The Grapevine: Taking Summer Day Trips with a Good Friend

By Rosalyn Queen Alonso on June 20, 2017 from The Grapevine via

This past week my cousin Ruby Oldaker, and I decided we would take drive to the Fairmont area and check out the ice cream parlors we had been hearing about.  As we approached I79 the traffic was so bad we decided to head South to Weston. Ruby has an appointment there and we thought we would try to locate the office since neither of us had ever been there.
Here we were two old gray haired ladies without a GPS headed to a place we had never been before. Upon arriving at Weston we asked two ladies for directions and they were most happy to help us with their GPS on their phones.  We listened and thought we knew here we were going but after a few wrong turns we finally found the location.  The first thing we learned is that there are two hospitals in Weston: The William R. Sharpe State Hospital and Stonewall Jackson Memorial.  We may have known this but were not sure.
While driving around we had the opportunity to view the city. Weston, like most cities, is a great little town but needs repair.  Time has taken its toll on the residences.  We were most impressed with the downtown Main Street and its businesses. The grounds around the Trans Atlantic Insane Asylum were in good shape. 
After our tour, we decided that we might enjoy a hamburger so we stopped at McDonalds. After eating our meal, we wanted an ice cream cone but were told the machine was not operating.  The kind folks at McDonald's were eager to tell us that there was a Dairy Queen just up the road which we went in search of. 
For some reason, probably because we were engaged in conversation, we missed the Dairy Queen in Weaton and ended up in Buckhannon.  We did find a Dairy King there.  Ruby went in and got us two cones which had a least a pint of ice cream in each one. You know, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.  We decided to come home on the old road instead of the interstate.  We stopped alongside the road and got rid of half of our ice cream so that we could eat the cone.  The ice cream was melting faster than we could eat it.
With all that happened we had a nice evening and our stomachs were full.  WE decided that the next time we will head to Fairmont to try their ice cream.
With summer, here and more daylight hours I encourage you to call up a friend and plan little trips just as we did.  Be a little flexible and just let happen what will.   You might want to check out some of the fairs and festivals.  They make great one day vacations. 
On a personal and exciting note, my great granddaughter, Avery (Marty and Cathy's daughter) celebrated her second birthday this past week with a great party. I enjoyed watching the little kids have a good time and especially in the bouncy house.
I hope you have the "Tunes at Noon" events listed on your calendar. It is held each Wednesday at noon on the Court House Plaza.  The County Commission sponsors these little concerns and it is a great way to spend your lunch hour.  The PWA sells lunch each Wednesday and it is said that we have the best hot dogs in town. 
Stay cool, take care, watch out for the children on the roads and until next week "Now You Have Heard It Through the Grapevine."

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