Friday, October 31, 2014

Our Trip To The Mountains

I am linking with Willy-Nilly Friday 

1. I don't know about you but I tend to get a bit cranky when things don't turn out like I want them to. I mean, a gal starts looking forward to something and then her hopes are dashed. It just should be classified as a crime, don't you think?

2. My late husband would never make plans. I think that's tacky but he may have had a point. His reasoning was 'well, if it doesn't work  out then you won't be disappointed'.

3. But, I had my heart set on seeing the mountains in full color,  the trees all decked out in their finest array.  Is that too much to ask? But in all honesty, it was my fault.  I took off to the beach when I should have headed west to the mountains. When I came back Leslie and I should have gone ahead west but no.... this gal was tired from all the beach doings so we put it off. One week made the difference! Who would have guessed it? Now I know. You go to the mountains during peak season or do not set your expections high.

Doyle's River Overlook

The bright yellows and reds were gone......... the dogwood trees, just bare limbs.....

 the glorious orange ..disappeared.

4. The Park Ranger said we could go in FREE. Bet he did that just 'cause he knew we would be disappointed in the leaves.

 5. With all  the constant curves in the road, I was getting car sick. What the heck is that???? I don't get car sick. But, you just can never say never, now can you?

So, if you are sure you want to go forward and see what I saw... help yourself.  Just don't expect all those brilliant colors. It didn't happen.

                                                                    Trayfoot Mt. Overlook

Turk Gap Overlook, a milkweed
RipRap Overlook. I do look a bit 'carsick' there, don't I?
I laughingly told a passerby "It's a shame that the tree giving the most photo opt in the mountains is an old dead tree".
I've always said I wanted to go to Massanutten Mt.  It's a ski resort. I don't ski but I thought it would be pretty there so I wanted to go. This picture is of Massanuten Mt. in the distance. Okay, I've seen it, been there, done that. I'm over it.
Leslie looks pretty disheartened here, doesn't he? He was a good sport about it, though.
The next morning we headed home. And, lo and behold, we saw the prettiest color at the lower levels. Guess what? I was driving and couldn't take pictures. 
 Happy Halloween Everyone!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Farewell to the beach

Even though I just returned from a quick trip to the mountains, I can't seem to stop thinking about THE BEACH!! I sure hope you will indulge me in one more post about that fun week. Hang on.... we are about to hit the sand and surf.

Peeps seem to pop up most anywhere when Polly and Kate get together. So, some of the girls put on a little show featuring Halloween peeps to surprise Polly.
And, she was SURPRISED............
Shirley and I posing with one of many horse statues around Corolla. We were on our way to see REAL horses in the wild.
Driftwood on the beach
Sea Oats
One of the wild horses
A storm approaching ... and yet it's calming, not scary.
        Sleep well tonight, friends.                 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wild Horses and Fences

It's Friday already but I am going to hope that Good Fences is still up and running. You ought to check that link out. Lots of fascinating fences for you to see.

My fences come from a tour of the Wild Horses in Corova, North Carolina that I took recently.

We drove along the beach for many miles ....

This is an old Coast Guard Station. Used by a realty company now but still maintains it's charm.

The wild horses have free range and ignore the fences surrounding the beach houses. Only 1/3 of the land is public with 2/3s privately owned, yet the horses really own it all!

Aren't they beautiful. These horses have been in this area for about 500 years. Well, not these specific horses but the off-spring of the originals continue to live here and are protected by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Another beauty.

These horses accessed this yard by scooting past a protective wire 'gate'. They are allowed to do that, even get underneath any house that sits on stilts above the sand.

Only the fence post remain in this yard. Guess the people gave up trying to keep this mule from breaking through. I believe the guide said that this was the only mule here, left by someone who had brought in mules. It's not part of the original horse group.

It was a fun trip and one I thoroughly enjoyed. How often is it that we get to see wild horses? I was a bit put-off by the houses. I thought the horses would be out in the wild. And, some were. Later on I will post some more pictures of the horses, those I took that didn't have fences in them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More On Beach Week

So, what do 15 women do in a house by themselves..... at the beach, no less? They shop, go for long walks in the sand. They eat!! They play, they sightsee and they relax, watch movies and laugh.

That's what we have been doing for the past week. Just perfect, I'd say.

I compliment the owners on making their beach house feel like home and treating their 'guests' as family. In this picture we had already started setting up workstations for the scrapbookers.

By the windows, of course... and how it looked as we worked.

There was a great pool for water aerobics, swimming, splashing...

And, diving into the water with your clothes on, to do a bit of synchronized swimming.

Our table decorations for dinner one night... after all, Halloween is near.

We watched some amazing sunrises ( Don't pass out....yes, I was up by sunrise!!)

and an equally beautiful sunset.