Independence Day

Independence Day

  Independence Day. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Thomas Jefferson Today is the day that the United States celebrates its Independence. Independence that would set [...]

Beautiful Beaches

Beautiful Beaches

  Beaches. Beautiful Beaches. This should come as no surprise, but... I am a lover of the beach. The smell of the salt air. The sound of the waves crashing on the beach. It is here that my soul finds peace. All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in [...]

Local Colors Festival

Local Colors Festival

Local Colors Festival. Roanoke. Virginia.   Normally, most of my spring is filled with traveling to the girlie's soccer games. We found ourselves with an empty weekend and I wanted to head to downtown Roanoke. I love strolling around downtown, perusing the shops, often stopping in the Taubman Museum and heading to the rooftop of [...]

Spring is Here : Virginia

Spring is Here : Virginia

  Springtime.   No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow - Proverb Thank goodness! I've been waiting patiently for some green to begin sprouting. And finally... Southwest Virginia has obliged. Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. - Laura Ingalls Wilder There are vibrant greens reminding [...]

Hiking Dragon’s Tooth in Virginia

Hiking Dragon’s Tooth in Virginia

Hiking. Hiking, anyone? You might remember from my Friday Faves post that I mentioned that I like to hike. Usually, I just go on short hikes.   And I'm gonna be honest about why... I don't want to have to pee in the woods. I have no problem with the woods, just the fact that these [...]

A Short Tour of the Historical Area of Explore Park in Roanoke Virginia

A Short Tour of the Historical Area of Explore Park in Roanoke Virginia

Explore Park. Roanoke, Virginia. This past Sunday, my husband and I visited Explore Park, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115. The day was gray and overcast, with rain coming in the afternoon. I didn't expect to get too many shots as the light was not in my favor.  I opted not [...]

Graceful Roanoke, Virginia

Graceful Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia fits the definition of Graceful. What do I mean by that? Well, I participate in a weekly photo challenge. And the theme this week happens to be "graceful". However, my archives don't contain photos of swans, ballerinas, or princesses. Those happen to be the things I think about when I hear the word graceful. As I [...]

Thursday Doors – Hotel Roanoke

Thursday Doors – Hotel Roanoke

Doors of Hotel Roanoke. If you viewed yesterday's Wordless Wednesday, then you saw a sampling of some of the trees on display at the Hotel Roanoke. I titled my post, Festival of Trees, because that is what I call it. Its actual name is Fashions for Evergreens.   Quite a "fashionable" name, don't you think?   [...]

Thursday Doors – Bagpipes and Church Doors

Thursday Doors – Bagpipes and Church Doors

Bagpipes and Church Doors. A couple of Saturday's ago, Nov. 5th to be exact, I decided that I wanted to check out the "Virginia Room" of the main library. This is where they have a very large selection of reference material as compared to the branches. The main library in Roanoke is located downtown (it [...]

Niagara Dam – Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Niagara Dam – Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway. About a month ago, my husband and I thought we'd drive around Roanoke Mountain Loop Road off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I brought along my camera hoping to catch some views of the Roanoke Valley. Unfortunately, the recent storms had dropped a tree across the road, closing its access. Niagara Dam. [...]