We went to Rocky Knob Campground, Virginia, a place Mark and I fell in love with years ago. While the weather was not so reminiscent, the setting definitely was. Colorful and crunchy leaves were all around. The campground was empty and we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. And without intending to, we picked the exact same camping spot we picked 6 years ago!
As a family, we hiked the beginnings of the hike we'd done on our earlier visits to Rocky Knob, up the hillside across the parkway from our campground. We promised the kids they'd see some cows on this hillside, and we didn't disappoint.
It was very windy and cold. The clouds kept darkening, but it didn't dim this little girl's spirits.
Thankfully we made it to "our tree"....a tree Mark and I (and Dulcie!) sat by years ago to take pictures and take a break. I love this spot so much, Mark gave me a framed picture of it years ago. And here we are again, two kids later. : )
After our hike, we got smart and hopped in our car (with heat) and headed to Floyd, Virginia. We ate lunch at the Floyd Country Store. I had heard and read about this place - the music, the culture, the Friday Night Jamborees. It was such a cool place, and so charming! We got there just in time for their Saturday afternoon Americana music.
The kids seemed to enjoy being there...
There may have been a bit of bribing...
After our visit to Floyd, we stopped at Mabry Mill and then headed back to the campsite. The kids played in the tent for a while and I took a nap (one of my favorite things to do when camping!). The kids were so disappointed when we told them we were heading home early. It makes me happy to think they love camping that much! Every time we go with them gets a little easier and a little more adventurous.