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An Appalachian Hipcamp Road Trip: BBQ and Camping Next to a Tipi

They always said that Viriginia was for lovers, so it was fitting that we'd camp here someday.

We were now entering BBQ country.

The first bbq was at Due South BBQ. Brooke claimed she didn't want any pulled pork, but then helped me scarf it down. 

I wasn't quite ready for lunch yet.


We arrived at Chantilly Festival Farm a bit late, but owner David showed me the sites right away. 

While Scott got the tour, I taught Meadow how to play frisbee golf.

After seeing all of the options, we decided to pitch the tent next to the tipi frame.


After staying in rustic places for so long it was weird to be in a "real" campground with flush toilets and showers.

It would also be a completely different atmosphere if it was a summer weekend during one of the festivals.


Meadow and I kept ourselves busy while Brooke tried the showers out.

Too bad the tipi wasn't covered.


Then we decided to go into the town of Floyd for dinner. The local ice cream place was closing so we had to get some before they closed.


Apparently this is a bluegrass town and on Friday nights people can be seen dancing in the streets.

That was not the case the night we were in Floyd.

We can't say no to Mexican food.

Especially when it has a mechanical horse.

It was too nice for my taste, but we didn't have many options.

I figured I'd take advantage of the big, cloudless skies and shoot some night shots while Brooke and Meadow slept.



We also woke up with the sun to catch this beautiful sunrise.


We had to pack up early as we had to get to North Carolina.



Before heading out, we let Meadow try out the tot lot.

She got a chance to ride in front as we drove over by the woods.

We took a quick walk to see the fairy houses in the woods.





As we were about to leave Scott got a message asking if he could take photos of the campsites in the woods. I didn't realize these were back here. I still liked sleeping on top of the hill.

Apparently this is where most Hipcampers stay.


Meadow waited patiently in the car for us.

Since we skipped breakfast we were hungry right away. In town was a Hardee's. Scott was really excited to get their cinnamon raisin bisquits. I haven't had these in like 20 years.

They were as good as I'd remembered.

We got up early so we could take the scenic drive to our next location via the Blue Ridge Parkway.


We stopped at the first overlook to catch this foggy view of the mountains.

After awhile we actually got bored. I enjoyed the view from down below better than up above.

When in the South you have to stop for BBQ.

At round two of our BBQ tour we decided on the platter for two at the Peddlin' Pig. This was easily enough for four adults or a really hungry family. We filled our bellies and drove on to our lone stop in North Carolina.

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