Sunday, July 08, 2007

Saturday Sky...and a lovely trip!

Saturday Sky

Late again, I know! But I spent the lovely day yesterday traveling south a little less than 100 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Meadows of Dan to perform a wedding ceremony for a lovely and very special couple.

Meadow at Bluemont Church, near Orchard Gap on the Parkway

I left early because it was working up to be a busy holiday weekend and I wanted to enjoy the drive without having to rush and deal with lots of traffic. I think I could have spent most of the day taking pictures; there was a beautiful scene in almost every mile of the trip!

Morning along the Blue Ridge
Obligatory overlook scene early in the morning

I was lucky that the air was clear and cool going down the Parkway; some mornings can be quite foggy. Another reason for my early start. But the weather was perfect and I found myself killing a little time at a gift shop near my destination. Not good; I bought stuff! A hummingbird feeder for the shop and some lovely lavender soap.

Beautiful setting for a wedding!
Beautiful view from the wedding "chapel"

The misty haze had lifted by the time I reached the beautiful log house where the happy couple was staying. But cool breezes and a wide porch made for a peaceful spot to visit with the groom and attendants while the bride was getting ready. I didn't know the couple well before the ceremony and only met the best man and bridesmaid yesterday. They are all the kind of people you love immediately and I wish they lived close to Meadows of Dan! The wedding party was small, just the five of us. Friendly and a lot of fun!

Lovely Couple
Roy and Anne, July 7, 2007

The little ceremony went off well, mainly thanks to the beautiful mountain setting. We stood under a big oak tree next to an ancient cemetery. While I was speaking a bird landed in the tree above the couple and sang cheerfully. Anne was a beautiful bride and it felt like a "true marriage" of two people that assuredly came together as one!

Lovely celebration!

Anne and her daughter spent the morning putting together a wonderful meal for us and we toasted the happy couple with very full glasses of champagne. We enjoyed sitting out on the porch with the breezes blowing and watching the clouds drift over the mountain while we talked and ate. Then after seeing all the pictures (oh, the miracles of modern conveniences!) I started my adventurous journey home.

Holy Trinity Church, Glendale Springs
Holy Trinity Church, Glendale Springs, North Carolina

When I headed out yesterday morning I didn't exactly know what my destination was, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the sign for the Churches of the Frescos on my way in. My mother has talked about the beautiful churches and the amazing religious frescos and has visited several times. This was the first time I have been near one of them. The church I visited, Holy Trinity, is a beautiful little chapel shaded by towering trees and rhododendron. It is a lovely experience to see the art. I was especially awed by the grotto and mosiac in the lower level of the church. The stained glass was also beautiful. The frescos are hard to describe; they are so powerful.

Devil's Garden
Devil's Garden Overlook, North Carolina

The roads were much more crowded on the way back but I had a nice drive. It's not often that I get to play tourist. And it was fun to see people out and about and enjoying themselves. I stopped at an alpaca farm on the way back that people had been telling me about; they have a nice shop!

Home again today, with the shop open and quite a bit of traffic. This is the second day of the Crafts in the Meadows festival; come out to visit! Sammy Shelor and some friends, including Linda Lay, I think, will be playing this afternoon.

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