We got up early on Saturday and rode the bike to Independence, VA. A partner at Mike's firm, Doug Ralston, is building a mountain house there. He suggested we come up to check out the deck and railing that he's installed. We are trying to decide what product to use on our deck. The material he used on his mountain house is called Ipa. It is a Brazilian hardwood. We were very impressed by the house!! It had a beautiful view!! It is located on a private mountain. On the ride up the mountain to their house we saw probably 5-6 deer. It would be a wonderful place to retire to.