Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Feels like Monday

But it is Tuesday. Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. We didn't have any plans and decided to pack a few things and jump in the car for an impromptu trip. We asked the kids "beach or mountains?" and the mountains won out. We headed east and then south down the Blue Ridge Parkway - it was so beautiful:
At one of the pull offs we discovered a tree we had never seen before a Poplar Tulip tree. Huge trees in full bloom. Really lovely. Here is a shot of one of the blooms:Our first day we spent driving (a little further then we wanted to because we got lost on some back roads - which made us all a little crabby but after a nice Mexican meal we got settled into a hotel and we all felt better.) The second day we spent at Natural Bridge. This is an area that Thomas Jefferson purchased and built a hunting lodge because he thought it was so beautiful. Here is a photo of the bridge:

We walked the "nature" trail which ran along side a pretty creek and at the end of about a mile we saw this small water fall:

Abbie and Sam at the waterfall:

Another tree that I found interesting along the way:

Don and the kids taking a rest along the trail:

After the trail we went through the cave/cavern system uder the area. Very interesting! Sunday night, we stayed in an old historic hotel and had dinner at a wonderful little German restaurant then took the kids swimming. On Monday we left around noon and headed back to Richmond. After picking up the dog and unloading the car we went to see a family movie -Night at the Museum 2. The kids enjoyed it and it was fun for them to see lots of the places we have been visiting in DC in the movie.
All in all a fun family weekend :) Now to catch up on everything around here before I head out on Thursday to Cape Cod to spend a weekend with some dear friends.
Life is good!


Stacey said...

Ahhhh....so beautiful Jayne! Glad you guys had such a great time.

Cape Cod??? You lucky dog! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Robin Gibson said...

Hey Jayne! GREAT picture of Natural Bridge! I bet it was a LOVELY day! Glad you got out and had a great time! Thanks too, for your thoughtful comments on my blog! {always!}

I left ya a lil something (actually 2 lil somethin's, lol)
Oh sCrap

Stacey said...

Wow! Looks really beautiful and like you had a great time! What a fun idea to just pick up and go!!

The Walker Family said...

I love reading about the adventures you and our family take! Keep it up so I can learn too!

Becky said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like you had a marvelous time.