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Trip to Eastern Shore – Stockton MD

Last year my daughter, Heather, and I started our 1st Annual Girls Trip but this year Heather’s trip was a week before mine and that was good so Dad wouldn’t worry about both of us on different roads at the same time but it did spread the worry out a tad but we both made it just fine.

On September 23rd, I went on my very first long distance trip alone to visit Margaret who lives in Maryland. Margaret has been my best friend for more years than we can count and started sometime in the teenage years of my children.  We have so many like interests and have each other in tears catching up on our daily lives.  You have to know we “talk” almost daily by email but it’s just not the same as being in person.  I almost lost her last year and had to go to her to reassure myself that my friend is working really hard to stay in this mad world to keep me sane and out of trouble.  I love her to death!!

She lives in Stockton Maryland which is 408 miles from my home and about 7 1/2 hours including potty breaks along the way.  To get to her I crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which was awesome, astounding, long, and surrounded by water!!!

This is as close as I wanted to get to the side of the bridge!!  :)

This is as close as I wanted to get to the side of the bridge!! 🙂

I get seasick quite easily and there had been a week of storms prior to my going to see her and the water was very high and choppy and I could feel an uneasy feeling coming so I made myself have tunnel vision to make it across and back without throwing up my innards!!  That I must say was the only bad part of the trip.

Margaret's home where we spent so much time laughing, eating and catching up.

Margaret’s home where we spent so much time laughing, eating and catching up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there she took me to a place called “Furnace Town”  and if you are ever over there you must go to this little town museum!  Margaret used to make costumes for their annual events.  It was set up as a self walking tour or you could get someone to go with you to explain what you were seeing.

Margaret entering the Blacksmith Shop

Margaret entering the Blacksmith Shop

We met a very educated gentleman that was the tender of the gardens and he told us so much about the heirloom garden he tended himself and then took us into the school-house which was awesome.  After that we took the tour on our own and it was definitely like walking back into another era.  The Furnace Town church on the property was absolutely gorgeous. What a spot for a wedding and they were setting up for an evening wedding at the site the day we were there.

Map of Furnace Town

Map of Furnace Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there I bought a wonderful book called “The Weaver’s Girl” by Gracie Ayers which is based on this town.  Great read!!

While in Stockton, we also went shopping at all (some) of her favorites spots which are now mine!!   We ate out, drove to the waterways that are close to her home.

George Island Landing

George Island Landing

 

 

 

drove the area she lives in and

 

 

saw some beautiful old mansions,

One of the mansions close to where she lives

One of the mansions close to where she lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

ate in (wonderful cook), told stories, ate some more,  met her great grand-daughter, Maddie.  Maddie is a beautiful little princess!

Princess Maddie

Princess Maddie

We got caught up on most everything in four days, laughed, cried, watched “chick flicks”,  considered the problems of the world and what we think needs to be done to fix it (HA) and had a most awesome visit.  Then I had to come home but we promised to get together again next year either at her place or someplace in between with Heather and Ashley!

Retirement adventure #1 – Dismal Falls

Well it’s been two months of retirement and I stay so busy.  Hubby and I have decided to try to make a point of taking a day trip alone at least once a month and I wanted to share our “1st Retirement Adventure” with you.  I packed a lunch and we loaded up the cameras and took off for natures beauty that surrounds us that I either had not seen or it had been a long time.  Our first trip was to Giles County and a little place called “Dismal Falls”.  I hope these photos express my awe at the beautiful little spot in the woods that is hidden just off Route 100 and on a forestry road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Sign beside the forestry road.

Sign beside the forestry road.

There was a large variety of wild mushrooms on the path including these which we call woodfish. We gather these in the fall, flour and fry them up. DELICIOUS!

There was a large variety of wild mushrooms on the path including these which we call woodfish. We gather these in the fall, flour and fry them up. DELICIOUS!

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Path we used to get down to the falls.

Path we used to get down to the falls.

Beautiful open forest leading to the falls.

Beautiful open forest leading to the falls.

Eddie overlooking the falls and creek below.

Eddie overlooking the falls and creek below.

Eddie waiting on me to catch up because I was taking so many pictures.

Eddie waiting on me to catch up because I was taking so many pictures.

This overhang is used a lot by hikers and visitors. There was a fire pit under the rocks and easy to get under without banging your head.

This overhang is used a lot by hikers and visitors. There was a fire pit under the rocks and easy to get under without banging your head.

Rock steps leading down to the water and bottom of the falls.

Rock steps leading down to the water and bottom of the falls.

Firepit under the rocks.

Firepit under the rocks.

The following are views of the water leading to the falls, below the falls, and the falls.  The water is as clear as glass and icy cold.  Normally, this time of year there’s not a lot of water in the falls but because of the rains we’ve had all spring and summer they were beautiful.  We plan to go back when the weather is cold and the water may be frozen.  The falls are not really tall but they’re beautiful and a great outing for one day!!

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Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

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After the visit to the falls we went up the forestry road and found a cool rest stop to have lunch of grilled chicken, cheese & crackers, and fresh fruit.  From there we took off through another road of Giles County called Sugar Run which ran through some awesome forest land and we found this fine creature crossing the road but don’t seem to be able to find out what type of moth he will turn into.  I’ve inserted a close up of him and one of him beside my husbands size 10 boot to give you an idea of how big it was.

It has two sets of red antennae.

It has two sets of red antennae.

It's about 1/2 " - 3/4" around.

It’s about 1/2 ” – 3/4″ around.

I've seen them, I think, about half this big but never really took a close look at them.

I’ve seen them, I think, about half this big but never really took a close look at them.

We also saw these structures as we were about to leave Sugar Run.

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Several deer, squirrels, a few turkeys and wild birds were seen but I got of picture of this one grazing along the road.

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And we passed an exotic farm and saw these along the road.

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It was such a fun and peaceful day spent together and not working until we were bone tired.  This is why we decided to take an adventure at least once a month.  I can’t wait to see what we do in September!!