Instead we took another path we choose a visit to an all American distillery. Bloomery Sweet Shine in Charles Town, WV. http://bloomerysweetshine.com/ It's well worth the visit. All the Sweet Shine you can drink and some at 75 proof. They give at least 10 concoctions, all pretty wonderful. Our favorites were the Lemonchello and the chocolate/raspberry. A folk country band playing outside, pick-nick tables a lemon tree and ginger green house to tour, It was a fun day. And Sara our niece was up for the day from UVA to play designated driver.
The next day was followed by my fathers birthday party/bash/family reunion. When I was young I never understood the whole family reunion thing. And I give my dad a lot of grief for hosting his year after year. It is nice to see all my Aunts and Uncles a few cousins my brother, sister-in-law and all their kids in one place for a few hours every year. This year it was down in numbers considerable, Sam was the only grandchild, Peter is in Redmond, my nieces are in UVA for the Summer Katie our oldest niece in in Chicago in June she graduated from University of Chicago,. WE got to see them on the 4th but they had to go back on Saturday. Crazy how these girls have grown over the years. I'm very happy we got to spend time with them on Friday, My mom of course, but I meet my dad,s lady friend. She was delightful, it was going to be strange seeing my dad with another lady, but his friend is so easy going and a very nice lady, who was very easy to meet and get to know.
I'll try to add pictures of the weekend after I learn how to download them from my phone !