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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat

I just returned on Sunday from my most recent trip, to Shenandoah National Park and Shenandoah Valley area where I spent a few days at a lovely placed called the White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat, nestled in the woods near the town of Stanardsville, Virginia. A secluded location it was a perfect place to rest, relax and sketch, all of which I did to my hearts delight. I sandwiched this trip between weekends in Richmond with my son and his family and that's always a treat. I completely filled an entire journal with my sketches and I'll post some of my favorite pages here. We had some sdramatic lightning and thunder and rain some of the days but Wednesday was bright and sunny and I took the Skyline Drive through the Park enjoying the views and the Queen Anne's Lace growing abundantly along the roadsides.

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Trip to North Carolina - May 2016

My sister and I had a great time visiting with cousins in North Carolina. They work in Durham but also have a home in the exquisite St. James Plantation in Southport. We got to spend time in both places and had a wonderful time. We also visited and toured Wilmington, N.C. and enjoyed time on the beach in Oak Island. I even had time to do some sketching and watercolor journaling!

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My sister Suzanne, cousin Clo and me, Wilmington, N.C.  Riverwalk, Cape Fear River  
This and the next three black and white photos are in Wilmington, N.C.

Cousins at Oak Island Beach
Oak Island Beach
One of the many cute Gift Shops in Southport 

Wild  Bird Garden and Shop

Me, after lunch at the Southport Tea House

Oak Island Lighthouse

Path to St. James Plantation's private Oak Island Beach

Sara P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, N.C.