Saturday, May 02, 2009


We hurried up this morning to get ready to go. We had to make it to Snappy Lunch before they closed. On Saturdays they close at 1:15 pm and they’re not open on Sundays.

As we approached the restaurant we noticed there were people standing outside, there was a long line of people waiting for a table. Bernie jumped out and got in line, we were not going to miss this twice.

This place is famous for their pork chop sandwiches. They fry up the pork chops right next to the register. Bernie got our sandwich to go. People were still waiting in line.

From there we went to the Andy Griffith Playhouse and saw some of his collection on display there and the old fashioned police cars giving tours to the tourists.

Then we got back on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopped at Mabry Mill, the most photographed spot on the Parkway. Built in 1910 it was a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a grist mill, and a woodworking shop. The buildings and displays give you a glimpse of pioneer life. Now there is a restaurant and gift shop. www.

We got off the parkway at milepost 120 and went into Roanoke VA. The visitor center was already closed when we got there. Bernie spotted a catholic church and decided to go to mass, she was right on time. The church was magnificent, the interior was small but gorgeous.

Then we drove a bit around downtown and then found a public parking lot that is free on the weekends. We decided to park in a corner under a beautiful oak tree and spend the night.

1 comment:

Susan Gabriel said...

I lived in Asheville for 12 years so I can totally picture the area you're in. I've been to Cherokee, to Sliding Rock, etc.

I live in Colorado now and miss the "land of trees." Enjoy your journey!