Category Archives: Traveling Days

Weekend Updates

Just to update you on some things mentioned in my Friday’s “random” post:

My friends and I had a wonderful lunch and visit on Saturday, all decked out in our greenery. (I was desperately in need of my sunglasses....)

And April, the giraffe, did indeed have her calf this weekend, on Saturday to be exact.  She timed it to coincide with our lunch.  And I am so thankful for those understanding friends. I propped my phone up in front of my plate and (hopefully) discreetly caught glimpses of April as we ate and chatted. And I was fortunate enough to actually be watching just as the baby was born.

If you’ve never watched the April cam, here’s the link.  Warning: VERY addictive. Oh, and April and son are both doing fine. By the way, her “baby” was 5’11” and weighed 139 at birth. Wow.

My Motor Man and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday with yet another trip to the Outer Banks in search of horses.

Speaking of the Corolla wild horses, tune in Wednesday for some fun news and a giveaway!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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Random Five Friday

How about a little randomness?

1.) Last weekend, Marshall attended a “Monster Mania” movie convention.  I’ve mentioned before that he likes to go to those and meet some of the stars he sees in movies. You may recall that I posted a couple of years ago about him meeting Robert England,  who played Freddy Kruger in the Nightmare On Elm Street movies. Last weekend, he met Christini Ricci, “Wednesday” in some of the Addams Family movies. (Just between us, he had a crush on her in the 90’s.)

He’s also a big fan of the Soska twins. Sylvia and Jen. Last weekend, he participated in a “bloody photo op” with them. The Soskas began the bloody photo ops to bring emphasis to their work involving blood donation, definitely a worthy cause. I told him later that he was the happiest looking bloody man I’d ever seen. (Not sure if you can enlarge the picture, but he has “blood” all over his face.)

2.) Yesterday morning’s sunrise, taken with my cell phone.  When I posted this on Facebook, my friend, Donna’s comment was: “Tangerine delight!”.

3.) Yesterday was Sundae’s “gotcha day”. She adopted us 8 years ago.  She’s feeling better, but still is not making it easy for us to give her the meds. At least she isn’t holding a grudge.

4.) You’ve probably heard that April, the giraffe, is expecting another calf any day now. Yes, I’m a fan, and have been watching the live cam quite a bit, hoping to see the birth as it happens. We’ve been to visit April twice at her home at Animal Adventure Park in New York and are planning another trip this summer.

5.) Some of my former classmates from school are meeting tomorrow for lunch to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  We’ve dubbed our group “The Surry Girls”, and we have our greenery all ready. Will you be wearing green this weekend?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Horses, Pigs And Bad Decisions

Or, in other words: your weekly beach report.

Yesterday, during our time on the beach at Carova, we saw seven horses, including this one:

“You looking at me?”

And this beauty:

We also saw this group, which included the beach’s resident mule, Raymond. He’s the dark colored, right front.  “Everybody loves Raymond.”

But, here’s something we’d never seen at the beach before. She was hanging out with a buddy, who slipped into the shrubs before I could get a picture. We’re pretty sure they belong to the folks who live at a nearby house.

And then this:

Yes, someone decided to drive their Challenger right by several signs reading: “4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT“.  Facebook posts indicate they were able to free their vehicle and actually drove further down the beach.

Just another interesting day at Carova. It’s never boring.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Sawyer Brown

If you were listening to country music in the mid 1980’s, you probably remember a band by the name of Sawyer Brown.  They appeared on the tv talent show “Star Search” in 1983, winning the Vocal Group category that year. Do any of these song titles ring a bell: “Step That Step”, “Betty’s Bein’ Bad”, “The Walk”, “I’ll Take The Dirt Road”, “Some Girls Do”, “Cafe On The Corner”, “All These Years”, “Smokin’ In The Rockies”? Obviously they’ve had many hits.

I don’t recall how I first came to know about them, but saw them in concert at Harborfest in Norfolk in 1986.  The following year, I saw them at Hampton Coliseum, when they opened for Hank Williams, Jr.  The afternoon of that concert, they appeared at a meet and greet at a local record shop (remember those?).

Marshall and I attended that meet and greet. I still remember little Marshall’s comment to Mark Miller, the lead singer: “I like your music.”

I forgot what I said – I’m guessing I was a bit more stage struck than Marshall.

I also went to a couple more of their concerts, the last one being probably 1995-1996.

Recently, I learned that they would be performing at a theater about an hour from us.  Our tickets to the concert were part of Motor Man’s Valentine gift to me.

The venue was The Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Va. The Beacon was built in 1928, and was originally a silent movie and vaudeville show theater.  It was abandoned in 1981, and sat vacant for many years until a renovation project began in 1999. The theater reopened in 2015. When we stepped inside last Friday evening, I recalled that the last time I was in that building was in 1967, when my late sister, Rose, took me to see the movie “To Sir With Love”.

Motor Man and I had purchased passes for a meet and greet prior to the concert. Sadly, we weren’t able to take our camera in the theater, so cell phone pictures would have to do.

Mark was as personable as could be, as were the other band members.

I took with me the photos from 1987.  All the guys seemed to have one comment at seeing those: “Wow”.

Since I’d kept up with the pictures all these years, I thought it appropriate to have them autographed.

For those of you who remember Sawyer Brown, I thought you might like to see this video I took during the concert, again with my cell phone.  As you can see, we had great seats, and the show was as much as fun as the ones I attended years ago.

 

Motor Man enjoyed the concert almost as much as I did, so I’m thinking that, the next time Sawyer Brown returns to our area, you just may find us in the audience.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

National California Day

It has come to my attention that today is National California Day, so I thought I would share that information with my readers.

Also, to celebrate, I’m sharing a blog post from 2012. We had just returned from a trip to California with our friends, Bev and Bill.

The beaches of California are so very different from ours here in Virginia and on the nearby Outer Banks of North Carolina. California beaches have high cliffs and rocks. Big rocks. Although January isn’t exactly beach weather, we visited several California beaches during our trip.

We turned off Coast Highway onto a street in Laguna Beach and found this amazing view.

And this is one of my favorite pictures from our trip: Bev and Bill, sharing a playful moment ON the beach at Laguna.

One day we drove to Venice Beach, where another of my favorite photos was taken. I told Bev I’d take a picture of her with a wave crashing against the rocks in the background. Oops, that was just a little too close for comfort.

Later in the week, we drove further north to Ventura Beach.

And Bev took one of my favorite pictures of Motor Man and me.

This sunset photo was taken in Newport Beach.

And another favorite picture of Motor Man and me just outside a cave there by the ocean.

This next photo is yet another favorite. It was taken of Bev at sunset at Crystal Cove on our last evening in California.  Wonder what she was thinking…

We had a great time visiting California, but our home state, of course, is Virginia. So I researched and learned that National Virginia Day is September 14.

We will definitely celebrate.

~These Days Of Mine~

Daytona Brings To Mind

The first Nascar race of the 2019 season, the Daytona 500, took place yesterday. Motor Man and I went to that race a couple of times several years ago.

I shared this post in 2013, and since yesterday’s race, once again, brought to mind that fateful week in 2001, I thought I’d share it again (with just a few changes) today.

Motor Man and I were in Daytona for the entire week leading up to the 2001 Daytona 500.  A friend of ours with “connections” had given us passes to several media events being held that week.

One of those was the IROC (International Race Of Champions) luncheon on Wednesday. A brief background: the IROC race featured identical (except for the color) Chevy Camaros. Drivers from several racing divisions were selected to drive in the IROC race, and a luncheon was held to determine the color car each would drive, as well as his starting position. These were determined by the spin of a wheel.

Motor Man and I were seated at the table with Nascar driver, Jeff Burton, which was fitting, since he’s also a native Virginian.  The IROC race that year was sponsored by True Value, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation was also involved.  After lunch and all the wheel-spinning was complete, the emcee announced that there was a young man there (through Make-A-Wish) whose wish was to meet Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  He then asked Earnhardt to please come forward to meet and have his photo taken with this little boy; I think his name was Travis, although I can’t remember for sure.  But I’ll refer to him in this post as Travis.

Instead of just posing by himself with Travis for those from the media to take photos, Earnhardt asked all the drivers at the luncheon to come forward. He wanted Travis to meet and have his picture taken with all of them. Motor Man and I were impressed that Dale didn’t “hog” that spotlight for himself. I was blinking back tears to the point that Jeff Burton leaned over to us and asked if Travis were our child.

I wasn’t sure if we’d be allowed to take photos at the luncheon, so I only had a little disposable cameras in my purse. This isn’t a good picture, but I wanted to share it because it reminds me of the compassion “The Intimidator” showed when meeting that little boy. (That’s Dale in the yellow shirt.)

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I’ve blurred out Travis’s face, since, obviously, I don’t have permission to post his picture.  But I’ve always remembered what he said while the photos were being taken: “I’ve always wanted to meet Dale Earnardt, and now I have.”

Motor Man and I were in the stands that next Sunday for the Daytona 500. Since our seats weren’t very good, we left early. We decided that we could enjoy the race more by listening to it on the car radio as we started our trip back to Virginia.

We were in Savannah when Dale Earnhardt’s death was announced: 18 years ago today.

One of our first thoughts was of Travis and how his wish had come true.

~These Days Of Mine~

Our Destination

Motor Man and I celebrated our anniversary in…… Snowshoe, West Virginia.  Most folks go there to ski or snowboard; we went there for a sleigh ride. That’s the way we’ve celebrated our anniversary several times in the past.

When we arrived at the stables, this was one of the first sights to greet us. Just look at that snowy muzzle.

You just know I was enjoying this scenery.

You may remember that I’m a fan of April, the giraffe. One of her little quirks is throwing hay over her back. We call it “April showers” or “hay showers”. Some of that hay usually ends up on her head.  I was immediately reminded of that when I spotted this sweetie.

And this is Flash, the gorgeous guy who pulled our vintage (1878) sleigh.

Flash is a 12-year old Friesian/Morgan mix.

And our driver was Skip, who, along with his wife, Peggy, owns Autumn Breeze Stables at Snowshoe.

The weather was probably the nicest we’ve had for any of our sleigh rides so far: 30 degrees and beautiful sunshine.

Such a fun experience. It’s obvious that Flash loves his job.

If you are on Facebook and would like to see Flash “kicking up his heels”, visit the Autumn Breeze Stables at Snowshoe’s page and check their video. It’s really fun to watch.

Oh, and here’s a short video from our sleigh ride. (There is sound. Skip is referring to a man-made lake on the left, the water from which is used to make snow for one of the ski areas.)

 

Thanks, Motor Man (and Autumn Breeze Stables) for a fun anniversary celebration.

~These Days Of Mine~