First stop on the road trip: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
Shenandoah is a short three hour drive from home so it was a good first stop on the trip after waking up, dropping off the fur ladies at their vacation homes (P went to our friend's house and J went to Grammys! where they were both spoiled rotten), packing, grocery shopping and the 100 other things we had to take care of before our vacation. We stayed at a Riverside Campground that is 90% filled by permanent tenants like our camp neighbor Woody who informed us that he has been camping in his spot for 24 years. I felt like an outsider to say the least. It was a nice setting with a river front spot. No doubt the best campsite of the trip.
We weren't on the campgrounds much with our exploration of the Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns. The caverns were a highlight for Jonathan because he has a strange obsession with caves. He used to hunt for them and go freestyle spelunking as a child and teen. I faked an illness the one time I was to go walk through a cave with my girl scout troop. It required a headlamp for when we had to crawl on our hands and knees. I wasn't so into that. I wouldn't mind now, but the Luray Caverns is rigged to even be handicap assessable. No crawling needed. The caves were quite impressive but the lines of people were crazy! Who knew that caves would drawl that many people? I would say it's worth the trip if your local. Plus if you have a Giant Food Store Bonus Card you get 1/2 off your 2nd ticket. Holla!