Friday, August 10, 2012

And that's not all....

One usual activity during More Than A Vacation is a Road Trip.  There are many locations of historical significance in areas near to the college. 

On Saturday, our road trip took us to Radford, VA where we visited the Ingles Farm.

From the bus.

This working farm has been in the family for over 250 years!  It is land that was home to Mary Draper Ingles and her family.  In a raid, she was taken captive by the Shawnee, escaped, and miraculously found her way back.  The book "Follow The River" gives a good account about that journey.

These three pictures show flax on the way to becoming linen cloth.

It was fascinating to hear about the process of making linen.  How many of you eat flax seeds?

Loving attention.

This sheep's favorite location was near the fence.  He loved having his chin rubbed, and several of us obliged.:-)

There were other high points of MTAV.  There is always a night at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA, and this year we saw "Red Velvet Cake Wars."  It was hilarious!

There is more that I could tell you about this trip.  I think I'll give  you a bit of a break, however, and share something else with you another day.

Thank you for reading.  I appreciate your comments.


  1. Nellie- What a great place to visit. I do believe I read her story or one just like it. It amazed me how she survived. It looks like you had a wonderful day. Blessings- xo Diana

  2. These days, the most amazing thing to me is that it is still a working farm, as so many such places have been sold by surviving family members because they don't want to be bothered with planting, weeding, and harvesting a crop. I guess I can't really blame them, since so much depends on the weather, but it surely breaks my heart when I see a lovely piece of acreage being turned into a shopping center or subdivision. That has happened here in our little community, and it has increased traffic tremendously, while nothing substantial has been done to widen the roads. Oh, well...I am enjoying your pictures of your trip, but I'm sure I'll enjoy anything you post! :-) You are living the retirement life that most of us only dream about!

  3. I would have enjoyed visiting that place! The sheep looks happy with the attention he is getting.

  4. I've really enjoyed these posts. Thanks for taking me along.

  5. Love to hear of a working farm, which has been in the family for years and years. What a wonderful accomplishment!

    Gentle hugs,

  6. You've had quite the adventures with this trip. Good for you. Fantastic pictures.

  7. I've read the book and found it very good.

  8. wow isn't that amazing, beautiful photos1