April 21st, 2009

humped zebra

Back home again in Indiana . . .

Many thanks to collinsmom, who continued my posts for National Poetry Month while I was away from the old 'puter.

I left Thursday morning for Virginia to see stryck and anher. We visited Colonial Williamsburg and the Mariners Museum (of which more later, in a post with pix). Happy birthday to both of them!

Thanks also to siege for taking care of Sassafras and Cuthbert while ða wif and I were running around all over several States (she, alas! was doing her practicum in Kentucky, not visiting our daughter in Virginia).

An enormous number of e-mails and other stuff awaited me on my return (Oh, be joyful). So, however, did my missing checkbook, which collinsmom found (Hallelujah).

Going to VB, I drove through Louisville, across West Virginia, and camped at Douthat S.P. in the Virginia mountains. That took 9 hours and covered 511.6 miles. The next day, I continued on to First Landing S.P., 5 hours away and 284.4 miles. Total time and distance from Hereabouts to VB, 14 hours and 796.0 miles.

On the return, I took the AA from Grayson, KY to Alexandria, and so on to Wilderstead, where I stayed last night. That consumed 14 hours (though 2 1/4 hours were spent putzing around Richmond, VA, in a NAUMS meet-and-greet, so call it 11 3/4 hours) and 672.7 miles. Today, it took 2 1/2 hours to get home, over a distance of 118.5 miles. Total time and distance (straight driving) from VB to Hereabouts, 14.25 hours and 791.2 miles.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.
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Pix from vacation trip, with minimal commentary

These are pretty self-explanatory, except for the tricked out car shaped like a boat with the mannequin in the passenger's seat. That's included as a special courtesy to detroitfather. Most pix are of Colonial Williamsburg and the Mariners Museum. Click on a pic to enlarge.

Douthat State Park Douthat State Park
Lakeside campground
Anna and Percivale Anna and Percivale
Two long-haired beauties
Brian and Percivale Brian and Percivale
Latest in fashion accessories
Wheelwright's Shop Wheelwright's Shop
Colonial Williamsburg
Governor's Palace Governor's Palace
approach from the gardens
Chamber Organ Chamber Organ
Ballroom, Governor's Palace
Armory Armory
Colonial Williamsburg
Capitol Capitol
Colonial Williamsburg
The Throne The Throne
Jailhouse privy, Colonial Williamsburg; the height of the seat is the source of the common euphemism.
Liveoak Liveoak
First Landing State Park
No clue No clue
Not all Virginians are this crazy, but it helps.
Weather Vane Weather Vane
Mariners Museum
St. Paul St. Paul
Figurehead of the "St. Paul"
Gilt Eagle Figurehead Gilt Eagle Figurehead
When it was ship-mounted, it was brown and white, but I like it gilded
Lighthouse beacon Lighthouse beacon
Note the fresnel lens used to magnify and focus the beam.