Northern Virginia

Current Location: Newton’s House, Philomont, Virginia

This is a two day blog entry again. On Saturday morning, we packed up and headed out from the Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia and headed up the road to northern Virginia and the home of some of our long-time friends, the Newtons. We parked in their front yard and hooked up to their electric. We had put about 2/3 tank of water in the trailer before we unhooked in Virginia Beach.

On the way to the Newtons, our GPS took us through a very narrow, very twisty and windy road near our destination. I had previewed the trip and knew pretty much the route to take at that point, but for some reason trusted that the GPS might have known about a turn I missed during my manual review.

As a result, we ended up on a road that wasn’t much wider than our rig and with no good place to turn around. We ended up with some healthy scratches down the door side of the trailer from trees and limbs overhanging the roadway. Other than that, there were no incidents and we finally made it here safely. The area is beautiful, including the small farm that the Newtons live on. Here are a few pictures.

Front yard with our trailer parked.

Front yard with our trailer parked.

Back yard.

Back yard.

The cows.

The cows.

The ducks.

The ducks.

There are a lot of animals around, including Chumba, the pug. Malcolm and Chumba made friends really quick. Chumba liked helping Malcolm in the trailer.

Chumba

Chumba

We had a spaghetti dinner with the Newtons and visited with them for a while before we all got tired and headed to bed (we stayed in our trailer).

This morning (Sunday), we got up and dressed and drove one of the Newtons’ cars to church to meet up with them in Purcellville at the Purcellville Baptist Church. It was a very nice Memorial Day service.

After church, we all headed back to the house, fixed sandwiches and grabbed some other snacks and loaded everyone up in the Newtons’ Suburban and headed up to historic Harpers Valley, West Virginia. It is a very beautiful and historic area and was fun to visit. We could see three states from where we were (Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia).

View over the valley. Hill in the background is Maryland. Standing in West Virginia. Virginia is off to the right.

View over the valley. Hill in the background is Maryland. Standing in West Virginia. Virginia is off to the right.

 

Rows of old buildings housing shops and restaurants now.

Rows of old buildings housing shops and restaurants now.

While we were in Harpers Ferry, we got another stamp for our National Park Service Passport book. On the way out, we decided to go ahead and get the deluxe version of the passport book. We’ll have to transfer stuff over to it from our little book.

Tomorrow morning, we’re heading out to travel to Ashland, KY. We have reservations at the KOA. We’ll be visiting family and will probably visit Malcolm’s parents’ grave (Malcolm grew up in the area).

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