I got up early to walk the dogs, and I am so glad I did. Our campground used to be owned by the National Park System, so it is right IN the park. I walked down a little road and right past the farm of the Harper family. The mist was rising over the Shenandoah river behind the trees and it was all I could do to keep walking, it was such a beautiful view! The Harper family farmhouse is still standing, and I could imagine the fields filled with cannons and troops and the hectic life of war. For now, it was quiet except for an occasional bird. I told the dogs how important this area was during the civil war, and how lucky they were to get to visit it while the rest of the family was asleep. I’m sure they appreciated the history lesson.
When we took off later for the long drive, we hit two huge hills, with signs saying an 11% grade coming up, and then another at 15%. We unhooked the tow vehicle, and I hopped into it and followed them up and down the hills. Gorgeous green trees and music blaring from the radio; easy drive for me. Dan driving the rig did fine, so we hooked up again close to Highway 15, and kept going.
We had high expectations for Bull Run Park, so we should have known better. It was almost 5 miles back into the park on narrow roads to the campground area, and we had reservations for 2 weeks. I wasn’t feeling quite right about it for some reason, so only paid for one week and told the girl we’d see how it would go. The water park, one reason to stay there, had just closed for the season. It just didn’t feel right.
Lucky us. I called my friend from Senator Hatfield’s office, Lisa, and we arranged to have dinner one night after we did our sight seeing in D.C. She and her husband worked close to where we would be taking the metro each day. How perfect is that! Didn’t know when we’d made the Bull Run reservations.
I also looked up where my friends Gail and Jim lived, two more friends from Hatfield’s office. They were 2 miles away from the RV park we were going to switch to for the second week. Well, thank you very much, no wonder I didn’t want to stay at Bull Run for 2 weeks! Amazing how that worked out.
We had a huge dinner, then went to bed early because we were getting up really early to take a White House tour in the morning. Look out D.C., here we come!