This wasn’t our first camping trip, but it was our longest (so far). We spent four days at Grayson Highlands in Virginia. Mistakes were made. Tears were shed. We had a hella awesome time.
Grayson Highlands is a state park near Mt. Rogers (the highest peak in Virginia). We did not do the Mt. Rogers trail–it’s 9 miles round trip, and although I think it would make a fun, short backpacking trip with my 7 year old, no way in hell am I crazy enough to try that with my 3 year old. Instead, we took advantage of the shorter trails in the park, including Twin Pinnacles Trail and Massie’s Gap.
Why did I choose Grayson Highlands State Park? Two words: Wild. Ponies.
Let’s break it down.
- Evelyn: Massie’s Gap (wild ponies!)
- Lily: Massie’s Gap (wild ponies!)
- Lynn: Massie’s Gap (wild ponies!)
(Funny story. We had been hiking for about half a mile when we came across another family, who told us that they had met another hiker who said she had hiked for two miles and only seen one pony. The family was turning back. The Dad: “They should really put the ponies closer to the parking lot.” Me: “Huh.” Lily: “How long is two miles, Mommy? Is that how far we walk to Politics and Prose?” Yes. Yes, it is. We kept walking. Two miles later, we found a whole herd of ponies and their babies.)
- Evelyn: Peeing in the woods without peeing on self
- Lily: Using her first aid kit to bandage Evelyn’s scrape
- Lynn: Doing ten cartwheels across the field
- Evelyn: Losing her shit in an epic hour-long meltdown. Still fuzzy on the details, but I think it had something to do with goldfish.
- Lily: Losing her shit because she was bored during Evelyn’s meltdown.
- Lynn: Losing her shit because her children were losing their shit and oh my gooooood, you guys.
In short, we all lost our collective shit at pretty much the same goddamn time.
Would we do it again?
- Evelyn: Yes
- Lily: Yes
- Lynn: Yes