Monday, June 14, 2010

Elkins, WV

Sunday, June 13
Our 40th anniversary! Beautiful and sunny but hot. At our motel, we were hurried out of bed by the fire alarm. Someone had burnt the toast in the kitchen! Eventually we headed for Monticello. We already had our tickets and were right on time for our tour. The place is unbelievable. Thomas Jefferson was certainly a gadget guru as well as a self-taught architect. The main house

and the vegetable gardens.

At some point I'd like to take the tour again - I'm sure I'd see and learn more!  His clocks, calendars, heating and cooling systems, and other creations were incredible! No photography is allowed within Monticello.

Monday, June 14
It really is time to get a little more serious about heading home! We traveled west to Stauton, VA. Gas was $2.359 - the lowest price we've seen on this trip.

Rachel's Quilt Patch is in the old train depot. A very interesting shop. She doesn't really have that much fabric but it was fun to visit. And yes, I did buy a little!  This was the view as we entered

and this was her cutting table.

After walking around Stauton, finding Bad Dog Bike Shop, and forgetting to find the Statler Brothers monument, we had lunch at the Depot Grill (DPO). It was recommended by the people at Millstone Quilts and by the clerk at Rachel's Quilt Shop. Very good!

We crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Mountains, and the Shenandoah Valley today. Beautiful! It was a gorgeous and relaxing drive on back roads. We stopped a couple of times between Stauton and Elkins, WV (where we are tonight). Once for a scenic overlook and once in Monterey, VA at Wool Becomes Ewe, a quilting and knitting shop. I called for better directions (we were one block away!) and then we found the place. She's only open on Saturdays but just happened to be there today! A very tiny shop but nice. If I'd had an idea of what to make, I would have bought local yarn.

Tonight we ate at C.J. Maggies - a rather unique restaurant in the downtown area. Our motel is high on a hill and we have a beautiful view of the mountains.

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