Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Floyd Country Store

[caption id="attachment_93" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The Floyd Country Store sign is a beacon for cloggers, pickers and fans of bluegrass music."]The Floyd Country Store[/caption]

When I lived in Virginia, I used to go to Floyd twice a month to eat at Oddfellas Cantina and go to the Friday Night Jamboree at The Floyd Country Store. I've been telling Lauren about it for years and we've never had the chance to go, but, much to her delight, I finally took her to Floyd for an evening of great food and great music.

If you've never been, Floyd is an interesting town. Nestled in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it has managed to embrace a couple of decade's worth of artists, hippies, and back-to-the-earth farmers while staying true to its traditions. Friday night is and always has been one of those traditions.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Writing in the Rain

While Lauren and I were on Bald Head Island for the North Carolina Food and Wine Weekend I got to thinking, what is there to do on Bald Head Island in the rain? A couple of days later I got a call asking for an entry for the Bald Head Island Limited Blog. Check out my list here.

And while you're at it, check out the picture of Old Baldy I took.
[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Old Baldy during a break in the storm."]Old Baldy during a break in the storm.[/caption]

Friday, October 2, 2009

On the Blue Ridge Parkway

My wife, Lauren, and I went to visit my family in West Virginia over Labor Day. To get from Wilmington, NC to Logan, WV you have to endure two things: 1) Interstate 40, one of the most boring drives ever, and 2) an eight and a half hour drive, half of which is on I-40. Sirius Satellite Radio makes both of these things better, but the trip is still long and dull. We decided to break up the trip and stay at a bed and breakfast in Floyd, VA and enjoy the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store (more on that later). To get there we took the Blue Ridge Parkway for the last hour of the drive and it could not have been better. The scenery is beautiful and the temperature dropped 12 degrees when we got into the mountains. Here are some pictures from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

[caption id="attachment_55" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The Blue Ridge Parkway from our car."]The Blue Ridge Parkway from our car.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_57" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Barns and a wide-open blue sky."]Barns and a wide-open blue sky.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_59" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Groundhog Hill is one of the greatest names ever."]Groundhog Hill is one of the greatest names ever.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_60" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Those groundhogs get all the best real estate."]Those groundhogs get all the best real estate.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_61" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The little barn on Groundhog Hill."]The little barn on Groundhog Hill.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="A fawn by the road stopped long enough for this."]A fawn by the road stopped long enough for this.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Haybales."]Haybales.[/caption]

North Carolina Food and Wine Weekend on Bald Head Island

My wife and I went to a wine dinner at the NC Food and Wine Weekend on Bald Head Island and I wrote about it for the Bald Head Island blog. I'll write a little more about it later.