Wednesday, July 31, 2019

PILOT'S PERCH CABIN VACATION - PART 1 - JULY 21ST TO 26TH, 2019

We are back home but I am sharing my diary/
journal from each day while away.  I will also be sharing the link in red to the website, for anyone who would like to take a look at this pretty place, and also if you ever want a lovely spot to stay if ever you find yourself in this picturesque area.  

Pilot's Perch Cabin Vacation - July 21st to July 26th, 2019

Sunday, July 21st, 2019
1.41 p.m.

We have just started our road trip.  It is only about 5-1/2 hours but we decided to leave later and will take a more leisurely drive.  We thought we would stop about half way tonight, as we won't be getting into the cabin until 3.00 p.m. tomorrow. 

Neither of us is sure which skyline this is.  When I asked Gregg he thought maybe Roanoke but it is just a guess. We went into Lexington, Roanoke and Blacksburg on the way to our destination, and all I remember is taking the exit ramp and thinking this was worth a photo.  If anyone out there recognizes it, would you please let me know? 





It was a very pretty day for driving.  Rain was in the forecast for later, but no problem that first day.






We enjoyed sights such as these to break up the journey.


We found a hotel in Lexington, which is about two-and-a-half hours and a smidgen from home.  We rarely book ahead, unless we are going to be on the road late.  Usually if we stop by 6.30 p.m. we have no problem getting a room.  If it is a very busy tourist area, as happened on a longer road trip when we visited the Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, we got the last room in the town.  The next one was 70 more miles.  We learned our lesson and called the day before after that, or at least the morning before we stopped that night. And then also when we are tired we head for the first hotel, as happened here.  Sometimes we might see a place just off freeway exit ramps, other times we find a place on our hotel app. 
It had a wonderful statue of a horse and foal out front and...

I read that Lexington is home to the nationally renowned Virginia Horse Center, "a testament to the area's rich equestrian scene" one website said.  I also read that this Lexington was named in 1778, and many places were named after Lexington, Massachusetts, which was known for being the place where the first shot was fired in the American Revolution, if you are interested in that part of history.  If you click here there is an interesting article about what to do in the area.

But first we were ready for dinner, and there was an Applebee's a short walk from the hotel.  I can't go by any interesting plants without stopping to look at them, and these were next to the restaurant.  They are Kousa Dogwoods and are past their blooming time.

We must have been tired and hungry as one of us usually makes a record of our meal, but the only photos remembered were ones of Gregg with our beers...

and the one Gregg took of me with the ice-cream sundae!  
The beer was a Sam Adams, very refreshing.  I had steak with shrimp, steamed broccoli and fries.  Gregg enjoyed steak with mashed potatoes and green beans, and I shared my shrimp.  For dessert we chose the hot fudge sundae and asked the lady to bring us two spoons.  
We enjoyed our meal and went back to the hotel.  It wasn't long before we decided to have an early night.  When we went for a shower this was waiting for us.  Ducky came home with me.  There is a certain someone I know who loves collecting duckies.
And on that note I will bring this to a close.  More next time.

You can find my other post about our cabin rental here.










37 comments:

  1. Darling photo of you and the sundae--Yum. You had a lovely day to travel, Denise. I love seeing all the pretty clouds. Very nice sculptures in Lexington! Darling rubber ducky! I remember singing a song about him when our children were young. Thanks for that reminder.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Martha Ellen, thank you so much and I would have liked to have heard that song :)

      Delete
    2. Denise, if you Google Sesame Street Rubber Ducky song you can hear it and may remember it. My children loved it!

      Delete
  2. We live fairly close to Lexington, maybe 50 minutes or so away. I have posted this horse statue on my blog! And we have been to the Horse Center several times. Yo would enjoy their Baroque horse show, with costumes and cracking whips. You are both looking good, and very happy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ginny, and what a coincidence. I would love to see that show :)

      Delete
  3. As you know, Denise, we follow the same process as you & Gregg in not booking accommodations more than a day or so ahead on our road trips. Luckily, it has always worked for us as well. We also enjiy Sam Adams beer and the seasonal one we like is called summer ale. Nice that you shared the ice cream sundae.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kindred spirits Dorothy :) I will have to tell Gregg about your summer ale.

      Delete
  4. i always enjoy your road trips denise, those skies are so pretty!! nice to see the 2 of you...nicer to see the sundae!!! hehehehe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great Debbie, appreciate you saying that. Yes, ice-cream always comes first, lol!

      Delete
  5. Lexington is a nice town. That skyline pic does not look like Lexington. Could be Roanoke, which has some tall buildings.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It certainly is and with the little we saw, we both want to go back. Thank you for the ID Linda.

      Delete
  6. Love those skies - and am endlessly grateful that you share your jaunts.

    ReplyDelete
  7. great photos love from PolaND

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Gosia and I send love from the USA!

      Delete
  8. Belas fotografias e gostei de ver os meu amigos, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Obrigado e como vocês são gentis :) Um bom final de semana para vocês e semana à frente também!

      Delete
  9. Hello, I love the horse sculptures and the pretty plants. We have found it to be a big mistake traveling a long distance and not having a hotel room for the night. Now, we try making them right before leaving. Wonderful photos from your trip. Wishing you a happy day and weekend ahead!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eileen, they were lovely weren't they? Yes, better to book ahead on these long jaunts. Happy day and weekend to you also.

      Delete
  10. That sundae looks so good! Will look forward to more of your adventures this summer!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Christine, it was and the next post will be up on Monday hopefully.

      Delete
  11. The horse and foal statue particularly stands out.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Those beers...ahh. Looks good!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Denise,
    Looks an interesting journey, the horse sculpture is magnificent, but the Sundae wins it for me.
    All the best,
    John

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi John, thank you and all the best to you too :)

      Delete
  14. Oh wow that hose statue is amazing, I would love it in our back yard. I so miss not having horses around. Have a good weekend, Diane

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I could it would be in our back yard too :) They are beautiful animals aren't they? You have a good weekend also.

      Delete
  15. Lovely photographs here Denise, the horse sculpture is so nice.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jan, happy you enjoyed! All the best to you too.

      Delete
  16. Looks like you had a lovely time. Nice photos. I also collect duckies! My collection sits on a tray on my vanity.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is always special to get away for a few days. How nice you also collect duckies. I hope you will share them one day.

      Delete
  17. What is it about walking about and day trips that require a nice cold beer? Looks like a fun trip.

    ReplyDelete

I thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I enjoy reading them very much and always try to return a visit. As I do monitor comments it may take a while for them to appear, even quite late depending on what is going on and how much time I am able to spend on the computer.

I appreciate all who look at my blog, but I am unable to publish businesses or anonymous visitors.