The Crooked Road

I like bluegrass music.  Scratch that, I love bluegrass music.  I could listen to bluegrass or old time music 24/7 and not get tired of it.  Yes, I test that hypothesis on Van and Alan regularly.  Luckily (and due to a lot of exposure in utero and while breastfeeding), Van is a fan as well.  It was only natural then, that we would check out The Crooked Road in southwestern Virginia (www.thecrookedroad.org).  The Crooked Road is Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail, which winds up and down and around on beautiful (and often crooked) roads, past a number of towns that have contributed to and continue to contribute to bluegrass and old time music.

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

Barr's Fiddle Shop in Galax, Virginia

Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax, Virginia

Goofing around in Abingdon, Virginia

Goofing around in Abingdon, Virginia

Caboose in Abingdon, Virginia

Caboose in Abingdon, Virginia

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The trail took us through some beautiful areas, including the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and some great towns I’ve been wanting to check out for years.  The funniest thing we spied on our journey was a couple of official signs letting travelers know that there was a roadside table in a 1/4 mile.  The very presence of the sign caused us to laugh, but then we spied the tables.  They were not the picnic tables we expected, but dilapidated folding card tables with no seating!  And yet they had official road signs advertising their presence.  Unfortunately, the road was narrow by the signs so we did not get a photo.

We passed through a number of towns, including Galax, Damascus, Abingdon, and (the following day) Floyd.  I’ve been excited to see Floyd for years and I was not disappointed.  It’s a small town, but it was still larger than I expected.  We had a great time listening to Americana music at The Floyd Country Store and enjoyed a picnic lunch on a grassy hill in the center of town.  Though we missed the Friday Night Jamboree (purposely – given Van’s bedtime), we were still able to enjoy some live music before hitting the road for North Carolina.

The Floyd Country Store

The Floyd Country Store

Listening to Americana Music on a Saturday Afternoon at the Floyd Country Store

Listening to Americana Music on a Saturday Afternoon at the Floyd Country Store

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Photos from Weeks 1 and 2

Thirteen days in to our journey and Bottling Moonlight has been silent.  We’ve been having a great time, but this living on the road thing takes some getting used to.  We are fortunate enough to have some time to regroup at a lovely home in the mountains of North Georgia and are catching up on things, sorting through our belongings (yes, we packed too much), and relaxing.  I promise to put together some more detailed posts of our first two weeks on the road, but in the mean time, here are some highlights from the past two weeks.

He doesn't quite know what he's in for.

He doesn’t quite know what he’s in for.

Pre-Camping Set-Up

Pre-Camping Set-Up

Van's First Night Camping in the Van

Van’s First Night Camping in the Van

Listening to Americana Music on a Saturday Afternoon at the Floyd Country Store

Listening to Americana Music on a Saturday Afternoon at the Floyd Country Store

Camping Outside of Boone, NC

Camping Outside of Boone, NC

Hiking with Daddy

Hiking with Daddy

Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Moses H. Cone Park on the Blue Ridge Highway

Moses H. Cone Park on the Blue Ridge Highway

He's finally agreeing to wear a hat.  I guess 80 degree days and lots of sun have convinced him.

He’s finally agreeing to wear a hat. I guess 80 degree days and lots of sun have convinced him.

Baaaaa

Baaaaa