The view from my perch on the mountain

Rural Retreat Lake

The weather was absolutely magnificent today; crystal clear skies, 75°F, humidity hovering around 40% and only the barest hint of a breeze! This afternoon THE BOSS and I grabbed our cameras and the livestock, piled into Godzilla and headed out to see what we could see. We ended up in and around Rural Retreat, a little town about 10 miles due west.


Of course gas is down to $3.00 a gallon today…..I filled up yesterday at $3.15! Big deal? Well, Godzilla gets around 12 miles per gallon in town, 16 MPG highway and has a 30 gallon tank. Do the math.


The fate of the old railroad depot in Rural Retreat was in doubt because of a dispute over who actually owned it. Thankfully, a non-profit foundation has been established, secured the deed and a drive for funds to restore it is under way. One more piece of history saved from the wrecking ball!


Rural Retreat Lake and Campground is also the site of the annual County Fair and Tractor Pull.


THE BOSS was putting “her new camera” through the paces, the DSLR she commandeered from me, capturing this handsome young man exercising his small horses. The shot above and the next three are Frankie’s hence the NRVGirl (New River Valley Girl) watermark.

You’ll note that the livestock tend to go in opposite directions until they A) decide where the best smelling stuff is or B) dislocate my arms.


Molly on the scent of the small horses’ newly discovered delicacy, grasshoppers. Someone has apparently told Buddy and Molly that grasshoppers taste just like chicken because they sure love hunting and eating them!


In case you’re wondering, the T-shirt bears the US Air Force Pararescue logo. I served as a proud Pararescueman, or PJ, for most of my 9 years of active duty in the USAF Reserves following my tour in ICBMs.


“Come on, Molly; one good tug and we’ll see if the old guy can still swim like he used to!”


I’m really stoked about the frames above and below. Both were featured on the local CBS affiliate this evening! I’m grinning about it and Frankie’s doing the YEE-HAW! dance!




The moon, BOSS, the moon!


We still have a couple of weeks before the fall foliage reaches it’s peak but the varied altitudes here in the Blue Ridge Mountains actually causes prime leaf peeping season to last longer than it does back home on the coast.


At higher elevations the color change occurs earlier than in the lower, protected valleys.


The change is governed not just by temperature but by wind, as well. All around we see trees with red and yellow leaves near the top or on one side and bright green leaves closer to the ground and on the leeward side of the tree.

Hope, y’all don’t get tired of Autumn leaves before I get tired of shooting them. It won’t be long before I’m posting burds and snow!


5 responses

  1. Looks like a pretty place.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:08 PM

  2. grasshopers seem to be spicy – Bongo loves them as well.
    the autumn colours are beautiful.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:07 AM

  3. Lovely Pics Chip, look like you and Frankie and the livestock had a good day out,love the colour in the leaves and the moon
    Take care

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 AM

  4. Sure would love to see the Yee Haw dance! lol 😉 Livestock are looking cool…hope they didn’t carry through the threat to dislocate your arm though!!
    Wolfie hugs 🙂

    October 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

  5. Did you sen your beautiful pics to WDBJ?

    My dog catches crickets, then rolls on them. She gets the dead parts on her ruff, then wonders why I don’t for her to get close.

    October 14, 2011 at 5:21 AM

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