2017 trip travel blog

Kite at campground very windy

Mabry mill

Saw mill

A few autumn leaves

Spinning wool yarn

Woven chair seat

Mountain music band

Water trough to mill

Cows on the hill at the campground

The campground brochure had a listing of day trips and today we drove to Mabry Mill which is accessible from the Blue Ridge parkway and is the most photographed place on it. There is a restaurant with a gift shop that was very busy, quite popular with motorcycles and all other tourists, especially on a beautiful fall day. We walked the property that includes the mill from 1903. It's been restored and does operate to mill flours. I bought some Buckwheat flour and Grits. The mill was originally used in a sawmill operation and there are racks for drying out lumber on display. A cabin had docents demonstrating weaving on an old loom and outside we had a conversation with a docent spinning yarn. We then enjoyed a discussion with a man who weaves chair bottoms and also enjoyed music from another mountain music band. The leaves are starting to turn and today the sky was partly clear. On the way back we stopped at Meadows of Dan to chack out Nancy's Candy store. They make fudge and all types of fancy chocolates and truffles. We bought a chocolate aspirin for Mary Lou. This is a small community just off the Parkway and we also found an old time hardware store there too.

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