Thursday, August 12, 2010

Camping with the Kids

     Last year we went camping at Linville Falls during the 4th of July weekend and had a great time.  So we decided to go back again this past weekend. And again we had a lovely time - even better in some ways with the kids being more independent and content. We really love the openness of this campground.  If there were showers it would be perfect, but then the campground might draw more people which would detract from the atmosphere.
     We arrived Friday to set up camp and Kelly made hamburgers and hotdogs - typical camp fare - as well as smore's.  (One of the nice perks of camping for me is that Kelly tends to do most of the cooking and subsequent cleanup when we camp.  It all works out considering I do most of the pre and post trip preparation.)
     Saturday, we drove up the parkway a bit to the Linn Cove Viaduct and walked along a trail that runs along side the parkway. We've driven on and camped along the Blue Ridge Parkway several times - this portion in particular. Nevertheless, we were pleasantly surprised by how interesting and easily accessible the Tanawha Trail was near the Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center.  Unfortunately, our little jaunt was cut short by Jonah's necessity for a potty break - he refused to go outside (I'm sure that will change). So bladders empty, we continued north to Julian Price Memorial Park where we had a picnic by the lake and rented a canoe.  Jonah says that was his favorite part of the trip - although he would have liked it even more if he'd caught a fish on his scrap of bologna.
     Sunday, we broke camp and then hiked to the Upper Falls Overlook at Linville Gorge and then stopped to picnic nearby before setting off for home.
     I for one felt renewed and refreshed from the weekend (despite the lack of showers). I am a mountain girl at heart, although, sometimes I forget until I get away to explore little trails, savor the cool weather, and sit quietly in the dark studying the night sky. I'll be ready to go again in a few weeks.

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Bubble fun at the campground
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On the trail to the falls
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A riverside stop

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