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We traveled the entirety of the Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as America’s Highway that run from Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles that highlights some of the state’s most scenic views, with the highest mountain ranges being in North Carolina.
Day 1: Hitting the Road!
Day 3: Peaks of Otter
Lots more of our Blue Ridge Parkway travel destinations here!
As I left off last time, we stayed the night in Meadows of Dan, VA. Although we had the benefit of staying in a cabin/motel it was still practically as much work as tenting because we had to set up our camp stuff for dinner. Regardless, it was nice to have a bed to sleep on rather than an air mattress.
This was the gorgeous view from right outside our room. The sun sparkling on the water was incredible!
We loaded up and headed towards Mabry Mill, which was our next stopping destination. Along the way I looked like a freak half hanging out the window taking photos. I would have been happy videoing the entire thing, but…that would be a long video to look at! 🙂
Don’t fall over…it’s a long way down!! Lover Boy and I reminisced a lot during this drive of how both of our families were traveling down this very road acted when we were younger.
Mine: “STEVE!!! Slow down! You’re going to run us off the road…and the cliff is on my side, so I’m going first!!” (I guess the logic is true, hehe)
His: (Observations from riding in the sidecar. No words because they were traveling on motorcycle.) His mom tapping his dad on the shoulder simply expressing her fears.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures taken from hanging out the window and at an overlook we stopped at.
We arrived at Mabry Mill all in one piece, we didn’t fall over any mountain slopes! Phew! Mabry Mill is a place I have heard about 837 times over the years from Lover Boy and his family. Oh, ha! I forgot to mention that Day 2 was my birthday. Yeppers. I turned the ripe old age of 28. So…my birthday present from my Mother-In-Law was breakfast for my family on her at Mabry Mill!
Breathtaking isn’t it? This is exactly how this Mill looks. This picture is straight out of my camera, no editing, na da. I took it, and I still can’t believe that it’s real. It looks like a postcard to me. Beautiful piece of history.
We headed inside to the restaurant (a separate building from the Mill).
Once we were seated the kids got busy coloring.
Little Finch surprised me by writing a “T” for her name. One proud mama here! 🙂
My good lookin’ boys! Swoon! Laughing Coyote was getting sick of seeing the camera instead of my face!
We enjoyed these awesome biscuits with their homemade Blackberry Jam…yum yum yum.
Mush! Mush! Little Finch workin’ those dogs! 🙂 Harley’s slacking and sitting on his rump. Lovie, even if she tried wouldn’t have been much help. The only one who deserves pay is Bella Rose, look at her! What a great pup, huh? Focused and ready to go! She would do anything (and I mean anything) for the kids!
I have a perfectly good explanation as to why this kid doesn’t have shoes on…he took them off! 🙂 But who cares, because he’s so cute, right? The next few pictures sum up my son completely.
“I reckon this is how you use this old tool.. You put one leg over and…darn, I’m too short. Guess I need to start eating those vegetables to grow a little!”
That’s my little man. He climbs everything!
And this is what we look like whenever we go out in public…for some reason we attract people of all sorts and they just HAVE to pet the dogs (and make comments about what an odd bunch we have). Hardy har har.
Hand spun yarn!
This sums up our morning of day four! We had a great time at the beautiful Mabry Mill!