19 Oct, Hello Fall on gorgeous Hyco Lake. The fog lifted early, the sun sparkles like trillions of diamonds on the blue waters. Ron cooked egg white veggie omelets. The master suite jacuzzi is really huge and awkward to enter; it had to be designed by a huge guy or for a party of six in the bathroom. Cynthia's cousin Randall is visiting us to discuss plat maps from 1755-1830 for Cynthia's book about the Leas of Caswell County. We ate lunch at Dockers Grill and walked home.
18 Oct, It is a very Foggy fall morning at Lake Hyco, NC. The dense, eerie walls of mist didn't lift until 10:00 AM. We waited for the temperature to rise from 49 degrees before we ventured forth on a five mile walk. Happy US! Thanks be to God.
17 Oct, Tues: Fall on Lake Hyco, North Carolina. Once again we are enjoying the Lake Hyco house with off season rates; it has a marvelous view of the lake from most rooms of the house. We do need food! This meant a ride to Roxboro, NC where we thoroughly enjoyed spinach and strawberry salads at the Brookfield Grill. On to the library for research and to Walmart for a food buying spree.
|View from the house|
15 Oct, Thr Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. Yes, Virginia is for lovers and hikers, too, especially us on a gorgeous day like this one. We hiked from Beagle Gap over Calf Mountain and towards Jarmin Gap. Just when we thought we wouldn't see another thru- hiker, we met three of them. Flip has 160 miles to complete his thru-hike by the time he reaches Harper's Ferry, WVA. A couple was southbound this late in the season, possibly hitting cold and snow in the smokies next month. The female of the two will be a freshman at MIT. We had a super filling lunch causing a big stomach ache for Cynthia; Ron eagerly hopes it is morning sickness. Happy Birthday nephew Benjamin!
14 Oct, Waynesboro, Virginia: Staring out the hotel window at thick fog at noon thirty, we are thinking about walking about to Ruby Tuesday and Walmart. The forecast promises us better visibility by mid-afternoon. Ron rode to Skyline Drive and hiked 6 miles. Cynthia worked on DNA.
13 Oct: Friday the 13th before Halloween, but we are not superstitious. We extended our stay in Waynesboro, Virginia until Monday. The forecast is for cooler weather and very humid; the fog is very thick this morning, so Ron is blogging while we wait to see if it will ever clear. Always rejoice, always. Ron snacked on shredded wheat all morning, then we went to Ruby Tuesdays, and he is now stuffed to the gills - uncomfortably full, and checking the forecast to decide when to ride to ALDIs and Safeway for groceries and fat-free, salt-free pretzels, his miracle absorbing-water-to-sleep food.
12 Oct: Singing in the rain, just hiking in the rain! Jarmin Gap Trail was an enchanting place to hike and sing in the rain:
Why am I smiling
Why am I smiling
|Ron waving goodbye as the fog enshrouds|
11 Oct, Waynesboro, VA: Today as we started riding towards our hike, Ron noticed that the top of the mountain was in the clouds, entrancing to see the cloud decapitating the forested mountain - no top just a clean line of cloud. Along the parkway we encountered pea-soup fog and were quite startled to come upon a new vehicle with inadequate taillights; is seems so strange that the newbee designers can embrace form over function without enough seasoned supervision to catch their inappropriate designs. Since the fog was thick, we stopped short of our intended hike and started at Beagle Gap, enshrouded in thick fog (as you can see to the right). The hike to the top of Beagle Gap was delightfully colorful, but when the cloud started actively wetting us, Cynthia voted for turning back because of the rain; Ron contended that it was just a wetter part of the cloud. (Truth be told, it was a light rain.) We continued to the rock pile at the "summit" and congratulated ourselves on our 10,000 steps hike. We got off the mountain by 4:30 and dined at our favorite, Ruby Tuesday, where Ron can happily eat salad until over-full.
10 Oct: Our favorite color is October. Today's 4 mile hike wasn't difficult, but it was very humid. We hiked from Jarman Gap to the the designated sitting rock at the top and on down to Sawmill Run Overlook on Skyline Drive. This was one of the longer hikes we did in June, so it was reassuring to find that we are in better condition now than then. Cynthia loves her gift of roses. Our granddaughter Lauren said she misses us and sent a photo with her aunt Julie, our newest hiking pal.
|fleurs fer de feme|
|little Lauren & auntie Julie|
|foliage underfoot, notice flesh tones|
|fall colors in Virginia (Virginia is for lovers)|
8 Oct: Oh oh! Rain is forecast for 3 days. Will we make it to Waynesboro, VA dry??? No? At 10 AM, it is raining, with increasing thunderstorms forecast. Will we ride today? We did! Ron watched the color radar and the predictions faithfully and decided to leave about 1:42:37. Frequent isolated raindrops damped us and stung Ron's eyes en route to Frederick, MD and south to Leesburg, VA on US Highway 15. Our GPS discovered a multitude of charming smaller roads to cross over to VA highway 7, where we turned west on 7 until it intersected US 340 south. It was amusing to find ourselves on the same road again after detouring south on 15 to avoid the increasing rain on 340 west. Ron was content to follow 340 all the way to Waynesboro until he saw the sign for Skyline Drive, whereupon we detoured for 60 miles of gorgeous yellows of all shades from BRIGHT to purple and rust. At higher elevations the clouds laid on top of the mountains and provided a surreal experience, driving through patches of heavy fog. The K1600GTL has fog lights, but I cannot say that they helped at all. Ron slowed down to the speed limit in the fog, not at all concerned about vehicular traffic, but quite concerned about four footed traffic, especially deer and bears. Unfortunately we saw neither. After a scenic and very enjoyable twisty excursion, we exited onto US Highway 33 westbound and turned south on US 340 for the third time until we arrived in Waynesboro before dark and DRY! Fall!!!, Mother Nature used every Crayola in the box! We checked into a jacuzzi suite at the Comfort Inn and enjoyed seeing our friends at Ruby Tuesday. Ron ate Sooo much salad, partially because the final set of DARK clouds arrived to deliver a real cloudburst after we had walked to Ruby Tuesday and were seated and eating, Thank God. Cynthia's Accuweather said that Ron, already full, needed to eat one additional small plate of salad before the rain would stop. Ron walked to Martin's Grocery to buy salt-free, fat-free pretzels which absorb lots of water from the system, allowing him to sleep several hours at a time. We slept very well indeed.
7 Oct: We are in Mount Airy, MD, celebrating fall, plus Jim and Joni's first wedding anniversary; Cynthia officiated at their wedding a year ago October 16th. A crew was here filming a mystery movie on Jim and Joni's pond. We were filmed returning from a long walk; hopefully it won't end up on the cutting room floor.
6 Oct: Matamoras, PA, bound for Mount Airy, MD to visit Jim and Joni for the weekend. The window view of Fall in her colorful finery is marvelous. We drove south first on PA 209 and 225 south, 100 east before I lost track of the numerous highway changes. The traffic was extremely slow near York, PA, and it was very warm sitting in traffic. About two PM we found a Ruby Tuesday's for lunch, pigging out so much we thought we didn't need dinner.
5 Oct: We departed eclectic Brattleboro, VT where every third person has green or purple dyed hair and one in five is an old hippy; people watching has been fascinating. The temperature forecast is a blessed 72 degrees; with sunshine on our shoulders, we ride towards the Delaware Water Gap; VT Highway 9 west, although slow because of construction, featured fashionista Fall in an extravaganza of eye popping color between Brattleboro and Bennington. We stopped just before Bennington at Papa Pete's for a huge second breakfast/lunch that was beyond delicious. Oh my goodness, 14" pancakes! Ron ate a stack of two besides his egg white veggie omelet, which was also large; he was full for the entire rest of the day & night. Crossing into New York, VT 9 becomes NY 7 south we soon turned west onto NY 22, thereafter turning onto the Taconic State Parkway for a short distance. We wiggled west and south around New York City until we reached US 209 south to Matamoras, PA and the Hampton Inn for a good night sleep. We are still full from lunch. Good night!
4 Oct, Brattleboro, VT: Lunch with Eddie and Beanie at Whetstone on its patio overlooking the Connecticut River. The huge salad was delicious. Our hearts are heavy over the hurricane disasters that have affected thousands including friends. The senseless massacre in Vegas is gut wrenching. Equally insane is politics instead of compassion.
3 Oct: On the road again! We departed for Brattleboro, VT by noon thirty plus thirty. The ride on VT 100 south to VT 103 south to 11 east and I-91 south was spectacular. Cynthia particularly enjoys the views of the several lakes which border the roadway. Eddie and Beanie are not available until tomorrow, so we plan to meet them for lunch. Left to our own devices for dinner, we tried the Brattleboro Food Co-Op and enjoyed huge, fresh, yummy salads.
2 Oct: We delivered Julie to the Rutland Airport, packed and ready for her return trip to Houston. She laughed heartily as we waved kisses at her while she was going through security. After returning the rental car we visited Patrick, the former ILT chef, at his new business in Chittendon. We spent our afternoon packing and doing laundry. Our room smells fresh like New Tide.
|Julie & momma on toppa Killington in Vermont|
|photo from Julie, tail gating|
|Cynthia feelin' fine at the Van Trapp Lodge|