did see a recently run over green tree snake that was reasonably large!


We had 3 nights at this RV site so S could have a rest from driving and to explore the Shenandoah Range.  We took a drive up to the range but were unimpressed with what we saw, this is a result of being spoilt New Zealanders who see scenic beauty everywhere.  The drive through the range was a bit like Scenic drive in the Waitakeres.  It was nice, but not worth a second day visit and we decided not to walk in the wood-due to increased bear activity!  You need to be in a group of 3+ to be bear safe.


On a spare day we drove to nearby Luray to have a look at the town.  It was quaint and felt like real rural America.  There were some spectacular houses and I enjoyed seeing the Red Cardinal bird flying around (Va’s state bird).  Luray used to be a hub in the 1950’s when the railway line was critical transport.  The Steam trains would pull into the station loaded with coal, it would have been a bustling place back then.

We walked around a residential area of Luray which was very nice, and as we walked through a park I enjoyed seeing wild strawberries in the grass!



We enjoyed walking around the RV park each day, my knee is getting stronger and I can walk better and further now including hills. We had a great bbq one evening.  You can buy all sorts of turkey products here in the states-turkey bacon, sausages, patties etc.  I bought some organic turkey and apple sausages which were amazing!


As I write this we are in Washington DC.  We arrived here today, it was only a 2 hour drive from the Shenandoah Range.  Some of the roads were a bit narrow at times and lots of roadworks on the outer loop around Washington DC which made for narrow lanes at times but S did a stirling job as always.


We are in a super RV park in the College Park suburb of Washington DC, it’s about 30 minutes away from downtown DC by train so we are going in tomorrow to explore.