Last minute Camping!

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Our weekend started early on Saturday morning! We packed the Sprinter with a weekend full of gear and headed out to the Blue Ridge Mountains for some last minute camping. First stop, Crossfit Charlottesville to watch a few fellow athletes and coaches compete in the Super Fit Games Charlottesville


We arrived at the crossfit box at noon and under a hot direct sun! Our team had an easy-up which provided ample shade. The Husband and I rotated between taking photos of the our teammates in the competition and watching the little one. She did a good job of sitting in her stroller for all of about 30 minutes.

 

Daddy and his little girl on the YBike

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Ardent Crossfit at Superfit Charlottesville

 

By this time, the three of us were ready to move. Donald let he ride her the YBIKE  around the area and play ball with the other kids. They even ‘raced’ each other up and down the drive-way!

 

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Racing

After about 2 hours of this we called it quits. We said our good-byes and headed to South Street Brewery in downtown Charlottesville for a flight of beer and lunch!

 

When we had our fill of food, we pointed the Sprinter to the west and headed out! Skyline Drive, in the Shenandoah Mountains was our destination.  We jumped on at the southern entrance. There are only 4 places of entry on the 105 mile road.

 

Loft Mountain campgrounds was our point of interest. Located at mile marker 74.5 on Skyline Drive we were approximately 30 miles away. A nice campground with plenty of space between each site.

 

Loft Mountain camp ground
Loft Mountain camp ground

 

We decided to take a nice “easy” 20 mile bike ride at the request of daddy.  We didn’t exactly pay attention to the HUGE 2 mile accent we took to the TOP of Loft Mountain to the camp ground. But quickly realized it when we sped to the bottom.

 

OUCH.

 

We rode up skyline drive and stopped at a few beautiful overlooks.

 

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Overlook on Skyline Drive

 

When we decided to head back to the campground we took a deep breath and went for it. We both dropped down to our triples and peddled hard. What took us 5 minutes to descend, it took us 25 minutes to ascend.

 

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20 mile ride

 

When we got back to camp it took a while to catch our breath and we realized we didn’t stop for fire wood on the way back up. The camp store was 3/4 a mile down the hill…OOPS. Time to climb again. We rode the big dummy down to the camp store and arrived at exactly 8:02. The camp store closed at 8pm. While we wallowed in irritation, we chatted with another camper. He had a dog with him and was waiting for his wife. As we talked, the camp store manager showed up and said he could give us a bundle of wood. But we needed cash. Of course we didn’t bring cash (another oops).

 

To our surprise the nice man we chatted with offered to buy the bundle of wood for us! We couldn’t allow him to do that of course, and the camp store manager said we could come back in the morning and pay for it. This encounter reminded us you should always be nice to people. You never know who you will run into!

 

We hauled the bundle of wood up the hill … slowly.

 

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Bundle of Wood in Big Dummy

 

We made some dinner and helped the little one catch “tinker bells” (fireflies). I then opened a few glow sticks for her and she LOVED IT! She ran around the camp circle until well past her bed time.

 

To our surprise we all slept until well past 8am! We never sleep that late in the Sprinter! We cleaned up and headed to the bottom of the hill to the camp store! A nice breakfast of eggs and toast with some BAD coffee. I love my coffee and this place had HORRIBLE coffee. Cream and sugar couldn’t even make it better.

 

We headed North on Skyline Drive to the next entrance/exit point at Swift Run Gap. We took the ‘back way’ home avoiding ALL 95 traffic. This is the way we normally go. Virginia is great except for the horrid humidity and the ridiculous traffic!

 

Do you want to spend some time on Skyline Drive? Just follow these few simple steps!

1. Download the map of Skyline Drive  HERE.

2. The camp ground will reserve a camp sites if you call ahead, but they leave a handful for walk-ins.

3. Make sure to bring some cold beer, smores and good camp stories!

And don’t forget to share your trip with us! We would love to hear all about it!

Charlottesville, VA

Today we jumped in the van mid afternoon for an outing to Charlottesville Virginia.  We really enjoy checking out historic downtown areas and seeing what eclectic shopping and food we can find.  The goal on all our trips is to find something for everyone in the family!  Today was no different.

 

First order of business was food and a BEER.  We stopped at the South Street Brewery in downtown Charlottesville.  We found easy parking directly across the street (not always easy for us in the Urban Adventure Van).  Inside the brewery you find all the character you would expect from an old brick building. The bartender was very welcoming and knowledgeable.  The atmosphere was laid back and even had a nice warm fire going in the center of the establishment.  The beers were all top notch (we shared a sampler to insure we had the opportunity to try them all) and finally settled on the Expresso Stout as our favorite.  Cool place, GREAT vibe and good beer.
iPhone Show
iPhone Show
Nose Kisses
Nose Kisses
Tattoo
Tattoo

 

Show
Show
After we had filled our bellies it was time to check out the local shopping at the Historic Downtown Mall.  The area is closed to vehicle traffic and provides a quaint walking area with all local stores.  There are clothing stores, jewelry shops, coffee bars and our little girls favorite find of the day, the Virginia Discovery Museum.
used books
used book store
Bike Parking ONLY
Bike Parking ONLY
Family
Family
Adventure Family In Motion goes to Charolettesville
Adventure Family In Motion goes to Charlottesville

 

Chalk Wall
Chalk Wall
Vintage Dress
Vintage Dress
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
The Virginia Discovery Museum is a hands on children’s dream come true!  We turned our little lady loose and let her touch, climb on and color to her hearts content.  At $6 per person, it was a bargain, keeping her attention and allowing her to blow off some steam. It is always a treat to watch your child as they interact with other kids their age.
building
building
science
science
trains
trains
music
music
games
games
slide
slide
games
games
coloring
coloring
After we just couldn’t handle anymore fun at the museum,  we headed back to the street for one last pass before our trip home.  Along the way we stopped at Splendora’s for a coffee and some gelato.  WOW, gelato is a serious treat!  We tried the Salt Carmel gelato and were very pleased with the choice.  We’ll be returning to Splendora’s for another shot at the multitude of combination possibilities.

 

The afternoon in Charlottesville fulfilled our constant quest for new and exciting locations.  We checked out a cool brewery, did some shopping, took a ton of photos, hit a kids museum, and discovered gelato!  Not bad for a quick afternoon adventure.  We will be spending more time in this cool town very soon.