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Laughter is good for the soul

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I drove to the mountains Friday morning to meet my cousin. We spent the weekend doing nothing but having fun, talking and laughing. Honestly, it was the most fun I've had in many months and we plan to do something again soon. It had been about six years since we last saw each other, so we had much to talk about and catch up on.

We started by having lunch in West Jefferson Friday and then driving up to Whitetop Mountain. Unfortuately, the weather wasn't very good so the only thing you could see was fog. From there we drove through Damascus, Virginia and then to Backbone Rock for a short hike.

Rock steps leading to the top of Backbone Rock.

The road where it goes through Backbone Rock.

We then went back to my uncle's house where we had dinner and spent hours talking. The next morning we took my bikes and rode down the Virginia Creeper Trail. The day was gorgeous and we had a great time.

Virginia Creeper Trail

One of the many trestles along the Virginia Creeper Trail

Me at one of the waterfalls along the trail.

After we finished riding, we headed back into West Jefferson where we walked around town for a while and then headed back to the house for dinner.

This morning we decided to drive into Boone for lunch, but we took the back roads and first stopped in to visit the tiny town of Todd, NC. What fun!

Todd General Store

Inside Todd General Store

Me on the old caboose in Todd, NC.

So, I just had to share this picture of the restroom door inside the Todd Mercantile. Note the drop latch on the OUTSIDE of the door. Yes, I went in, closed the door and the latch dropped into place trapping me inside. I realized I couldn't open the door, and was inside knocking for help. Luckily, my cousin was outside the door to open it for me. She thought it was much funnier than I did! By the way, there was a tiny wire inside the restroom door that you could pull to lift the latch on the other side, but it was not obvious and there was no sign. LOL

We had a great lunch in Boone and then we headed off in different directions to go home. We had so much fun that we decided not to wait six years to see each other again. We plan to get together again soon. Laughing so much over the weekend felt really good,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a good week ahead.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHANGE4THEBEST 5/11/2014 4:52AM

    Beautiful pictures - thank you for sharing your journey emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 5/5/2014 10:32PM

    Great pictures! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Good for you!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/4/2014 6:18PM

    Amazing pictures. It makes me want to travel a bit. I am in Rock Hill SC. Boone is not that far. I am so pleased you were able to feel the joy and laughter. HUGS to you.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/30/2014 8:18PM

    Such a beautiful area. Love the rock steps. I can see why you had fun. I'm glad the weather shaped up for you. Nothing like getting stuck in an out house emoticon
That was a cute store. I love your hair, and you look great. A big emoticon
that you and your Cousin will be getting together again.

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LUCKYLORA677 4/30/2014 9:54AM

    Wow! That whole adventure looks like it was so much fun! What a beautiful part of the country! Glad you were able to reconnect - that is always the best. I have friends I haven't seen in years and when we get together, we just pick up where we left off. I love that!

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SHESMITH1 4/29/2014 2:29PM

    Yea!!!! No one deserves laughter more than you. So happy for your wonderful time. Cousins are great, aren't they?
Thanks for the pictures. Places so near that I've yet to see. Ideas for a trip!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/29/2014 12:55PM

    That is awesome! I am so glad that you had such a good time, Cindy, you so deserve it!

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THINAGIN2 4/28/2014 3:36PM

    Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! You saw some beautiful scenery and it sounds like a great time was shared.

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LINDAKAY228 4/28/2014 10:37AM

    I'm glad you and your cousin had such a great time! The hike and bike ride look awesome, although those steps do look a little daunting. You definitely need some fun times like that to help you on your journey! Hugs to you in good and bad!

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MAESTROSHASHA 4/28/2014 8:46AM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Glad to hear you'll be doing it again. I have been really wanting to check out some of the western Virginia bike trails like the Virginia Creeper trail. I hope to make it happen this summer, just have to find a weekend when both my husband and I have off... which can sometimes feel like waiting for a comet to come around again. LOL.

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DONNASPRIDE 4/28/2014 8:45AM

    Great pictures!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/28/2014 8:28AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend and I so enjoyed your pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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GOLFGMA 4/28/2014 8:24AM

    Couldn't be happier that you had such a great time. Wow, you packed a lot into the weekend! The pictures were wonderful as usual and the Virginia Creeper Trail sounds very interesting. Now, I have to visit Todd, NC just to see the john you were trapped in. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/27/2014 11:49PM

So glad your trip was such a success, my friend! Loved the pictures...especially the first one of the steps! I so agree that laughter is such good medicine! I hope you do plan another trip soon...maybe make it a regular six month journey...fall and spring!
Loved the General Store...and the potty door...LOL
Have a great week and hug dear Sahara for me!
Love and Hugs,

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NELLIEC 4/27/2014 11:26PM

    The latch on the OUTSIDE! Oh, goodness!

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WORLDSERIES11 4/27/2014 11:11PM

    Glad you had such a good time! The area looks beautiful, thanks for the pictures:)

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PINKHONEYLILY 4/27/2014 10:01PM

    Sounds like loads of fun emoticon

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144AUTUMN 4/27/2014 9:57PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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