It picked up water in the Gulf of Mexico and dropped it on the mountains of the East Coast. I'll share our resulting itinerary and some photos:
Sunday: drive to Grayson, set up campsite, build campfire, eat dinner, listen to rain on tent roof all night
Monday: Rejoice that rain stopped, hike the Wilson Creek Trail, cook hot dogs/vegan dogs over fire, listen to rain on tent roof all night
|Rain does create beautiful waterfalls and rapids!|
Tuesday: Hike the Twin Pinnacles Trail, Scales Trail. Picnic lunch on ridge top, skip campfire for park-sponsored folk music, beat rain to tent by 5 minutes, listen to downpour like kettle drums all night
|Views from Little Pinnacle, Big Pinnacle|
|View from picnic spot...|
Thursday: Still raining. Get forecast from ranger; pack up; drive home; give poor muddy Toby a bath immediately!
Now at this point, we were a bit downcast about our vacation. Then our son-in-law Billy texted Ted, offering to share their reservation at False Cape State Park on the weekend. Hurray!
Dogs are not allowed at False Cape, for the protection of sea turtle and shorebird nests. You can only get there by hiking 5 miles or riding a bike. But once you have hiked in you are spending July 4 weekend at virtually your own private beach, 5 miles from the mayhem at Virginia Beach. Don't believe me? Look:
From one end of Virginia to the other in one week!
We are lucky to live in an incredibly scenic state, in all weather and every season.