Showing posts with label dating after 50. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dinner by a Waterfall

Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day! We decided to take the convertible for a drive in the country to enjoy every moment of it.

We visited Damascus Virgina which is along the Virgina Creeper Trail as well as the Appalachian Trail and several other trails.

We had a lovely early dinner outside by the waterfall at the Damascus Old Mill.

We were hoping to hear one of our friends, Lightnin' Charlie, perform live music on this evening but we remembered the dates incorrectly. His performance was the evening before.

Ducks came to rest by the water's edge as we were leaving.

Upstream, more ducks were teaching their young ones how to find food and how not to get too close to the edge.

I wore the beautiful bangle bracelet which my friend Lois surprised me with earlier this week. 

Our next stop along our journey was the 'World's Shortest Tunnel' through Backbone Rock on Hwy 133 between Shady Valley, TN and Damascus, VA.  It was constructed in 1901 for hauling timber from Tennessee to a nearby saw mill outside of Damascus.

My hair was cut this week but after a day in a convertible, it looked better from the back than the front.

The turquoise knit top is from Belk. The white ankle pants are from Chico's. The Adrienne Vittadini sandals are from T.J.Maxx last year.

This visit brought back memories of a ten mile hike alone on a sunny day several years ago. I hiked for several miles along the Appalachian Trail stopping here in this park later in the day to hike over this rock formation and on to a nearby waterfall in the woods. I feel so blessed to now have Mr. Mickey to share my adventures with.

For more information about all the many wonderful places to visit near this area go to Appalachiantreks

Thank you for reading. I hope you have an adventure today!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Steeplechase

One of our favorite spring traditions is to attend the running of the Block House Steeplechase in Tryon, North Carolina.

This event ushers in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats and tailgating as we view the thoroughbreds thundering past striving for a win. The day started out quite cool so I am wearing a sweater poncho here. As the afternoon progressed the sun warmed us enough to shed the layers. Our parking space partners were the most charming people! We loved visiting with them and hope to continue our new friendships for many years.

At the beginning of the festivities there is a hat contest to award a prize to the most appropriate hat, the funniest hat and the best kid's hat. 

Here I am in the hat parade wearing the white dress I told you about earlier. (I did not win but it certainly was fun!)


Here are some of the other contestants in their lovely hats.

The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina occurring continuously since 1947. Crowds of 18,000 to 20,000 attend the Block House Races annually. 

This 1949 Bentley was in the space in front of us. The owner is the fellow standing behind the car. He told us that his father bought the car new and that his own grandchildren are the fifth generation to ride in the car. He drives it regularly. 

We always stay at the 1906 Pinecrest Inn. This is later in the day at the gazebo in the lower gardens on the property of the Inn. We are on our way to cocktails on the terrace so I have switched to a more subdued animal print ribbon trimmed straw hat for the afternoon. When wearing a hat I wear few other accessories. The effect can be quite matronly if you add large earrings, a necklace and glasses. The soft white knit dress is from Stein Mart.

Later in the evening, I wore another red knit dress from Stein Mart to dinner. This is a record for me... bare legs with a dress twice in one day! Normally I would not be so daring but it is my vacation after all.

To breakfast the next morning, I wore this wonderful fuchsia blouse which was a gift from Foxcroft. I paired it with khaki Capri pants from Talbots and Kenneth Cole Reaction sandals via T.J. Maxx. This Foxcroft blouse will be one of my spring favorites! You will see it often. It is the softest non iron fabric I have ever worn. Normally no iron blouses are too stiff to be comfortable. This one flows across the body in a perfect drape.

Thank you for reading. I hope you had a lovely weekend as well!