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Old 06-22-2009, 09:48 PM   #31
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Well, back to the places to stay or not:
A couple of nights ago, we stayed in Shenandoah National Park, along the Skyline Drive. It's the northern part of the BlueRidge Parkway. Absolutely beautiful vista's along the whole 470 or so miles that make up the National Park and BlueRidge Parkway. It extends from Front Royal, VA, down to Cherokee, NC, the entire length of the BlueRidge Mountains. Many wonderful campgrounds, but none with elec/water, although most have toilets, potable water and dumpstations. However, don't stay during the summer, and defininitely, not on weekends, they are PACKED! At least in the Shenandoah National Park! That is NOT camping! However, when the kids are all back in school, go for it!

Right now we are in Lancaster, PA (well, actually in Intercourse, PA..but it seems better to say my wife and I are in the middle of Lancaster than that we are in the middle of .... :- )). Yes, Lancaster County...Amish Country, and the sights are just beautiful. We are staying at Beacon Hill Campground, only about 1/3 mile from downtown Intercourse, where there is some great eatiing and wonderful shopping. Horse drawn buggies, farmers working with beautiful horse teams. Take a look below at our view from our chairs this AM. That's a beautiful Amish farm in the background, with their livestock on the hill. Come on East, there's some beautiful places to go.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:04 PM   #32
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Hi: All and a grand Hello from P.E.I. Canada. Happy 4Th. to all our American Cousins.
We have just finished a visit to Cape Breton Highlands Nat. Pk. in Nova Scotia...WOW!!! Every turn in the road is another WOW!!! I will post some pic.s when I return home. On the way there we will be visiting EMILY Prov. Pk. for the "Cosy Camping" Bolerama. Enjoy the summer camping wherever!!!Alf.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:10 AM   #33
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Heh Alf, we visited Cape Breton Island a few years ago, and WOW is the correct word. Love to go back with HokieEscape and camp it one day. Have fun!
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:15 PM   #34
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Glad to see this thread back on track!

I don't make a habit of staying in National Park CG because of the noise, congestion, etc, but was very pleasantly surprised to spend the 4th Holiday in a NPCG and it was very QUIET. Ok, where you ask. Try the Black Canyon of the Gunnison near Delta Colorado, on the North Rim. There is 6 miles of graded dirt road getting there so possibly that keeps out the bigger RVs, only 13 sites, and many are not very level, but if tranquility is what you are looking for you will love the place. Of course I may have just been fortunate in my timing, but I spent 8 days there with no loud music, no kids screaming, no ATVs. It was woderful. Maybe it was so quiet because after a look into the 2000' deep, sheer walled canyon left most people speechless! A few words of caution. Other than gazing into the canyon there is not a lot else to do here. Only three hiking trails, all short. Only a few miles of dirt road to the 5 or 6 overlooks. But if you are a serious climber your in heaven (not me). Also all sites are first come, first served, but while I was there it only filled up one night and that was on a holiday weekend. Several times I walked out to a close by overlook and gazed into the canyon for hours under near full moonlight.....beautiful!

BTW this review applies to the North Rim only, the South Rim is much busier just like the Grand Canyon.

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