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post #1 of 16 Old 06-29-2020, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Vacation help

Ok... So - with everything going on this year.... and a very late start to the baseball season - our plan is to leave from our last tournament (VA Beach) and go somewhere....

We are taking the camper trailer with us and have booked a campground there. We usually stay at the state campgrounds but they are still closed so unless they open between now and that tourney - we are in one of the good sams ones.

We usually head towards charleston and savannah - sometimes florida but we have decided to go inland with all the COVID stuff going on. I'm thinking final destination is going to be "adventures on the gorge" in WV.

Asking for suggestions between VA beach and the WV destination. It doesn't have to be a straight shot - we are giving ourselves 1.5 to 2 weeks for the vacation. It looks like we'd go through the mountains to get there - The VA portion will all be familiar stuff for us although there is probably something hidden out somewhere that we haven't done.

I don't have to end up in WV if someone has a better idea. I had originally wanted to go to Tampa (My Aunt lives there so I thought we'd stay at a state campground and do a lot of fishing and some visiting).

I'd like to keep it within a 10 hour drive to somewhere. I hate that we are starting on the coast because that adds so much distance. We could come home on Sunday and head out on Monday but that will only bring us about 4 hours inland.

The WV whitewater trip is high on the list. What about Kentucky? Things to do? Not looking for cities - more rural stuff. Ohio? PA?

MD isn't really on my list.

TN - Gaitlinburg.... other stuff?

Cleveland area? Things to do?

Or maybe more inland on SC and GA? I love SC and GA...

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Also... are the borders open? What about Ottawa?

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Also... are the borders open? What about Ottawa?
Nope, still closed to anyone who doesn't own property here. And given the enormous difference in infection rates between the two countries, I don't see that changing any time soon.

Not sure you'd want to try to vacation here right now anyhow, even if you could. You wouldn't be well received, as people are taking the advisories against travel very seriously up here. Where I am, even out of towners are being discouraged from visiting the area.
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I thought better of that anyway. We are taking the dog.

I'm thinking a round trip Norfolk to Lake Erie to West VA to home.

We are taking the camper so that we can stay in outdoors and sleep and handle our own things. Also picking inland because of the numbers. Looks like the beaches and the cities are the most dangerous.
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Stay away from Florida...
Over 10,000 new cases on Sunday and another near 9,000 Saturday you don't want to be here!!
This state is beginning to shut down again...
Bars are mandatory closed as are several other crowd attractions.
Our beaches are closing for the holiday weekend and many are going back to no sitting or sunbathing, only exercise and if a restaurant is open...eating.
Otherwise, move-on status.
Many areas of the state now have mandatory face-mask must be worn and is being enforced {how don't know}
Touristy stuff is sort of open, with tons of restrictions and cancelled activities...prices are still premium for 1/2 what is normally offered to me is stay home to expensive a price.
Tampa and that entire area is a hotspot...not now do you want to visit.

Carolina's, depending where you refer to going is going to make a huge difference.
Some areas are hotspots and tightening if not closing down again.
Georgia is the same way...

Maybe heading inland is a better way to enjoy a vacation.
Find a nice shady campground and just chill a few days...
Not sure what kind of activities anyplace has that have not been postponed or cancelled with this virus ongoing.
Just getting out and away from the chores of home, do some quiet hiking, a bit of fishing and just relax sounds pretty sweet right about now.
Shenandoah Mountains sure are pretty this time of the year...
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@horselovinguy I'm not staying on the coast. I'm staying away from Florida. I have a month but we are looking at the numbers before making any decisions. I'm definitely thinking inland is the way to go. It will be campground - preferable state and national parks. Right now the VA state parks are closed.
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let's see. Cleveland "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Fishing on lake Erie.

South on I-77 Canton Oh. Pro Football Hall of Fame (right off of I-77.

Akron Ohio home of the Goodyear Blimp. Don't know if that is open.

I-77 and I-70 junction at Cambridge Ohio Salt Fork State Park stuff to do there. Golf to fishing swimming . Out of the park is some local horseback riding places. That would put you a couple hours away from Mariette Ohio on I-77 on into WV. You can pick up the interstate to go to The New River Gorge at Charleston, WV. Also depending on the time of the year They have Bridge Day where they shut down all 4 lanes of the bridge to allow B.A.S/E. jumping off the bridge (3rd Saturday in October). The bridge is open to foot traffic and you can also walk across it on the cat walk underneath it. Almost 900 Ft. above the river that you want to raft on. The bridge is right after the Eiffel Tower height wise. Not to far back to Va. from there.

There is quit a few things to do in WV. From Caverns to Train rides like the Cass Railroad in Cass WV. and other trains if you just want to go on a diner train ride. Or rent a caboose and be dropped off on some out of the way siding for a nights camping out. The cabooses' even have snake bit kits in the first aid containers. LOL...... Cell Phones usually don't work in a lot of places in the mountains of WV.

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We're in South Central Virginia and for a weeks vacation love Paradise, Pennsylvania. Middle of Amish country, miles of back roads, interesting Amish stores, beautiful farms. Like going back in time and not lots of tourists.

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@Fuddyduddy1952 I can look into PA as well. I think we can spend a week at the gorge. Husband worked bridge day several times when he was in his old unit. He was there one year when an older gentleman jumped - his shoot didn't open. Very sad.

Did you see our cute little town made the news? I can't really bring it up... politics and all. I wish I could... I'd have so many things to say about the mayor. (I live in the county next door - our boys don't play games so we've been riot free so far). And our county backs the blue. No problem with civil rights, protests, and standing up for what people believe in but no patients for civil disobedience.
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We're in South Central Virginia and for a weeks vacation love Paradise, Pennsylvania. Middle of Amish country, miles of back roads, interesting Amish stores, beautiful farms. Like going back in time and not lots of tourists.

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I think you just gave me my trip. Home to Norfolk (baseball) to Adventures on the Gorge to Paradise PA to home....

Sound good?
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