03 July, 2018

Just Horsing Around...




Last Thursday we picked up our youngest two grandchildren and headed up to Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, VA. When we left here, at 9 AM, for our one and half hour drive it was almost 90 sunny degrees. When we arrived there it was a chilly 62 and threatening rain! Brrrr! Naturally, we didn't have sweatshirts or raincoats; poor planning on my part. We unpacked our picnic lunch and hastily ate before we began our hike up the Rhododendron Trail in search of wild ponies. We didn't have to go very far before our efforts were rewarded, richly; not only did we encounter ponies, but babies too! It was such a treat to experience the wonder of this discovery through Gregory's and Lynnleigh's eyes!
We were cautious around the mamas, careful not to approach them from the back or side. We were told that there were larger herds farther up the trail but, by then, it was beginning to rain and I was lobbying for a return hike back to the warmth and dry shelter of the car!

On our way out of the park the sun popped back out. Gregory was our backseat map reader, he informed us that a scenic lookout was coming up! He was so excited to stop there for the view!
We had a great day!  Driving home we discovered that we passed right by Bonnie Hunter's future Quiltville Inn! When the Inn opens up for retreats, I hope to be among one of the first guests. I need to remember how close this wonderful state park is, a hike here will be just the right break from days of sitting and sewing. Oh, yes; a day in the mountains fills the heart and soul!
Life is Good!


6 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

it sounds like this park is a great place to visit if I am ever out in the area I will put it on my list -- Bonnie H has mentioned this park too so neat you know where the inn is and will be able to visit it one day - she will have a winning business for sure with as popular as she is among all the scrap quilters out here in blogland

Quiltdivajulie said...

Marvelous adventure --- I've always loved wild horses. And I had NO idea Bonnie was going to open a retreat center and have her own mail order set up in the old post office. Wow.

Janet O. said...

What a sweet adventure you had with your two youngest grands. They will remember that day!
Lucky you to be so close to Bonnie's Inn. I doubt I will ever see it, other than on blogs, so when you DO go-- please share! :)

Shasta Matova said...

How wonderful that you live close enough to visit Bonnie's Inn. You will definitely have to let us vicariously come with you when you do go on a retreat there!

LizA. said...

What a great adventure. Wild horses —wow!

I’ll meet you at Quiltville Inn when it opens.

Jean said...

As soon as I saw your post of the pictures of the ponies... I thought of Bonnie Hunters past posts of them too. So, before I finished reading I hopped over to her blog to leave a msg... decided she wouldn't have time to read it or see the cute pictures and then finished reading your post. Lol... that's neat that you are so close. Enjoy your time with the grandkids... always a special time.