I have two good friends who live in Lynchburg. One is my son-in-law’s mother, Sue N. We took off one day on the Blue Ridge heading north. We stopped at anything interesting to see and eventually turned east off the parkway and wound up at the Saunders Farm Market where we bought yummy ice cream cones and fresh fruit to take home. Sue is always eager for an adventure and y’all know I love exploring.
Another friend, Sue H, and I headed south on the Blue Ridge. We stayed overnight in one of those rustic CCC Rocky Knob Cabins near the Meadows of Dan, VA. They advertise “A step back in time – no phones, no TVs, no cell phones or computers.” It was charming, clean, and more than adequate. It didn’t have indoor plumbing either but I had gotten quite used to the various “outdoor facilities” as I camped across country. Sue wasn’t so sure and since we were in bear country, she asked for my company when she made an “outhouse call” at 2 a.m. She chatted on about this beautiful middle-of-the-night hike. I’m not sure she ever realized that this “escort” never opened her mouth in greeting or conversation. If I talk, I wake up! By the way, these pictures aren’t it!
During our breakfast time outside, I went back inside for something and saw a baby snake on the doorstep “coming out.” I scooped it on to a fireplace shovel and we asked some workmen what it was. They called it a ring neck since it was all black with a bright gold ring around its neck. I didn’t actually care what it was but I did wonder where its parents and siblings were since it was on the way OUT of the cabin. Anyway, it was fun and if you ever have a chance to stay in little CCC cabins, take advantage of it. God Bless until next time.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”