10/11/13 Friday at Hillsville, VA (Lake Ridge RV Resort-PPA)
First off, we went to CVS to see if they gave flu shots and checked for ear wax. They were very busy, so we needed to fill out the paperwork, then return after noon for our flu shots. Apparently there are CVS pharmacies that have a Minute Clinic. Those would have been able to check John’s ears. I figure like Walmart has Walmart Super Centers. The pharmacist did explain that there was an urgent care facility down the road and gave directions. Since it was around 11 am when we were leaving CVS, we decided to use our wait time going to the urgent care. I’m so glad we did. It cost $55, but we found out that John doesn’t have wax in his ears, so he’ll be able to have that hearing test at Costco November 7th. The doctor also told us that he can put 5 drops of olive oil (or sweet oil, which is refined olive oil) in each ear once a week (at night so it won’t interfere with his hearing aids) to aid nature. Did you know that the skin in your ear replenishes itself, so that if you had a tattoo put in your ear, it would rotate around until it was all gone. The body is so amazing! Off to CVS, arriving shortly after noon. They gave us our shots right away. As John said, she did a great job-you could hardly feel it and no blood or bandages.
We enjoyed our picnic lunch in the car then took off for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are my photos:
Pucket Cabin (and corn crib). Aunt Orleana Hawks Pucket lived here during the latter of her 102 years. She started her career in midwifery after age 50, continuing until the year she died. They say she never lost a child or mother through her own fault. Ironically none of her own 24 children lived past infancy.
Round Meadow Overlook trail. Never saw any meadow, just the bridge and stream.
Mabry Mill – Really photogenic mill. He had to direct 2 small streams to the mill for enough water power.
Implements displayed there that had been placed in the 1940’s:
Still – in vivid colors, for fun and to see it better.
View from the Ridge
Rock Castle Gorge in vivid colors (by camera)
The Saddle-area settled before the Revolution, now being replaced by forest.
On the way home. Lots of small farms, many with cows, some with horses.
For fun: Dahlia, found at Mabry Mill