Betty Mary here, back from the wild and wild fires in Virginia. Betty Ariel has grown up so nice. She was a lovely hostess and it was a real vacation for me. Professor Vue der Plane and I spent two days at the local Historic Inn. Thank heaven for Groupon. ;-) Actually not a lot of history, as it was built in 1931. However, Eleanor Roosevelt did stay there during the opening of Shenandoah in 1936.
We did some hiking but mostly drove and stopped, repeat, at every scenic overlook for the next 3 hours. I did hike down to a waterfall and back up. Very proud of self. The professor made it almost all the way. The girls were up and back before I felt the spray. As you can see, I found my rock and tunnel. I'd been wondering what happened to them.
Our group of six took a trip to Mount Vernon, which was supposed to start with a boat trip, but we missed the boat (no jokes please) and took the subway instead. We did get the boat on the way back. We were surprised to see that the Queen had been there before us. It was summer, but we were seldom Idyll.
While in Luray with Betty Ariel, the mountain caught fire. It was the first time in over 50 years and was far away from us. We were still able to hike in the park. As we left for home we stopped to let Lucas and Octavia view the smoke.
Betty Ariel let me know today that last night after we left, a severe storm came through and blew out the fire. What a blessing, it had already burnt 250 acres. But it wasn't encroaching on homes, so the Park Service policy is to let it burn. Betty A says a fire every 50 to 100 years is good for the wood(s).
All total we had a wonderful time. But what do you expect when you are traveling with Betty and then meet our first president and the Queen!