Archive for the ‘Virginia’ Category

Another Deli Sandwich

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

If you read my blog from Kentucky  in April you read about my sandwich story!  Today I have another.

Turkey, Lettuce & Tomatoe

Turkey, Lettuce & Tomato

Hunger was taking over again and we were far from a McDonalds, besides I won’t stop there.  Paul found another country store with a sign that said “Sandwiches”  This time they had a real area, the lady was again tired and middle aged (definitely not Togos) who took our order and this time she had wheat bread!  The bread had a little texture,  but the lettuce was iceberg and the turkey came right out of the Oscar Meyer package!   I asked for cheese and the choices were, Yellow!

The chips were good!

What comes to mind when you think about Virginia?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Southern hospitality, Blueridge Parkway, sweet tea, holler,  and bluegrass.  Thats what I think about and we were able to enjoy most of that while staying at the Stony Fork Forest Service campground near Wytheville, VA.

Enjoying a walk

Enjoying a walk

Sunday we took a drive along the Big  Walker Mountain Scenic Byway and stopped at the Big Walker Lookout thinking we were just going to look at the view of 5 states and stumbled upon a 7 piece bluegrass band.  Tune Town Old Time String Band were just strummin on the front porch!

Toon Town

Toon Town

One of the guys in the band does Auctioneering and auctioned a Big Mountain hat out and for $14 Paul was the proud owner of the hat!

Paul gets into the band!

Paul gets into the band!

Bluegrass music on the porch is definitely something I think of when I think of these southern states, what a great afternoon.

Big Mountain Lookout

Big Mountain Lookout

100 feet into the air and you can see 5 states!  We didn’t make the climb because it is an attraction and they charge a fee, besides the view was pretty amazing from their deck.

Staying in the park which is near the Jefferson National Forest gave us a couple opportunities for some nature.  We took a 1 mile hike right in the park and disturbed a momma wild turkey and her brood!  I tried to get a photo but was so stunned when she rared up from behind a log only about 15 feet from the trail that I didn’t get my camera out in time!

What is this?

What is this?

I did have time to take a photo of this?  What is it?

One morning I was enjoying the quiet when a little squirrel, (yes it is a squirrel – I googled the difference between a squirrel and a chipmunk!)  anyway he was very brave and really wanted to get a tidbit from the drip tray of the barbeque.


I tried to make some noise so he would leave and he just retreated into the tree and waited!  Yes, he did return.

I tried to make some noise so he would leave and he just retreated into the tree and waited! Yes, he did return.

America’s Interstates

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We have seen our share of Interstates in the past 5 years and I love when we see flowers!

Along I77 in North Carolina

Along I77 in North Carolina

I also get a good sunset once in awhile

Near Columbus, Ohio

Near Columbus, Ohio

Walmart for beginners

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

After a trip to the local CVS to pick up some bug stuff!  I spent $43 on repellent, a personal protection device that I am not sure will really work, spray for the inside of the rig and then some cream to heal the wounds.  I return to the RV park and everyone is ready to head out.  We pull out of the park and hook up the cars.  We are ready to go!  Guess what?  After $43 and lots of complaining and pain I show Paul my arm and ask “do you think this is poison oak, I do?”  Yep, I don’t even have any mosquito bites (maybe a couple) I have a pretty good case of poison oak or that is what it looks like.  I have only had it once and that was a small patch the size of a quarter when I was 18!  Paul is the one that gets this stuff.  Now the question is how did I get it and he didn’t?  He gets it thinking about it.  At least now I can relax about the bugs!  Yuck!!

Our next stop is Intercourse Pennyslvania and it is a bit too far for us to make from Kitty Hawk in one day so we are going to overnight somewhere.  Pat & Kip have never overnighted in a Walmart Parking lot!  Boy are they in for a treat.  Kip found us a Walmart near Fredericksburg which is about 1/2 way to Intercourse.  We arrive about 6 pm, get parked, get the BBQ out and cook up some steaks.  Yeah, we are saving $60 on our accomodations so we get steak.

Everything went fine until about 5 am when bus loads of people and cars start showing up and parking near us.  About 6:30 a megaphone starts but we can’t understand.  I finally get up about 7 and we are boxed in and there is a marathon going on in the street infront of the Walmart!

Kip assesses the situation.  I go do some grocery shopping and when I return, we are unhooking the cars to make room and pulling up stakes and getting on the road.  They are closing the road about 8:30 and getting out is only going to get more difficult until about 1 pm!

We made it and are on our way north!

Natural Bridge

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

We planned to meet Jim & Linda about noon for lunch and then we were to head into the mountains to Natural Bridge a cavern that collasped eons ago and today you can visit for a mear $16!  We arrive, buy our tickets and proceed down the 300 steps to the trail that leads to the bridge and waterfalls. On our way we heard there would be scattered thunder storms and lightening in the area but it was dry until we got down about 100 steps and the thunder comes and the clouds don’t look good!  Linda does not like lightening storms so she requests we return to the lobby and wait until the storm passes.  We turn and walk up the 100 steps to a small landing with a roof and here comes the rain! 

Waiting undercover

We were stranded for about 20 minutes with lots of thunder, lightening and rain until there was a small break that allowed us to get to the building with the gift shop and snack bar.  After about an hour we were able to make our way to the bridge.

Natural Bridge

The bridge is only a very short distance from the bottom of the steps but there is this 50′ waterfall a short 3/4 mile hike into the canyon.  I have not done any exercise since hurting my shoulder but I really want to get some so I choose to hike to this falls!

liars Falls

I guess in Virginia this is 50′.  I love waterfalls and the hike was good but this was not really all that impressive although we did not get rained on as many others did.  Even though this was not the best attraction we have been to it was still a great place to take a walk and enjoy nature – all of nature, even the rain!

Our day and visit ended with an awesome dinner and of course more WINE!  Tomorrow we leave for Maryland and more friends.

Appomattox Court House

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Friday was a day of exploring on our own as our friends have jobs so we chose to go to Appomattox Court House  which is the village that after four years of war and over 630,000 casualties Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met in the parlor of the McLean House and agreed to terms which eventually ended the civil war. Paul loves this stuff and joined the tour which he spent 40 minutes on this porch listening to a guy tell about the battle, etc. in the first person while Duke and I rested in the shade.

There's Paul on the porch

The National Park Service has done an excellent job of putting these structures on the property to recreate the original village.  It is located in some beautiful country right of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A look at a piece of the village

On the steps of the McLean House

Our drive back to Roanoke we took the Blue Ridge Parkway which is a scenic byway thru the mountains of North Carolina & Virginia.  Beautiful views of the valley for as far as we drove, about 25 miles.  Our evening ended with dinner and wine with our Jim & Linda.

Northern Bound

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

After 4 weeks, lots of healing, fun times with family and learning southern survival skills we are heading north with our final stop for the summer to be in Old Forge, NY.  It was so good to be able to spend the month with Paul’s Dad, Sister, Brother, niece and nephews which is something we never would have had time to do in our prior life so we feel blessed to have this opportunity.

We left Thursday morning and our destination was Roanoke, Virginia where our friends, Jim & Linda Murphy from California now reside.  We found an RV park about 20 miles from their home and pulled in about 4 pm a day early from our reservations.  They seemed a little concerned that we were early but found us a spot – the place is empty!  This campground is at a small local cave and not much of an RV park; the sites are really long but really narrow not allowing for much outside use as the slides are hanging into the next guys spot!  Oh well, we won’t be there much as we plan to spend most of out time with our friends.  This will be a nice spot to return to in the evenings.