Category Archives: Virginia

January Adventure

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January Adventure

We started 2016 in Virginia, with Lisa and Cam.   I can’t express our enjoyment of getting away to visit with them, and spend time in the mountains.

I am a little superstitous about how to spend the first day of a new year.  It must be spent on something worthwhile, as this is symbolic of how time will be spent during the rest of the year.  Lisa and I enjoyed an almost daily walk along the Shenandoah River, tackling an especially long hilly trail on New Year’s Day.   Perfect.   If this year is filled with walks outdoors in nature, it will be a wonderful year!

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Jeff and Cam went fishin’….it was a good day on the water for them.

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January 2 we ventured out to Great Falls National Park, in Viriginia.   Water  so powerful, rugged cliffs, trails winding along the rocky edge.

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What’s really amazing is that this entire gorge will flood to overflowing.  As shown below, I would have been underwater during the years marked on the post.

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Remnants of the Patowmack Canal, built by George Washington’s company in the late 1700’s to bypass the Falls.

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We really had a great time exploring this place.

Thank you Lisa and Cam for the memorable and perfect start to 2016.

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Lisa has a beautiful garden, is an animal rescuer and rehabber and a gifted artist.  You will see what a beautiful person my SIL is….visit her blog, here.

March road trip

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We travelled to Arlington Virginia to attend Jeff’s Uncle’s funeral.

Still pretty  cold up in the mountains, on Skyline Drive:IMG_8720

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The valley, where Lisa lives, looked like early spring.  We spent a few days with Lisa and Cam and had a wonderful time exploring their neck of the woods.

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We (Lisa, Cam, Jim, Jeff and Deb)  drove to Arlington, which is right across the river from Washington DC

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The next day we toured Arlington Cemetery as tourists.  Such a big place, those gravestones go on forever.   They stretch over one hill, up another  and into the horizon.  The road winds for miles and everywhere, in every direction, are the perfectly spaced white marble gravestones.  Each and every stone marking a person, of course,  who devoted their life to serving our country with honor, or gave their life during war.    Very solemn, respectful,  introspective aura about this place and its visitors.

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Over night it snowed about 7 inches. the day of the funeral presented a whole different look to Arlington:

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Uncle Paul’s casket was pulled by beautiful black horses through Arlington with cannon’s blasting in the distance, and escorted by sailor’s to his burial site.

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The.lone sailor playing taps, really touching…couldn’t help the tears.

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He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.  A warm  loving family who were given orders, by Uncle Paul,  to not make people cry at his funeral.  .  So, we all celebrated his full and long life and service with joy and fun remembrances.

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I enjoyed hearing the dad and friend stories about Paul, as well as the Admiral Paul stories.   It was quite a celebration!

Virginia Beauties

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The Venerable Poppet!  Sweet, wobbly, sassy girl.

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Prudence, then hen who thinks she is something other than a chicken….Prudence comes running, bounding with exuberance,  when Lisa calls. An adorable sight to see!

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Winter colors of Nandina….

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Appalachian Sunrise…..

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All that is missing is Christina, right?

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Miracle, the neighbor’s horse, looking for her daily  treat….

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Stand of sycamore’s, glowing white

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Loved the sycamores this time of year…..

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But especially, Lisa and Cam….Jeff and I loved spending time with you at your beautiful home!

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We left this mild winter climate with clear dry roads, but Michigan gave us a wholehearted welcome with a foot of snow and freezing temperatures.    Home sweet home.

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PS….Jeff shoveled a nice path for Marlo soon after this photo.

Twenty Fourteen!

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A New Year!

We celebrated a little….in Virginia with Lisa and Cam.

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Spent a beautiful first day of 2014, watching an eagle fly free.  This eagle had broken both wings, but caring hands nursed him back to health……

Fresh starts, opening doors, second chances, new horizons….best wishes to you Mr. Eagle, and hope for all of us for this new year.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

Time well spent

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In Virginia….

Participating in daily routines with Lisa and Cam, caring for their brood:

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Indulging Poppet, and her mission to occupy every lap and shoulder

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First time , a quail egg breakfast

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Watching Cam at his afternoon chores

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Enjoying wide open vistas, winter wildlife and mild weather.

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Bald Eagle

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Black vultures:

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Shenandoah River

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Sun porch sitting, with a Poppet on shoulder of course:

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And most memorable:

These two wonderful people….

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Breathing in the open expanse of a New Year

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Alexandria, Virginia

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Yes….still talking about our visit to Virginia at the end of December! 

One of my favorite places in Alexandria is the Torpedo Factory:

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After we arrived, Kevin said he felt “duped” into going there….being a history buff, he expected an actual torpedo factory/museum.  But in the end, I think Kevin enjoyed this place.   Lisa and I didn’t purposely mislead the guys, honest.  But the Torpedo Factory is  an art community housed in an old torpedo factory.  Individual artists have studio space with huge windows that look out to the Potomac River, or into the heart of Alexandria.  The individual studio spaces are divided:  a work area and a gallery/display area…if an artist was working, his door was open…we could walk in,  view her work, engage in conversation, watch her process and purchase art directly from the artist.  IMG_0949

The interior of the building was filled with colorful bright murals…..

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Artwork was everywhere…

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That was a warning sign for these:

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Photos of art and individual studios were prohibited, but visit their website, here.

Photo credits:  Kevin—thank you for being the official photographer in Alexandria, your photos are great! 

My next and last (I think) Virginia post is in the works….have a great weekend!   

Front Royal, VA…

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One sunny afternoon, while in Virginia, we toured Front Royal…Cam and Lisa’s home town.

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This quaint and quiet little town is teeming with history, particularly Civil War history.

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And to walk through old town feels like stepping back in time  Front Royal had a ghostly, abandoned feeling…..at least these images were what I was attracted to.

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Here is a little photo tour of one of my favorites places in Front Royal, an overgrown boxwood maze garden:

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Did you see the beauty of the boxwoods…or did the scent of them send you running?  I am not particularly sensitive to their smell…but I know some(one) would be overcome (CK). 

Lisa has some great shots of the boxwood gardens and more, here.  

Thanks for going on our mini tour

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Have a good Saturday!