Friday, August 8, 2014
We left Charlottesville on August 8th to drive to Wentzville, MO to pick up our new 28-foot Airstream Flying Cloud travel trailer, which we affectionately call “The Turtle”. We were beginning a new adventure of travel, meeting interesting people, and seeing our beautiful country. We describe our adventure as “Living The Dream”.
Monday, August 11, 2014
We arrived at Bill Thomas RV early to take delivery of our new home on wheels. Taking delivery means paying for it. We spent the day being shown the systems and being given a short driving lesson. We spent the night on their lot to see if the systems worked, a mini shake down cruise. The next morning we said our thank you’s and good byes and left more green backs buying RV stuff. We spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in Walmart parking lots. Many of our friends will think that we stayed in Walmart parking lots because they are free. OK the price is nice BUT that is not the reason for staying in Walmart parking lots, at least on this trip. We stayed in Walmart parking lots because they are right on the interstate. That’s important when you are towing a twenty-eight foot trailer that you aren’t comfortable towing. Maneuvering city streets and narrow roads is scary. Most importantly, Walmart parking lots are big with lots of “working room”. You don’t have to back up, a skill, which neither of us has yet. If you have ever backed up a trailer you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t trust me, backing up is a learned skill; we have not learned it and we don’t back up if we can avoid it. In addition, we can get everything we need at one stop, food, medicine, haircut etc.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Virginia Highland Haven, is an Airstream only RV park on top of a mountain in Floyd County, Virginia. We had never been to Floyd County, if you haven’t been go. Its on the “crooked road” we’ll explain what that is later. We met with two couples in Charlottesville who own Airstream Trailers before we bought our Airstream. Paul and Cynthia Pearce and Gary and Lynn Bink , both couples retired to Charlottesville and both couples have been wonderful to us, they are now friends and they are experienced Airstreamers. Each couple has owned multiple Airstreams and they know what they are talking about, they have spent lots of time sharing advice and information with us. Each of them mentioned Virginia Highland Haven to us so on the way home from picking up the trailer in MO we decided to take a few days to relax at VHH. What a special place! Floyd County is absolutely beautiful and Virginia Highland Haven is on top of a mountain at about 3,200 feet with drop dead gorgeous views. The people at VHH were wonderful to us including us in cocktail hours and even a potluck diner on Saturday night. Staying at VHH was great kind of like going to Airstream College! We were shown more and learned more about Airstreams and how to use them during our three nights at VHH than we could possibly have learned on our own in years. We met the nicest people and we will definitely go back to VHH it is a VSP. VSP is an acronym that we use it stands for “Very Special Place”.
Highlights of Floyd County besides VHH were Friday night at The Floyd County Country Store. Floyd County is on “The Cooked Road” a road where Blue Grass music was born. On Friday nights The Floyd County Country store becomes a huge Blue Grass music venue the place is full of people clogging and two stepping bands play on the stage at the country store as well as outside on the street. It is a festive place and a cute town, we loved it!