Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Monday, March 14, 2011

Maple Festival

This past weekend we took a little trip to Highland County, VA. Its a family tradition that started when I was a little girl and Phillip and I like to continue the tradition and take our kids each year. My birthday is the second week of March, and that is also when the Maple Festival starts. We go around to the Sugar Camps to see how Maple Syrup is made from Sugar Maple sap and we always buy a good supply of it. Somehow we always run out again before March the next year though!
We also go to the Rainbow Trout Hatchery to let the kids feed the fish. Fillets and whole fish are available for purchase, but after accidentially buying whole fish (head and eyeballs included!) last year, then having to come up with recipes for said fish, so I didn't waste an entire box of trout, kind of killed our appetite for fish this year. We just fed them, hung out a while, and left. Well, Phillip did buy several fried fish sandwiches, but that was it!
We also stopped in McDowell, VA at the Sugar Tree Country store. Its run by an Amish family and they make the best Brunswick Stew on the planet. SO GOOD!
Wyatt unfortunately got sick on Thursday and was still sick on Saturday, but with the help of Tylenol was able to have a reasonably good time. I figured if we waited and didn't go this weekend then we might ALL be sick next weekend. Wes is coming down with whatever "IT" is now so it looks like I made the right call...
It was a beautiful day although very windy! The kids were just not in the mood to have their pictures taken, but I did try. Mariah (Katya) looks very perplexed in some of the pictures. I think she was a little bewildered by the wind. It was like she couldn't figure out what it was. You might be able to see in a few of the pictures that there was even still a little bit of snow on the ground.
Wyatt was ticked off at the world that he was feeling bad and he took the opportunity to let us know that "He was NOT ok!" Even the delicious Maple Donuts we bought at Eagles Sugar Camp couldn't entice him to eat. Poor guy. He did finally eat a few piece of Maple Candy and half of a hot dog.
Its a long drive up to Highland County, as it is true to the name HIGH up in the mountains! Wes and Wyatt both took naps in the van. Mariah (Katya) took the opportunity to make truck noises and sing.
{I am trying to upload additional pictures because we took a lot of good ones, but blogger is being difficult right now!}

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