Friday, October 22, 2021

Smith Mountain Lake, Great Country Farms, and Fall in Virginia

In the blink of an eye, my time in Virginia came and went. I'm already missing my loved ones back home, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I always look forward to returning to my own bed and schedule. One of the biggest reasons we decided to travel home was because my little sister is getting married next year! We got to meet her wonderful fiancé for the first time and I planned a bachelorette getaway for the bridal party.

We went wedding dress shopping where my sister found the perfect dress and then left straight from there with the bridal party on a long drive to Goodview, Virginia for the weekend. We stayed in a stunning Airbnb right on the water of Smith Mountain Lake. I quickly established myself as the early bird of the group, failing to stay up past 11pm both nights we were there while everyone else kept partying. The upside was I had two very peaceful mornings where I got to watch the sunrise over the water. We relaxed around the house, played games, and some of our group went kayaking and canoeing on the lake.

After enjoying Smith Mountain Lake for the weekend, we drove back home and spent time with my mom. She kept us well fed during our stay in Virginia and even had a new fall tablescape out for one of our dinners together. Isn't it beautiful?

We spent another day hanging out with my sister and her fiancé. It was so fun to get to know him better! We took advantage of the season and visited Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia. They had farm animals (which my sister, a serious animal lover, was very excited to pet and feed), food, hot apple cider, a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, a putt-putt (i.e. mini-golf) course, an impressive corn maze filled with fun facts about sustainable agriculture, and more.

M and I snapped a selfie in front of a beautiful sunflower field next to the pumpkin patch, but I didn't realize until we got home that I forgot to get a picture of all four of us! Do you ever have so much fun that you completely forget to take a photo to save for later?

It was hard to say goodbye to Virginia and friends and family, but I'm sure we'll be back before we know it. (After all, our Korea tour is already halfway over!) I'm glad I got to spend at least a little part of my favorite season at home with some of the people I love most.

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