Monday, June 2, 2014

#60 Rockets and Blue Grass

We were invited by Ronnie's sister and brother-in-law to their monthly launch meeting of the New River Valley Rocketry Club.  We attended one of the club's launch meetings last October and really enjoyed ourselves.  The launch site was at Kentland Farms located about 15 miles outside of Blacksburg. 
Several members launched rockets of all sizes and shapes that day.  Ronnie's sister Terry even achieved her own Level One status by assembling and launching this rocket.  I liked the slogan she placed on it.

Since all I had was my cell phone camera, I knew it would be useless to try to capture an image of a rocket lift off.  All rockets went off as planned and none spun off uncontrollably.  One rocket did land in the tree branches so that it couldn't be retrieved and unfortunately one of Carlos' rockets landed in an uncut hay field and it couldn't be found. 

Carlos launched several rockets that day.  One even had an HD video camera attached to it, recording as it launched.  Now that was an interesting video!   

Sunday, we took a drive down VA Scenic Route 52.  As we were motoring along we came upon the "Big Walker Lookout Tower and Country Store" ( and we pulled in to get some refreshments.  Wow! There was a wonderful 7 piece bluegrass band playing on the front porch. (Tune Town Old time Band)  It seems they have different musical performers and craft demos every Saturday and Sunday during the summer.  We sat with a cup of coffee (it was chilly outside) and enjoyed the music and scenery.  We enjoyed that unexpected experience.
No, I did not climb this tower at Big Lookout..but we all know Ronnie would climb it.

So far we are enjoying our monthly site here at Fort Chiswell RV Park..but no more than Little Boy.  He's having a ball!

 I wonder what more interesting things we can find around the Wytheville VA area?  New of the many reasons why we have always enjoyed traveling.  Stay tuned.


  1. I'm wondering if there's a rocket in Ronnie's future? :)

    That's beautiful country. Enjoy!

  2. How fun on both counts -- watching the rocket launching (love your SIL's slogan) and getting a free blue grass concert. Don't you just love those nice little surprises?

  3. We have been so busy going from park to park, forgot to comment. We are going to a big corvette show in Yakima valley wa so I am trying to make reservations. Very hard up this way, parks full up. After sightseeing in wa we will go to Idaho. yay, your blog is great, enjoyed the pics, say hi to ron and little boy, joel, esta, peanut and birds say hi.