(Easter - March 2008) On "Farmer Bill's" Ranch
- Dan and a
horse (Dan is on the right) (7)
- The turkey
is nature's most magestic bird from the neck back. From
the neck forward, it's the ugliest. (8)
- Dan and Maureen
with Cousin Bill (9 - 10)
is our cat, Cleo
- This is Cleo
stalking a pair of birds (12)
- Here are the
birds now two trees over (13)
(May 3, 2008)
We've done this trip before: up to Martinsville over US-58
through the mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Airy and
back home. This time we had Maureen's sister Kate with us.
Some of the highlights are:
- The view from
"Lover's Leap" on Highway 58 (14)
- A farmhouse
down in the valley (15)
- One of our
favorite stops is the birdhouse store about a mile from
the leap (20)
- One of the
many stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway (close
up of cabin shown in 2007) (22)
- Downtown Mt.
Airy. (23 - 24)
||One of the residents
on our lake
||A rainbow during
a summer shower.
||This moth landed
on our deck. Thanks to the magic of Photoshop, it's now on
vs. The Chipmunk
||The Chipmunk wins!
A trip to the Booker
T. Washington National Park. It was a nice day but we
had the park to ourselves. The inside exhibit is rather
small and contains the biography of Booker and a small book
store. Booker lived on the farm until he was emancipated
at age 9. Booker was listed on the property ledger as "one
negro boy" being worth $400: a tidy sum in the 1850's.
The farm was owned by a couple and their 7 children. They
had 12 slaves and raised tobacco on a little over 100 acres:
hardly the sterotype southern plantation of Gone With the
Wind lore. The outside exhibit is mostly a recreation of
- 32 - 36 The
kitchen and the cook's house. The cook's house is where
the slaves would have lived.
- 37 MR Pigpens.
O S M R. Although they look something like Dan's weekend
projects around the house.
- 38 - 40 The
- 41 This goose
kept posing for the camera, so I couldn't not take its
- 42 Is that
- 43 A Dolly
of another type.
- 44 The tobacco
||This wasn't on
the farm. It was along side the road on the way to the National
Park. It's a steam powered tractor. You don't see many of
them around anymore.
||Eric's stage debut.
He had a bit part (he plays a policeman) in the production.
Next to Eric (to the right in the picture) is David Polinski,
a friend of ours.
||Our annual trip
out to Ft. Fisher. This time we took in the aquarium.