New River Gorge
It’s time for the annual Holland family vacation. This year is quite a bit different than years past, as we are traveling with my in-laws Al and Alice. The destination this year is Williamsburg, VA, somewhere I have not been since my per-teen years, and Andrea and Albert have never been.
Traveling with others means having to do things different than you are used to. For instance, on departure day, I wake up, finish packing, and am out the door. We were up by 7 AM this morning, but we’re being picked up by Al and Alice around 10 this morning, which meant a lot of sitting around. I also would have made the drive in a day, but we are taking our time and going in two days.
We did stop off at the Cemetery in Pomeroy to pay respects to Al’s family, or, as he likes to put it, make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be and hasn’t moved. Lunch at Crowe’s and we were back on our way, with the next destination being the New River Gorge.
The funny side moment had to deal with the gps unit. We were using mine Garmin, which I always have set to “shortest distance”, so that we can go through all the small burgs instead df the boring highways. Well, the shortest distance took us onto a gravel road for a short bit before putting us on a 3 mile trip on this road that was wide enough for a car, and maybe a half of another. During this leg, we picked up a branch under the van, which, when we finally found space wide enough to, had to be removed. When we finally got back to a real road, Albert pipes up from the back “I like center lines!”. We all had quite the laugh.
We got to the New River Gorge just as the Visitor Center was closing, but we’re still able to hit the scenic overlooks. The view was amazing.
Dinner was at a real nice italian restaurant called Pasquale’s. Now, reminiscent of my childhood vacations, I am watching the All-Star game on TV.
Tomorrow is more driving, then arriving at our temporary home for the week.