- Something of a vacation ...
- July 13th, 2012
June 21 to 25
Planned a short trip in June, before the summer heat really hit. Destination was Roanoke, Blacksburg, the New River Gorge and Charleston, WV, one week duration. Tried to fit it around work schedules, but that is difficult to do two months in advance. Had to shorten it a bit, and then a bit more. Between some critical things happening at work, and working on the submission to the show at Del Ray Artisans, we didn’t leave until midday Thursday. Drove routes 29, 64 and 81 to B’burg, with a late lunch in Warrenton. Originally had a reservation for the C’burg Microtel, but my cousin Jenny invited us to stay with them. Big house on the edge of town. Very nice curry dinner that evening, guest room in the basement. Lots of chances to catch up.
Friday (after a brisk dog walk with interesting houses and good views) was spent at Tech. Meeting with Jack Davis, the dean of architecture at 10 am. Turns out he and I overlapped at Tech, even though we didn’t know each other at the time. Nice meeting, then he took us around the department to show us what had changed. Got to peek over the shoulders of the few summer students who were there. Then we wandered the campus - Geology Museum, Commuter Student Center, Norris tunnel, McBryde, PBA, upper quad. Stopped in at Shanks, which is now an office building, to see S’s old room. Someone working in the adjacent office let us in to look around. Peeked in at Lane (still a death trap) and Squires, then a nice lunch at the Cellar (nee Greek’s). The old Greek’s Cellar is still there below it, but is only open evenings. Walked around downtown and stopped in at Mish Mish in its newish location. The door up to my old apartment is still there, still apartments. Carroll Lee Doughnuts moved. Art department now at the old Armory. Walked Eggleston Quad to Owens (closed for renovation) then through some of the newer dorms to the Prichard prairie, past Detrick and AJ to more new dorms and buildings. Decided to photograph all the gargoyles on campus. Through Ag quad and Campbell with a stop in at the gym to cool off. Across the drill field to Burress and back to Cowgill. Had a couple of hours to kill, which we spent in the architecture library. Caught up on several years of JA’s, and looked through books on Japanese architecture to get call numbers for future ILL. Then back to Jenny’s for a dinner party at the neighbor’s place. Mostly ex-profs. Some of them knew one of my old professors who used to live in the neighborhood.
Saturday - Went with Jenny to Carroll Lee’s to pick up doughnuts. Later she joined S and I for a covered bridge hunt and a hike up War Spur ridge. Old Hemlocks and a beautiful overlook.
That evening we took Jenny and Eric to dinner at Lefty’s.
Sunday - start of the third day so time to leave. Trip to the Gorge would have been too long a trip. The best week could have done that evening was Covington or Lexington, which was too far from DC for me to get back in time to finish my art pieces. Instead we went up to Staunton to visit the Frontier Culture Museum. Nice collection of farms, but needs better interpretation. Drive around Staunton, the up Afton Mountain to C’ville. Checked in at the Cavalier Inn, on the edge of the UVA campus. Dinner at a Himalayan restaurant at the downtown pedestrian mall. Very good, different than the usual Indian fare. Ting momos were nice. The staff was thrilled to have people who understood and appreciated Indian food. Too tired to walk the campus at night, so we had a quiet evening in.
Monday - The Inn had a decent breakfast buffet. Partially packed, then walked the campus. Visited the architecture building, then the Rotunda, the lawn, the gardens along the serpentine and a very nice Gothic revival church. Check out and up the road. Home about 1 pm. Finished the two sculptures by 6 and got them to the gallery for intake by 8.