We had a fun guessing game earlier today where I asked people to guess where these photos were taken. Eventually some people got the location right. What gorgeous images these are and this is a special, special place for me. You’ll read about my stay here in an upcoming book. These breath-taking emerald hills are outside of Dayton, Virginia home to a hospitable and sprawling Old Order Mennonite community. The settlement is sandwiched between two mountain ranges. The land around Dayton is generally flat, but these photos were taken from atop the “Mole Hill”, the worn stub of an ancient volcano, one of the last active “hot zones” on the East coast when it ceased smoldering millions of years ago. Now the Mole Hill is just a picturesque place from which to view the pastoral Old Order Mennonite farms below. Small stores dot the landscape: a buggy shop, harness shop, bakery, and in town is the “Mennonite Mall”, an indoor market where some plain people sell their wares. I’ll write more about Dayton in future posts, but, oh, I will definitely return some day!