Since, alas, there are no weeks without weekends and we are locked into a May 20, a Thursday, event in Maryland, should we canoe for two or three days at the start of our Virginia trip or drive and camp along Skyline Drive first. We don't like crowds and we don't like to make camping reservations.
We would arrive in Front Royal May 21, a Friday, and start canoeing the next day if this is the best option. If canoeing during the week is the best option, we'd probably start on May 25, a Tuesday.
We have to be back at Newark, N.J. Airport late in the day May 29, a Saturday, to fly home very early May 30, a Sunday.
For a variety of reasons, we have to do the Virginia part of our trip after the Maryland part.
And while I'm asking, how cold is it likely to get at night. I've got lots of warm stuff, but it's good to plan.