When we left the DC area, we headed southwest toward Roanoke. We timed it just right to pick up Tom’s brother Bill at the airport there and ride together another hour to his farm in Museville. He and his wife Jackie have 120 acres out in the country, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have visited there several times over the years but it had been several years since our last.
Their corner of our world is rolling, scenic, and quiet. They love it that way and so do we. We’ve been there in every season—to see the glorious fall and spring colors and also a couple times for winter snow! But on this visit, the very warm summer was hanging on and we were still ahead of the fall colors. Bill got us hooked up in a level spot near his workshop, which was perfect for Tom who has workshop-envy everywhere we visit! Bill has every kind of tool known to man and Tom made use of most of them. I loved being near the shop, too, to watch them working together. And Bill would often come to the RV with some type of local flora or fauna to teach me about—I loved that!
Jackie had a home-cooked meal ready for all of us—she is a fabulous cook and so is Bill, especially on the grill and smoker which we got to enjoy later in the week. We spent the rest of the evening, and most of the others, on their veranda–the perfect spot for sipping wine and watching the sun set behind the foothills and also viewing wildlife–hummingbirds close up and deer afar!
Tom wanted to get some service done to our tow dolly and the manufacturer was not too far over the border into North Carolina, so we took a day-trip to drop it off. While it was serviced we headed over to nearby Winston-Salem. We stocked up at Trader Joe’s, Tom got a haircut, and we spent a few hours exploring the Reynolda House Museum of Art and Gardens adjacent to and affiliated with Wake Forest University. It’s really magnificent, the house and the collections! A short stroll away is Reynolda Village, the former support buildings for the estate which were modeled after an English Village and now house shops, restaurants and offices. We recommend the Silo Bistro & Bar!
On our last day, Tom took another day-trip, this time to Raleigh, for WordCamp, a WordPress website design conference. That’s his thing and it supports his paying hobby, so it’s all good! My thing on a September Saturday is college football! So I stayed home to watch my Seminoles dominate USF. It was a great game; we had lost miserably to Louisville the week before, so the win was a must and my Noles played strong!
I also watched, with Bill, as a local wagon train event passed by the farm. How fun! Lots of folk on horseback and in various wagons retracing the trail of their ancestors. They end with a big barn BBQ party at a nearby ranch and we were invited; Tom met us there! I got a ride on Bill’s motorcycle which was a big suck-it-up moment for me. I’m not a fan of motorcycles, not terrified, but not wanting to ride either. I do understand why people enjoy them so much, just not me. It wasn’t a long ride, which was good because any longer and my fingernails would have drawn blood on Bill! We had a great evening visiting with the neighbors—it’s a very different neighborhood because their properties are all so large that they usually can’t see any other homes from theirs but they all know each other and enjoy the spirit of community. We enjoyed our time in that community so much!