Friday, November 28, 2014

Snow at the Peaks

We had read online that there was four inches of snow up on the mountain. We didn’t have any snow in Altavista Thursday morning as we started west toward the Peaks of Otter, but as the road started to climb in Bedford County, we began to see patches of snow. And we could see snow on Sharp Top Mountain in the distance.
By the time we got to the Peaks of Otter Lodge, it was clear that for the second year in a row, we were going to have Thanksgiving dinner in a snow-covered natural setting.
You probably know by now that Larry and I love snow. When we visited Mountain Lake in Giles County last Thanksgiving, we were thrilled to find snow.
This year, the forecast for snow caused us a little concern because if it got too heavy, the Park Service would close the Blue Ridge Parkway, and dinner would be canceled.
We made it safely to the lodge, though, and enjoyed a beautiful buffet of roasted turkey, cornbread and apple stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and so many other meats and side dishes.
It seems that now Larry and I have started a tradition: we must eat Thanksgiving dinner where there’s snow.
 Once we parked the truck, I got out my camera and started taking photos. We slowly walked to the lodge as I stopped again and again to try to capture the beauty around us.
This is the first photo I took of Sharp Top.

When we turned back around a few minutes later, clouds were rolling in.

 There seemed to be at least four inches of snow resting on the ground around the guest lodgings.

This is a view of Abbott Lake behind the lodge.

These red buds were a pretty contrast to the brown of the weeds and the white snow.

 Snow on trees—one of the loveliest ways snow decorates nature.

Another view of Sharp Top.

More views of the lake.

They already had their Christmas decorations up. A large tree stood in the lobby.

I especially liked these decorations because of the bears included.

Our table had a good view of the lake. A small tabletop tree stood beside the table. I took this photo with my phone against the light, so it's not a great shot. But I liked the rustic decorations.

Once we sat down to eat, facing the lake, the sun broke through the clouds and shined directly into Larry’s eyes. So we quickly adjusted our seating at the table. You never know when nature will change.
No, I didn’t get any photos of the food. But it was delicious. And I ate a lot. The first thing I did when I got home was to change into sweatpants. My nice dress slacks seemed to have gotten tighter just since that morning. Wonder what caused that?


  1. haha! so glad you made it safely and back and could enjoy your feast in a pretty setting!

  2. This sounds so fun! Glad you made the trip safely, and the food was good.

  3. Tina, I just love your snow photos!!! I am glad you are back safe and sound. I love the Christmas decorations and tree!

  4. The snowy mountain top is so beautiful. Lovely scenery and photos. A lovely outing! The Christmas tree reminds me it is time to do my decorating.. Have a happy weekend!

  5. Oh Tina what a BEAUTIFUL tradition. We do not have any snow here this morning and I am waiting patiently. Hug B

  6. just gorgeous!! i love Peaks of Otter. a perfect area no matter what season. you have found it in a perfect time. so cool!! they are usually busy when we travel there. i love the time of the year. Christmas. the decor ... so fun! ( :

  7. Great pics! Sounds like a magical day.

    My husband's company is in North Carolina, and he visits there once a year. Unfortunately, it's usually in December, so we tried twice to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway but it was closed. Hopefully I'll see it one day!

  8. Thanksgiving, snow and Christmas decorations! What a blast! We rarely have snow at Thanksgiving as ours is early October.

  9. Sounds like a lovely day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. This seems like a slice of heaven to me . . . thank you so much for sharing with us.

  11. For a Michigan girl, I have to say I am totally NOT a snow fan. Except when it is in gorgeous photos like yours (or short-lived or on Christmas). These could almost make me change my mind. What a special day.

  12. What a beautiful place to enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    I'm not a big fan of snow so I was happy our Thanksgiving was actually warm. The cold and snow didn't arrive until Saturday ahd we actually got most of the outside lights up before the snow started.

  13. Snow, natures free decoration!! You images are so beautiful, this looks like a great place to enjoy thanksgiving!! The tree is gorgeous and what a plus that it was up and decorated for your thanksgiving celebration!!

  14. The photos are wonderful, so is your Christmas tree :)

  15. Lovely photos!!! I love snow, too. :-)

  16. I love that tree and I LOVE that snowy scene. A true winter wonderland :)


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