Day 147: Galloping To Skyland


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Charles Town Casino and Racing, Charles Town, WV. Did you guess where we were?We just had to take advantage of sleeping right next to the track and watch the thoroughbreds train in the morning.


It’s a beautiful drive through Virginia horse country.

Shenandoah National Park, Fort Royal, VA. Land’s Run Waterfall. (1.3 mile total out and back, 325’ elevation). There is a series of cascades that descend about 80 feet into a gorge. The utilitarian trail takes you down to the top of the falls. You have to be comfortable climbing down a little to really appreciate them.


difficulty: 4

Stoney Man Trail (1.6 total miles out and back, 340’ elevation). On the last trail, closer to the north end of the park, it was a sunny 88F. On this trail, in the Skyland area, it was a welcome 75F. This was a very enjoyable hike with a great payoff at the top with fantastic views.


difficulty: 4

Luray Caverns Motel, Luray, VA. This is an older, no frills model. They claim to have Wi-Fi, which they do but no internet (??), so it’s not usable. The town of Luray is not that nice either. I’ll hazard a guess and say that the main source of income here is the Caverns.

Price: $99


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