From the Desk of John Rourke – August 30th, 2017


This past weekend went apple picking up in North Carolina at a place called Sky Top Orchard. It is an annual event where my family and another takes the 2-hour trip. Fantastic weather and the scenery was beautiful as always.

You can pick your own apples or buy them by the bag. e picked. There were also a few grapes and pears available. They have a small animal collection including peacocks. There is a very interesting bamboo garden which is fairly large. Pathways are cut through the garden. It is rather eerie as it seems like you’re walking into another world. The bright sunlight disappears as you enter the bamboo garden and the temperature drops 10+ degrees. Very nice.

After walking around the orchard we went to a nearby vineyard – Burntshirt. We have visited there several times over the past several years. It is by far the most beautiful vineyard I have ever been to. We did some wine tasting, enjoyed a live band, and relaxed. After a couple hours, we came home.

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Weekends like this past one helps keep the sanity moving forward. With all the political strife and crazy world events going on getting out and just enjoying life with friends and family needs to be done once in a while.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

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