Breakout Tour: Day 5
Front Royal, VA
Days off usually aren’t such when we’re on the road. We rarely have time to just sit and enjoy ourselves, because we’re usually driving or doing some sort of office work. We decided to make our day off for Memorial Day a bit different. After a little Googling, we found a RV campground that was kind of on our way to West Virginia and set out.
When we arrived in Front Royal, VA the first thing we did was hit the grocery store. We all picked up steaks and various vegetables, and also all the fixing we needed to BBQ our hearts out in true American fashion. The RV park was just a few miles away from the market, so we were there in no time.
The entrance to the park was it’s own adventure. We turned off the main road into what felt like someone’s driveway, then continued on through a cattle gate. The driveway continued on through a pasture, with cows roaming free along side the road, occasionally crossing our path as we made our way to the main office to check in. We crossed another cattle gate, then pulled up to the main office.
The RV campground was more of a camp compound than just a bunch of campsites. In the main office there was a shop that had almost every camping necessity possible. In the same building a laundry room, showers, and fully functional bathrooms rounded out some of the basic need amenities. Outside, there was about half a dozen or so small cabins available for rent lining one side of the parking lot. On the other side, a small hill led to a below ground pool, a basketball court, a mini golf course, and a giant hot tub.
Our campsite was down another hill, behind the main office. Each lot had it’s own power, so we plugged in bus and set up out site. The Memorial Day crowd had already left, so we had the whole lower area to ourselves, including the surrounding sites. The guys from Dive were planing on meeting us there, but they were still driving and were yet a few hours out. Root went on a firewood mission, gathering everything from sticks to logs, creating a huge pile that would keep a bonfire burning well in to the night. We set the bonfire pit up about 50 yards from our cooking fire so that we had two distinct hang out spots.
Nate set up some empty cans to use as target practice with the BB gun that he had picked up that morning. We all took turns taking potshots at defenseless beer cans, knocking them from their perches. The BB gun was a bit temperamental on the reload process, but after a while we got used to it.
The whole time we were playing with the BB gun the sun was blazing down on us so we figured it was a good time to go for a swim. We spent about an hour in the pool, staging different swimming competitions including underwater and freestyle. Dive finally showed up just as we were done in the pool and getting ready to head back to cook dinner. Gathering our things, we went back to the bus to set up our grilling area.
Once the charcoal was ready we all took turns grilling our own food. There was chips and salsa, steak, kabobs, salad, corn on the cob, beans…. All the makings of a great cookout. After dinner, with the sunlight waning, Root started up the bonfire. We spent the rest of the evening and into the early morning hanging by the fire until all of the firewood that root collected was burned. Over the course of the evening, one by one everyone gave in to sleep.