The Shenandoah Valley Itinerary

Originally posted on Oct. 14, 2012 @ http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/the-shenandoah-valley-itinerary-1

My cousin visited from California on Columbus Day 2012 and I devised this itinerary to show her the valley. This is the original email I sent her plus my edits, appearing in italics for this post. In the beginning I was under the assumption that we would be in two different vehicles which is why it contains stops about every 25-35 miles. We had both watched the weather for this day for weeks and they called for full sunshine until about 20 hours before arrival. We also ended up riding in one vehicle which made it very nice. (Thanks to my cousin Terry for driving).

Our Travel Van

Our first stop is @ 11 am. Henry and I will meet you at

A. Belle Grove Plantation

They are not opened on Monday because of the holiday (Columbus Day) but we can tour the grounds. If you will remember, the letter cousin Joe sent us about our great great great grandfather mentioned Belle Grove. I am not sure what the connection is but I would be remiss if I did not show it to you when you were so close.

We are still investigating our Belle Grove Connection. Stay tuned to this blog to learn more (wink wink).

Belle Grove, Middletown Va
We will have lunch about 12:15 @

B. Hotel Strasburg

My cousin Cyndi and I share a passion for photography so a lot of this trip was based on that and the photo opportunities in the valley. I also have other friends that share my passion. We have a small group on facebook to share ideas, techniques, information, and of course…Pictures! One of those friends, Carole, was able to join us for lunch at the hotel.

A trip to Strasburg is not complete without a visit to “The Hotel” (as it’s known around here)

From left to right: Henry(my ex), cousin Cyndi,Me, Cousin Terry,my friend Carole, Cyndi;s hubby; my cousin-in-law, Howard.

From left to right: Henry(my ex), cousin Cyndi,Me, Cousin Terry,my friend Carole, Cyndi’s hubby; my cousin-in-law, Howard.


.

C. Next we will drive a few miles to see the Shenandoah River and the Swinging Bridge made famous in this blog post

Not a lot of this trip originally had many opportunities to see the river. Since I had blogged about this spot I thought it a good place for the view, not to mention an opportunity for me to shamelessly promote my blog.

I bravely lead the way.

I bravely lead the way.

I'm obviously not much of a leader because the rest of my group turned around before getting 1/4 of the way.

I’m obviously not much of a leader because the rest of my group turned around before getting 1/4 of the way.

If they hadn't already turned around, this probably would have done it!

If they hadn’t already turned around, this probably would have done it!

Our next stop is in the George Washington National forest where we will climb the

D. Woodstock Tower (an easy hike /wear comfortable shoes)

We didn’t make it to the Woodstock Tower. The rain was coming down pretty good and I was fearful of the danger of slipping. I was disappointed that she wouldn’t see the view but we were working within our means.

Had she come the following week this is what she might have seen:

A view of the Valley

A view of the Valley

If we are on schedule our next stop will be
E. Edinburg Mill

This turned out to be more enjoyable than I had first anticipated. We spent some time here and it really gave my California cousins a sense of the valley that they were unable to see because of the weather.

Edinburg Mill and Museum

By this time I figure we will have worked up quite a thirst and will need to stop @

F. Shenandoah Vineyards

This stop got skipped altogether. I know what you must be thinking..why skip the winery??!! Well it was raining, the main purpose of this stop was to relax, enjoy the view and maybe have a glass. Not much of a view on the outside when visibility is hampered to the extent it was that day and they are from California, I think they have seen wineries before.

These are not Shenandoah Vineyard grapes and from the sunshine I am sure you can tell this picture is not from that day but I've been wanting to share it so here it is

These are not Shenandoah Vineyard grapes and from the sunshine I am sure you can tell this picture is not from that day but I’ve been wanting to share it so here it is

We couldn’t come this far without seeing the local covered bridge; Meems Bottom

G. Meems Bottom Covered Bridge

H. Our next stop will be in Luray. We are going to the caverns but we won’t have time to tour them. We can, however take our pictures in front of the LOVE sign on the grounds before we continue on our trip.

I felt really silly suggesting this stop originally but keep in mind that I thought we would be in separate vehicles and I was trying to give us as much together time as possible. As it turned out it was quite fun and we got some of the only group shots of us together during the whole trip!
http://www.virginia.org/ShareTheLove/

Sharing the LOVE with my cousins

Sharing the LOVE with my cousins

Because we had skipped the tower and that winery we found we had some time and so we got on Skyline Drive at the Luray Entrance. Visibility was fair at the first few overlooks but not five miles in we were shrouded in fog and drove to Front Royal like that for much of the trip. Again thanks to my cousin Terry for driving!

One of the few shots we got on Skyline Drive before that massive cloud on the horizon engulfed us!

One of the few shots we got on Skyline Drive before that massive cloud on the horizon engulfed us!

Our final stop will be in

I. Front Royal where we will have dinner with Ruth Linger. (I’ll probably get some KFC) and relax a bit at Henry’s (my former fiancé) house before bidding you farewell.

I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get a group shot of my cousins with Ruth. They got along famously!

I did, however get a picture of this view which prompted my cousin to say when we pulled up out front of their house on that dismal Monday in October. “I like her already!”

It was the Obama sign that did it!

It was the Obama sign that did it!

5 thoughts on “The Shenandoah Valley Itinerary

  1. Pingback: Facebook Connects Me « The Day After

Comments are closed.