A long stay at Front Royal

Trip Start Feb 12, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Skyline Ranch and North Fork RV Parks

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

While at Front Royal, VA Terry had to fly back to Maui to resolve the problems with the tenants in our house. He was gone for about a month, cleaning and re-organizing things, so he could sell the house.

Meanwhile, I stayed in Front Royal and every two weeks (the maximum allowed at a time) moved from one park to the other. I was very proud of myself to accomplish everything..... hitching the car to the RV, unplugging all the hoses and electric, closing all the awnings and securing everything inside the RV, too. Then driving the 12 miles across town to the other park and then re-doing everything over there. Then repeating all that again two weeks later.

Also, during that time, I got friendly with our neighbors at the North Fork park, Hutch and Sue. Hutch is a fantastic mural artist and we had wanted to do a mural on the left side of our RV. When we bought the RV it came with a beautiful mural on the back end of an Indian on horseback, descending a snowdrift, with two black panthers at his side and a forest in the background. The color scheme for whole RV was turquoise and white and even inside it had an Indian theme.

We had wanted to paint an Indian Dream Catcher on the side, with the feathers sort of like blowing in the wind towards the rear. Hutch elaborated on that and drew a snowy mountain scene, with a stream and the dream catcher on a lance beside the stream. He even made one of the mountains look like an Indian profile and he did the whole thing to co-ordinate with the mural on the back. It was fabulous and he even gave us a great bargain price, too!

Terry was so impressed with Hutch's work that he had Hutch do some fiberglass and paint repair on the lower sides of the RV. We all helped and it was actually fun. I put Lika on her bed, on top of the picnic table to oversee our work and keep her out from under foot!

Some of the other things to do around Front Royal include many beautiful and interesting caverns in the Allegheny, Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountains that run SW to NE along the western borders of NC and Virginia. I did the Skyline Caverns (just south of Front Royal on Hwy 340), and we both did perhaps the most famous, Luray Caverns (about 20 miles south of Front Royal on Hwy 340).

All of these caverns have wonderful sights to see of inspiring chambers, sparkling lakes that also reflect some of the fantastic forms and massive crystalline cascades. But Luray Caverns has something very special, that no other caverns have. You can listen to the haunting sounds of the world's largest instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ. This one-of-a-kind instrument makes concert quality music from the surrounding stalactite formations covering more than three acres. It is definitely worth a visit.

Another unique feature of the area is the famous Natural Bridge. During the Colonial and Early National periods in America, the Natural Bridge in Virginia ranked with Niagara Falls on the list of natural wonders in the new world. Throughout the last 250 years, the Bridge continued to grow as a popular destination and inspiration for writers and painters.

Around the location of the Natural Bridge that is 215 feet above ground, there's also Caverns that descend 34 stories deep into the earth. There is also a Monacan Indian village where tourists can participate with canoe building, hide tanning, mat and rope weaving and many other activities.

Even though the Native Monacan Indians had known and revered the Bridge for centuries, Thomas Jefferson purchased it in 1774 from King George III, as a retreat, and he built cabins for his guests. Eventually, trains delivered tourists to the Bridge and it's surrounding natural beauty.
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