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Monday, May 26, 2008

.: Memorial Day Weekend :.

what a freaking weekend. i am exhausted! but it was a good weekend so i am not complaining in the least. jab and i went to Luray Caverns, which is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern VA. alot of pix were taken, both by jab and myself. i'll let them do most of the talking:


this is why i can't be far from the east coast.

inside the caves, it was a nice constant 54 degrees. the ceilings were high in most places ...


ok, this? scary. as in aliens scary.


the moisture builds up and there's a mini-lake inside the cave. i'm sure there's a scientific name for it but i'll just use my terminology. it was kinda trippy, the reflection made it hard to decipher where one ended and the other began ...


due to the lighting, this looks like we were in Hell ...


the wishing lake. to date, they've amassed about $750K and proceeds go to a variety of charities. i threw in a penny and made a wish ...

the maze was a lot of fun and not at all like The Shining.



dinner was at a nice little cozy inn. we dined on the front porch. i seriously have a thing for massive sprawling porches and fenced in front yards ...


my view from the porch ...


started off with grilled shrimp


then lavender rubbed lamb atop a fruit jelly with summer veggies and mashed potatoes on the side ...


dessert was Bourbon St. Pecan pie with vanilla bean ice cream ...



the next day was hiking. i'm not much of a hiker or an outdoorsy type of girl. however, one of my new year's resolutions is to give hiking an honest to goodness try. plus, now that i have a decent camera and i actually know how to use it, i like to take pix of random things i see along the way. whatever, it amuses me. i did, tho, wear a dress to go hiking. i wore sneakers and cute ankle socks but i had to have some semblance of myself whilst hiking.

these flowers were so vibrant and purple ...


i forget what these are called but they're pretty prevalent along the hiking trails ...



i wish i knew the names of these flowers!



stumbled upon a little patch of butterflies ...


i think this one is called a Monarch ... it was the only one of its kind among smaller purple-grey butterflies ... maybe it was a brothel of butterflies and he was the pimp ... Hooker Butterflies ...


jab came across a snake and he backtracked it fast ... i made him go back to take pix ...


it was lovely in the woods ... we hiked a trail called the Appalachian Trail at the Elkwallow Wayside, off of Skyline Drive. this is not to be confused with the uber serious hiking of the mountains of Appalachia. i think we may have hiked a mile one way. i'm good for awhile.

3 comments:

  1. Such beautiful country. The food looks pretty good, too. Not sure about the flowers on the lamb, but I'm not too into lamb anyway. Very cool hell pics... did you feel all close to nature? Hiking is fun when there's no heat and bugs the size of babies... looks like your day was perfect for hiking.

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  2. trish -- lavender actually has a very lemony-citrusy flavor to it. i once made lavender lemon cookies there were DELISH! i had no idea that flowers were even edible.
    i definitely felt to close to nature that day, i loved it! i'm hoping to go again sometime this summer, to another state park.

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  3. Such beautiful country. The food looks pretty good, too. Not sure about the flowers on the lamb, but I'm not too into lamb anyway. Very cool hell pics... did you feel all close to nature? Hiking is fun when there's no heat and bugs the size of babies... looks like your day was perfect for hiking.

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