Our "America is Beautiful" Tour began with a weekend rendezvous with our daughter Laura in Bridgewater VA - half way between the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park.
Our first day trip was an hour west into the George Washington National Forest. We hiked to Elkhorn Lake on the North River. We found some colorful friends in the meadow and paused for a refreshing wade in the cool waters.
Our AirBnB was beautifully situated on a bend in the North River and was nicely appointed except for the fact that our only cooking sources were a microwave and an electric skillet. It took Nancy right back to her youth in Everett where her Mom used an electric skillet all the time, making fried haddock, American "Chop Suey", and western omelets. Our best effort on this trip was a chicken piccata with asparagus and brown rice. After dinner we took a sunset stroll to the neighborhood DQ - offering drive-thru service only! So we we joined the line-up of pick-up trucks on foot. Our combined weight wasn't enough to trigger the signal that we were at the microphone, so we ordered at the pick-up window and enjoyed an American classic soft-serve on the walk back to the symphony of cicadas, crickets, and toads and the light of a cell phone and an occasional fire-fly.
On our final morning in Bridgewater, we walked to the lovely Wildwood Park, right in our neighborhood and also on the North River, before packing up and heading to Richmond to hang out with Laura and Mark for a spell. Few places in America are as beautiful as the Shenandoah valley in early September.
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