Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Travels - Scenic Byways

A recent trip to take our son to a writer’s symposium in Charlottesville, Virginia provided the perfect excuse for us to explore scenic Route 20. 

We traveled this beautiful byway, along winding roads and rolling hills, through farms and gorgeous country estates, passing through Orange and Gordonsville. 

While writer son was soaking up knowledge on poetry and young adult fiction, my husband and I visited Carter’s Mountain Orchard and picked fresh peaches.

Carter's Mountain Orchard - peach picking

And along the way home, the men in the family indulged my passion for pictures agreeably stopping for a pasture of sheep and a field of zinnias.

sheep in field

zinnias at Keswick

Completing a perfect summer day, we stopped at the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville.  We picked up a family dinner to go – a pound of barbecue, rolls, potato salad, collard greens, baked beans, pumpkin muffins, and a caramel sea salt brownie. I love barbeque and this was the best ever!  Plus, I'm a sucker for food served on picnic tables with a friendly, no frills, country atmosphere. Get there as soon as you can.  You won't be sorry!

BBQ Exchange

BBQ Exchange

Cruising along these scenic byways, windows rolled down, stopping here and there . . . this is summer living at its finest.

I'm beginning to have that back-to-school feeling, almost ready for freshly sharpened pencils, shiny new shoes, and a cool backpack. 

But for just a few more weeks . . . summer will be sweet. 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Donna,
    What a treat!
    Such a pleasure to see some of the things you stopped for. A fieldful of zinnias is a taste of paradise in my eyes. What a rich country yours is: flowers we treasure as precious and exotic in our gardens, just growing in a field.
    Thak you.


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