After spending over a week in the big city, we were looking forward to getting back to the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. We found a VA State Park on our way to our next destination that would do the trick! Pocahontas State Park, just outside of Chesterfield, VA fit the bill and we scored a wonderful, private pull thru site! Even thought the store, nature center and CCC museum were closed due to COVID, we enjoyed a wonderful walk thru the woods to a small dam and waterfall. Some people need to be in the city with others and some need the country and the great outdoors to be grounded. We are certainly one of the latter! We spent 2 days at this lovely park and we look forward to staying at more VA state parks in the future.
While in the area, we took the short drive into Richmond to visit another battlefield...sort of. We originally set out to explore Richmond National Battlefield Park but ended up spending our entire time at the American Civil War Museum. It happened to be right next to the Richmond Battlefield Visitor Center, which was closed, so we wandered over to see what it was about. It was a bit pricey at $16 per person, but we were pleasantly surprised at the high calibur of museum it turned out to be! The way they displayed artifacts was brilliantly done and the amount of artifacts for this private museum was staggering. We spent several hours in the museum and really enjoyed it. The museum is housed in the Historic Tredgar Iron Works factory and the way they incorporated the ruins with the new building inside and out was very well done. Just a top notch facility and highly recommend it you are ever in the area.
Up on the hill, behind the museum and battlefield visitor center is the White House of the Confederacy, which was the home of confederate president Jefferson Davis and his family, 1861-1865.
We will certainly be back to this area. There was soo much to explore and our time just ran out. We would have liked to stay longer but were excited to get to our next destination and visit with friends in the greater Greensboro, NC area. We spent Thanksgiving 2018 with Vicki and Ryan and were really looking forward to visiting with them and their fur babies again. Unfortunately, the campground we stayed at in 2018 was booked for the High Point Furniture Expo, as was everything else around. We ended up finding a peaceful little Boondockers Welcome location about an hour away. We quickly setup and drove into Winston-Salem to meet with our friends at Mellow Mushroom for dinner. We looove the pizza at Mellow Mushroom and this visit did not disappoint. We enjoyed catching up with Vicki and Ryan and then spent the next day at their house, getting our doggie fix and enjoying some wonderful BBQ that Ryan smoked and some yummy lemon bars that Vicki made. Sorry, we forgot to take pics of the awesome food but did get a pic of the delicious wine and dear friend!
We headed out early the next morning, as we had a long drive ahead of us to make it to our workamping gig at Valley River RV Resort. It started out as a beautiful drive, approaching the Smokies and trees starting to show their colors, but the closer we got, the worse the weather got. We pulled into the resort after a white knuckle drive through the Nantahala Gorge in the rain later than expected, but quickly got set up in what would be our home for the next two months. We love it here and work with some fantastic folks who made us feel right at home, not to mention managers that truly appreciate their volunteers! More on our adventures here in Murphy, NC in our next post.
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