We snacked very lightly in the room for dinner before turning in. We never would make it to the restaurant on the property for a meal.
It was a chilly night and we slept with balcony door open listening to frogs on the lake at night. The air handler in our room was stuck on heat, so we had to use the door to cool off the room. In the morning, the frog sounds were replaced by those of noisy Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds.
|Sharp Top Behind Peaks of Otter Lodge|
|It Was Down Puffy Cold|
|Lakeside Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis|
|Flat Top Behind Lodge|
|Showy Orchis, Galearis spectabilis|
|Cinnamon Fern, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum|
|Golden Ragwort, Packera aurea, in Daylilies, Hemerocallis fulva|
|The Island in Abbott Lake; Sharp Top Behind|
|Catawba Rhododendron Just Budding|
|Catawba Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense|
We decided to go find coffee and breakfast in Lexington, so we left the lodge headed south on the Blue Ridge Parkway until we could take VA-43 down off the mountain and into the tiny town of Buchanan where we took I-81 north to Lexington. On the way, we checked out coffee shops on the web and selected the Lexington Coffee Shop as looking quirkily promising. It was. I am no stranger to Lexington. My cousin Stuart was first a student at Washington and Lee University (1942) and then a professor, and he almost convinced me to go there to college. My cousins attended VMI right next door. It was good to be back for a few minutes.
|Lexington Coffee Shop|
Although it rained three of the days and Ann hurt her knee, we still got to see waterfalls at DuPont and Linville Gorge, hike Max Patch and Roan Mountain, walk with ponies up to Mt. Rogers, and get our photographs at McAfee Knob. It was a great trip for our farewell to the East Coast.