Jeff and I love meandering…..and we love it even better when our friend Ron comes along! So when we found ourselves with a free day on Saturday, rather than spend the day inside doing housework (which trust me our house could really use) we decided to take a ride.
We didn’t really have A destination in mind. One of my regular students recently told me about a newish brew pub she’d been to so we made the Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg a stop on our itinerary and planned the rest of the day accordingly.
After a less-than-smooth start (tires needed air, car needed gas, etc.) we finally got on the road. When we set off on these adventures, we typically stick to back roads – winding through the countryside allows you to get some amazing pics and gives you a lot of time for conversation – and Saturday was no exception to that rule.
Our journey on Saturday included a small grocery store, a winery, a greenhouse, a cruise past Middleswarth Potato Chip Factory in Middleburg, a deep-discount grocery (think scratch-and-dent), the brewing company, Peight’s Country Store in Belleville, a side-of-the-road pumpkin stand (or two), and miles of beautiful countryside!!!
The following are some of the pics from the adventure!
SHADE MOUNTAIN VINEYARD & A PUMPKIN STAND ALONG THE WAY
THE RUSTY RAIL BREWING COMPANY
We ate lunch at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company. We shared an order of onion rings, I ordered a bowl of chili with cornbread croutons, Ron ordered the appetizer portion rib, and Jeff ordered a roast beef sandwich with French fries.
The food was good, but not quite great. It has the potential to be great but needs a little attention to detail. The sandwich needed a little oomph (sauce or a condiment of some sort), the chili needed a little less sugar and the rib (according to Ron) was on the dry side.
The service was mostly good, although when we asked to switch tables – because the one we were seated at was quite wobbly – rather than moving us to one of the many empty tables around us, the hostess and waitress tried several things to un-wobble the table and were marginally successful. But other than that, we were well taken care of.
The décor was quite fun – theme-y and historical but it still felt current. There was plenty of natural light and lots of interesting things at which to look.
And Jeff really enjoyed the sampler of beer he ordered. I – not being much of a beer person – had a few sips from the flight and liked what I tasted!
With a few tweaks, The Rusty Rail Brewing Company could get an A from me!
ALONG THE JOURNEY
After lunch, as we continued our sojourn, we came across a field of wildflowers that reminded me much more of spring than of fall. We stopped for a little while so Ron and I could snap some photos. Then we continued on a little ways and came across a pumpkin stand at which we could not resist buying a few pumpkin to add to the decorations on our front porch.
We took a very remote, very scenic road through Bald Eagle State Forest and, although I was widely criticized for how slowly I was driving, I enjoyed being in the mountains and seeing the sights! There’s something about the air up that high that clears your head and makes you forget everything below.
We ended the day in The Big Valley – a regular stop on our journeys with Ron. We drove around the valley and enjoyed seeing the sights in the somewhat dreary weather. It’s funny, we anticipated a warm, sunny trip but we hit everything from rain to snow to some bright, juicy sunshine along the way. But no matter the climate, we enjoyed one another’s company. A day with friends is a great day in any weather!