If we got to a campground first, we'd make dinner for all of us, and if they got there first, Sylvia would cook for us. Steve was the best at smoking pork for pulled pork dinners, and made great country baked beans! One time, we all traveled up to the Thousand Trails Preserve in Las Vegas together. We had a wonderful time, seeing sights, and hanging out together. The picture below was at the entrance to the preserve.
The two pictures above were at Ethel M Chocolates, where there is also an awesome cactus garden. There was also a solar garden.....
When we were away, or when they took their trips with their travel trailer, we always kept in touch by phone and by email. When we were together, we loved to play Mexican Train ( a game of dominoes, for anyone not yet initiated to this fun game).
We left California, in January this year, and began a long trip across the country. In June, we were in the town of Welcome, MN, and I called to talk to Sylvia. Sadly, Steve had to tell me she had passed away. It was a terrible blow to us to learn of her death. Steve told us he was going to sell his house in California, and move to Virginia, to be closer to his daughter Tiffany, and her husband Ron. We decided right away that when we got out here, we would make a trip over to Norton, VA to visit him.
After our adventures in the Chesapeake Bay area, we traveled west to Lynchburg, VA, then to Wytheville, and then on to Norton. We had hoped to do some sight seeing while in Lynchburg, but that did not work out. We parked our RV in Steve's driveway, and stayed for two days. I wish we had planned for a longer visit......but for sure the next one will be longer. He drove us around to see some beautiful countryside in the area.
The first three pictures, above, were taken from a scenic overlook on route 23 between Norton and Big Stone Gap. The view was incredible, and, as you can see, the leaves are beginning to change colors for autumn. I'm sorry to say I can't tell you for sure, the name of the place we took these next three pictures, but it was a park above Norton, VA that Steve drove us to. From that vantage point, you can see into part of Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
We had a wonderful time visiting Steve, and were sorry to have to leave today. It was wonderful to see him, and share memories of his beloved Sylvia. Steve is a shy sort of person. I don't think it's easy for him to make new friends. Sylvia, on the other hand, was a live wire! She had a kind word for everyone. We didn't know her for a long time, but we truly feel blessed to have had her for a friend. She is sorely missed. Thank you God, for bringing Sylvia and Steve into our lives.
Please folks, don't be afraid to reach out to people. You never know when a new friend might be right next door. That person might also be in need of a friend. As far as we are concerned, the rewards will always outweigh the risk.
Happy travels, and be safe, but also be ready for friendship.