In October 1979 about 25 St. Alban's parishioners made their first pilgrimage to Shrine Mont in the mountains of Virginia under the leadership of rector Joe Clark. That weekend set the pattern for the next 35 years. Our intergenerational program involved story, discussion and crafts. In our free time we discovered the local apple orchard and cider mill and the winery. Rod Layton led hikes up Spring Mountain to the cross. We held worship services in the outdoor Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the cathedral seat of the Diocese of Virginia. We sat on the porch of Lexington cottage, sipping wine, nibbling cheese and crackers and getting to know one another in a whole new way. Because Shrine Mont is at the very end of the road, our children were free to run and explore and make as much noise as they liked. The crisp fall weather and the glorious mountain colors called us to return the next year...and the next...and the next. We enjoyed the predictable meals of bacon and eggs, pancakes, sausage and apples, meat loaf, macaroni & cheese, "train wreck," and pecan pie, rounded off by Sunday's excellent fried chicken.