Letter: A perfect day for a hayride

Youths and parents head out on one of two full hayrides in Flint Hill last weekend.Courtesy photo

Youths and parents head out on one of two full hayrides in Flint Hill last weekend.

The day was perfect for the Rappahannock Youth Group’s inaugural event last Sunday – great weather, good turnout of youths, leaders and parents, and a fantastic afternoon of fun for all.

Thanks to John and Dee Vest for allowing us to gather on their wonderful property where we began the hayride. The group was so large we had two hay wagons full of enthusiastic young people (24) and almost the same number of adults. It was a leisurely and scenic ride from the Fodderstack to the end of Bean Hollow Road with a short walk to Richard and Linda Brady’s property.

The campsite on Richard and Linda Brady’s property.Courtesy photo

The campsite on Richard and Linda Brady’s property.

What a fantastic place to have our first outing – a large open area surrounded by tall trees, a pond, a cabin, and a trail to the Shenandoah National Park. After a Bible lesson led by Janet Jenkins with participation from some of our youth, Richard Brady led the group in a hike up the Shenandoah National Park trail explaining the history of the area and the park.

Food was waiting when they returned – John was grilling hot dogs and a pit fire was blazing for those who wanted to cook their own hot dogs or S’Mores. So good!

The youth played various games and, at 6, prepared for the hayride back to the Vest property. It was a wonderful experience for everyone.

Jean Lillard
Flint Hill

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