Greetings from Harrisonburg, Virginia!
I do believe that the
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is one of the most beautiful places on
this earth! Joe, age 10, says he loves the mountains and the old houses
and traveling with his mom. He says he also likes being near the
places where his ancestors lived. Jimmy, age 11, enjoys the mountain
views as well, and he wants to learn more about the wild animals that
live there. Both boys imagine that there must be lots of wild and wooly
things in those woods, the likes of which they don't see at home. Woods,
that is. We have our share of wild & wooly things running around the
We had a delightful & delicious dinner at the Texas Steakhouse
& Saloon last night - so delicious, in fact, that we went back again
tonight. I'll admit that I had some doubts as to whether
a restaurant in Virginia could turn out a steak good enough to call
"Texan," but my fears were unfounded: I had one of the best
steaks I've ever eaten! And the dinner rolls were the stuff that dreams
are made of! If you ever travel through the Harrisonburg, Virginia area,
you ought to stop by and give them a try - their steaks are wonderful. I
don't know the name of te street, but it's on the same road as the
Comfort Inn, where we're staying.
We've had a wonderful drive from Texas to Baltimore. I never cease
to be amazed at those of our ancestors who managed to cross those
mountains without the benefit of an interstate highway and an
air-conditioned car. I'm humbled when I think of the endurance and
rugged persistence it must have required to move a family lock, stock
and barrel, crossing deep rivers and finding one's way amid soaring
walls of stone. As a West Texan, I can't even conceive of finding my way
without the aid of landmarks, at least... and all these trees keep me
from getting my bearings!
We have the great luxury of a rather loose itinerary, and I hope
to spend a day or two here in the mid-Atlantic area, visiting places
I've only read about until now. We're so close to West Virginia and
Pennsylvania it's tempting to mosey along over there, too. We'll
Most of all I'd like to spend several more days right here in
Virginia, exploring the Piedmont region where my ancestors lived, just
on the other side of the Blue Ridge from my window here in Harrisonburg.
And if I could get a genie to pop up out of a lamp, I'd be able to go to
the State Library in Richmond and hunt for some particular records in
the Archives! But that's not so easily done with 2 boys in tow, even if
they're pretty well-behaved for their ages. Maybe someday...
Best of all, we were thrilled to attend my lovely niece's wedding
to a fine young man while we were in Maryland. We enjoyed visiting with
family and witnessed one of the prettiest weddings I've ever seen. We're
thankful to have been together for the occasion and I hope everyone gets
back home safely.
My husband is already home with Brownie and the puppies while
Cookie and the boys and I wander the country. Cookie enjoys being the
only dog along for the ride, but being the only grownup on the trip
isn't always fun for me!
I'm still adding more stories to this website, albeit more slowly
than usual since I've got a slow dial-up connection instead of my usual
cable connection. I had some old articles scanned and saved to Zip
disks, and brought them with me to add to the site as time permits. When
I return home to Texas, though, you can expect a much greater volume of
updates to the site!
As always, thank you so much for visiting and thank you for your
great patience as I learn while I build this website!
Following my nose in the Valley of Virginia,