Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Carolina Blue Skies

Yesterday morning, we said our good-byes to Beech Fork State Park and headed back to I-64 on the road that had me shaking in my shoes a week earlier. I had a full week to work up the courage. It wasn’t nearly as bad coming out. It wasn’t so bad, because we drove that road a couple times during the week in the Jeep. That helped. It also wasn’t so bad because we did not hook up the Jeep to Lucy until after we were off that road Smile That was my saving grace. I drove the Jeep. Rick drove Lucy. We were both happy. Smile

Once back on I-64, we headed east and then south. We spent the next 4 hours driving through the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia. The weather was beautiful and the drive was gorgeous.

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As we continued southbound, we arrived at the East River Mountain Tunnel, our entrance into Virginia.

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The East River Mountain Tunnel is just over 1 mile long. It felt longer than that.

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I tried several shots as we got to the end, but none of them turned out well. This is my best attempt to show you that there IS light at the end of the tunnel!  Rolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughing

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It’s difficult to get good photos when you’re going down the highway at 65 mph and you are trying to capture something through the bug-spotted windshield. This was a shot that, although blurry, I really liked. It was somewhere around the Virginia/North Carolina border.

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Shortly after that shot, I looked up and there it was. A Carolina Blue Sky!

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A short time later, we pulled into our next campground in Mount Airy, NC.

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Mount Airy is known for all things Mayberry. It’s the home town of Andy Griffith. For the next week, we’ll be residing on Andy Taylor St. Winking smile

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We’ll be visiting Mayberry and Pilot Mountain while we’re here. It should be fun and I should be able to get some cute photos to share. Until then, thanks for stopping by. Turtle

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beech Fork State Park, Barboursville, WV

On Tuesday, August 23, we left Frankfort, KY and headed east on I-64 to Beech Fork State Park in Barboursville, WV.  We exited I-64 at exit 11 and traveled south to the park. The first 4 miles on Route 10 weren’t too bad. The next 4 miles on Hughes Branch Road left me wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. The road was narrow with no shoulders but a guardrail, if you were lucky. It was a constant stream of turns, curves and switchbacks.

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Unfortunately, it’s difficult to photograph switchbacks…even if you could! Most of my time was taken up quivering

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I was a wreck. By the time we pulled into the parking lot at the main building, I was convinced that if they didn’t have room for us, I’d boondock in their parking lot until I got up enough nerve to leave.  Of course, leaving meant going out the same way we came in Smile

As luck would have it, they had room Smile This park has a new 50 amp full hook-up area so we decided to stay a week and take advantage of my big 10% senior citizen discount Smile Apparently, as we were parking, the Virginia earthquake occurred. Everyone, but us, felt it Sad smile It did give people something to talk about Smile

After dinner Tuesday night, we walked through the campground. Here’s our neighbors. Apparently, they’re so used to humans that they let you walk right up to them.

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On Wednesday, we did some grocery shopping. The weather had turned hot again, and the humidity was very high. We took our evening walk following the same path as the previous night. We were almost home when we saw a skunk on the shoulder of the road coming up on our left.  Ok, so I don’t know what you do when you come across a skunk, but I freaked. He wasn’t moving and I was afraid if we got much closer, we’d startle him and he’d spray. So, we hung out for awhile…on the road…not doing much of anything. Eventually, Mr. Skunk crossed the road and went down the embankment towards the water. We moved quickly to get past that area Smile Whew! Made it! I’ve never been sprayed by a skunk and I never want to be! All I could think of was that we were both going to get sprayed and who would go to the store for tomato juice??? I’m such a wuss.

Thursday (today) was a rain day. We slept in and vegged much of the day. It rained much of the morning, but the afternoon was clear, although hot and humid. Rick went Trikking while I stayed behind and spent a few hours organizing photos on my computer. Way back when, I had scanned, what seemed like a million, photos on my computer in the quest to rid myself of the actual photographs. It was a long, tedious job but I finally accomplished it. I hadn’t looked at any of those photos until today, when I sorted them and put them into folders.  Quite a job! It’s not perfect, but it sure is better than when I started Winking smile

We’ve both been watching Hurricane Irene. It’s set to hit our home state of NC on Saturday. On the one hand, we’re glad we are far away and safe. On the other hand, we almost miss the “wait” that we had become accustomed to while we lived there. We hope all our friends and family remain safe and sound.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is something recommended to tourists in this area. It consists of 6 distilleries. They all offer a tour and are open to the public. If you complete the entire tour of 6, you can send in your signed passport and they’ll even send you a T-shirt commemorating the event.

That may have been an interesting thing to do. Well, one or two of them anyhow, but neither of us has any interest in bourbon, so we decided to pass. This is a beautiful, hilly area with many gorgeous horse farms so we took a ride in the country over the weekend.

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The countryside was beautiful and every farm was bordered by these fences.

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They were all the same so it was impossible to know where one farm left off and another began.

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Surprisingly, we saw very few horses and none that I could get a good picture.

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While we were out, we happened upon Equus Run Vineyards right in the middle of horse country. That’s more our speed! The winery has an interesting history and is detailed on their website if you have an interest.

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The tasting room/gift shop is a renovated farm tool shop.

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While sitting on the deck enjoying the garden, you are kept company by the resident horse, Veggetariat Smile

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We enjoyed a bottle of Chardonnay in the gardens and purchased another to take home Winking smile

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Other than a grocery store stop and another Red Box pickup, that was about it for our weekend. Just a nice, relaxing time.

Today we are getting ready for our move tomorrow. We’ll pull out of here in the morning and head for West Virginia. Until then, thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A New State: Kentucky

We left Indianapolis on Thursday morning and headed south on I-65 to Kentucky. We ran into several miles of road construction and traffic backups north of Louisville, but we weren’t in any hurry so it didn’t really matter :) I did not realize that Louisville was so close to the Indiana border but, it’s right on the border! Here’s the Louisville skyline taken from Indiana :)

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You don’t reach Kentucky until you’re in the middle of the bridge going over the Ohio River.

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We continued on to Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky and our campground, Still Waters located about 10 miles out of town.

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On first look, Still Waters looks a bit run down, but once we registered and paid, we travelled around the bend to find a very nice meadow.

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Beyond that is our campground.

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It’s nice, quiet and peaceful and we like it here.

We thought we’d do a little exploring on Friday so drove into the historical part of town and took in the “old Governor’s mansion” (now occupied by the Lt. Gov.-the Governor has a new mansion), the state capital and the Kentucky historical museum.

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Our next stop was the Rebecca Ruth Candy Company where we took a tour. Rebecca Ruth is most notably known for inventing bourbon chocolate. They hold a patent on it and are, officially, the only ones that can “legally” use the term “bourbon balls”.

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This company has been in business since 1919 and has quite a feminine history. Started by 2 lady friends, the company has withstood marriage, death and prohibition. Currently run by Ruth’s grandson, it is alive and thriving in Frankfort, KY. To this day, the candies are all handmade and hand wrapped. We were good. We received a sample bourbon ball with our tour but politely declined any additional purchase :) It’s not that they weren’t good. They were, in fact, wonderful! We just felt proud of ourselves for our ability to pass up the temptation of more :)

After that, we picked up a couple movies at Red Box for the evening. No TV in this area on our antenna, so we, once again, are relying on Red Box for our evening entertainment. Next up:

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Wonder if either will be worth it?

Thanks for stopping by.