Road Trips!!

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When the weather is so beautiful my thoughts turn to just hopping in the car and taking a road trip.  Living in the beautiful state of Virginia, I have so many choices. For one trip I headed east towards the beach and then turned the car around and headed west, towards the mountains.
Heading east,  I was actually heading for peanut country but the cotton fields were so beautiful I took a few detours.

Took advantage of a little dirt lane and drove right into this cotton field

It's so soft and white

Automation is amazing these days.  Some machine does this and then I saw a big truck pull up, download a type of pallet that slid under this "brick" of cotton, pick it up and slide it back into the truck and down the road it went with bits of cotton flying.  The roadsides looked like fallen snow

The next day we headed towards the mountains for some apple picking.  It was a bit hazy so the color of the mountains wasn't great for photos but it was still so very very beautiful. 

Tons of apples on the ground, but all with a bad spot, but fabulous for baking pies and desserts, I think.  I asked the owner what they did with them and he said the bears enjoyed them causing me to look quickly behind my back  :)

  Our favorite is the Stayman apple, a crisp, juicy, and sweet but tart apple.....there's nothing like them in my opinion and eaten cold is the best.  It seems the biggest were always out of reach so up I went. :)

Now you know darn well, I couldn't go on a road trip without hunting for treasures.  I wasn't too successful with finding small things easy to ship but I did get some things.  Greenwood Antiques and Uniques was my favorite. A great old building with beautiful old wooden floors and brick walls. Adorable booths all beautifully decorated and so eye catching.  This is where I bought something for myself, something I don't do too often.  A gorgeous vintage English ironstone tureen.  

 Rockfish Gap is the sister store to Greenwood's.  A big place perfect for wandering.  This is where I found a unique Christmas gift for someone.  Ahem.....

One of the cute booths in Greenwood's.  Surrounded with pick fencing and and antique porch railings.

Another great booth that was upstairs.  This was just a small portion of this booth. She had beautiful antique pieces.

Next time you just have to go along with me on one of my road trips.  I will be taking another short one this Saturday, where I always find something wonderful.  :)  And please join me on November 12th for a Thanksgiving Vignettes Party that I have been asked to be a part of and tickled to pieces to do so.  I will be showing my outdoor vignettes for the season.  See you then.  xo
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NanaDiana said...

Hi Lynn! It is always fun to see a post from you. Great trip-from cotton picking fields to apple picking to junque picking....It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I love that you are enjoying Fall. xo Diana

Junkchiccottage said...

Fun and Yum love these kind of trips Lynn. Looks like some great shops.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, looks like a fun time. I miss our road trips! Why don't. you head south next time and come for a visit?

rush said...

I grew up in Ohio, and it wasn't until I moved to North Carolina that I got to see cotton in the field. It is fascinating. We saw it from the time it got planted to the harvest when it sat in big semi-trailer-sized bricks. What a treat that not everyone gets to experience! And, it is funny looking at the "snow" on the roads during cotton harvest and transport season. Thank you for sharing your trip, and I will look forward to seeing the views from your next one.

SImple and Serene Living said...

Looks like a fun trip. I remember from my time living in NC how the roads looked like they were covered with snow from the cotton. Fresh cold apples. YUM!!! xo Laura

Stacey said...

Lynn, those cotton fields are beautiful! That's how it looked here back in August. It was all harvested long ago. Looks like fields of snow. :)

I love to visit shops when I'm on a trip. It's more fun to me to come home with something fun for my house than a souvenir item.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I would love some of those cotton stems to put in a vase! Can't get them in Upstate NY! Thrifting is just the best, isn't it? I do it almost every weekend!

Sarah said...

Love a good road trip! The cotton looks so pretty. I grew up near cotton farms, so it was fun to see your photos.

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