Shepherdstown, West Virginia

When the time presents itself, one pastime my wife and I always enjoy involves weekend or day long visits to the small, quaint towns that dot the region around where we live. Usually, these trips are not planned, but rather happen as last minute get-a-ways from the normalcy of the daily routine and often the end result of “we need to get in the bus and go!”.  As the kids become older, we find the opportunities for such luxuries dwindle and require more effort to pause and release ourselves from the pull of chores, work, and responsibility in general.  It is for these fortuitous expeditions, Continue reading

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A ride on Skyline Drive, VA

On the Labor Day holiday, my wife’s family decided to gather in Shenandoah National Park, VA to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday.  The weather was great and having just completed a great trip to the Bug-Out VW show we wanted to continue our bus adventures by bringing Moby along to enjoy Skyline Drive!

The road is the northern section of the 469-mile long Blue Ridge Parkway connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee with Shenandoah NP via the Blue Ridge Mountains (a portion of the greater Appalachians Mountains).  Approximately 105 miles, Skyline Drive winds its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia Continue reading

Wicomico River, Maryland

Our third and final camping trip in June took us to a friend’s family farm along the Wicomico River, not far from the town of Newburg in eastern Maryland.  The setting was absolutely perfect for camping as the farm stands about 30 feet above the shores of the Wicomico, maybe 10 miles west of where it empties into the more famous Potomac River.  Our friend’s family constructed a cabin not far from the riverside cliffs and we parked Moby nearby.  With great views overlooking the river, we settled in for what seemed like a great night under the stars.  Unfortunately, the trip was marred by a couple of camping-related accidents that cut our stay to only one night.  The first occurred late Continue reading

Gambrill State Park, Maryland

Where did the summer go?  The last few months just seemed to zip by, but, happily, we managed to pack in a of fun activities that left me with some good blogging material I hope to cover over the next few weeks.

June turned out to be a great month for camping.  The free time, weather, and friend’s schedules finally synced and provided us with three camping weekends in a row.  On the first weekend, just my son and I got away for an overnighter – mostly as an escape from my 12-year old daughter’s sleepover party, but also to spend a little time one-on-one.  We had a great time building fires, playing games like lawn darts, cooking over the fire, and hanging out in the bus.  It was great father and son bonding time.

The second trip took place the following weekend of June 16-18 up in Maryland.  Years Continue reading

Hitting the road in 2017

A few weeks ago, before spring blossomed across Virginia, we took advantage of some free time during the weekend and hit the road in Moby.  Not a major trip, just really an excuse to get in the bus and go, we headed out for a family lunch in Culpeper, Virginia.  The day was a bit on the cloudy side, but it was good to be bussin’ again after the winter break.  We also took advantage of the drive to have some fun with a GoPro camera Martha gave me for Christmas.  Now, after a few weeks of learning (and some procrastination), I present my first video project and, hopefully, begin a new presentation format for this blog.

Getting away once more to Assateague Island, Maryland

The last few months turned out fairly crazy with many things on the to-do list (both fun and otherwise).  To top off the busy schedule, my laptop once again died. Although I lost no data or pictures this time, I am still incredibly surprised at the amount of time it takes to bring a new beast online and make it functional with all the software and such.   With that thankless task in progress numerous posts in waiting began to pile up.  To catch up with these, I will begin with last week’s adventures to Assateague Island State Park located within the state of Maryland.

Every few years a group of our friends manages to coordinate a joint trip to this coastal location and this summer, we made our Continue reading