Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Don't Cave in - Just Say NO!

3/29 - 4/1/12
Blue Green Resort
Gordonsville, VA

How did we end up here?  Well, way back about the first of the year we were in Destin, FL at a Bass Pro Shop, mainly because we had never been in one and I wanted to try out different binoculars, which we did buy a very nice pair.  As I was looking around, Joe found me and said "they" were offering three days and four nights at a nice RV resort for $100.00 and just for paying $100.00 we would also be given a $50.00 gift certificate to spend at Bass Pro.  I said "what is the catch", Joe said there was no catch.  Well I didn't just fall off the turnip truck, there was a catch he just didn't ask the right questions.  So he drags me over there, and because we were the first person at their both for the day we would get another $25.00 if we filled out the paperwork and give them $100.00 right now.  So this smart cookie asked "What are you selling and how long is the presentation"  they were not going to pull the wool over my eyes.  The place they were selling was in Virginia just north of Hwy 64, just a little northeast of Charlottesville, VA near the little town of Gordonsville.  Well since we were going to be going that way I gave in.  One other thing, after the presentation we would receive a gift certificate for $75.00 and if we made reservations within 60 days we would get another gift certificate for $25.00.  So we decided we could sit through a presentation for all that.  No, we did not buy, it was a very beautiful place but this is not for us, we stuck by our guns and it wasn't easy.

So we used the first gift cards, totaling $75 to pay for almost half of the Vortex binoculars and the next $100 after the presentation on clothing that I didn't need.  So, the question is; Did we get a good deal or not?
I absolutely love my new binoculars, which I was going to get anyway.  But the next best thing at the RV resort was meeting new friends, Robin and Ken who also had the same deal.  They didn't cave to the pressure either.  While at the RV park we spent three delightful days with them over BBQ's, sightseeing and visiting a winery.  Since we will be in their neck of the woods next fall we will be able to see them again.

While there we visited Luray Caverns just outside the Shenandoah National Park.  It's amazing that these caverns were discovered way back in 1878 and is the most popular Caverns in the East.

Look close this is the reflection pool

 This pool you are allowed to through money into it, that's why the color of the water
The money is collected and then given to a charity every year.
In 2010 there was $144,194.00 given to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Shenandoah Agency on Aging 
 They have collected a total of $897,933.32 in the last 10 years.

That's all for now

Safe travels to all and have a blessed Day

Joe and Nancy

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