Continuing our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped off in Newland, NC, at the lovely Secluded Valley RV Park. It is indeed located in a little valley with a stream along one side and small lake in the middle. It is an appealing campground that was very quiet during our stay. We would like to take the weather we experienced here with us everywhere we go: low to mid-70s during the day and mid-50’s at night. Continue reading
College Park is located very conveniently where I95 meets I495 (“The Beltway”) on the north side of Washington, DC. For those wishing to visit our nation’s capital city the Cherry Hill Park campground provides a close by place to call home. Directly from the park you can take a city bus to the nearest Metro station. Our purpose for stopping here was primarily to visit Valerie’s sisters. Cyndie lives in Germantown, MD, and Jenni lives in Arlington, VA.
We settled on Woodville, parking at Parnell Creek RV Park, since we couldn’t really find a suitable RV park close in to Huntsville. Our primary objective was to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Woodville is about 20 miles southeast of Huntsville.
With the objective of getting to San Antonio, we looked at the map and found that Sonora, TX, was more or less mid-way from Fort Stockton. And, as luck would have it, Sonora is home to the Caverns of Sonora. Are you sensing a theme here? So far on this trip we have visited Kartchner Caverns and Carlsbad Caverns.
The Caverns of Sonora is privately owned where Kartchner Caverns is an Arizona state park and Carlsbad Caverns is a National Park. With only about 3 miles of developed passages, the Caverns of Sonora is not the biggest or deepest cave system, it is impressive nonetheless.
Carlsbad Caverns has a large natural opening so it was just a matter of time before someone entered and explored the caves within. In this case it was James White in 1898 at 16 years old. He made numerous trips into the caves to explore and for many years he was the only person who knew his way around.