~Skyline Drive, between the Swift Run Gap entrance and Big Meadows~
Yesterday was my Father's 77th birthday, so in celebration of this (and because when I'm in Virginia, visiting/caring for him, I'm antsy as hell) I made a three layer chocolate cake with buttercream filling inbetween the layers and chocolate-sour cream frosting.
Here's the cake, just prior to frosting it.
It was good. Dad liked it.
I've now been with my Dad for five nights and five days - today was the official 'hump day' for my visit - after tonight, I will only be here for four more full days.
I feel terrible that I've counted it down in this way.
But I can't help it.
He's happy - and is in a good place right now. I try to focus on that - instead of the things he does wrong or confuses.
But I'm not terribly patient. I get frustrated and antsy and go stir-crazy - it challenges everything about simply being...
This afternoon, Dad and I drove up to the Skyline Drive - getting on at the Swift Run Gap entrance on Rte 33.
We headed north, and slowly drove the 15 miles to Big Meadows.
Dad got a kick out of posing for a photograph with Harry Flood Byrd, Sr at the Big Meadows Visitor Center.
But shortly after this, he was ready to head back home. We hadn't been at Big Meadows for more than 10 minutes.
This is how it goes.
~~~~~It was a lovely late afternoon - strong winds on the parkway, golden rod in bloom, seed pods everywhere (evidence that summer had come and gone) - lots of deer and no signs of bear.