Over the weekend my husband took me on a birthday adventure to Monterey, Virginia by way of Bath County (Warm Springs). It was a perfect weekend. The temperatures were terrific both days, and even dipped into the 30s overnight to give us crisp autumn air on the first full day of fall. The countryside is so awesome and gives credence to the term folks like to use about the region: Little Switzerland. In many ways it reminded me of the Italian countryside in Umbria with the rolling hills and vibrant shades of green. Already the colors of fall are beginning to emerge.
When we first drove into Bath County on the trip down on Saturday, we started seeing hay bales decorated in all kinds of creative ways. Roger called it “Hay Art” and we began to look for them after seeing a couple on the outskirts of Warm Springs. Later we learned that they were part of the Harvest Festival in Bath County this weekend. Forty-seven hay bales were decorated all over the county. We only saw a few of those, but of course, I had to get some images of the ones we discovered. In the community weekly newspaper, we saw photos of others we missed. The last treat of the weekend was seeing the barn quilts in Highland County. All-in-all, it was a fun adventure.