|Blue Ridge Mountain Dawn -- Side Window|
|Blue Ridge Mountain Dawn -- Front Window|
The day started out sort of foggy, so even when we stopped at a "vista point" to take in the view from the heavily littered pull-off, we were only able to capture a hazy photo of the valley below.
|Hazy View of Valley|
|Tired Travelers in Blue Ridge Mountains|
From there it was another 4-5 hours of driving and we were finally rolling along the familiar roads of Gloucester, VA, making our way home to the old Farmhouse in Mathews. The fall leaves here are offering some decent colors, though the rain, clearly following us, was not far behind and the accompanying gloomy skies did not offer the beautiful backdrop for their colors that the crisp blue fall sky would have.
|Fall Colors under Cloudy Skies|
|More Bad Weather Threatening|
|Nearing Gloucester, VA... Brief Break in Weather|
|Road Leading to Our Farmhouse|
Well, to be honest, the old farmhouse looked rather abandoned when we pulled up. Under the gray skies, the grass needing mowing, the trees losing their leaves, the grass trying to take over the dirt and gravel roads, screamed to us that they have been neglected for more than three weeks and, that if we don't move quickly, they will simply return to their natural state of field and forest.
|Gray Skies Return...but We're Back Home!|
|Flowers are Still Trying|
|3000 Miles Later, Virtually No Shifting of Load|
Still, we were exhausted from the last push, so after taking my conference call for work, unloading our luggage, and eating a small snack, we crashed, taking a four hour nap. We were tired when we awoke, but we still had much to complete before we could call it a night. We had to drive to the airport to pick up our car (24 days in the lot there), go to the pond house and verify everything was in order for the open house to be held today, pick up the mail that had been held for more than three weeks, get a LITTLE grocery shopping completed, and unload the pictures from our cameras. We hit the sack at 2:30 AM, having barely completed all of these required tasks.
John Denver said it pretty well in his song,
Hey it's good to be back home again,
Sometimes, this old farm, feels like a long lost friend,
Yes, and hey it's good to be back home again...
|Yep... More Work Ahead|