April 9-13, 2013
On our way to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, we stopped for a few days in Tennessee at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Our campsite was right on the swift Nolichucky River. The campground is located where the river turns a corner and creates rapids in this section. So we got to listen to the wonderful sound of water rushing over rocks.
Even though the trees are still bare, the ground has turned green. I liked hiking along trails made of grass. Spotted many beautiful birds and even saw a turtle with a baby turtle on her back. We met some nice people in the campground and were invited over to sit around their campfires and make s’mores each night.
We have been driving the state roads when we can. They are more scenic than the Interstates. I’m leary of getting too far off the beaten track because our rig is so big. The state roads work well for us, particularly the scenic highways.
We camped at Stoney Creek Resort so we could be close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Our campsite was on a peaceful lake and it was so serene. It was a personal revelation to me to learn that I enjoy the serenity of the lake over the roar of the rapids at our last campsite. I liked listening to the birds singing and all the other sounds of silence.
We took car drives each day along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. Breathtaking views around every turn. We even stopped for a couple of hikes. One hike was classified as “moderately easy”. They lied. It was a couple of miles twisting and turning down the steep mountainside. Our reward was an 85-foot waterfall which was great, but then we had to get back UP the mountain. We were really feeling that one the next day.