Donna Watkins WOW! What a trip and way to begin my Monday morning! I feel like I've been there with someone who has an eye for the hidden things in nature, and a sense of the importance of being a child ALWAYS. Thank you for sharing your adventure so we could visit too! Much love and Many hugs, Donna
jo-bi-one Still young :)
Amazing/fun/colourful places with your smile are always more interesting to know more about them :)
smilin7 goodbye, Duke's!
smilin7 Hi! (see me down here?)
smilin7 I enjoyed this exploration very much!
smilin7 Warren had fun, too, checking out the tree house!
smilin7 want mystery and spookiness? Play here
smilin7 gorgeous (I should know what these are, but forget! Need my plant ID book)
smilin7 Warren was happy here, too!! Sherry is pointing to an 'owl' in the tree. Do you see it?
smilin7 fascinating wasp of some sort -- with a 4 inch or so 'tail' extending from its body (must research and learn more)
smilin7 fun door handle (interesting things everywhere)
smilin7 beautiful cypress to identify better
smilin7 closer view
smilin7 and again
smilin7 our dogwood does not have seeds this impressive!
smilin7 inside the lodge
smilin7 a mobile of chinese lantern pods
smilin7 walkway stepping stones were log slices
smilin7 lots of info, books one could study with
smilin7 wonderful info displays
smilin7 interaction welcomed (open and touch, question, study)
smilin7 lots to learn with and from
smilin7 a view out the picture windows of the lodge
smilin7 inventive idea! The celing lights were recessed and covered with recycled glass ashtrays!!!
smilin7 a magnificent oak tree
smilin7 Betty's garden has seen better days!
smilin7 the arbor trail
smilin7 many benches made with natural materials
smilin7 much to enjoy
smilin7 crepe myrtle from afar
smilin7 and crepe myrtle trunks closeup
smilin7 fun signs and entry points to trails
smilin7 not your ordinary view station (Shhhh.... approach as quietly as possible)
smilin7 who do you suppose enjoys living in this?
smilin7 a child's view (isn't it magical, wonderful, fun?)
smilin7 a sense of humor! "spare" ribs indeed!
smilin7 sunshine glinting
smilin7 so many berries to identify!
smilin7 on the way in to Boxerwood I glimpsed these from the window
smilin7 On the way out, I snapped this photo. These surely look like SPRING crocus! But I snapped this photo on September 14!! Are there yellow autumn crocus? If so, I must have some!
smilin7 and then on to dinner!
smilin7 pretty from the outside
smilin7 a friendly cat to greet us
smilin7 inside decor
smilin7 my meal (a rouladen with a pickle and carrots inside, but I forget the complete German name)
smilin7 other meals and family style traditional side dishes
smilin7 antiques car show nearby and many classic cars on the road
smilin7 this one parked next to us, a beauty!
smilin7 and then home we went to rest our feet and tummies!
smilin7 When one visits Lexington, VA, one must visit Duke's!
smilin7 This friendly pig greets you outside...
smilin7 and once inside, enjoy the displays near the ceiling
smilin7 Duke's is an antiques mall, open every day of the year.
smilin7 It was a large mall, with an incredible variety of 'treasures' awaiting our discovery.
smilin7 Many of the exhibitors were talented at creating effective displays.
smilin7 mannekins monitored everyone's activities!
smilin7 from all corners of the ceiling!
smilin7 I remember sitting on a shoe like this to try on shoes (in a shoe store) many years ago!! Fun memories!
smilin7 eclectic artwork in the ladies room
smilin7 and on to VMI
smilin7 VMI = Virginia Military Institute
smilin7 interesting stonework and shadows
smilin7 walking down the steps from the previous slide
smilin7 looking back up (impressive stonework)
smilin7 climbing back up again
smilin7 fun angles!
smilin7 a close up of the stonework
smilin7 entering the museum (and chapel)
smilin7 beautiful windows and ornamental architecture
smilin7 inside the chapel
smilin7 interesting... a special worship book for the military? Why?
smilin7 info plaque
smilin7 walking the campus
smilin7 very orderly, polite greetings from EVERY cadet who walked by
smilin7 civil war reminders...
smilin7 Stonewall Jackson (statue)
smilin7 and then we walked into town...
smilin7 a view of Main Street
smilin7 old brick, preserved exteriors
smilin7 Stonewall Jackson's home
smilin7 Sherry and Glen
smilin7 We stopped at a bakery near a coffeeshop and had mini-bites of cheesecake, key lime pie, lemon cookies, raspberry cookies
smilin7 coffee shop decor (and excellent Blue Ridge coffee here)
smilin7 imaginative creations
smilin7 gorgeous cloud (portending a storm later?)
smilin7 and on to Boxerwood Gardens
smilin7 delightful, welcoming 'kids' area
smilin7 Since I consider myself a "big kid" I followed the directions and played!
smilin7 Don't you want to try my soup?)
smilin7 adorable play areas, kid-sized
smilin7 even a 'tiny' eagle's nest to play in!
smilin7 Let your imagination soar, and then share your thoughts
smilin7 love it!
smilin7 What kind of maple is this?