From Baltimore, we picked up a rental car, headed to Harpers Ferry, the Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, across North Carolina to the Outer Banks. Along the way, we stayed in B&Bs. These were outside the park, but often in towns just a few miles from the park routes. They ranged from historic to newer homes, and included an old log cabin, dismantled after carefully numbering all the logs for restoration, and moved to a delightful spot near Pilot Knob State Park. Each place would have benefited from a couple more days, but the anchors of this trip were the visit to Baltimore to see Chuck and Nan and a photo workshop in the Outer Banks. I've included photsomeos of the trip.
It is December, things are getting rushed but I wanted to get this posted before I do my year end summary. It will be a quick overview of a great trip. If you have questions about any of the places we visited, are thinking about a trip to the area, or wonder about the photo workshop, send me an email. I'll be happy to elaborate more.
You will note that all of my blog photos now have my copyright on them. Although it is not as aesthetically pleasing, the internet allows a lot of unscrupulous folks to steal photos, either call them their own or to try to make money off my creative endeavors. We started off the photo workshop with a discussion of copyright, how to do it correctly and were all advised to always copyright our work. And I had been putting my name on photos more recently, but not correctly. Then, a few weeks ago a photographer friend sent me an email about a web site that sells photo posters, wall art. Turns out the photos on the site have been lifted, without permission. He suggested to all his friends that they look at the site, plug in their name and see if any of their photos were there. Two of mine, from earlier blogs, were there.
Reading posts related to the site, it appears it may be someone who is simply fishing for credit card numbers and that it is in no way a photo sales site. Be that as it may, I was furious to learn that someone lifted my photos, and even though my name is with them, is selling them without my permission and for a ridiculously low price. So, from now on, you will see my copyright on my photos in this blog. That is not to say that someone couldn't crop the photo or edit out the information, but it should help and gives me recourse to demand that photos that do appear be taken down. And I would ask that, if you ever order photos from the internet, make sure it is a reputable company and ask for some proof that the photographer has given permission for their sale.
|Street view of the B&B|
|Our B&B in Baltimore, decorated for upcoming Halloween|
|It began raining hard once we arrived at Ft. McHenry so we didn't do a lot of photography. This was one from inside the fort.|
|Nan and Chuck took us to Annapolis, a favorite location of theirs. We toured the academy grounds, had a great lunch, and meandered about the town.|
|The photo above and the ones following are from Harpers Ferry. This display reminds us why someone like John Brown decided to raid the community as a protest against slavery.|
Part of the town is now a National Historic Park and we wandered thru, watched the train pass by and then had a leisurely lunch in the area of town outside the park, but which retains the old buildings. Our trip included Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and this little corner of West Virginia.
The next set of photos are from the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge Parkways. We had some fall color, small patches with some brilliant trees, but certainly not peak color. At several points the Park Service has rebuilt old farmsteads and mills to give today's visitors a look at what life was like at an earlier point in our history. Some living history exhibits take place on the grounds and we watched a park ranger making a rug, and talked with a couple gentlemen in the mill. The mill was not operating while we were there.
|Note the playing pieces.sliced corn cobs and sections of a tree branch.|
|This is Pilot Knob, NC and was the view from our log cabin B&B.|
Below are selected photos of some of our B&B experiences
|Fairlea Farms, Washington, Virginia|
|View from Fairlea Farms|
|View from Fairlea Farms|
|Resident, Fairlea Farms|
|View, Fairlea Farms|
|Fairlea Farms view|
|The drive at Fairlea Farms|
|Black Lantern B&B, Roanoke, Virginia|
|Black Lantern B&B, front view. This old house, was condemned when the owners bought and restored it as a B&B. Beautifully done, mix of old and new inside for a delightful stay.|
This log cabin is old. It was moved to the site of this small resort and reassembled. Living area downstairs and loft sleeping area. A modern bathroom has been added to the back. This is Pilot Knob B&B in North Carolina