Thursday, April 12, 2012

A glorious day in the mountains ~ Rural Thursday

This is kind of a long post so I apologize in advance! At least I didn't post all 106 pictures I took, though :)
(If you click on the pictures, they enlarge and look better)

On Saturday, it was a gorgeous day here in the Carolinas, not a cloud in the sky, and perfect for sight seeing. We set off to an Amish community about 1 1/2 hrs away. 


It's not everyday we see one of these signs. 


We ate lunch here. They have a deli and make the most delicious sandwiches on homemade breads. 


They're huge! I had turkey on wheat with tomatoes, lettuce & cheese.


 Their baked goods are almost to die for! We bought homemade donuts, a blackberry coffee cake, cinnamon bagel chips, and ginger snaps! Needless to say, none of it lasted long. Also brought home some rye flour that I am looking forward to making rye bread with :)


They're such nice people. I asked if I could photograph their buggy. I didn't want to intrude on their privacy. There were no horses hitched up here. Probably because it was Saturday and too many cars around! 


We also met the nicest man, Alvin Mast. He has the most beautiful yard with lots, and I mean LOTS, of birdhouses for the Martin's. Alvin is quite the Martin expert and was happy to share his vast knowledge with me. I didn't take photos as I felt kind of awkward asking. I'm now thoroughly set on getting some white gourds and putting them out in my garden! 

Then we set out for Mt Airy, aka Mayberry...


and onward and upward to Fancy Gap VA and The Blue Ridge Parkway...

Grandfather Mtn in the distance...

We had to take a short detour due to guardrails being installed on a section of the parkway. 
We saw these cool barns! They're part of the American Quilt Barn Trail.


And if you've hung in here this long, you're doing good! Almost done...

While on our detour, we stopped at a yard sale. I found some lovely pieces of china. 
Here's a teacup & saucer so you can see the pattern. 



AND...

last but not least is Redrock...he lives down the road from me and is famous in these parts.  


I wish my camera was better. He is so majestic looking!  

Thanks for hangin' in there through all the photos. 

Images are mine. Please don't take them without asking. Not that anyone would want them. I'm just sayin'. 

I'm linked up on Rural Thursday.


22 comments:

  1. What a wonderful day trip! I love to visit the mountains but would not want to drive in them!

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    1. It was great fun and the roads weren't too bad :)

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  2. Nice pics of the beautiful countryside!

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    1. Thanks! God's creation at its finest :)

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  3. LIKE :)

    Where is the like button?? ;)

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  4. That was a fun trip. Brought back some fond memories. I lived in Raleigh from 1993 to 1996 and made a trip up to Mayberry. Darn it, we didn't get to see Andy and Barney. ;( Great series of pictures. I enjoyed every one.

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    1. We didn't see them either :) Maybe they were at Aunt Bea's diner! Thanks for coming by.

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  5. Oh what a wonderful day...You were so close to me....I live i Winston Salem which is not far from Mt. Airy and we have a place in the mountains and you were not far away....Next time you visit either place, please let me know so we can meet....I would love that.....

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    1. Hi Nancy, You blessed woman to have a place up in those mountains! It was so gorgeous up there :) If we head that way again, I'll let you know! That would be cool to meet.

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  6. oh my, love fancy gap and that whole area as we have property not far away and lived near there at one time; though, never knew of an amish community near there...sounds like a great day...thanks for sharing

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    1. I've lived in NC almost all my life and had no idea there was an Amish community. Fancy Gap was awesome! Definitely want to go back there someday.

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  7. I loved your post! The photos and everything brought tears to my eyes. I felt as though I was on your trip with you! What a wonderful day you had and oh the great find with your china! Beautiful! I also loved your photo of Redrock.

    Blessings my friend and thanks for sharing!
    Judy

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    1. Awww...thanks Judy! You're so sweet :) I'm glad you enjoyed the tour ;) Yes, Redrock is something else, huh? He's so gentle! They put a saddle on him and let the kids ride!

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  8. what a great day trip. thanks, for sharing. such great view. i love the blue ridge parkway. (:

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    1. Hi Beth, Nothing beats driving the Parkway on a pretty day! Thanks for coming by and commenting :)

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  9. That looks so fun, and the food - yum!

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    1. Hey Lisa, I want to go back just to buy more goodies! They were that tasty :)

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  10. What a great way to spend the day, Anne! There is an Amish community not too terribly far from here -- we need to go visit someday.

    Love your teacup! Thank you for sharing with us at RT this week!

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    1. Hi Nancy, When you visit your Amish community, I look forward to hearing about it! Hopefully, they'll have some yummy baked goods to sample :) Thanks for coming by!

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  11. Lovely pictures...I could have easily seen more! I'm getting the idea to post our next road trip in Texas. Especially enjoyed the food and quilt pics!

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    1. Hey Diane, I would love to see your Texas road trip :) It's so much fun to see where others travel for pleasure. Maybe I'll post more as time goes on. I could make some scrapbook pages with them! Glad you stopped by!

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