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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Virginia Sampler: Elderhostel, October 12-17

49 years later!

Our fall trip was to western Virginia. We left Friday (10/10) and arrived back home yesterday (10/18).

En route we visited with long-time friends in Lexington, VA. (DH and our host spent the summer in Germany in 1959!) We stopped at Natural Bridge (

Natural Bridge
Appalachian Trail expert Leonard Adkins
The Elderhostel, "Virginia Sampler," was at the 4-H Center at Smith Mountain Lake. ( The week's topics were Booker T. Washington ( ; the Appalachian Trail; Thomas Jefferson and his country retreat Poplar Forest (; and the National D-Day Memorial ( The presenters were excellent. Lectures were followed by field trips.

It was a small (15) but congenial group from CA, IA, KY, VA, PA, TN, NY, and IL/WI (us!). One of the participants had been in our EH group at Apache Lake, AZ, in 2006. (How often does that happen?!)
This was DH's 22nd and my 21st EH. We're trying to decide where our next adventure will take us!
Beautiful autumn scenery!


  1. That's a great time to be in the Virginia mountains. It's been quite a few years since I've been out that way in October. I bet the trees were beautiful.

  2. Wow, you were in Lexington recently - and while you were here we were in upstate NY part of that week. Sounds like you had a great time at the Elderhostel. We were just at Natural Bridge a few months ago - pretty impressive isn't it? I recognize David - we go by their house every day on our way into town!


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