Our last night to relax before packing for the big hike, we stayed at a privately owned campground for the first time. Balsam Woods Campground is owned an operated by a young couple who left their day jobs to purchase a campground – a story we find very inspiring! We stayed on a Sunday night during the slow season, so they let us hang around on Monday after checkout time, which gave us a chance to take a walk and explore the area.
Halloween is celebrated early here at Balsam Woods, and we found a “Haunted Trail”. I could barely convince John to walk down this trail with me. When I crossed over the entrance he grabbed my arm and tried to pull me back “It’s too scary Heidi!” I only half believe that he is joking. One night in Shenendoah I suggested that we tell ghost stories while laying in our tent. He couldn’t believe I would suggest such a thing! John did not grow up on horror movies like I did and does not like ghost stories or creepy decorations.