July 4th at Smith Mountain Lake

We celebrated July 4th with our friends, Jim and Catherine.

Smith Mountain Lake Jim and Catherine joined us for a boat ride on the lake.

Smith Mountain Lake Captain Phil took us on a tour of the lake.

Smith Mountain Lake This house was decorated for the holiday.

Smith Mountain Lake There were not many boats on the water this morning. It picked up in the afternoon.

Smith Mountain Lake Pontoon boat

Smith Mountain Lake Jet Ski

Smith Mountain Lake We looked at the lake houses and docks.

Smith Mountain Lake We saw people kayaking on the water.

Smith Mountain Lake This group was swimming in the water near these condos.

Smith Mountain Lake Touring the lake

Smith Mountain Lake Houseboat

Smith Mountain Lake This lake house was decorated for the holiday.

Smith Mountain Lake This group was having fun on the water.

Smith Mountain Lake We docked at Jim and Catherine’s place for lunch.

Smith Mountain Lake Jim grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.

Smith Mountain Lake I displayed our flag this morning for the holiday.

Smith Mountain Lake I was greeted by my awesome neighbors while I was displaying the flag.

Smith Mountain Lake Dogs

I love taking pictures and took a few pictures of the pups. I think they take a good picture.

Smith Mountain Lake Honey and Pete on the dock

Smith Mountain Lake Tina Marie on my float

Smith Mountain Lake Phil with the pups on his float

Smith Mountain Lake The pups enjoyed their swim.

Smith Mountain Lake Pete giving me kisses

Smith Mountain Lake Phil and Pete on the dock

Smith Mountain Lake Phil with Honey and Pete

Smith Mountain Lake Pete

Smith Mountain Lake My rescue pup, Tina Marie

Smith Mountain Lake Phil took this picture of me with my little girl.

Smith Mountain Lake Honey

Smith Mountain Lake

I took these pictures of our boat ride at Smith Mountain Lake.

Smith Mountain Lake Jim and Catherine joined us. They are friends who recently moved to the lake.

Smith Mountain Lake Catherine took this picture of Captain Phil and me.

Smith Mountain Lake Sailboats

Smith Mountain Lake Pontoon boat

Smith Mountain Lake View of Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain Lake I love this flag.

Smith Mountain Lake Boating at Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake We saw an Osprey nest.

Smith Mountain Lake Pier

Smith Mountain Lake Impressive boat

Smith Mountain Lake Approaching Crystal Shores Marina

Smith Mountain Lake View of the lake

Smith Mountain Lake This home is on an island.

Smith Mountain Lake A beauty

Smith Mountain Lake Heading home

Smith Mountain Lake

My sisters traveled to Smith Mountain Lake and enjoyed the day in a rented boat. They also paid us a surprise visit.

Smith Mountain Lake My sisters paying us a surprise visit

Smith Mountain Lake My sisters at our dock

Smith Mountain Lake This pup’s name is Buddy.

Smith Mountain Lake It was great seeing my niece’s kids, Sandi and Jaymz.

Smith Mountain Lake Sid was the boat’s captain. He caught this fish off our dock.

Smith Mountain Lake Teresa caught this whopper.

Smith Mountain Lake Sandi relaxing on the dock

Smith Mountain Lake Teresa and Sid in the boat

Smith Mountain Lake My neighbor, Paulette, came down to her boat to visit.

Memorial Day at Smith Mountain Lake

We practiced social distancing while visiting Jim and Catherine on Memorial Day. I took these pictures with my zoom lens. The best times are spent with friends.

Smith Mountain Lake Jim and Catherine are the nicest couple and wonderful friends.

Smith Mountain Lake Catherine took this picture of Phil and me.

Smith Mountain Lake We spent most of the afternoon outdoors. They had this beautiful Memorial Day flower arrangement.

Smith Mountain Lake Jim and Catherine by their grill.

Smith Mountain Lake I thought this would make a nice picture. Catherine’s flower garden is beautiful.

Kayaking with my Rescue Pup at Smith Mountain Lake

I took my rescue pup kayaking with me this morning to see the high water level at Smith Mountain Lake. The docks are flooded.

Smith Mountain Lake My little girl loves riding in the kayak.

Smith Mountain Lake High water level

Smith Mountain Lake The docks are flooded.

Smith Mountain Lake It was calm when we kayaked early this morning.

Smith Mountain Lake Flooded docks

Smith Mountain Lake I love looking at the lake houses while kayaking.

Smith Mountain Lake High water level

Smith Mountain Lake She is alert.

Smith Mountain Lake High water level

Smith Mountain Lake Kayaking towards Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain Lake This dock is flooded.

Smith Mountain Lake Boat near the dam

Smith Mountain Lake A nice view of Smith Mountain. The water was calm.

Smith Mountain Lake My happy girl

Smith Mountain Lake This lake house also has a flooded dock.

Smith Mountain Lake My alert navigator

Smith Mountain Lake Pretty view of the lake

Smith Mountain Lake I stopped to talk to this nice couple. They also own a Chihuahua and loved my rescue pup.

Smith Mountain Lake Heading home

Smith Mountain Lake Fish swimming on the dock. I have never seen that before.

Springtime at Smith Mountain Lake

I took a walk at Smith Mountain Lake and took a few pictures of flowers.

The Dogwoods are blooming The Dogwoods are blooming

This yard has beautiful flowers. This yard has beautiful flowers.

I saw this nice family while taking pictures. I saw this nice family while taking pictures.

View of Smith Mountain View of Smith Mountain

Flowering tree Flowering tree

View of Smith Mountain View of Smith Mountain

I saw these flowers in a yard. I saw these flowers in a yard.

Daffodils Daffodils

A beauty A beauty

The Azaleas are blooming. The Azaleas are blooming.

I love this message. I love this message.

Docks at the lake Docks at the lake

Kayaking with My Pup

I took my little rescue pup kayaking at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

Tina Marie is my little rescue pup. I adopted her a couple years ago. Tina Marie is my little rescue pup. I adopted her a couple years ago.

She loves riding in the kayak and is an excellent navigator. She loves riding in the kayak and is an excellent navigator.

The flowering trees are beautiful. The flowering trees are beautiful.

View of the lake View of the lake

Approaching Smith Mountain Approaching Smith Mountain

She has the best seat in the kayak. She has the best seat in the kayak.

Lake House Lake House

My little princess My little princess

Lake House Lake House

The water was calm. The water was calm.

Reflection Reflection

Tina Marie spots something in the water. Tina Marie spots something in the water.

Lake House Lake House

Kayaking with my pup Kayaking with my pup

She loves having her picture taken. She loves having her picture taken.

Lake House Lake House

Ending our morning tour of the lake Ending our morning tour of the lake

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

I drove to Smith Mountain Lake State Park and took a few pictures. It is a peaceful and scenic part of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

Welcome Center Welcome Center

Redbud blooms Redbud blooms

Amphitheater Amphitheater

Lake View Lake View

Tobacco Barn Tobacco Barn

Close-up of Tobacco Barn Close-up of Tobacco Barn

Boating Boating

Lake View Lake View

This nest site is home to Osprey This nest site is home to Osprey

Hiking Trail Bridge Hiking Trail Bridge

Jet Skiing Jet Skiing

Discovery Center Discovery Center

Lake View Lake View

Lake View Lake View

Fishing Pier Fishing Pier

Dock Dock

View of the Beach View of the Beach

Camping Area Camping Area

Cabin at Camping Area Cabin at Camping Area

Tobacco Barn Tobacco Barn

Friends at Smith Mountain Lake

The best times are spent with friends. It was so nice visiting Jim and Catherine last weekend. They recently moved from Northern Virginia to retire at the lake.

1-web Noah worked with Catherine. He visited Jim and Catherine and helped move furniture.

2-web Phil worked with Catherine. They have been friends for 19 years.

3-web Catherine, Phil and Jim

4-web We are sitting in their living room and love their view.

5-web It was a nice surprise seeing the trees flowering in their neighborhood.

6-web View of the lake from the dock

7-webAnother view of the lake

Smith Mountain Lake Kayaking

These pictures were taken while kayaking with my rescue pup at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

Tina Marie is my little rescue pup. She is also an excellent navigator. Tina Marie is my little rescue pup. She is also an excellent navigator.

I love looking at the lake houses. This one is the Coryell House. I love looking at the lake houses. This one is the Coryell House.

The Kellstrom House The Kellstrom House

A view of Smith Mountain A view of Smith Mountain

Pretty place Pretty place

The water was calm. The water was calm.

My happy pup My happy pup

This is another nice place. This is another nice place.

Impressive boat dock Impressive boat dock

Tina Marie has the best seat in the kayak. Tina Marie has the best seat in the kayak.

Another pretty place Another pretty place

She is very alert. She is very alert.

Loving the spring-like weather Loving the spring-like weather

Heading home Heading home