Lexington, VA & Blue Ridge Parkway – Sept. 20, 2015

First back road adventure in a long time!

After a late start on Sunday afternoon, we drove to Lexington, Virginia via I-64/81, passing many pretty farms, like this one, in the Shenandoah Valley.

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We drove just west of Lexington in I-64, eventually found our way to Rt. 631 and followed it along the Maury River.

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Next stop was Jordan’s Point in Lexington.

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We continued to follow Rt. 631 out of Lexington to the east and then made our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The late afternoon sun made every view exquisite!

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We love our rivers and mountains!

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And we love our valleys, too!

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Shenandoah Valley (west) & Rockfish Valley (east) from the northern part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

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“Peace, Love & Harmony & Friends” at the “Give Back Festival”

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Kayaking – July 26, 2015

First non-pet update in a long, long time!  Thought I’d share some pictures from today’s outing. 🙂

We bought kayaks last summer, mainly to use on a large reservoir that’s about 5 miles from our house.  Since it’s a nearby, we’d just throw them in the back of our old (and not always dependable) Ford pickup truck and take off.

A while back we bought some Malone kayak racks, knowing that we want to go places that the pickup might not be able to take us, and today we decided to try them out.

One of the first challenges was trying to get the straps threaded through the upright supports of the rack in the center of the 4Runner.  I couldn’t reach this with a step-stool and had to get a ladder!  Then trying to lift the kayaks to the roof of the car was the next challenge!  We were both more than a little frustrated by the time we finally had them on the roof….

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Fortunately, we were able to get the kayaks off the car pretty easily once we got to the lake, and away we went!

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The day was very sunny and quite warm, so we crossed the lake to the shady side.  Much better–especially when a breeze would come up!

We headed off the main lake into one of the coves…

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There were turtles sunning on a log, with dragonflies and butterflies darting around above the water.  Just seemed like a magical place on this beautiful day.  🙂

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When we finally paddled back across the lake to the shore, we were able to get the kayaks loaded onto the roof of the car a bit more easily.  I hope we get this figured out soon because there are so many  lakes and rivers we’d love to explore!

 

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Honey-dawg, February 15, 1994 – May 23, 2008

My little Honey-girl lost her battle with heart failure and was helped to the Bridge a little before midnight last night. Before we left the house for our last ride together in the car, I watched in amazement as the cats tried to bring forth another miracle healing of their canine friend. But this time it wasn’t meant to be….

Her spirit was peacefully released from her exhausted, spent body at the emergency clinic where she was first taken in February 2003. As I told the wonderfully compassionate vet last night, while we never have enough time with our beloved companions, I’m grateful that Honey and I had “bonus” time together after the accident that nearly claimed her life five years ago.

So thank you, Honey, for being a kind and tolerant member of a household run by cats, and for sharing your bed — and your life — with us all.

Thank you for being my friend and constant companion — my “velcro dog” — for fourteen fast, fleeting years.

I hope you’ve found your doggy-friend, Spotty, whose spirit also left this earth at the age of fourteen in August 2006, and I also hope you’ve found my Dad. He loved you, too, you know.

Run free, run strong and take delight in what you discover on this part of your journey. But wait for me, Honeybear, and remember that you’ll always be my baby girl.

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Simon: Basket Case Kitten


“Hellooooo! Anybody home?”


“Oh, hi! Are you pretendin’ to be the troll under the bridge?”


“I shall vanquish you, nasty troll, with my mighty ninja moves!”


“What makes you think Niko’s gettin’ mad? We’s just playin’!”


“In yer basket! Two points for the little cat!”
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Simon continues to grow and change. He’s now 12 weeks old — the age that most reputable breeders recommend for separating moms & kittens…. Poor Simon never had the advantage of growing up with a mom cat and siblings; my son found him when he was just 3 weeks old.

Most of the time he’s still playing too rough and aggressively with my other cats, but I managed to take a quick picture while he was catching his breath on my bed after random terrorizing. You can see from Riley’s expression that he wasn’t but so thrilled to have Simon that close to him….

Most of the time that Simon is out and about, the other furkids try to avoid him.

Honey-dawg and Cirrus “hide” under my computer desk:

Kian opts to watch from on top of my computer monitor:

Awww….but what’s not to love about a little orange kitten? 😉

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