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Apr 17, 2017 - Easter Week

After waiting in an unidentified back parking lot from Saturday evening to Monday morning, we got Sunny over to a Mercedes Benz service bay to have the fuel drained, fuel injectors and catalytic converter checked, and tank refilled with DIESEL! We're hoping to leave at 11 am so we can get to Harpers Ferry, W.V. in time for the opening of Wendy Palmer's retreat. I need it! On the way we passed an osprey on a nest built on top of a street light and wisteria covering trees like kudzu. On April 17th Gail dropped me off at Blue Mountain Retreat...

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Oct 2, 2016 - Blue Ridge Parkway

The driving today was along the blue Ridge Parkway. We joined it within half an mile of the hotel this morning and it took us to within 5 miles of our hotel this evening. The scenery was different from that along the Natchez Trace in that we were driving along a ridge and quite often could see the aptly called Blue Ridge Mountains on either side of the road. One stop was look at an old water mill where musicians were playing. At the Blue Ridge music centre we were able to listen to some Bluegrass music, a change from the other types of...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Back to the US

Got to sleep in a little this morning but was up early anyway. Went up to the roof of the guest tower and watched a couple cats on the building across the way looking for breakfast. Then went looking for breakfast myself! Today it was omelets and toast with more fruit. Adam came down a bit late as his phone did not automatically adjust for the time change. We also found out we had our first (and only) injury for the trip. Sarah had miscalculated the steps and fell and broke her foot in two places. Since there were a pair of doctors along it...

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Mar 1, 2015 - We're off!

Up at 3:30 and a quick breakfast then off to Roanoke airport. The w3eather was calling for sleet but everything was clear. No problems on the way to the airport. We checked in without any issues and got through security with only minor issues - I left my liquids in my bag! At the terminal we took pictures, napped, played cards, and talked. Phase two of the trip is done. Now off to Atlanta!

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Jun 6, 2014 - Time for a Road Trip

From Home in the Blue Ridge Mtns of Virginia ... Friday, June 6, 2014 That's right, I said Time for another road trip! We've been home almost exactly one month now. It's been a bumpy one for poor Charlie. We both started with sinus problems as soon as we got home. It's been a particularly bad allergy season it seems. He ended up with a sinus infection, has been on two types of antibiotics and other meds for migraine headaches. Now here it is time for us to head for our week in the Outer Banks with family, and he's still feeling poorly....

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On the Road Again

May 24, 2014 - Our last night on the road

Good evening everyone! This is the last night of our road trip. Tomorrow we will be home by evening. A bitter sweet night...Although it will be great to sleep in my own bed, it also means that I have to be back to reality. Gone are the days and nights of whatever seems good at the moment. No more sleeping in Residence Inns or other Marriott properties. No more continental free breakfasts. But also no more hundreds of miles in the van. Uploading the last of the photo journal will have to wait. I'm having difficulty getting the photos to...

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Jan 4, 2014 - In the beginning

Up at 4:15 and out the door by 4:45... Into the 17 degree weather. Easy drive to the airport - only one wrong turn. Parked in long term parking and left my heavy jacket in the car. Not to bad crossing the lot. Tried to check in with the wrong airline, drop my bag at the wrong security check point, and had my bag searched. Then I let my passport in the container at the safety check. I may be a bit tired... But will board in about ten minutes. Next Stop - Atlanta.

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Oct 5, 2013 - May Family Reunion

From Home in the Blue Ridge Mtns of VA ... Saturday, October 5, 2013 A few pictures from the May family reunion (on my Dad's side) today. Good times! Here's one advantage to not being able to head south yet. :) Still home waiting on the roofers. Sighhhhhh ... hopefully the work will be done THIS week! We shall see. Oh well, we are missing all the rain from Hurricane Karen anyway. I hope that's all they get.

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Sep 26, 2013 - Fall Jewelry & Paper Treats

From Home in the Blue Ridge Mtns of VA ... Thursday, September 26, 2013 Here's a little preview of some of my new fall jewelry and paper treats (including cards, place card holders, cupcake toppers, etc ... well you can check it out for yourself!) I will be adding some jewelry items to my Etsy shop for the holidays, so check back soon. There are a few Halloween and Christmas items in there now. Here are links to my websites: www.DesignsbyAliA.Etsy.com www.picasaweb.google.com/aliandchas Getting ready for a fall festival show on Saturday...

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Jul 13, 2013 - On the way!

We're away! Minna showed up at my place an hour early and we packed the car and off to Roanoke. No problems on the road. No problems at the airport except the plane is delayed and Minna brought some weird flat pretzels for a snack... Pretzels should be round and knotted, not squished.

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Jul 13, 2013 - Ready to travel!

From Home in the Blue Ridge Mtns of VA … Saturday, July 13, 2013 Good morning! I am up “early for me” and ready to blog. Perhaps the thoughts of getting back on the road tomorrow has inspired me. : ) I woke up this morning to find that we once again had heavy rain overnight. Everything here is soaked again. This has been an unbelievably wet summer thus far. It is actually a bit cool this morning too which is nice. I brought my laptop out to the screened porch to sit and blog in our “treehouse” as some have called it. Our porch is on the...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Family Beach Photos

From Home in the Blue Ridge Mtns of Virginia ... Wednesday, July 3, 2013 I thought I would finally get around to posting my photos from our last day on Hatteras Island, even though it was a month ago now! As always, life has kept us busy here at home. Dad had some outpatient surgery a couple weeks ago, and the results of that gave him a lot of suffering for a week or so. Thankfully, he is much better now. Mom is also doing well since her heart surgery. She will be doing cardiac rehab 3 days a week until September. In between all of this,...

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On the Road Again

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