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Mabry Mill - frozen!

After a leisurely breakfast, we got on the road toward Virginia around 11am.  We had to stop at Walgreens and CVS trying to find Laura a particular brand of film she needed to finish a photography project due next week, so I took advantage of the opportunity to buy some gummie candy!  Mmmmmmmm....

Just over the VA line we found gas for $1.63 (!!!) so I filled up there... can't remember the last time anyone sold gas for that cheap!

Once we hit the Blue Ridge we drove north, into VA, and made our way along... stopped at multiple overlooks along the way, but the trees have grown up so much that on most overlooks it's hard to see anything anymore!  Beautiful, freezing cold weather with a clear blue sky today.

We made a stop at Mabry Mill.  I must have been there a million times (okay maybe more like 8 or 10), but this was the first time I'd seen it frozen over!  The pond was almost frozen, and the chutes of water had sheets of ice, almost like a wall, along the whole length!  Very.

Laura and me at Mabry Mill
. umm.... icy looking.  Haha... 

Mom and I both had to use the bathroom, but they were closed for the winter, and Mom ended up finding a sunny spot hidden by underbrush and used nature's toilet .... brrrr!  I chose to wait, but later on I ended up doing the same near another closed bathroom at Rocky Knob.

We came home and had a home cooked meal, then made another fire to enjoy for the night!  Jesse cut Laura's hair a little, and then we tried making White Hot Chocolate (http://www.recipezaar.com/White-Hot-Chocolate-15904) and it was delicious!!  That recipe will save me many dollars this season.  :)

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Mabry Mill - frozen!
Mabry Mill - frozen!
Laura and me at Mabry Mill
Laura and me at Mabry Mill
The water chutes had walls of ice!
The water chutes had walls of ice!
The icy chutes
The icy chutes
Sun + ice = pretty!
Sun + ice = pretty!
On Mabry Mill grounds
On Mabry Mill grounds
View towards the mill
View towards the mill
Mom, Laura and me
Mom, Laura and me
Cool ice formations!
Cool ice formations!
Jess and me at Mabry Mill
Jess and me at Mabry Mill
Ice on the wheel and gears
Ice on the wheel and gears
Mabry Mill - frozen!
Mabry Mill - frozen!
View from the Blue Ridge in VA
View from the Blue Ridge in VA
Laura taking pictures - and my lit…
Laura taking pictures - and my li…
Jesse stayed warm in the car while…
Jesse stayed warm in the car whil…
Tree!
Tree!
Laura cleaning her filters
Laura cleaning her filters
Laura taking pictures
Laura taking pictures
Mom at one of our stops near Rocky…
Mom at one of our stops near Rock…
Mom at a stop near Rocky Knob
Mom at a stop near Rocky Knob
Mom and Laura doing who-knows-what?
Mom and Laura doing who-knows-what?
Mom at one of our incredible stops!
Mom at one of our incredible stops!
Another Blue Ridge view
Another Blue Ridge view
Ice on rocks along the parkway
Ice on rocks along the parkway
Mom checking out the ice (Jesse st…
Mom checking out the ice (Jesse s…
Laura with the ice
Laura with the ice
Laura again
Laura again
Licking the ice (she made sure it …
Licking the ice (she made sure it…
Me with some roadside ice
Me with some roadside ice
Mom checking out the ice
Mom checking out the ice
This tree was frozen into the ice!
This tree was frozen into the ice!
Mom and me
Mom and me
A blurry Pilot Mountain in the dis…
A blurry Pilot Mountain in the di…
Our fire tonight
Our fire tonight
Shadow joined us for dinner  :)
Shadow joined us for dinner :)
Shadow at the table
Shadow at the table
Mom, can I have some?
Mom, can I have some?
Checking out a scrap
Checking out a scrap
Lauras haircut (Shadow drinking f…
Laura's haircut (Shadow drinking …
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