I can not begin to tell you how refreshing our trip was to Richmond over the weekend. We had enough points to get a free room, and so we packed as much as we could into 30 hours. With only 2 hours of travel time, we left early, grabbed breakfast on the way , and drove directly to the Civil War Museum along the Canal...
It was pouring down rain.... yet we grabbed an umbrella and was greeted by a canon demonstration at Tredegar, the Iron Works building.
We followed that up with a stroll through exhibits, a talk, and a 3 d exhibit of artifacts.... these are brilliant!
Then it was a walk along the canal.... in the pouring rain.. to meet up with a few others for a 2 or so mile hike through the city tracing Lincoln's journey to the fallen city of Richmond in 1865. The tour Guide, Mike Gorman, a historian who has done a ton of research on the subject, and even was a consult to Spielburg in the movie " Lincoln", did a wonderful job leading our merry little band up hills, through buildings ( thank you VCU), and back to Shopoe Slip with facts and landmarks of Lincoln's visit with his son Tad.
Two and a half hours later, we walked the mile or so back the car and chanced upon some reenactors teaching the Virginia Reel. We joined in and had a blast! We were actually very good! ...but very tired...
still we toured the Iron Works, then hopped in the car to eat at Village Cafe, whose beer battered onion rings were featured on Diners, Drive -ins and Dives.
Checked in the motel... slept like a rock...
Woke up and met the Dayton Flyers baseball team ( Hope you won men!),
then headed to McLeans in Richmond for porkchops, eggs and homefries...
Our first stop was the War Memorial
This was very sobering, all the fallen from WWII through the Persian Gulf.
Then, the trip across the James River on the walking bridge
This was slightly unnerving...the wind was whipping, you could feel the vibrations from the traffic over head... but the view was awesome... and Belle Island, which housed Union prisoners was very interesting.
We headed back home in time to mow the grass, do laundry, and get the house ready for the week.
I never tire of Richmond and we are looking forward to a return trip in June.
We thank God for His provisions to allow us these times of renewal.!