I love Jeep rides. It is a pleasure I have known ever since I was a little girl. My family would hop in the back of a Jeep (with the top down of course), and enjoy the two lane roads that led to the local Dairy Queen. Ever since then, I have considered Jeeps as the main ingredient to a fantastic, impromptu, road trip. Time slows down and you are immersed in the beauty of your surroundings. You can smell the sweet honeysuckle and lilac scents lingering in the air as you whirl by them. Then your focus adverts to the vastness of a blue sky complete with billowing, white clouds. You can hear crackles and pops as your rugged tire meets the gravel, and can feel the warm sun pressing on your skin while an exhilarating wind dances around you creating a perfect climate.
These sights and sounds are all too familiar to me, and this time my Jeep excursion led me to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way I met some warm and genuine people, ate from fresh farms, and saw the Beauty of the Blue Ridge!
First, let me show you a picture of the Ridge itself!
The weather was perfect the day I took this photo, no humidity makes for a sharp landscape picture! Virginia has the most beautiful land.
Around this area, are many farmers creating an abundance of fresh food! I found the most charming, local orchard; Gross's Orchard. They create their own jams and jellies, candies, and even drinks from their produce. They also allow you to pick your own peaches, or whatever they have in season. Going to this orchard is a great family activity and provides a warm, inviting environment to pick up some local produce.
Next up are some of the faces I saw and met along my Jeep excursion. They were all genuine and happy people with smiles on their faces willing to talk to you. The man in the blue shirt and hat is the owner of Gross's Orchard. He has such a bright smile and genuine love for what he does. He told me all about their peaches!
The woman below had been working all day on her new blackberry ice cream recipe. She smiled and laughed the whole time I was there, and then gave me a sample of her vanilla ice cream! It was very refreshing!
Faith is an important factor in this area of Virginia and you pass so many churches along the country roads. I love the texture and story that this photo has. The church is as solid as the community is, and continues to stand strong.
For this photo below, I saw it, passed it and had immediately turned around! I just liked the colors and simplicity of the hay stacked up. You know, finding beauty in the simple things of life:)
The Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful and full of wonderful detours. I absolutely love this area of Virginia and enjoy the land immensely. I hope these photos brighten your day like they did mine:)