~*The Road Trip Continued*~

Day 3 (Saturday)

Amazing.  Part of me wants to simply leave it at that because it really was.  Amazing.

But I can’t.

So Saturday morning I was up and on the road pretty early.  The day actually started off a little rough.  Leaving WV, I got pulled over by a Sherriff.  Apparently I was doing 55mph in a 40mph zone.  The funny thing was, I could literally see a sign that said the speed limit was 50 five feet in front of where I was stopped.  I politely said as much and the Sherriff informed me that it was 40mph where I was.  The 50mph limit started at the sign.  Seriously??!  It turned out okay though.  He was nice enough and let me go with a warning, thank God.

I think they must’ve had some sort of quota to fill that morning though.  As I was sitting there waiting for the Sherriff to return with my license, insurance, and registration, I saw another car get pulled over just ahead of me.  When “my” Sherriff pulled out on the road, I saw him stop another person just down the road.  Three cars within 500 feet, probably.  Ridiculous.

Anyway.

I had a 3 or 4 hour drive to Louisa, Virginia.  By the time I was getting close, I had butterflies in my stomach.  I felt like it was a first date or something.  That sounds silly, but in a way it was.  Like a first date, I mean.  I was meeting “the Community” for the first time.  I was hoping it would go well.  I was hoping they would like me & I wanted to like them.

I arrived a little early so while I was waiting for others to gather, I sat outside.  It was absolutely beautiful and nearly 80*F.

At 2pm the tour started.  There were 6 others there for the tour.  Our guides were Rusty and Arizona.  I felt a little out of the loop, for a while.  Two of the people on the tour were parents of one of the members of the community and had already been there, visiting, for several days.  One person was a former member of the community and the other three were friends of said former member.  But it was fun and interesting all the same.

Notice the solar panels, in the picture above.  The community is extremely eco-friendly.  One of the residence halls is completely off the grid.  The others are as efficient as possible.

The community grows a lot–most, even–of its own food.  If I remember correctly, they estimate that 60% or more of the members’ food is grown or produced on their own land.  On top of growing their own food, the community also produces tofu which is then sold in the surrounding areas.  I imagine they consume some of themselves, as well.

I took so many other pictures and I could ramble on for hours about the community but I won’t.  I promise.  In short, like I said: Amazing.  I loved it!  I could seriously see myself there one day.  Who knows…

When I finally tore myself away from Twin Oaks, I drove another 1.5 hours to my last hotel.

Day 4 (Sunday)

Yesterday, I woke up pretty early and hit the road.  It was a long day of driving (about 8 hours) so to break it up, I stopped once and went for a hike.  And then I stopped again in Rivesville, WV and went to my family’s property in “The Hollow.”  I love that place.  I’ve never actually lived there but it’s felt like home since the first time I visited with my dad when I was about 11 or 12 years old.

I got home around 7 last night.  I was exhausted but didn’t end up going to sleep until midnight, after getting settled and then ready for this week.

Back at work today but dreaming about Twin Oaks.

It was  a wonderful week’s vacation.  More, please?