~*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?

~*The Road Trip*~

Day 1 (Thursday)

I didn’t do a lot of driving the first day.  I made my way South, to Columbus.  I went to Pattycake Bakery.  All vegan and all AMAZING.  Well, the two cookies I bought were amazing, at least.

I went to the James Thurber house in Columbus, as well.  The Thurber House was very interesting.  Honestly, I don’t know a lot about Thurber but a friend who died last year told me once that I’d like Thurber and I felt like I needed to check out the place while I was there.

I’m glad that I did.  The Thurber House actually offers various resources for writers and there is a writing workshop coming up that I’m pretty interested in.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to swing the tuition this time around, but at the very least, I’m glad that I’m aware of the potential opportunities.

Next, I found my way over to the Greenlawn Cemetery.  A little strange, I admit, but I was in the area, and so was Thurber’s grave.

That night I stayed in Cincinnati.

Day 2 (Friday)

On Friday, I made my presidential rounds.  First stop was the Taft house.  Next up was the birthplace of U.S. Grant followed by his childhood home.

The rest of the day was full of driving.  This is when I found myself traveling the Byways.  See Rules of the Road.  😉

It was absolutely gorgeous.  I found myself wondering how people who live in West Virginia (where I was at the time), ever get anything done–with such beauty surrounding them.  The photos simply don’t do it justice.

Friday night I stayed in Ghent, WV.

Day 1 (Friday)

Friday night was my first taste of “stamping.”  I enjoyed it.  More than I thought I would, honestly.  Part of that was simply seeing the end result.  The cards turned out well, I thought.  Maybe I’ll post a picture of them later.

Day 2 (Saturday)

RELAX!  I did nothing.  It was amazing.

Okay, I think I might’ve met a friend for coffee…But it was a long time ago and I’m not sure anymore.

Day 3 (Sunday)

I drove to Cleveland and went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  It was very cool.  I’d never been there before.  Lots of Beatles stuff.  Lots of Elvis stuff.  Lots of lots of stuff. 😉

I also went to the “A Christmas Story” house.  That was a lot of fun, too.  Such a classic movie.  I got the best mug ever in the gift shop.

Day 4 (Monday)

I think this was another relaxing sort of day.  It feels like forever ago and I can’t quite remember.

Day 5 (Tuesday)

I went to my favorite restaurant with myFavoriteMedStudent for lunch.  We ate a LOT.

Later that day, I met up with a different friend and we went out for coffee then to the dollar theater to see a movie.

Day 6 (Wednesday)

I spent the day washing clothes and packing for my road trip.

…to be continued….