Thursday, May 01, 2008

Virginia - Woodstock

It's 6am and I'm sitting up with B who has succumbed to 'the bug' so thought I'd do a bit more.

Virginia is such a beautiful place. We had four nights in lodges en route. Travel tip ... trawl the internet for prices. It is time consuming but worth it. The places we stayed in were older but more than adequate. Some new places are very expensive.

First stop off was Seven Bends Lodge near the town of Woodstock in the Shenandoah Valley where we spent two nights. See photos

The previous evening, had been pretty surreal. On a lovely warm evening after our airport experience and almost 18 hours on the road, we finally reached our destination. We'd left the highway and suddenly happened upon several little towns, all complete with charming wooden houses and front porches which I'd only ever seen on film.

A quaint little shop

Behind the lodge was the start of the George Washington National Park and a short drive took us up the mountain to the lookout tower at the top from which you could see the Seven Bends river and valley below. The kids have seen some amazing wildlife since arriving. This guy is a Turkey Vulture (thanks Kim). Other encounters, include beavers and snakes. We are still on the lookout for a bear!

1 comment:

naturalpaths said...

Wow - you had quite the adventure right off the bat, didn't you?! I am looking forward to tagging along on your trip through your blog entries and pictures. It looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful time so far. Great picture of the turkey vulture!!!