We are currently parked in the Salem Village Mobile Park in Salem, Virginia. Like I wrote last time, we stayed here for a month last year (April-2009) and then for 2 weeks last July. It isn't an RV park in any sense. They have around 25 RV sites available that can no longer have mobile homes placed there permanently. A year ago we paid $295.00 for the month's rent. My cousin warned me that the rent had been increased recently. Now a month's rent for an RV space with the 50 amp is $435.00. That is quite an increase. The daily rate has gone from $10.00 a night to $25.00 a night. We stay here just because it is in my cousin's neighborhood. There are NO ammenities here to make this an RV park except a coin laundry. There is no restroom, pool, clubhouse or anything. The price is quite high with no exchange in guest ammenities, but we're happy to be here for these 4 days.
This is the entry into Salem Village. This time of year the trees are beautiful and very green. From the park you can see the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. They get the name 'blue ridge' because there is usually that bluish haze you can see in this photo that partially obscures them. Lots of humidity here in Virginia!!! Same thing goes for why the Smoky Mountains are named "smoky"....it is the haze that hovers around them making it look like smoke in the air.
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This is our site here in Salem Village. You do get ample room to park any sized RV, including a nice parking space for your car. Full hook-ups with 50 amp electric. The photo on the right shows Gail and Rick's home here in the village (my cousin).
Last night we went to another cousin's house for dinner (Gail's daughter, Lisa). We all used to live in southern California together way back in the day before we all defected to better locations. This is Lisa and her husband Randy's home. It is a beautiful brick home in a Southern Traditional style.
This is Lisa putting the finishing touches on our chicken dinner. After dinner I took a photo (yes, a poor one) of Randy, Rick and Gail talking over coffee.
My 2 youngest cousins are Lisa and Randy's children. Natalie, who is 3, wanted to show me her playhouse outdoors. Nicholas is 5 1/2 and he just loves to ham it up for the camera. Both of these children were so happy to see Bruce and I. That was so nice, because we hadn't seen them since last July. Kids that young can sometimes forget about relatives they don't see often.
We enjoyed our dinner and then said good-night when it was time for the kids to settle down for bedtime. We plan to meet for lunch at Famous Anthony's restaurant Sunday after church.
We're keeping an eagle eye on the weather here in southwestern Virginia. Thunderstorms and tornadoes could be coming our way from Tennessee. Hopefully, it will go northeast of us here. Keeping our fingers crossed!
We love the fulltime RV lifestyle, even when we pause to visit our family in Tumwater, Washington. We feel happy and blessed to be able to enjoy this special time living anywhere we would like to roam. Join us in our travels, and leave a comment if you please.
I am a wife, mother and grandmother. My husband, Bruce, and I live full time in our Winnebago motorhome. We began this lifestyle in 2008, after over 20 years of vacation traveling, and we love it. We have family in Tumwater, Washington so we return there every few months to be near them. The rest of the time we like to see new places. We have traveled by RV to 49 states and many areas in Canada. While doing this I try to keep my eye on our health habits. I'm a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers and being on the road traveling brings on lots of temptations. Keeping the weight off and still being able to enjoy the RV life....is all part of the adventure!