After a slow drive down to Virginia we arrived in Marion where we spent 4 nights at Hungry Mother State Park. For the first 2 nights the campground was very quiet with only about a quarter of the sites filled. The park isn’t too big, but it has a some nice trails, a beach for swimming and a boat ramp for non-motorized boats.
After a quick set up at the camp site we drove about 20 miles west to pick up our friend Purdy at a general store that seemed to be in the middle of no where. Purdy is thru hiking the Appilachian Trail and just passed the 500 mile mark on the trail. Paul and I hosted him for a few days in the camper. We cooked him hot meals, watched movies, and gave him a bed to sleep on, making him a very happy camper.
Our fist two days were spent hanging around the town of Marion and relaxing at the campground. Friday we decided to head down to Damascus, Virginia for a thru hiker festival called Trail Days (post to follow). We spent our last night in the camp enjoying their hot showers and laundry facilities before we had to pack up and head south to the Smokey Mountians!
We started living our version of the American dream this week. Wednesday was an emotional good bye and we spent the first few hours of our trip pretty quiet, processing the fact that we are actually doing this. It wasn’t until we started to see the mountains of Virginia that we actually felt like it was real.
Our drive down to Virginia was thankfully uneventful. The camper and the truck handled the ups and downs of the mountains well.
As we get ready to hit the road Paul and I have been having a lot of conversations about whether or not to take Murphy with us. I never thought that she wouldn’t be coming, I’ve always imagined this adventure with her by my side. Murphy has been by my side for over 14 years and to leave her behind would be sad for me, and I think for her as well. But, she is 14 going on 15 and life on the road may be rough for her. We will be doing a lot of outdoor activities and experiencing different climates. We worry about her being able to keep up and remain comfortable.
I’d love to hear some stories, opinions, and suggestions for traveling with a dog.