Meadows of Dan, Virginia: Day 2 (Part 1)

July 15, 2013

At Primland one is spoilt for choice.  There are so many activities to chose from that I guarantee you will leave your vacation feeling like you just scratched the surface of all that is offered to guests.  Since my husband Lucas and I only had one full day at the property, we packed our schedule with back-to-back activities from morning to night and of course began with a hardy breakfast for extra energy.

Primland

Our first activity was an ATV tour through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I had never been ATVing before and while I am always up for a new adventure we ended up choosing a two-passenger RZR, so that I could take pictures while Lucas drove.

Primland has created ATV trails all over their 12,000 acre property and most tours last around two and a half hours.  Each part of the trails offer gorgeous panoramic perspectives of the land, though for me a lot of it was a blur, since when my husband drives he puts the pedal to the metal.

Primland
Primland

Halfway through we stopped for a quick stretch.  You know you are in a special place when wherever you look you find a lady bug.

Primland
Primland
Happy Birthday!

Most of the time when we travel together I get to plan the trip.  Lucas loathes planning and planning is my middle name, however for this trip I let him pick the activities and it was such a delight to watch his inner child come alive!  He had a permanent smile on his face the entire time we were at Primland.

Primland
Primland
Primland
We had been told that the wildlife was in abundance on the property, thus during the tour we made certain to keep our eyes and ears peeled for any sign of animals.  Imagine our joy when we spotted a huge black bear just as the tour was coming to an end!  The spectacular creature ran off before I could get a picture of it, but at least I was able to capture proof that we had a bear sighting — something that we were told is very rare.

Can you guess what our next activity of the day was?

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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36 thoughts on “Meadows of Dan, Virginia: Day 2 (Part 1)

  1. Shawna

    That looks like so much fun! Your pictures are fantastic, as always. I’m so happy for you that you got to see a black bear. I remember the first time my husband and I saw one; it was a really special thing.

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  2. Nat Bottacin Photography

    Oh Andi! I love all the greenery! I´m in such need of lots and lots of green (and those lovely little yellow flowers too!) to relax these days! Sometimes is so nice to unwind and let the others plan for us, right? It looks like you two had a blast there!!!

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  3. Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud

    Three things: 1. The photos are beautiful and the scenery is breathtaking. 2. I can’t believe you actually got on a 4-wheeler! 3. I really can’t believe that you were excited about seeing the bear. I would’ve been screaming for Lucas to get us out of there fast! lol

    Looks like you had a blast! Give Lucas a big hug for me. 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Hahaha I adore you! 1) Thank you!!!!!! 2) I know I’m super girly, but I LOVE adventure sports. Before I got married I swam with great white sharks, climbed mountains, skydived, etc. Now I’ve toned that down a bit, because my hubby gets really nervous when I do it. He didn’t talk to me for a day after I bungee jumped, because he was so scared. Poor guy! 3) I’m obsessed with wild animals. I would have gotten closer to get a good pic if he hadn’t had run off grrrrr! We’re both sending you BIG hugs!

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  4. Melanie Fontaine

    This is such a great way to get to know the landscape of a place when you don’t have a whole lot of time to do so on foot! 🙂 And it’s so great that you got to see a bear – I might have been a freaked out if I hadn’t been in a car, but I suppose the bear wouldn’t view us as a threat anyway 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Yes, I agree, I think it’s an incredible way to see the landscape! We covered so many miles on that thing!!! Haha the bear was so scared of us and ran away faster than I could take a picture!

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  5. Katie @ Domestiphobia

    You are KILLING me with those photos! Just gorgeous! I actually have my ATV license from an old job I had down in Georgia back when I captured ‘gators. True story. Though I doubt I remember how to drive one now. 😉

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  6. Michelle

    I wish I had read this when I lived near this area for 13 years – looks like you found more to do in a few days than I ever did. LOVE all your photos as usual!

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  7. Andrea

    This looks like SO much fun – I’ve never gone ATVing either but a ride through the countryside sounds like just the place. This property must be HUGE!

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  8. Alicia

    So happy to see you exploring my home state! I might be biased, but Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And you’re seeing the best part! Let me guess…was your next activity wine tasting? Horseback riding? A picnic? There are so many options!

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    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Oh wow, I’m in impressed with your guesses! Our third activity was horseback riding. 🙂 VA is a GORGEOUS state, of course I’m biased and think the Carolinas are the best haha, but I looooove VA.

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