Grayson Highlands State Park {Mountain Trip Day One}

December 02, 2011  •  Leave a Comment


I had a fabulous opportunity in October to go on a photography trip with one of my great friends, Judy and two other ladies - Mary & Shannon - who I now consider friends.

We spent five days driving on beautiful country back roads through Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee looking for "something shiny" to photograph.

I came home with over 2,000 pictures of some of the prettiest places I've ever laid eyes on and memories that will last a lifetime.

Here's Day One:

We left from Guntersville, AL in the early morning on Monday, October 24, 2011 headed for Independence, VA. Of course there were a few stops along the way for lunch and photo ops.

This is an old house we found abandoned in a field, somewhere in Tennessee, I think.




We arrived in Virginia earlier than we anticipated, so we decided to visit Grayson Highlands State Park a day early.


We had planned to do a sunrise shoot at Grayson Highlands the next morning, but once we seen that most of the leaves had fallen, we changed our plans.

Grayson Highlands State Park was still a beautiful place to visit, I can't imagine how captivating it is in full peak season.


Big surprise, I had to play tourist and have my picture taken at most of the big places we visited. I may need proof I was there someday!


I love old fence posts and weathered wood. Swoon!


After we left Grayson Highlands, we found this adorable little road in the middle of nowhere.
It basically sums up everything you need to know about Virginia and West Virginia roads and/or highways - they're all crooked, ain't nun of 'em straight. Fun to photograph but no fun to drive on. Unless you have a motorcycle, maybe.


We arrived at our hotel in Independence, VA just before sunset. This is a picture I snapped minutes before the sun went down while we were unloading the van.


Judy, Mary and I had supper at Steph & Andy's Pizza Plus {the blue roofed building at the bottom of the pic above} Of course I had to take a picture of the menu because we don't see very many things with Andy's name on them. Pretty neat! Oh, and I ate spaghetti in case you were wondering. =)


Check back tomorrow for day two of my trip when we visited Mabry Mill!

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