Day 31: Culpeper, Virginia

Forrest attempted to fix our lingering minor clutch problem by replacing the master/slave cylinder in the Jeep but, as he suspected, it didn’t fix the issue. Nevertheless, I headed up to Shenandoah National Park to hike Old Rag Mountain. Forrest stayed behind to nurse his calf and the Park Service forbids my fuzzy friend from joining me so I went alone.

The hike was pretty nice although it was really foggy. I was excited for the rock scramble that was supposed to be at the top which turned out to be fun (although the fog kept making me think it was over before it was). I really missed having F around for the scrambling part! I don’t mind hiking through the woods alone but it’s just not as fun to play on the rocks alone.

Back at the house, we all relaxed and watched The Motorcycle Diaries. It was a really good movie (“I knew you’d like it, it’s…complex…”). I did some more looking around for jobs while F planned our route to Pennsylvania.

Day 30: Jefferson National Forest to Culpeper, Virginia

Sprocket and I leaped out of bed and took a nice run back down the road. Forrest picked us up about halfway down the road and we all headed for Culpeper. We took some back roads through the countryside which were quite pretty. We found ourselves back at I-81 which we used to get to Buchanan, an access point to the Blue Ridge Parkway and a very cute little town.

Virginia was deemed our favorite part of the Blue Ridge–there were many more access points and the hills were more rugged. We had breakfast at Peaks of Otter, the restaurant was pretty cute with a nice view of a little pond and Sharp Top. The Parkway lead us to the southern end of Shenandoah. We decided to forgo driving the Skyline Drive as driving almost all of the Blue Ridge had satiated our need to drive the ridge tops.

From there we drive straight to Culpeper where Gwynn welcomed us all. We had thai for lunch and Forrest discovered that he actually DOES like thai food (“Just not thai soup.”) Back at Gwynn’s house we relaxed and watched Sprocket terrorize Brutus. I spent some time applying for jobs and F, Gwynn, and Steve watched “Avitar.”