Category Archives: Traveling Days

Fly-Away Friday

On Wednesday, I posted pictures of the wild horses from our most recent trip to the Outer Banks. And they certainly provided us with many photo ops that day.

But, wait….there’s more!

Although we often see pelicans flying along the shoreline, it wasn’t until a few months ago that we saw them actually on the beach.

When we spotted these two on Sunday,  Motor Man stopped, my window came down, and I started taking pics. This one is my favorite.

I still marvel at the fact that they can actually get those huge beaks and wings off the ground.

Where will this weekend take you?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Vintage Christmas Music

On Saturday, our town held its Evening Christmas Market. It’s one of the most popular events in our little town, and I look forward to it each year.

The wonderful little shops lining Main Street are all open late, the street is closed to traffic and is filled with booths offering crafts, jewelry, primitive items, Christmas decor and a few antiques.  On the “village green”, students at a nearby dance studio perform, and a group sings Christmas carols on the steps of the post office. Talented folks sing and accompany themselves on guitars or banjos in front of various businesses. One parking lot is designated as the “food court”. It’s quite festive, and very well attended; the weather this year was perfect.

The market is a great place to find unusual Christmas gifts, and this year was no exception. I also brought something home for Motor Man and me.

Having purchased a combination radio/CD player/phonograph a few months ago, I have recently been in search of vintage Christmas albums. I hit the jackpot during the market at one of the shops, Vintage Potential, which had a great selection. I chose three albums: one by Johnny Mathis, one by Perry Como, and this third one.

When I first opened the album at the shop, I didn’t see a listing of what songs and artists were included. But, the inside “sold” me:

Yes, the album opens up to this sweet Christmas scene.  The artists include Gene Autry, Mitch Miller, Robert Goulet, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett, among many others, as it’s a double album.

Although it qualifies as “vintage” to me, the date on it is 1972. Wait: 1972 is now vintage? Now, that’ll make you feel old.

The price on the albums (including my prized one) was $4.00 each. Quite a bargain, in my opinion.

I was hesitant to buy the “record player” at the time, although it was on sale for half the regular price.

But I do believe it’s going to be quite busy in the next few weeks.

 

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Beautiful Sunday

Motor Man and I took a day trip to Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sunday. It had been four weeks since our last visit, and “one of us” was starting to shake….

We only saw ten horses, but those we saw gave us some smiles and photo ops.

These two were busy checking out the bird feeder in someone’s yard.

“They need to make these things horse-sized.  Can’t. Quite. Reach……”

But some of you know that our very favorite place to spot the horses is by the water.  With the sun, the water’s beautiful blue, the white waves and those amazing horses, this was just about the perfect set-up.

Motor Man was so patient; he’d drive up the beach, so we could wait for the horses to come toward us. I would take pictures, the horses would walk by us, then he would drive further up the beach, and…repeat.

But, then, those four did something that I’m not sure we’ve ever really seen (in person) before: they starting running along in the surf. And, although this really shows what a wimp I am, it was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.

 

And in this next picture, don’t they seem to be looking out over the ocean and discussing their view? “Yeah, I gotta say: this is the life….”

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my, it’s a beautiful day 
(Daniel Boone)

So thank you to the horses and my Motor Man for a breathtaking Sunday drive.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

A Special Start To The Season

My friends, Donna and Linda, invited me to an early Christmas event last Saturday: the Holly Jolly Festival in an area of Richmond. (Linda lives nearby, and Donna did for many years.)

You know how much you want to spend time with your friends when you drive an hour and a half each way (including the dreaded Interstate-95) to be with them. I grew up in the country: we didn’t have interstates.

We shopped in several shops, enjoying the beautiful holiday decorations and humming/singing along with the Christmas music. Neither of us spent an enormous amount of money, but we did make some purchases. And I found a couple of Christmas gifts

Oh, and we donned our Christmas headgear and had our picture taken with Santa. Just look at Donna Donner: I think she’s jockeying for more toys on Christmas morning.

Then, The Grinch showed up, so we thought it only fair to have a picture with him, too. (I must confess that, although I’m familiar with the song, and I’ve heard that he “stole Christmas”,  I have no idea what the whole Grinch thing is all about. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone.)

Then, we three girls ditched those guys and enjoyed a leisurely lunch, and shopped a little more.

Soon it was time for me to hit I-95 south to head home. Totally worth braving that interstate to spend the day with friends.

PS. My snowman hat is from CVS pharmacy: $5.99. Haute couture.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Mountain Drive, A Surprise And Friends

When we left Virginia Safari Park on Saturday, we continued on to the Shenandoah National Park to drive the scenic Skyline Drive.  We were late for peak foliage, but we managed to find a little color. (That gorgeous blue sky helped out quite a bit.)

We forgot our tripod, but, at one of the scenic overlooks, we saw a couple taking pictures of each other. So they took our picture, and we took theirs.

At one point, as we rounded a curve, I spotted a bear. Having never seen one other than at a zoo, Motor Man said later that my excitement was equal to that of a child’s.

Thankfully, my camera was in my lap, so I was able to snap some quick pictures of it.

“What? You’ve never seen a bear before?

After that excitement, we drove on to Warrenton, where we stayed the night. The next day, we visited with my dear friend, Pam (Two Spoiled Cats) and her hubby, Dave. Pam and I met through blogging eight years ago, and for a while, our friendship was online only. But then we (along with her Davey and my Motor Man) began meeting a few times a year. Saturday, our visit with them began at a nearby farmers market.

The four of us then went to lunch and later browsed through an antique mall.

We then spent some time at their home, and their gorgeous big boy kitty, Teddy briefly joined us.

Motor Man and I avoided the interstate and took a leisurely drive home late Sunday afternoon.

It was one of those special weekends, full of fun times with lots of memories made.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

On Safari

Last Saturday, Motor Man and I had quite the adventure.

We went to Virginia Safari Park near Natural Bridge, Virginia, which is about 3 1/2 hours from us. This is a drive-through park with several species of animals who roam freely over the 100+ acres .

When we bought our tickets at the gate, we also purchased four small pails of food (pellets). The staff member gave us two empty buckets and advised us to pour a small amount in an empty pail to feed the various animals that would come up to our window.

And do those animals ever know the drill.  They stop right in front of your vehicle (roadblock), then move to your window in search of the food they know you bought.

The llama and oryx were the most aggressive of the different species. One of them snatched a bucket right from my hand, another managed to get his head (and upper body) all the way in the vehicle and was eating food from the bucket in the floorboard by my feet.

“We need to talk about that food, Mister”

Motor Man also had a bucket snatched from his hand by an oryx.

After that experience, we were a bit leery when the elk approached our vehicle.

Amazingly, they were very gentle and only ate from the bucket…..very good manners.

And here’s a weird shot….. doesn’t that look like a spooky “human figure” to the right? It’s actually an animal (not sure if it was a llama or antelope) with its head laid back and nose in the air.

Feeding the ostrich was a bit scary: that’s a huge beak to be pecking for food so close to my hands.

And how impressive is this sight?

The park also has a walk-through village.  It was a chilly, breezy day, so our “walk-through” was rather quick.  My only disappointment of the day was that the giraffes were on the opposite side of their yard from the viewing/feeding deck. Here’s a little slideshow of some of the animals in those exhibits.

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Although a bit cool, it was a beautiful day for our visit. As much fun as Motor Man and I (as mature adults) enjoyed the park, I can imagine what fun it is for families with little ones. We highly recommend it.

Tune in Friday for more about our adventurous weekend.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Adventures In Cape Charles, Part II

Today’s post is continued from Monday and is jam-packed with fun times from our trip to Cape Charles.

Following our dinner Friday evening, and while taking photos at the marina, we noticed a sundog.  We would see several between that time and sunset. This looks a little like a fish, don’t you agree?  Very appropriate.

There was a pier leading to a gazebo at the beach near our hotel. We decided it would be the perfect place to watch the sunset. And our personal photographer, Donna, was once again hard at work.  Although that appears to be the sunset behind us, it’s actually more sundogs. The sun was setting further to the left.

And a beautiful sunset it was, well worth braving the cool temps and brisk winds. The sky was amazing.

Once we got back to the hotel (and thawed out), Donna and I had a mini-pajama party. We brought our witch hats along on the trip, hoping to find a fall/Halloween display that would be a nice backdrop for a picture. The pajama party turned out to be our only option.

And, then, as so often happens, a cute boy crashed our pajama party!  So I kissed him.

Saturday morning, the three of us had breakfast in the hotel’s beautiful dining room.  Donna opened the first and smallest of her birthday gift bags. She loves scented soaps in decorative packaging, so one was a tiny Halloween themed soap. The other is Bourbon-Pumpkin scented body lotion.  (Did you notice the tear in her eye?)

The weather was cool and somewhat rainy, so Motor Man drove us to a nearby antique mall for a little shopping.

After lunch, we explored more of the Eastern Shore. During Motor Man’s late teens/early twenties, he did quite a bit of fishing in the Chesapeake Bay in that area . He recalls the Cobb Island Coast Guard Station located on a nearby island, and had heard that it had since been moved inland. With directions from locals, we found its new location. It’s been renovated and is for sale, but sadly, a long lane with a gate at the highway prevented us from seeing it. It’s now near the tiny fishing village of Oyster, Va.

Motor Man and I really enjoyed the trip, and I’m thinking that Donna just may have, too. It was fun celebrating her birthday with her. Wishing you many, many more, my friend.

~These Days Of Mine~