Phone Photos: The Best of Summer Travel 2016

This summer has been a fun season of travel in Maryland, Virginia and New York.  Although I was apt to reach for my big girl camera to capture the scenery and experiences of those adventures, my handy-dandy Samsung Galaxy did a pretty nice job in a pinch.

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{ The Boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland }

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{ Poplar Forest (Thomas Jefferson’s retreat) near Forest, Virginia }

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{ Lover’s Leap on the Jeb Stuart Highway, Virginia }

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{ Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Virginia }

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{ The Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia }

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{ Castle Rock Gorge hike, Rocky Knob Recreation Area, Virginia }

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{ Lewey Lake, Adirondacks, New York }

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{ Indian Lake, Adirondacks, New York }

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{ Lake Champlain near Fort Ticonderoga, New York }

Photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy 5.

 

The Cherry on Top: Old Hill Cidery

This week’s prompt for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Cherry on Top”.  As an explanation, Michelle offers:

“The cherry on top. The icing on the cake. Or, as the straightforward folks at Oxford Dictionaries explain it, “a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good.”

My most recent “cherry on top” experience happened on the return leg of a road trip through Virginia Jay and I took for our anniversary a few weeks ago.  From the beginning the vacation was exactly what we hoped it would be: relaxing at a gorgeous resort (Primland) between hikes in the Blue Ridge mountains with a very few touristy destinations (like Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and Chateau Morrisette Winery) thrown in the mix.

The last stop on our journey home required a short detour off Interstate 81 to the town of Timberville, VA.  Our destination? Old Hill Cidery, which we found nestled among rolling hills in the Shenandoah Valley.  The grounds were adorable, the cider tasting was educational and fun, and because we were the only customers in the shop at the time, we enjoyed a friendly conversation with the young woman who ran the shop.  She then directed us behind the shop, where we found a unique “Virginia is for Lovers” sign with a quintessential rural Virginia view.  It was the perfect ending to our anniversary trip, an unexpected and delightful “cherry on top”!

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{ View from the parking area of Old Hill Cidery }

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{ Cider Tasting }

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{ View of the Shenandoah Valley }

Check out other “cherry on top” offerings at The Daily Post.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland
The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland

The Italian Chapel, which was lovingly constructed by Italian POWs, is an interesting little piece of World War II history tucked away beside a cow pasture on the main island of Orkney in the North Sea.

Today’s post is inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.