August in Nags Head, North Carolina
For Jans 40th, she, Don, the girls, Mom, Eleanor, and myself, got together at the Blue Heron in Nags
Driving across the causeway to the Outer Banks.
The view looking North to the Atlantic shore from the Blue Heron Motel in Nags Head NC.
Looking out to the ocean from my room. Nicely framed view.
Hanging out on the beach. What could be better ?
Jan and Don enjoy the water. Surfs Up !
The day lengthens and thoughts turn to... Where are we going to eat tonight ?!?
Heading back to the Blue Heron after another great day on the beach.
After a beach day we get cleaned up and meet in one of our rooms for cocktails, talk, games, and maybe a birthday.
Out to a fine dinner at Colington, one of the areas better restaurants, the group poses for the camera while waiting for our table.
My roommates, making it seem like a fun college dormitory.
Jen in Salt Lake City
Jim and Jen are in a limo as a surprise to Jen for her 26th bday - her first time riding in a limo!
Jen and Jim on a garden bridge at La Caille (pronouced La Ky), which is a 5 star restaurant in Salt Lake City
The La Caille Vineyard with quite a backyard !
Da Boys, Jim and Jens best friend from college, Steveo
George out on the Deck
A Darr Christmas: The size of the tree, the volume of gifts, the decorations !
Jan is either being foppish, or is showing off a new ring.
Mom, in front of her mantelpiece with stockings hung with care...
A store display somewhere in one of the malls. I liked that lighting.
Hurricane damage still laying on the ground out back of the Darr house.
Cass Senic Railroad, Cass West Virgina
I took old Hwy. 250 from Stauton, on my way home from Richmond, and took a few side trips...
The largest radio telescope at the Greenbank WV, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, rising out of the early mountain mist. That thing is BIG, compare to the pickup truck at the base.
Cass, West Virginia is just across the Greenbrier River here. A Cheasapeake & Ohio branch line used to run beside the river, through Cass and the old sawmill to Durbin. I rode on it back in 1985, before it was washed out and abandoned.
This Shay type steam locomotive pulled and pushed us up the steep grades of the Cass Scenic Railroad, which was once the Mower Lumber Company.
We've climbed past Leatherbark Creek, gone through a switchback, and are now traveling through the cool, peaceful, second growth, forest.
The line winds and climbs, farther then I rode that day, up to Bald Knob, 2390 feet higher then Cass. It's on the shoulder on the right of Cheat mountain in the background.
One of the vistas to be enjoyed during the trip up the mountain
West Virginia presents another stunning scene.