Luray, VA

I know, I know, I’m doing a terrible job keeping up with the blog. I’ve heard through the grapevine that people I’ve never met are getting antsy. I’ll just tell everyone right now, its more fun writing the blog if people leave comments. Whether I know you or not, comments are fun and they let me know someone is reading it. Otherwise it just feels like I’m talking to myself. Luray was very hot, so not nearly as much fun, or pretty, ¬†as when we were there in the fall. We didn’t do as much hiking as I would have liked because of the heat. We did go up to Skyline Drive a couple of times though. Don’t forget to hover your mouse over the photos to see the comments. Sean went for a hike by himself along the Appalachian Trail. We dropped him off in the afternoon, then picked him up about 20 miles down the road 2 days later. I’m very proud of him for accomplishing his goal, but I don’t want to do any overnight hikes myself. Maybe if someone else carried the backpack, but I doubt it. It was very hot and buggy. And yes, I had to feed the kids. I love PBJ. I did grill hamburgers one night but they weren’t great. The chocolate frosted donuts for dessert made up for it though. We repeated a hike we did last time we were here, down to Dark Hollow Falls. It was a lot more crowded this time, even on a weekday. We had to wait quite awhile for people to get out of the way so I could take pictures. By the time they did, the sun was back out from behind the clouds, spoiling my pictures. One day we drove over to Harper’s Ferry, where we had a good hike last time. Sophie came with us since we were going to be gone for several hours. The hike was steeper than I remembered, and she had some trouble with it. Looks like age is slowing her down and she won’t be able to go on hikes that aren’t mostly flat. Its hell getting old. We checked out the used book store in Front Royal that I found for sale online. The store itself was great, but when I asked the guy behind the counter if it was for sale he said no. Okay, hmm. We stopped again a few days later (buying more kids’ books) and there was a woman behind the counter. I asked her if it was for sale. https://bachelorschreibenlassen.com. She said no, but she’d sell it if I wanted it. We exchanged a few emails and I found out she had listed the store for sale a couple of years ago but took it off the market. I think I must have found the old ad. I checked out the area schools a little bit online and it was not encouraging. I found a site that compared schools within the state, and these schools all ranked in the bottom third. Its a nice area to visit, but it didn’t make me want to stop looking.
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