WV Star VIPP Cacapon, Berkeley Springs State Parks, WV
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About a year and a half after I received my yellow star WV VIPP participation
card I decided to make another run at visiting 20 West Virginia State Parks.
Thursday, December 1, 2022 I recreated my original trip from Manassas, VA to
Berkley Springs, WV that I took back on Friday, November 6, 2015. It was a
cool but sunny day. Again I took I66 to VA37 to US522 to get to the first of
two parks. I left around 10:00 AM.
I arrived at Cacapon State Park at around 12 noon. When I entered the lodge to
get my card stamped it looked a lot different. The state had remodeled the
entire lodge and it looked fantastic! The lady behind the counter stamped my
Here is the trip log for the last time that I
visited these parks in November, 2015.
card, I thanked her and then proceeded to the town of Berkeley Springs, WV. I
was upset that I had forgotten my cell phone so sorry, no images today.
So I got back on US522 and entered the town of Berkeley Springs. It looked
they were building a bypass around the town. I think it is needed as traffic
is always slow and heavy in that town. I'm sure that the locals may not share
that opinion. I made it to Berkeley Springs State Park and, like before, the
parking was limited and tight. But I found a space and proceeded to go to the
small yellow building close to where I parked to get my card stamped since that
was were I went seven years ago.
But the building was closed up tight and appeared to not be used for a long
time. So I started walking around the very small park and came across a
newer building that had some activity going on within it. As I approached
this building I saw one of the familiar VIPP boxes that I had encountered on
my previous trips hanging next to the entrance of the building. I first
entered the building and told the ladies at the front desk that I was a VIPP
and was going to stamp my card outside. They said thank you and go right
ahead. So I went outside and stamped my card. The rubber stamp pad needed
ink but you could read what I had stamped. It was 12:20 PM when I left this
So I had accomplished my goal of getting the first two of twenty West
virginia State Parks stamped on my VIPP card. Only 18 more to go. I want
to get this project completed in five years or less this time as opposed to
6.5 the last time.
The thermometer in my vehicle read 39 degrees as I was leaving this park. And
I realized that I was hungary. So I stopped at the McDonalds in town and got a
McRib sandwich. It hit the spot. Then, on the ride home I had to use the
facilities. So I stopped at the Dunkin Donuts in Front Royal, VA. While there
I succombed to temptation and got a half dozen donuts. Oh well, I'll diet
tomorrow. I got home around 2:30 PM and had the rest of the day free. This
time around I plan to visit two or three WV State parks that I haven't been to
yet. But the majority will be parks that I visited on the last run. I look
forward to this upcoming adventure.
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