One of my “bucket list” items is to get to as many of the official National Parks as possible. The one park on the east coast I have not yet visited is Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Since it is in my direct path southward, I had planned to visit it right after I toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater.” So I decided to try to wait out the government shut-down, in spite of the fact that 30 degree temperatures are on their way, putting an end to the “unseasonable” sixties I have been enjoying.
There were only three camping spots left here at Ohiopyle State Park for next week, because they are closing down all the camping loops but two. So I had to make a call…pay for another week and try to wait out the shut-down, or forgo the Shenandoah NP in hopes that I would make it this far east again one day.
But more importantly, I have both a screaming Verizon and AT&T signal here! That is the best reception for work I have had since I left North Carolina!
The topographical maps had indicated little chance for any kind of cell signal here, as the State Park appeared to be deep in a gorge surrounded by mountains on all sides. However, Ohiopyle State Park is HUGE! So even though the Park Office is at the bottom of the gorge, the Kentuck Campground is located on a bluff on a very steep hilltop.
This news came much to my Winnie’s dismay. Good thing I didn’t know what was in front of me, and had no place to turn around, otherwise I might have given up before I started. It was by far my biggest hill so far, chugging down to first gear to make it up the steep, two-lane incline. Once I arrived at the top of the hill and saw the four bars of signal, sweet relief overcame the adrenalin that was coursing through my veins. When I got out to register at the camp office, I realized my knees were weak.
She informed me that there was a back way for “large RVs.” Not that I consider myself “large” by any means, but guaranteed I will be exiting the back way, I don’t care if it is a few miles out of the way!
Anyway, now that I am here, I decided I could deal with the 30 degree temperatures easier than I could deal with the dropped calls and VPN disconnects every 15 minutes, so I paid for another week.
The very next morning, news came that the shutdown was over…