A few days with Sue

Monday, June 19th

Sue is coming to visit this week and we are looking forward to her arrival.  Gretchen and Sue lived a block apart and were best friends from elementary through high school.  Of course, I know Sue well too since we all grew up together! Tonight we introduced Sue to our dinner preparation routine; play music, drink wine and everyone has a job.  A shrimp with spinach salad and rhubarb pie was on the menu.


Today, we spent boating at Smith Mountain Lake.  We packed a lunch and ate at anchor in a cove in the state park where we saw an eagle last year.  Did not see it today.  Then we headed down the Roanoke River to the dam exploring coves along the way.  Finally, we headed up the Blackwater river so Sue saw the main part of the lake where the two rivers join.

We stopped at Smith Mountain Dock Marina where Gretchen and I had not been in years.  Like most marinas, they have a carp population well fed on pop corn.  But they have another treat for the fish.  You can buy little containers of peanut butter to smear on your toes for the carp to lick(gum) off! The ladies said no way!!

Photo by Sue


Natural Bridge State Park

Gretchen and Sue headed to Natural Bridge which is now a state park.  They hiked the trail under the arch and had lunch at the restaurant.  After lunch they drove south to pick up the road that climbs the mountain from Buchanan to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

Sharp Top, one of the two Peaks of Otter. Photo by Sue

Next stop was the lodge at the Peaks of Otter followed by a drive north on the Parkway over Apple Orchard Mountain on the way back to Lynchburg.  The tour gave Sue a good idea of the beautiful mountain scenery in this part of Virginia.

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Sue


Today we went to our favorite spot for lunch, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard.  Gourmet food and good wine in a beautiful setting is hard to beat! Thanks for lunch Sue, we appreciate your generosity! We took a country ride via Wintergreen and the Parkway back to Lynchburg.

What if Romeo and Juliet occurred in Appomattox, Virginia, during the Civil War?  A young writer/director from Appomattox had the idea and rewrote the play.  It was staged at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park this week so we decided to go and see it.  We were so glad we made the trip because it was a wonderful production; a fitting end to a great week with Sue.  Thanks for coming to Lynchburg Sue, we really loved having you with us! 

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