On our day excursion we started to Shady Grove Restaurant up in Virginia. We are crazy like that sometime, but they do great fried chicken.
The GPS in the dash of the van is old, so I took the new one. Now I am confused enough on my own but when two GPS’s argue with each other then I am arguing with them, well, as usual I get lost. Anyway we made it to Shady Grove. We could see a little note on the door, ‘We have moved to Marion on N. Main St.). No sweat, we were not ready to eat yet anyway, The real reason we drive in the mts, is to come in contact with the AT.
Yeah it crosses Highway 16 just above the old restaurant. So we must put our feet on it for a couple miles anyway. so we did.
It is the first time we have seen a white blaze in a couple years. We love to walk in the woods, and these short trips are nice with no packs.
We came back to West Jefferson and had to stop at a vegetable stand and the Cheese Factory. Hey when I was little I saw a few BIG watermelons. you don't see that anymore, in the stores they are graded and sized. We saw a couple 25 pounders today. BIG melons.
bought some peaches, apples, scuppydynes (‘ats what we call ‘em) I think they are just big Green Muscatine's. And a pint of molasses.
(I have been under a rock, I did not know they had this many colors of peppers, look at the purple/yellows, beautiful)
Then to the Cheese factory before closing time and get some curds. (I learned that from Dar/Mel up in the North Woods. I cannot believe I had never eaten curds until I talked to those girls. Now I love ‘em.
After I got unlost we took a couple pictures off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Yeah it was still a little cloudy, we like to say we are up in the clouds. Makes us high.
(You just barely see the farm in the distance)
Funny thing turning to look back up the Parkway and it is clear.
(I walked across the Parkway to talk to these Cows, they don’t know Paula, but wanted her address)
(Sherry digging into the Cheese curds)
Below is the Cows Linda has talked about, she put a picture on her blog once just after they made the milk tanks into Cows.
One small Christmas tree farm, that is tobacco just this side of the trees. Question: How long do fresh cut trees last? see the date on that picture, they are cutting Christmas trees today, is that crazy or what?
I just liked the view above.
Thanks for coming by the log.
10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
Looks like you all had a wonderful day. Fresh fruit and cheese is good eating for sure. I loved all the pictures. It's overcast here today making it cooler this morning. Hope your Saturday is a great one!
Oh no you had two girls in a box arguing. I'm glad you got there and thanks for giving the cows my address. I see they have rusty fences just like us. I like the pictures and glad you both had fun, but you always do where ever you go.
I really, truly LOVE the milk tanks that look like cows. I have never had a cheese curd either. Now I'm wondering where I'll find them in my neck of the woods, so I can try them. They look yummy. Looks like you had a GREAT time exploring. Have a terrifc Sunday.
Love the mountain pictures, they look so cool and
peaceful. The walk in the woods looks pleasant.
I have visited that area and it is very nice.
We had a little rain this afternoon and weather was a little cooler but back up tomorrow.
Stay cool...I hope the cows will contact Paula.
Sorghum is the best! My grandparents used to make it.
Haven't been to the cheese factory since they got cows - they had a giant mouse when we went.
Produce looks great. Nothing like a large, sweet watermelon. The seedless ones are just not as sweet.
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