Tuesday, Aug 7
The day started with coffee outside under the awning. It progressed with Terry navigating his drone for overhead pictures of our rally site! Thanks for sharing your picture, Terry!
By 9:15 Sue, Suzie, Patsy and I loaded in my truck, and I lined up in the caravan for the Ladies Breakfast Tea. It was a 25 minute drive that must have taken every turn and every back road in the county. Our target was a beautiful little B&B country home.
The meal was delightfully set and served in a large room that our hostess built for “any group to use” and there was time for get-to-know-you introductions and chatting.
Our way back into town was more straight-forward and took us through downtown Galax – right past Roy’s Diamond Center. We had noticed many of the women wearing distinctive Galax-leaf jewelry, and this was the place it was available. It seemed to be a 5-generation project: Roy was in charge, assisted by his daughter. . . her daughter had been the bass fiddle player of The Loose Strings band from Sunday night. . . her daughter was 8 months old and in the back of the store, being cared for by Great Grandma! On top of that Roy’s granddaughter had been in the youth competition the night before, and we had heard her performance! Needless to say, we all made a purchase!
We didn’t get back to the campground until 1:10 – the caravan had already left for the next episode on our agenda. We linked up with our boys and headed out on our own to the Blue Ridge Music Center, not far away. Here, we were treated to a music gig by Wayne Henderson.
Wayne Henderson is a top-notch finger-picker and a luthier of great renown. He specializes in the crafting of handmade, custom acoustic guitars but also occasionally makes mandolins, banjos and fiddles. Today we got to enjoy his music and later this week we will travel to see his museum.
Our little NOVA delegation had a fabulous fajita fest for dinner – unbelievable seasoned beef and chicken and vegetables off of John’s Blackstone griddle, and every kind of Mexi addition you could add to a flour tortilla. I NEVER had better fajitas! As we ended a storm moved in, urging us into quick clean-up mode.
Tom and John headed off for the night’s competition at the convention – Old Time Fiddle, Dobro & Mandolin. The rest of us snuggled down in the Airstreams for a deserved rest from the active day.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown