Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:19 AM.

The father of one of my son’s friends recently called and suggested that we take the boys camping at one of Virginia’s state parks.  I thought this was a wonderful idea and a good opportunity to spend time with my son, a couple of his friends and their fathers.

It had been a while since I had been camping, so I volunteered to drive if the other two dads would bring the camping equipment and drinks.  They agreed.  It is sometimes good to have a gas guzzler that will carry a lot of folks and stuff.

My son and I picked up his friends and their dads early Saturday morning and we set out for Westmoreland State Park on the Potomac River’s Northern Neck.  It was only about a two hour drive.  Westmoreland is known for its beautiful scenery, fishing, fossil hunting and wildlife that include a significant number of American bald eagles.

Close by you can find the birthplaces of Robert E. Lee and George Washington, along with the city of Montross which is not a metropolis, but well worth visiting.  Montross, population less than 400, has a Food Lion grocery store, some antique shops and a couple of restaurants.

We pitched our tents headed into town to eat lunch and buy food for the evening cook out.  After picking up hamburger meat and hot dogs to cook for dinner, we had to make up our minds on where to eat lunch.  The “Dairy Freeze” looked good and had chicken and shrimp, but we opted for Angelo’s on the suggestion of one of the girls working at the state park.

Angelo’s had pizza, sub sandwiches, chicken, seafood and a wonderful looking plate of stuff with gravy covering it.  However, our tall, cute server suggested the steak and cheese sub sandwich with potato chips on the side.  When she noted that it was “superb,” she held her forefinger and thumb together and did this swishing motion with her hand.  Being men, all six of us were sold on the steak and cheese sandwich after we watched her do the swishing motion – although the gravy covered stuff looked fantastic. 

We headed back to the state park and explored some, getting to see some beautiful bald eagles in flight.  The boys went swimming and we headed back to the campsite to prepare for a night of hamburgers, hot dogs and killing time.

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