Over the weekend of the 4th of July, Maki, our friend Abby, and I visited Abby's family in Staunton, VA, a few hours south of D.C. We stay at her grandparents' beautiful farmhouse. Here are the photos I took.

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Having a picnic on the way down to VA
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On the way down, we stopped at a vinyard to pick up some wine for Abby's grandparents.
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Maki preparing herself for the wine-tasting
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during the wine-tasting
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The vinyard allowed dogs inside the wine-tasting building. Here is a giant American mastiff.
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view from the balcony of the wine-tasting building
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arriving at Abby's grandparents' house
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the beautiful flowers Abby's grandmother keeps
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the horses that the grandparents keep
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On the 4th of July, we went to downtown Staunton to check out the farmers' market.
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We also watched a glass-blowing demonstration.
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Fail-blog, for your consideration
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There was also an antique car-show in town that weekend.
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For lunch, we stopped an old-timey diner.
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And finished off with some ice cream at David Choi's favorite ice cream parlour
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custardy bliss
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Then we visited Abby's mother's house, where she is raising several horses.
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Mom feeding one of the horses carrots
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picturesque Shenandoah valley