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Emporia, Virginia - Day 4

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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park

Thursday morning began with one of Grandma's home cooked meals; this time pancakes with syrup. She always makes such good meals, especially in the morning. Breaking camp was relatively easy because Poppa hooked up the Jeep and put the awnings up the night before. Jessie was allowed to sleep when we departed the Lake Myers RV Resort and headed down I40 eastbound.

RVJunkie camping in Emporia, Virginia after gem mining in Mocksville, North Carolina

Poppa wanted to take a different route back, so we took I40 to I85 to Route 158 to I95. We wanted to check out a new RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads just south of Roanoke Rapids, NC. It was a new park and not yet finished so we didn't stay there. It will be a very nice park when finished however, as it has a show building similar to the ones in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As a matter of fact, the Gatlin Brothers were due to perform there on Saturday. Anyway, next we drove to get fuel at Love's Truck Stop near Exit 4 in Virginia. Poppa wanted to top off the tank so he would have some on the next trip. Then we headed to a campground in Emporia, Virginia.

The Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park was the same park Poppa and Grandma took Jessie on her first camping trip with the trailer. If you're interested in that trip, you can find it here. It has a swimming pool, playground, pull thru sites with full hookups, a store and even wagon rides for kids.

After setting up camp, Grandma and Jessie played kickball while Poppa began cooking dinner; chicken, pasta and alfredo sauce. Dinner was taking a little time, so they then went to the swimming pool where Jessie met some friends. She invited them to our campfire after dinner to roast some marshmallows. The two friends and their father Rich showed up, and the kids did the marshmallow thing while the adults chatted for a while. Then it was showers and a movie before hitting the sack.

RVJunkie camping in Emporia, Virginia after gem mining in Mocksville, North Carolina

Friday morning Poppa met Crazy Eddie, Captain Tidy Bowl and Ranger Smith first thing while drinking coffee outside. Those are three nicknames for a 76 year young, retired, 18 wheel truck driver from New Jersey that lives and works at the campground. He was very good natured and funny, and kept Poppa in stitches for about an hour. Eddie has 4 kids, 20 grand kids and 15 great grand kids. He and his wife stay a month in the campground before heading out a month traveling. They return and work for a month, and then its back on the road again. What a life.

We also met Ken and Sherry from Punta Gorda, Florida. They are originally from Buffalo, New York, and were going back there for to visit family.

Grandma cooked bacon, eggs and toast on the grill outside the coach for breakfast. Jessie helped while Poppa updated the web site and downloaded pictures. He sent email messages to friends back home letting them know we were on our way. The trip home was uneventful.

This was a very nice trip. We had beautiful weather, a great time and met some really nice people.

Day 3



Our Ratings (1=lowest, 10=highest)

Campground / Resort 10
People 10
Roads 9
Traffic 9
Scenery 9
Things to Do 10
Weather 10