Sunday, May 24, 2009
Our First Campout in 2009
Larry and I are back in the camper again. We found a great used Yukon (only two years old) which was a certified used car and still under warranty. We decided to take a short shakedown trip and stay close to home so we traveled about twenty miles south to the Harrisonburg KOA which is nestled in at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain. Our plan was to go to the Green Valley Book Fair one day and drive to Skyline Drive the next to hike. But there was a four-mile roundtrip hike from the campground up to the southern ridge trail on the Massanutten. So we decided to stay right there. A walk in the woods, wherever you are, is a delight and this was a trail new to us.
The trail meandered through the woods, always up, but for the most part not to steep and, an advantage to me, not too rocky. We passed a lot of budding mountain laurel that will be glorious later, but finally came upon a patch already blooming. How I love it! Some is such a pale pink it's almost white, but others are a true pink and remind me of my little granddaughters -- the pretty-in-pink princesses. We also saw wild iris and other flowers I couldn't identify.
We came upon a fallen tree across the trail that I had to lift up and move out of the way - good thing I'm so physically fit! There were also some places along the trail as we travelled higher up with spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth I think. All in all it was a great short trip and we've put the KOA on our "camping with grandkids" list because it also has a pool, a playground with a great assortment of equipment, and free miniature golf.