Photoblogging From Outside the Beltway

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jul 09, 2007 12:43 PM

I took a short trip down US-29 yesterday to meet up with my parents near Charlottesville in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was a gorgeous day, a short trip with open windows and plenty of country music stations. Every time I leave the city I wish there was a way I could do this job and live out there.

Thought y'all might like some pictures:


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First stop, of course. A friend of the family told us it was worth the 15-minute loopy drive up a one-lane gravel road on the side of the mountain just to see the view. I wonder how overzealous wine-tasters handle the drive back down. We did a short tasting and I recommend the wine, which I don't think is orderable online, sadly. But for reference, if you ever happen to see it-- Stone Mountain Vineyards.


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The aforementioned view.


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The view, now twice aforementioned, still stunning.


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Riding in style to the country store. Hwy 33 seemed to be a favorite with bikers, as it should be. Beautiful with high-quality faultess asphalt.


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The aforementioned beauty and asphalt.

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I believe I'd like to know where to get one of those. They also had a "God Bless America" mailbox and ran a "Roaring Twenties" antique car museum and antique shop, which was closed by the time I got there. Bummer.


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"For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him." --Psalm 95:3-4


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The Lord also provideth better gas prices to those who dwell outside of Gomorrah. I mean, D.C.


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Sunset in the Shenandoah.