My vacation days between Christmas and New Year were very relaxing, more so than originally intended because of the snow and the ice thwarting any plans I'd had of leaving the hill. But it was fine, I went for walks, read a lot and slept. Having a break from my 6 work day week was wonderful and I relished the laziness.If there wasn't snow, then there was ice so I was constantly throwing out food for the birds and squirrels.
During one of the days where the hill was clear but I had no idea what to do since I had to make sure I was back home before dark when it all froze over again, I noticed a friend had liked a page on Facebook of an architectural salvage place near to home. Without a second thought I leaped up, grabbed the car keys, and was off, glad to see some new scenery.
I found it easily enough and was surprised at how much stock they had, I'd thought they would be a relatively small concern. Why hadn't I heard of them before? But I sauntered around, chatting with the owner and noticing that her prices weren't too bad at all.
When I left I realized that I still had over an hour before it got darker and colder so I headed for the low water bridge which was near by. VDOT have announced plans to replace this bridge with a higher 2 lane version in the next few years so I wanted images of it in its current condition.
Then it was time to steer towards home but on the way I thought I'd drive past the Big Wall. I've shown this to Mum and we chatted over its possible history wondering what had provoked someone to build a wall so high and so huge. I guess I've always wanted to hear a romantic reason for its existence and have driven past often hoping to catch site of the owner or a worker in the fields.
Oh well, the mystery was solved and I'd made a new friend so all's well that ends well.
Another place that failed to meet my expectations was the gold mining museum in Goldvein, VA. I'd seen the web site, www.goldvein.com, and trevelled down with Dale to check it out on another day that the temperatures were just slightly higher than freezing.
At Opal, I wanted to check out the gun range at the gun shop so we stopped in there for a visit.