What now?

To tell the truth when we left Erwin we were a little unsure about our next destination. Our trips are usually jam packed scheduled out to the day, meticulously researched and busy, busy, busy every day. (Otherwise what’s the point of traveling, right?)

Well obviously my family was unhappy (I heard I’m bored approximately 7,624 times a day) with what was taking place this trip. Which was not very much. We’d sleep in and maybe take a hike in the afternoon—killing a few hours and then do what? Not much. Lots of family togetherness and little WiFi. The kids were clearly dying by this point.

So as we left Tennessee everyone was wondering what we were going to do at our next stop in Fries, Virginia. (Yes, it is spelled like fries, the food, but it’s pronounced like freeze). We were scheduled to be there for a week with NO agenda. Yikes!

It was only a few hours drive to our next RV park and we were there and got set up. The first thing we noticed was that this campground was meticulous and gorgeous. I would highly, highly, highly recommend anyone staying there for a night or longer. http://www.friesrvpark.com/

The owner was a super nice guy named Tom and every sight is creek side with a nice gravel site and a plush lawn. Clearly the owner takes a lot of pride in his park and it’s not overwhelmed with trailers. It’s close to Fancy Gap, Virginia and about 18 miles off of Rte 77 so if you are in the area traveling stop there! In fact, when we travel to visit family in Ohio it’s definitely going to be a stop over point for us!

Small creek and lawn
Our camper from small overlook trail

The town itself has an interesting history, which we learned all about from Wikipedia (and our daughter) as we were traveling through. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fries,_Virginia. It’s an interesting read if you have a few minutes. The town also has a very large waterfall which was quite pretty to watch as it was surrounded by some wildflowers as well.

Fries falls

Here’s the only problem. There’s not much to do—or should I say—there’s not much to do that my family enjoys. So after a very long discussion—-weighing the pros and cons and safety factor—we decided to ….. wait for it ….. drive to Wyoming! What?!?!?

I know, right? So here we go! It’s like starting a whole new trip! Wyoming here we come!

Who are the people in your (RV) neighborhood?

Yes it is a song from Sesame Street but I feel it’s quite appropriate for this situation. Before we left Erwin we had a chance to chat with some of our neighbors. While my striking up conversations with people drives my family (mostly the kids) crazy I think you can learn a lot by being friendly.

(Don’t worry—all these conversations took place while using social distancing guidelines…lol) For instance, one young mom and her daughter had booked a cabin there for 3 months and were only 10 days into their trip. They were from Texas. Another gentleman and his daughter lived there in the area and from the sounds of it somehow were involved with the owners of the RV park (maybe his parents?). He was a contractor and was thinking about moving to New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

The most interesting conversation happened while we were trying to start our fire (FYI—if would never survive in the wild—we couldn’t even start a fire with a lighter 🙄). Our RV neighbors we hadn’t seen at all until then. I asked something simple and found out they had been there for a few days and were from The Villages in Florida. This is about 45 minutes from where we live. Of course, we then mentioned we weren’t FloGrown we were born and raised in Ohio. Where? The Cleveland/Akron area. What? They lived and raised their children one town over from where my husband was born and raised. Crazy right?

We then find out they are in Nolichucky because the husband is hiking the whole Appalachian Trail. Evidently this is a thing . You have one year to hike the whole Appalachian Trail. https://appalachiantrail.org/explore/hike-the-a-t/thru-hiking/. It’s 2,190 miles long. That’s a lot of walking. Our neighbor, we found out, had left in February and then got stopped when they shut the trail down because of Covid. So they added an extra 10 weeks onto his time so he can finish. He mentioned about 3,000 people a year sign up but only about 1/4 of them are able to finish the journey.

I meant to get his information before we left so that I could follow his journey and see if he is able to finish, but the opportunity to talk again never happened! Listening to him I learned a lot that I previously didn’t know, so I hope he is able to accomplish his dream and can do so successfully!

So, if you get a chance to strike up a conversation with your RV neighbor try it. Most people are quite friendly and you might learn something you didn’t know before!