Tuesday, November 15, 2016


So, I have had a rough couple of weeks.  Nothing tragic, just some stressful things that caused me to take pause and feel sorry for myself for a few days.  It is easy to get into a funk about life sometimes and to totally forget to count your blessings. For me, one of the best ways to get over said funk is to get outside.  Last weekend I had a chance to do just that.
 The family drove down to Staunton, Virginia to visit the Frontier Culture Museum and then we took a lovely little hike to the Natural Bridge.  The air was crisp, the leaves were still pretty, and it was nice to enjoy the simplicity of being outside with the kids.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  The day was not without the typical Butler challenges.  There was definitely a vomiting incident and the kids fought like cats and dogs, but Atley only disappeared once and that was only at Cracker Barrel, so it was all good.

The Frontier Culture Museum is a living history museum composed of small farms and re-enactors depicting different time periods in U.S., European, and African history.  

West African Farm circa 1740's

1600's Yeoman English Farmhouse

1700's German Farmhouse

 1740's Colonial America Farmstead

1850's American Farmstead
Natural Bridge, Virginia. Thomas Jefferson bought this landmark from King George for $2.40. No wonder we won the Revolutionary War. Watch out for FALLING ROCK!

Harley's face is an expression of her disappointment in the majestic waterfall we promised.

A leaf as big as your head. 

Cliff jumping.

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