Rocky Shares His Memorial Day Follow-up

I have never done a follow-up to any of my episodes before. But, I’m doing one for my National D-Day Memorial episode. I attended our local Memorial Day ceremony, and hope that you did, too. It’s so important, especially now, before we lose any more WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans. I wanted to share the speech given by Congressman Morgan Griffith at the Martinsville-Henry County Memorial Day ceremony. I also want to remind you that D-Day, June 6, gives you another chance to take part in a ceremony honoring our WWII Veterans.

Here is the Presentation of Colors by the Magna Vista High School ROTC Color Guard. They did a great job.


Here is a clip from yesterday’s ceremony at Roselawn Cemetery in Martinsville, Virginia. Listen to Congressman Griffith’s words:

And, so you don’t have to go looking for it, here is my National D-Day Memorial Day Show. If you are within driving distance of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, you don’t want to miss the D-Day  Ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 . Here is the National D-Day Memorial website for more details.

God Bless the USA and all of the families of our great veterans!

Until my next post, here’s wishing you…SAFE RAMBLING!

Rocky Rambles Up to Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway

It was a bit stormy the day my wife and I were supposed to head up to shoot the show. Should we risk it or reschedule? We decided to risk it! And, it was worth the risk. The storm clouds made for dramatic vistas, subdued lighting and deep Spring greens. There’s just not a bad time to view Mabry Mill!

Along the way, we stopped at Lover’s Leap to shoot the show’s introduction and then out to Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway to shoot the ending. The two-dimensions of a flat screen just can’t do justice to those incredible views! You’re gonna have to ramble on up the Parkway to see for yourself!

We missed the music that they have every weekend throughout the summer by one weekend. So, make sure you check out the music calendar, and other information about what’s happening at Mabry Mill. Here’s the National Park Service Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob Webpage to help you do that.

My wife and I had lunch while we were filming the show – in fact, the experience is part of the show! We’ve eaten there before, and we’re never disappointed with their down-home southern meals. They also have unique souvenirs, some made by local people and even some of the their own employees. Check it out in the Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Store website.

All-in-all, it was a great day of interviewing and shooting for the show, and a beautiful, if a bit stormy, ramble. I hope you’ll ramble on up and see it for yourself!

And, when you do, make sure that you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle.

Your Defensive Driving Tip for the Week

Know Before You Go – Before you head out on your day of rambling, check the weather, road conditions, know your route and how long it will take to get where you’re going. Check the DOT website for the state(s) you’re driving through to see if there are any construction zones or road closures along the way. Know what kind of shape your vehicle is in, check the tires, the lights, fluids, etc. Check your first-aid kit, warning devices. And, make sure that someone knows where you are and how to get hold of you if they need to.

Put it all together with this mental thought: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

Until my next post, here’s wishing you…SAFE RAMBLING!


Rocky Reviews the Parks Information in Henry, Patrick and Franklin Counties of Virginia from Three Previous Shows

As the summer recreation season begins, I wanted to remind you to make plans to ramble out to the County parks in your backyard. This week’s show is condensed from the three shows recorded early this Spring in the three counties where the Virginia Mountains, Blue Ridge Highlands, and Southern Virginia regions converge.

Here are the listing of public parks in the three featured counties. All of the information you need to take advantage of these parks are within these three webpages.

Public Parks in Henry County 

Public Parks in Patrick County

Public Parks in Franklin County 

And, as always, as you go about your rambling, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle to do your own Rambling!

Defensive Driving Tip For This Week:

Always be aware of your escape routes. Have you ever wondered why you are uncomfortable driving across a narrow bridge? Well, part of it is wondering if it’s wide enough for two-way traffic, maybe fear of heights. But, part of it is that either consciously or sub-consciously, you realize that your escape route – which on a two-lane road is primarily the right shoulder – is limited. As you’re driving, think about where you could go, what you could do to avoid a collision, if one seems imminent. Your first reflex needs to be to move to the right to avoid an accident. But, what do you do, where do you go, if that is not available or perhaps the threat is coming from the right. Train yourself to be constantly mapping an escape route, you might need one.

Until my next post, here’s wishing you…safe rambling!

Rocky Rambles to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia to Encourage YOU to Plan to Attend Their Memorial Day Ceremony

This week’s show is a special tribute to our fallen veterans, and an encouragement for viewers to make plans now to get out on Memorial Day to show your appreciation by attending one of the many Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremonies. If you can ramble on out to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, you will not be disappointed.

Here is the National D-Day Memorial website to help you make plans to visit. It is at 3 Overload Circle, Bedford, Virginia. Click on the address to find a map from which you can build directions from your location.

In the show, I listed the Memorial Day and D-Day Commemorations in Henry County, Franklin County and Bedford County, Virginia. Here is the information, with clickable addresses to help you find the events.

Martinsville, Virginia

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 12 noon
Roselawn Cemetery
Key Note Speaker – US Congressman Morgan Griffith

 Rocky Mount – has two events

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 11 a.m.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial Park
Key note Speaker – US Army Sargent 1st Class Ricky Keith Warren
Music by The Wright Kids

Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.
Franklin County History Museum, 460 S. Main, Rocky Mount
Rifle Salute and Civil War Re-Enactment Camp


Bedford, VA has two events

The 1st is on Memorial Day,
Monday, May 29, 11 a.m.
National D-Day Memorial
Keynote speaker Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, 1 of 6 surviving Medal of Honor Winners from WWII

Admission is free until noon – bring your own chair

The 2nd event is the Annual D-Day Commemoration,
Tuesday June 6, 11 a.m. at the
National D-Day Memorial 3 Overload Circle, Bedford, Virginia
Keynote Speaker: Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot who flew the final combat mission of the war, during which his wingman was the last man killed in combat.
Music by the 29th Division Band
There will be a Veterans Reunion tent73rd Anniversary tribute to the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy and those who lived to fight another day.

As always, I encourage you to get out and do your own ramblings. Get out and explore the many places to go, things to do and events to attend, many of them, right in your backyard.

When you do, I also encourage you to make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle to assure that you get there and home safely.

Your Defensive Driving Tip for the Week:

The Right of Way is not something you can TAKE. It’s something that must be YIELDED. Uncontrolled intersection, merging on to a highway – who has the right of way? It’s important to know what the law says, so that you can properly yield.  But, being right is of little consolation in a car accident. The defensive driving outlook is that yielding to the other driver beats being dead right.

Until the next episode…Here’s wishing you safe rambling!

Rocky Rambles to the Bavarian Theme Town of Leavenworth, Washington

A number of years ago, my wife and I took our kids on a rambling expedition to Leavenworth, Washington and found it to be a charming town with a Bavarian theme.  We loved the fact that the entire town joined in – the women in Alpine Dresses (actually Drndl Dresses), the men in Lederhosen, the German menus and souvenirs. It was fun to ramble back there to do this show. I hope you enjoy this treat.

More importantly, though, I hope you’l take this as a testimonial to the enduring value of exploring and find these hidden gems that become that special place in your memory – the place you hope to visit again…someday. Well, my show has given me the opportunity to do just that.

Leavenworth is in the center of the State of Washington, just up the river from Wenatchee. Here is a map of Leavenworth from which you can map directions from your location.

To find details about any-and-everything about Leavenworth, go to their site,

Leavenworth has a very active community theater, for which they have an elaborate webpage: Leavenworth Summer Theater. The Community does shows throughout the year. But, their production of The Sound of Music is a summer-long hit.

Here is the community’s Calendar of Events, which is highly detailed, but will help if you know when you would like to visit and want to find out what’s happening at that time. Here is a website that might help you if you have some flexibility and want to try to visit for one of the major festivals, Leavenworth Festivals.

The gentleman that I interviewed in the show, Ron Orcutt, Owner/Operator of Metal Waterfall Gallery, sent an e:mail with some information that we missed in our interview, and to thank me for interviewing him – which I appreciated, because I am grateful to him for allowing me to interview him. What he wanted to let me share was that Leavenworth is also a popular destination for both Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing.

There is so much MORE about this community than I could possibly cover in my show or this website. I just want to encourage you to ramble out to Leavenworth, and see it for yourself. But, the very purpose of this show is to encourage you to get out and do your own rambling; find your own special rambling spot!

And, as always, I encourage you to make sure that when you do your own rambling, you are doing so in a safe, well-maintained vehicle.

Your Defensive Driving Tip for the Week:

I’ve been giving you a defensive driving tip every week since this show started. But, what is defensive driving? It’s the realization that you are not at the mercy of fate; you don’t have to be at the mercy of other drivers, or even your own bad driving habits. Defensive driving is a realization that there are driving attitudes, actions and behaviors that can lessen your chances of being involved in an accident. If you drive with an attitude of anticipation, you can often avoid an accident by responding to subtle things that seem to be not-quite-right, before a situation becomes critical. If you use safe driving actions and behaviors all the time, you will develop defensive driving habits that will be more automatic when you need them. So, when you get behind the wheel, make the decision that getting your vehicle and your passengers to your destination safely is the only important activity for you until you arrive safely and park your vehicle. Put everything else out of your mind and concentrate on driving defensively.

Until my next post, here’s wishing you…Safe Rambling!