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Warren, PA to Front Royal, VA

We spent the week of May 14th on vacation in Virginia and North Carolina.

We departed Warren PA on Sunday, May 14 at approximately 6:45 am, en route Front Royal VA.   Around 7:30 am we stopped for breakfast at Joey’s Bakery in Ridgway, PA. We ate from the Mothers Day brunch, which included.scrambled eggs, ham and pineapple slices, hash brown potatoes, fried potatoes, Italian hot sausage and peppers, beef brisket, cut-up fruit (strawberries, pineapple and blueberries) and various donuts. Food was good, as was the service.  We were back on the road around 8:00 am.

We arrived and checked in at Quality Inn Scenic Drive in Front Royal around 12:30 pm. Normal check in time is 3:00 pm; however, the front desk clerk was able to accommodate us early.  Our hotel room was on the second floor, room 206. It was an average size room, nothing extraordinary about its furnishings. The room was somewhat shabby, but clean.  The view from our hotel room included the swimming pool and office.

XZ140968The view from our hotel room

About an hour after checking in to the hotel, we went in search of lunch.  Front Royal’s main commercial thoroughfare, East Main Street, was located across U.S. Route 522 from our hotel.  Located on East Main Street is  Main Street Mill, where we decided to have lunch.

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We walked across U.S. Route 522 and followed East Main Street  to Main Street Mill.
See the red checkered sign on the right?
That is Market Street Mill.

XZ140946The restaurant was located in a renovated feed mill.

Here’s a picture of me that Bob took inside Main Street Mill.

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I liked the restaurant’s tall ceilings, exposed wood posts, the wood floor and the wrap-around wall mural.  Bob ordered a Cobb Salad; I ordered a Taco Salad. Our salads were delicious, and service was good.

After lunch we walked to the Warren County Courthouse.

On the way to the courthouse we walked through the Front Royal Town Square.

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XZ140964The Front Royal Town Tourism Office is located inside a historic train station.
The tourism office lies adjacent to Front Royal Town Square.

XZ140950This caboose is located in Front Royal Town Square.
The caboose was given to Front Royal in 1989 by the Norfolk and Southern Railway Company.
It sits on original tracks.

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The Millennium Sundial is located in Front Royal Town Square.

The sundial was dedicated on December 31, 1999 to commemorate the end of the 20th century and to celebrate the beginning of the 21st century.

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We saw this beautiful Irish Wolfhound, while walking to the courthouse.

I think it was a 5 block walk to the courthouse.

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Warren County Courthouse and Confederate Monument
The courthouse was built in 1936.

From the courthouse we walked back to our hotel.  We spent rest of the afternoon / evening in our room.  We ate a picnic-style dinner in our room.  Later in the evening we watched the movie “Night at the Museum“. Bob downloaded this movie and its two sequels before leaving home. He thought we would watch all three movies during vacation.  We ended up watching the last two movies, after returning home from vacation.

Stay tuned.  In my next vacation blog post (which may take a few days to prepare), I will share details and photographs of our drive on Skyline Drive.

 

 

Ice Cream Ride to The Igloo

I look forward to Wednesday night rides with friends. We ride for ice cream! We leave at 6:00 pm from the North Warren Playground parking lot, which is located not far from our house. We usually get home before dark.   This blog post recounts an ice cream ride from 2 weeks ago.

On September 3rd we rode to The Igloo in Frewsburg NY. We had a large riding group, 12 or 13 motorcycles and 21 (I think) riders plus Paul’s dog Beezer.

P9038163 4x6Yes!  Dogs are welcome on our ice cream rides!

The evening ride was not without adventure. Our first stop was in Russell PA, only a short distance from our departure point. John and Renate separated from the group.

P9038165 4x6We stopped in Russell to find out what happened to John and Renate.

We made another stop in Russell, just down the road from this stop, but I didn’t think to take a picture there.  John and Renate’s whereabouts were discovered, and we rode to where their motorcycle was disabled.   John and Renate’s motorcycle was stalling out on them. They coasted most of the way to where we found them.  It is good that we have two mechanics in our group. Shawn and Paul figured out it was a vapor lock from too much gas that was causing the stalling. The vapor lock eventually worked its way out.

P9038171 4x6All of us made it to The Igloo and ate ice cream, and we all made it back home safe and sound.

North Carolina Vacation – Day 3 of 9 (Biltmore Estates: Geese, Sheep and Horses)

We spent Days 3 and 4 (May 13 and May 14) of our North Carolina vacation at Biltmore Estates in Asheville NC. After admiring Biltmore House and the Library and South Terraces, the Walled Garden and Conservatory, and the Azalea Garden and Bass Pond, we returned to our car by shuttle bus and drove through the estate grounds to the lagoon.

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At the lagoon, we spread a blanket on the ground under the shade of a tree.  The photograph of the lagoon shown above was our view, as we ate a picnic lunch.  Our picnic fare was the same as other days: tuna salad and crackers, peaches and a couple sugar-free chocolate chip cookies.  We should go on a picnic more often.  Lunch was so relaxing.  After lunch, I entertained myself by watching and photographing the many geese and baby geese at the lagoon.

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We drove to the other side of the lagoon and were rewarded with a magnificent view of the backside of the Biltmore House.

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While on the shuttle bus ride, the driver pointed out two barns, one housing sheep and the other housing horses.  We stopped at both barns on our drive through the estate.

The sheep and lambs were in the pasture grazing.

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Carriage and trail rides are available at the horse barns.  We didn’t go on a ride; however, we did enjoy looking at the horses.

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P5134792 4x6A farrier was in the barn shoeing this horse.
This is a smart dog.  It is staying out of the way of the horse’s hoofs!

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We returned to our hotel around 2:30 pm, where we relaxed until it was time to leave for dinner.

Dinner was at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  We met our friends, Karen and Pete, at the restaurant.  Pete and Bob used to be coworkers.  Karen and Pete moved to North Carolina several years ago.  Whenever we visit this part of North Carolina, we make arrangements to meet Karen and Pete for dinner.  Dinner was good, as was the conversation.  Karen and I are Facebook friends, and we keep in touch there.  However, nothing compares to a face-to-face conversation.   Much of the conversation centered around Bob’s workplace and coworkers that Bob and Pete both knew.  Before leaving the restaurant, Pete gave me a painting of two Carolina Wrens.  We now own three Pete Ferry original paintings!

imageThis covered bridge scene was the first painting that Pete gave to us.
Pete mailed this painting to us.

 imagePete gave us this painting of the ocean last year, when he and Karen visited us at our home.

imageThis is the newest addition to our Pete Ferry original paintings.

Pete is a talented painter.  His paintings are gorgeous!  Thank you, Pete, for your wonderful gifts.  We will treasure them always!

We returned to the hotel around 6:30 pm.  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our room.  Before retiring for the night, we watched a movie on Amazon Prime (Bob packed the ROKU).  The movie that we watched was called “Flight of the Phoenix”.  The movie was about survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert working together to build a new plane.  We enjoyed the movie.  Hugh Laurie was one of the characters in the movie.  It was interesting to see him cast in a different role than that which he was cast in the TV show “House”.

 

 

Saturday’s Critters #14

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”  ~ Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

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You may view more critters by visiting Eileen’s blog, Viewing nature with Eileen.

Kira’s Christmas Photo Shoot

I had a Christmas photo shoot yesterday afternoon at a friend’s home. My photo subject was an adorable 3-year-old Maltese named Kira.

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My friend and Kira’s owner, Cheryl, and I worked together to get Kira to pose on a stool covered with a blanket.  I photographed Kira quickly,  before she moved.  Kira is a wild little girl; she was very excited about getting her picture taken.  I think she liked the experience, though.  As I packed up my camera to go home, Kira made boisterous attempts to get into my closed camera bag.  I think she wanted me to take more pictures!  Cheryl will be printing one or more photographs to put in Christmas cards for those who have not yet seen Kira.

Bicycle Ride

Bob and I went for a bicycle ride through our neighborhood and across the grounds of the Warren State Hospital to Pioneer Arboretum.  I asked Bob how far we rode.  He said 2 miles.   I brought my camera along for the ride.  I didn’t take too many photographs, only three.

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The Pioneer Arboretum is at the north end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail.  This train stands as a reminder that the trail was once a rail corridor.

P4070493 4x6On our way back home we rode past this patch of crocuses.

P4070494 4x6This is Peek-A-Boo.

I haven’t ridden a bicycle much in the 15 years (almost) that I have lived in Warren.  It was very windy today.  I found the pedaling easy, when the wind was at our backs.  The pedaling was very hard, though, when we faced the wind.  We faced the wind the whole way back home from Pioneer Arboretum.

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