Friday, June 17, 2011

Places We've LIked

America is full of lovely places, and we have been lucky to find many.  As you see the pictures, you’ll probably notice that I enjoy lush greenery.  The dappled light of the eastern hardwood forests is a lovely sight for me. 
We’ve found many spots to visit- some the homes of friends, some RV parks, and some historical places.  And we’re only about one third through the tour.  Who knows what else we’ll find! 

Kentucky has much natural beauty- the limestone outcroppings along the Louisville roadsides, the Japanese dogwoods at the home of friends, the Appalachian arts feel of Berea Kentucky.  A beautiful state, and I didn’t even include any of the grandeur of bluegrass horse farms in Kentucky. 
Butterfly shaped bench outside the Berea College handicrafts building in Berea, KY . Students  at Berea all learn trades  as well as attend classes. 
Japanese dogwood- found at the home of our friends Ken and Cheryl Rich in Williamstown, KY. 

The rail fence on this public park in Berea, KY  is reminiscent of the Abraham Lincoln homestead in Kentucky.

Alabama has many charms, but none as compelling as the home of our new friends, the Ross family, just outside of Huntsville. Their 300 acre farm had just had the hay baled, and their gracious home sheltered us for three very hot days. 

 Hay has just been baled on the Ross farm outside Huntsville, Alabama.

Joe enjoys a cool airconditioned workspace on the sunporch at the Ross farm's home.

Asheboro, North Carolina was our headquarters for four days as it was a central hub for four ball games- in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham and Kannapolis.  Just south of Asheboro we found one of the two remaining covered bridges in North Carolina.  Beautifully restored and without any commercialism, it was a serene and lovely picnic site.  

Pisgah Covered Bridge.

Interior of the Pisgah Covered Bridge, south of Asheboro, NC.

Bridge on the walkway of the trail near Pisgah Covered Bridge. 

Summer cookhouse of the McLean home at Appomatox. 

Virginia is for lovers, as the tourism motto goes-- and that goes for lovers of history and lush landscaping as well. We were able to visit the beautifully restored village of Appomattox Court House, where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, thus beginning the end of the Civil War and the reunification of the United States. 
The Appomattox Court House area has been restored to original condition of the roads, building and homes. Somehow I can't picture antebellum scenes this tightly groomed, though it's quite pretty.

The desk in the parlor at the McLean House where Grant sat as he presented terms of surrender to Robert E. Lee.

Interior of a slave cabin behind the McLean home in Appomatox Court House, VA.
Dining Room of the McLean house, where Lee surrendered to Grant, which began the end of the Civil War.

Lastly, we recently stayed at the Lynchburg RV Park in Gladys, VA, and had no idea an RV park could be so pretty.  Our site was lakeside, yet nestled among the trees. Scenic yet private. What more could we ask? There's no place like home, especially if it's a home that rolls through beautiful scenery!

View from our bedroom window!

My cozy bunk, nestled in the woods.  Ahhh.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bonnie! I went to college and then lived in Lynchburg from 1971 to 1986! A lovely and friendly place. I loved thinking of you guys there.

    Susan Bowers