America the Beautiful

As I traveled north toward the Cape with scenery passing by, it made me think of the author of “America the Beautiful,” Katharine Lee Bates, who was born in Massachusetts in 1859.

Coming off the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the Shenandoah Valley, I was looking for a new adventure – a deeper stir. I stumbled upon the Luray Caverns in Virginia and was not disappointed. I read a bit about the caverns before I stopped and took a chance even though it is called a tourist attraction online and people complained about the price.

With 500,000 visitors annually, it is a destination, but it was terrific and well worth the $26!

IMG_1557Everywhere you look, there is natural art dripping from the ceiling and pushing up beneath your feet. The pool towards the middle is absolutely magical, tricking your eyes as to where the water ends and air begins.

IMG_1543After a good night’s sleep in the KOA near Gettysburg, I decided it was time to take my bike out for a spin. I found the greenbelt that encircles the city of Harrisburg and set off to City Island to find a parking spot for the Airstream. The ride was about 20 miles, and most were off the main roads. With several parks mixed with a college campus and downtown, there was plenty to look at and almost no one else on the trail which made for an enjoyable afternoon. Full disclosure…coming from Florida, the elevation changes were challenging, but a good warm up before I head west.

IMG_1545Until next time…happy trails!

No blues on the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Well, this is a day late, but when you combine the delicious ingredients of the past 24 hours with a visit to my bestie, the schedule goes out the window.

A friend recommended driving the Blue Ridge Parkway on my way from Charlotte to Virginia, and I am so glad he did. Thanks, T.J.!

If you haven’t been, put it on your list – the short list. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia and is known for its beauty.

I caught the parkway around the Blue Ridge Music Center and was pleased throughout the day by dappled shadows, curious wildlife, winding roads and majestic trees. Driving along America’s longest linear park was fun, even in a camper!

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I stopped at Stone Mountain to enjoy a little hike in the crisp air and was again reminded of the vast beauty of the area. Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but they don’t do it justice. Nonetheless, enjoy a peek into my afternoon.

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Stone Mountain

As I pulled into camp last night, I caught the last bit of the sunset over the mountains, and all seems right in Virginia.

IMG_1432Looking forward to biking a bit this morning and then off for some museum action in D.C.

Which museum stirs you the most?