Traveling in Tennessee, Virginia and Wednesday Weigh In

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We are currently camped near Staunton, Virginia. Tomorrow we will be camping in a small campground in Virginia Beach and will be visiting my Mom in Norfolk.

This hasn’t been the greatest week for a traveling and camping trip. When we are camping, we like to take hikes and we only got a couple in. It’s been raining every day and every night — not continuously, but heavy at times and often enough to make things a little difficult.

When we’re traveling, we stop every couple of hours or so and find some place to walk.

Sometimes, we are able to walk at rest areas. When we are able to do that, we make from a couple of “laps” on the walkways to several if the walkways are limited. It helps loosen us up and makes the trip go better. Today we were able to walk at three rest areas. One of them had a “pet trail” that turned into a half mile loop trail into the woods and we had already done the generous rest area walkways.

Off the interstate highways, rest areas are few and far between. We’ve found other places that work well for walks. Shopping malls, of course, are good. However, we’ll often stop at a “big box store” like Walmart, Lowes, or Home Depot, and make several laps around the inside of the store.

We also walk at campgrounds. Walking the entire campground that we were at in Great Smoky Mountain National Park was probably about a mile, which we did 3 evenings, I think. The campground we are at now is at least that, but also has a rather generous uphill section.

We did get several short walks in that on a couple of days when we were able to dodge the storms. Yesterday afternoon when we the campground, the rain had stopped, so we decided to do one of the closest trails, a 2.6 mile round-trip hike to Laurel Falls. It was nice. I’ll post pictures later.


So far as food, I generally don’t overeat too much when we are traveling. We’ve eaten out twice, McDonald’s and Subway. We’ve been eating sandwiches mostly for lunch and regular food for supper. I’ve been eating less snacks, I think.

See other participants’ results at Blog to Fit – Wednesday Weigh-In.

Wednesday Weigh-In – May 7, 2009,

camping, family, fitness, food, health, hiking, on the road, places, tennessee, travel, Uncategorized, virginia, weather

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  • Avlor May 8, 2009

    Sounds like you'll do well when you get back and can weigh in. Even with the rain, I'd bet the smoky mtns were beautiful. 😉

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  • Urban Panther May 8, 2009

    Love the photo. I love bonfires. Technically, we aren't allowed to have open fires where we live, but tomorrow I am buying a Turkish Grill. IF the open fire is for cooking, you can get away with it. So, we'll just have wieners, and wiener roasting forks beside the grill at all times. That oughta fool 'em 🙂

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  • teeni May 8, 2009

    Wow! You are in Virginia! So close to me!! If you get any closer to Massachusetts, email me!!!

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  • rummuser May 8, 2009

    I envy you. Wish I could be doing that somewhere or the other.

  • Leslie May 8, 2009

    I envy you, too. We haven't been on the road in months. When driving from MA back to AR a few years ago, we came through Virginia and spent a couple of days in Shenandoah National Park. I was sorry that we missed the Smoky Mts…especially after an interesting drive through rural West Virginia!
    It's so soggy here that we're having flash floods every other day. I'm hoping it'll dry out next week.
    Going to check out more pictures of your trip!

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  • Mike May 17, 2009

    Avlor – I'm hoping that I'll do ok when I get back to weigh in. I ate a bit much at Karen's brother's house and today we'll be going to her sister's. Not much chance for exercise.

    Panther – Thanks. We like having a campfire. We've only had three this trip.

    teeni – Now we're an area of where we are within five miles of Virginia and Maryland.

    Ramana – Traveling like this is something that we've planned on for 30 years.

    Leslie – We're in West Virginia now and we'll be traveling through a good segment of it on our way back home — unless our plans change.

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