2.10.09 Shenandoah NP, Monticello, and Driving Day
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2.10.09 Shenandoah NP,
7am: Knock! Knock! Itâ€™s the Shenandoah NP Ranger. (drat!)
The conversation flows like a Laurel & Hardy routine:
Ranger: Youâ€™re not allowed to park here
Me: We completed a self-registration and didnâ€™t see a dispersed campsite, so weâ€™re parked here and leaving no trace
Ranger: But RVâ€™s have to camp in the campground
Me: But the campgrounds are closed
Me: So weâ€™re parking in a dispersed site like the website said
Ranger: But RVâ€™s have to park in a campground. If, in the summer we allowed this, then overlooks would be too crowded.
Me: But in the summer, we could park in the campground
So you see, this didnâ€™t go very far in spite of the nice Ranger. Basically, RVâ€™s are not allowed to park *anywhere* in that National Park when the campgrounds are not open. It doesnâ€™t matter that they need no services and thereâ€™s not another sole around for 50 miles (nor open campgrounds or stores or anywhere else to park).
She kindly gave us a â€ścitationâ€ť instead of a â€śticketâ€ť because she understands the stupidity of the whole rule. Now Iâ€™m â€śin the systemâ€ť and should I commit some other heinous offense, I will surely be hog-tied!
I think youâ€™re not worth your salt as an Adventure RVer if you havenâ€™t gotten at least one citation, so Iâ€™m proud to join that league!
Anyway, we drove down Skyline drive and Lia counted 42 deer, but we saw no other people except the Ranger and her counterpart, both of whom were stopped in the street to chat, since there were no other people there!
So I plan to write the head of that park. When the campgrounds are closed, then self-contained RVâ€™s should be allowed to park at any paved overlook, provided they need no services and leave no trace- particularly National Park Pass holders. Wouldn't that be *reasonable*.
I think that in our search for perfection in avoiding any and all potential and rare problems, rules are developed that severely limit personal freedoms. I can park all over
I checked their website again (yesterday I'd perused it and called their info line to no avail) and I STILL cannot find any information that says RVs are not allowed anywhere in the park overnight in the winter.
I was telling this sordid tale to my Mom who relayed an even better one from today. The FL State Park was full so Mom and Dad asked if they could stay in the Overflow Parking lot (like a parking lot with no services, but you still pay a fee). â€śWe donâ€™t have Overflow Parking,â€ť they said, â€śbecause if we did, people would use it.â€ť Huh? Youâ€™d make more sorely needed money for your State Park while providing no services- and the downside would be *what*??
So, tonight we used our handy-dandy GPS and called ahead to a Cracker Barrel, where the Manager gladly provided permission for overnight free parking, where they have special RV parking, and where we plan to eat breakfast in the morning. We should have stayed last night at the Warrenton Walmart!
We continued on to
We really enjoyed the tour of the first floor of the house. The alcove beds, triple sash windows, dumbwaiter and the foyer clock with the hole in the floor for the balls to drop into for Saturday were fascinating.
Also interesting were the tales and contradictions of this most fascinating person.
My favorite idea was that he believed he could learn to do anything by reading books! Anything! Design a house, survey land, build French doors that close together when you just pull one doorknob- anything. I love the power of that idea!
I also appreciated how he lived 5 years in
Oh! Our â€śRV2: Weâ€™re Living Itâ€ť movie will definitely include tour guides! They will give their spiel and then proclaim, â€śAny questions?â€ť But then when someone asks one, they will be brusque and brief, blatantly discouraging any further questions in spite of their proclamations. I think they are required to ask for questions, but feel very threatened by them. I understand that- I just think it is hilarious.
Then we drove, drove, drove. We crossed 3000 miles tonight on our Disney to DC trip so far. Weâ€™re trying to see