We spent a lot of time deciding on the next location that we wanted to visit. As always, we were on a limited budget which would influence how far we could travel away from home. Another consideration would be the weather. Our trip was set to take place in August which of course would mean that it was going to be HOT. Neither of us like going to the beach in the hottest part of the summer, so that was out. Going toward the mountains seemed more conducive to the August weather. After a lot of deliberation, we decided to tour the Nelson 151 area in Virginia. This area is known for its breweries, wineries, and even having a distillery!
After the destination was chosen we needed to find a place to stay. We considered hotels in Charlottesville, cabins throughout the area, and campgrounds nearby. There was a KOA campground near Charlottesville that we almost booked. At the last minute we found Sherando Lake recreation area which looked very inviting so we booked a site for three nights.
Our last camping trip hadn’t gone well. Bad memories of torrential downpours, annoying neighbors, and a very wet tent resulted in us not camping for two years. We both still wanted to give camping another try though as we always enjoyed our trips. Camping allows us to take more trips as it can be a little cheaper than staying in a hotel or cabin. Ashley insisted that if we were going to camp again that we buy a bigger tent. The Coleman tent that we had been using was a little small, and it was about ten years old. I debated for months on which tent to buy, finally decking on a Coleman Evanston six-person tent with a screen porch which we purchased from Amazon.
Although we had originally only booked three nights, I had a full six days off of work. Additionally, Ashley was between semesters of college. Neither of us were sure that we would want to spend a full five nights camping, but we did want to take advantage of all of the time we had off. In the end we decided to do two more nights of camping, and booked a site at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina. This would help us on our goal of visiting all forty state parks in North Carolina, and allow us to explore a new part of the state.