Last week when my sister Bet and her teacher friend, Sonia, visited us from SC, we planned some special outings for all of us girls while the guys were at work. I love girl outings. :)
On our first day of adventures we drove over Afton Mountain to a little shop--Rockfish Gap Country Store. Here's a picture of the outside with lots of gardening ornaments...love it all...couldn't you just take home one of everything?!
Next we headed back up Afton Mountain and made our way over to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a picnic lunch. It had been many years since my sister had traveled the Parkway, and Sonia had never ever been on this scenic route! We looked forward to showing her how beautiful the mountains were!
The day actually was quite hazy, and Rockfish Valley from the top of the Parkway wasn't very clear. That's illustrated by the photo on the top left below, but at least it gives you some idea of what we saw.
Our picnic was just delightful! And for a special treat for dessert we planned smores...hmm...can you tell we had quite the time getting that bag of charcoal going! Everyone pitched in, and finally we had fire!
While on the Parkway, we visited Humpback Rock Visitor Center. Here are Bet and Sonia posing in front of the ranger station before we walked down to Appalachian Farm. We always enjoy seeing the gardens and chickens, strolling through the old cabin, and talking with the interpreters. Here are some photos:
This man below is caning a chair bottom, and the lady interpreter enjoyed having her picture taken. Sarah posed in front of the antique quilt and old baskets inside the cabin.
Other days we visited Green Valley Book Fair, browsed shops at Shenandoah Heritage Farmer's Market and shops in Harrisonburg, walked downtown, toured some gift and antique shops, and lunched at the historic Depot Grill.
And on their last night in VA Granny treated us all to ice cream at The Split Banana. Here we are on the street in front of the shop--Jonathan and Tom were able to join us on this outing. Yay for the guys!
In another post I'll show you a couple of antique pieces I ended up with during our travels.