Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Three or More Tuesday

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Monday was such a grand day.. it was the   first day that  we could  just say... 'hey,  wanna  go do something fun"... just because we could!!
The sun was  glorious and even though the leaves were well past their prime,  the  bright sun shining on  the  forests  ,  the hardwood bark glistening  ,,,, it was glorious all the same...
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We had always heard of Paint Bank, a  wide place in the road  really  right  up in the mountains on the West Virginia line...  but had never been anywhere near  it...  so we  headed up  Rt 311 knowing that  we were on an adventure and in store for a treat!
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 It seemed  that  the  road  was on a gradual incline  from the very beginning as we  traversed  a couple of counties .   Paint Bank is only 45 miles from home,   but  the terrain is so remote  and the  crooked mountain road  seemed like  it was  much further  away...
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  We   climbed Catawba Mountain   right where the Appalachain Trail passes  across the Blue Ridge,
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  and  sailed  down in to the  gorgeous Catawba Valley   but we had  hardly left home  .  We had  much  further  to go!
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We continued our  uphill climb  and the  terrain  and environs  became more and more remote.
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 After a  while we were obviously  making a steady, almost grueling  climb to the summit   after many  switch backs and  hairpin  turns...   ears popped and  after a time  one  could only  dread  the thoughts of  such a  huge descent  we'd be making on our return trip... hoping for  good tires and  reliable brakes and  no one  behind us  making  us all the more  nerve wracked...
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At 3500 feet    the bare  limbs of the trees  were  ghastly   skeletons  and  the  whole  ambience  was changed....
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After about 10 miles of steady climbing,  we wondered what  the  descent might hold in store...
 yet,  we had nothing to  worry about  for  after  just a tiny bit of  downhill   we were there...  at a beautiful    valley  on an apparent  plateau...  our destination came into view...  Paint Bank..  a total of about  4 buildings   but   oh how marvelous....
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ON the one side  The Depot Station  now  a  lovely bed and breakfast...
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The Old General Store

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  and the Swinging Bridge Restaurant  was on the other...
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We hurried inside   so happy indeed that  they were still serving breakfast....
an adventure like ours   will  really make a  fella and  his gal  pert near starved!And we could tell  the food was going to be terrific!
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The decor  in the restaurant  was  completely  authentic  mountain lodge...   we  even commented  we felt  we had  crossed the  Great Divide and  were dining in Colorado at least...Photobucket
We both had worked up a heapin'  big  appetite and  we werent to be disappointed....
but the ambiance  was   just so much fun...   I dont know  if we  really filled up on the f ood or the  cozy  aura of the  place..
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Even the   indoor Johnny was   the cutest  place...
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  I loved  looking  every which way
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 there was always something to see..
  And as we  enjoyed our  country  breakfasts  we  talked abut  dreading the  drive back over the mountain so  we  took out our trusty Virginia State map and  discovered  by going  45 miles sw  from  there were, we  could reconnect with  RT 460  and  return home
     This would take us through the most  gorgeous  valleys  we, neither of us, had ever seen...  right through the heart of Craig and Giles counties  with a  bit of  the Greenbrier  thrown in to boot... hunting country  extraordinaire!....  Anyway,   we were on an adventure...
the scenic byway  was   exactly that!
  Scenic!!!
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  and  it took us  by  a lovely  bridge site  Lynn had helped to design   years and years ago....  he'd been wanting to see!PhotobucketPhotobucket
The old truss was still standing sentinel  by the newer  version.
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 Seeing this  made it all worthwhile to  dear Lynn  who loves a  wonderful  bridge project!!!
By this time  I was  ready to nap  which I did  on the long way home!!!
 Tam at The Gypsy's Corner  who hosted this theme each week  as  taken a break  but  her site is still
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2 comments:

  1. What a delightful trip! I love the beautiful colors of the trees and that restaurant! I would want to stay a long long time over a cup of coffee and something sweet to eat!

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  2. I've heard of Paint Bank, but I haven't been there. Now, of course, I want to go.

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