Travel Date: November 5 – 9, 2015
Summary: After our lovely time in West Virginia, we pack up and head to Fishersville, Virginia where we park on our cousins’ farm for a few days, play with their kids, ride some horses, taste some wine, and overall have a splendid time!
Our parking spot was more than we had hoped for: our spot next to their barn meant an incredible view and some very pleasant and curious neighbors, Bo and Smokey.
And though we were only here for a few days, we packed in a lot of fun! Becky and George have three beautiful girls, Caroline, Ella, and Grace. Our young cousins had soccer games and ballet practice, as well as slack line and zip line to play on in their yard.
Caroline, Ella, and Grace hanging with us in the RV.
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
We visited the Shenandoah National Park for a beautiful day of hiking on a (teeny tiny) section the Appalachian Trail. We only explored a small portion of the 200,000-acre park, but you could easily spend days hiking and sightseeing in there!
We found out more about our curious equine neighbors as the days went on. George had been a national champion ring-jouster, and Bo and Smokey were more than your typical trail-rider. Jousting is one of the longest running sports, dating back to the Middle Ages. Today, instead of trying to knock one’s opponent from their mount, riders aim to capture consecutively smaller rings on their pointed lance as they gallop down a timed track. The horse and rider have to move precisely to hit their targets!
Though they don’t joust anymore, they were still fun to ride. Caitlin and George took them out for a ride around the property before we left.
Today we give thanks for our families and friends, kind strangers we meet along the way, and for this amazing opportunity to take our time and explore!Happy Thanksgiving!
Check out Vlog #5 for the end of our West Virginia experience and our trip to Virginia. ^^