We got there on Friday to a heavy downpour/thunderstorm, but by the time we set up camp, it had all but stopped. Even though it was overcast on Saturday, the temperatures were perfect for camping.
We spent Saturday exploring the park & catching up on some sleep. There's a really cool dam/bridge in the park that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. All of the material used to build the dam are local; the sandstone for the concrete came by a nearby quarry that is still in operation. It's also the largest masonry structure built by the CCC, and also considered the largest non-reinforced dam in the world.
Saturday night, we always have a pot luck at our gathering. Lots of good food & company! This was the largest one we had been to; we had over 50 campers this time.
Sunday is always sad for me...time to pack up and get back to reality. The weekend goes by way too fast!
We had a really nice surprise on Saturday when I checked the email for our camping blog. There was an email from a woman who works for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. She saw a picture on the camping blog (Flyin' the Coop) and asked permission to use one of the pictures for a fundraiser. I am so incredibly honored to be a part of it, and was very happy that she asked to use it. I'm assuming this is the one she asked to use:
We took both dogs with us this time. I didn't know how Pepper would do all weekend without Laika. She got to the campsite without having a stroke from shaking and panting! (I really need to invest in some "calming pills"!) She was fine once we got there...she's just not a big fan of riding in the car. We did have an incident where she jumped out of the truck...but we were stopped. I'm just thankful there wasn't a car coming. I think it's safe to say that she is definitely not a camping dog!
So...hello, Monday. It's a busy week of work, a meeting at church, and 2 music practices. Only 3 more weeks until Fall Break, and Sisters' Weekend!