Monday, July 27, 2015

In photos: A day with the ducks at Edinburg Mill

I find the Shenandoah to be a beautiful and pretty special place. On a glorious spring-like day last December, our first stop was at the Shenandoah Caverns, but on the way back we stopped to see the Edinburg Mill. I had come across brochures for it before, but never had the opportunity to stop while driving through. Being this was a total leisure trip, we took the time to visit.

As soon as we pulled up, a bunch of ducks came running towards us when I tried to snap a few photos (we expected them to run the other way!). Turns out they were expected to be fed as the museum inside the Edinburg Mill sells food to help raise money to maintain the historic site.

 So we toured the inside of this interesting museum (not what we expected, but very cool nonetheless) and then purchased some food to bring to the ducks. All in all, it was a great day with the ducks.
I hope those humans thought to bring food this time!
Here they come, here they come!
"Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!"
"Now that's the way..."

I've gone back one other time since, but that was in June and the ducks weren't as hungry. But they were still around.

Photo credits: Leigh Goessl
Some of my other favorite day trips: 5 great day trips from Washington D.C.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In Photos: Visiting Shenandoah Caverns

Last winter over the holiday week we went on a day trip down to the Shenandoah Valley. It's a beautiful region with a lot of scenic views and historical value. We started off our day at Shenandoah Caverns before going on a few other adventures. This region of Virginia has several caverns and, while there are some similarities, each has its own distinct "flavor." This was our first time to this particular caverns (I have gone back once since).

The tour was about an hour long and it was very enjoyable. We learned about the history of the Shenandoah Caverns, about cave formations and also got up close and personal with the interior (some areas are low "ceilings" and even a short person like me had to duck). 

This photo does not do the formation justice. I'd seen "drapery" formations before, but not like this, these were called "bacon", which absolutely fit. 

Bacon formation Shenandoah Valley

More formations -

.Shenandoah Caverns 2

This formation absolutely sparkled. You can see flecks of it in this photo, but I just could not capture it all. In person it looked like a little waterfall full of diamonds.
.Shenandoah Caverns

More formations -

.Shenandoah Caverns 3
All in all, visiting Shenandoah Caverns and other parts of the Shenandoah Valley was a great day. We moved on to see some museums and also visited with some ducks at the Edinburg Mill.

Monday, July 13, 2015

In Photos: Gardens at the Home of FDR

The Hudson Valley region of New York is both beautiful and historical. In addition to its lovely mountainous landscapes and deep roots connected to the Revolutionary War, there are many other historical buildings and landmarks that remain throughout the region. One such place is the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, located in Hyde Park.

I went on a tour of this home in July 2014 and found it quite interesting.  It has also been wonderfully preserved. Also remarkable were the gardens at the home of FDR. Summer was a good time of the year to catch a variety of flowers in full bloom.

The garden is large, you can see a variety of flowers in each section.

Flying critters were also aplenty in this garden, most particularly bees and butterflies. Although a family member of mine did spot a hummingbird moth too (I missed it!).

 Butterfly on flower FDR gardens
All in all it was a wonderful visit! I'd love to go back again someday.

 pinkflowers FDR gardens