Flat Stanley

The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir


Last week, an unannounced parcel arrived in Montebello from the Scott Elementary School in Evansville, Indiana. We met our new house guest.



On his first day with us, snow also arrived and the temperatures dropped to nearly zero, Fahrenheit.


“Watch this one, you should.”  Yoda advised.

Montebello, Virginia is surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, just a couple of miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Parkway connecting the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky National Park.

 At the first opportunity, he jumped in the car.


Our first stop, the Appalachian Trail at Rockfish Gap.


The white rectangle marks the trail from Georgia to Maine.


 From Rockfish Gap, going north you take the Skyline Drive into Shenandoah National Park for more than a hundred miles. If you go south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, after 469 miles, you will reach the Smoky Mountain National Park.


 Wearing his chef jacket, he assisted Carlo and Paola prepare dinner.


 The next day, we visited Colonial Williamsburg.




“I didn’t do it, nobody saw me, you can’t prove a thing,” he shouted.




He visited the Virginia House of Burgesses, where Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson once served as delegates.


The Governor’s Palace, hosted seven Colonial governors and two Commonwealth governors.




3 thoughts on “Flat Stanley

  1. Oh my goodness! Flat Stanley is having quite an adventure! Thank you to Lois and Earl for being such gracious hosts to Stanley! I can’t wait for him to come home and tell us all about his trip!


  2. Oh my goodness!!!! Thank you so much for all the adventures! Russell is so excited about Flat Stanley’s journey! Can’t wait to see what lies ahead for him!!
    He could not be in better hands!


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