The epic journey of a sibling pair as they trek 2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachia Trail.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fox Hill

After their stay at the Dutch Haus, Hansel, Gretel, and Two Bad called their old friends Mark and Sue.  In addition to being wonderful people, Mark and Sue are the owners of a beautiful bed and breakfast in Lexington, Virginia.  Following their phone call, Sue hopped in the car to come pick up the three hikers, drove them to pick up their rental car, and then they followed her back to The Fox Hill Inn.  It's probably been about 10 years since this gang was last together in Vermont, where their old Bed and Breakfast used to be located.  Even though significant time has passed, Hansel and Gretel claim that Mark and Sue have not changed a bit.  Actually, Hansel said, "I forgot how awesome they are!"  And their inn is gorgeous!  Upon arrival, they were given a tour of the cozy Fox Hill and then they were taken out to the stable which is about a hundred yards away from the main house.  It is here that Hansel, Gretel and Two Bad would spend the night, sharing the stable with two horses and a donkey.  Sue assured them that she was not putting them here because they smelled and looked like animals.

Don't worry, they didn't have to sleep on hay.  On the contrary.  Mark and Sue built the "Heron's Nest" a few years ago.  It's a separate, finished part of the stable with a private kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom!  

As dinner time drew closer, Two Bad asked Mark and Sue if they had any recommendations for dinner, to which they responded, "Well sure.  Right here!"  Sue proceeded to make them all a delicious dinner!  As they ate, they shared stories and enjoyed catching up with their old friends.  Hansel, Gretel, and Two Bad told their Trail memories while Sue talked about her latest, and most fascinating interest in animal telepathy.  She has been studying and practicing this very special technique of communicating with animals and has been able to hear their needs and feelings by looking at pictures of them after talking with their owners.

As always, the visit was such a pleasure and our Inn Keeper friends met our hikers with such kindness and generosity.  Their entire Fox Hill experience came free of charge; a gift that was well enjoyed by all!  So many people have been sending love and care to Hansel and Gretel for the past 2 months and it has made this journey ever so much more enjoyable.  Mark and Sue certainly went above and beyond this week!  We are all so appreciative!  Thank you!  And if anyone is looking for a peaceful, scenic get-a-way in Shenandoah Valley, be sure to visit The Fox Hill Inn!

A view of Heron's Nest

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