Wednesday, June 21, 2023

First Road Trip of the Summer - Colonial Williamsburg

One of the things our daughter asked for her birthday this year, was a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg as a family.  It took us awhile for everyone to be able to coordinate their work schedules, but that finally happened on Monday. Williamburg is about 4 hours from where we live, so we knew that this would be a quick up and back trip and that we wouldn't be able to see everything.  But at this point we've been so many times that it's okay. On quick trips like this, we choose a few of our favorite spots and focus on those.

Probably my favorite place in all of Colonial Williamsburg is a little garden that is tucked in behind the Printer's Shoppe. It's small, but there is a creek that runs through it that you can cross over two small wooden bridges, and a stone wall that divides the Printer's shoppe and another building, which I think is used for storage. I fell in love with this space the very first time we visited and I've made it a point to walk through it every time we come.

We drove to Surry, which added about 30 minutes to our trip, to ride the Jamestown Scotland Ferry across the James River. I tried to take a few pictures, but the day started out very hazy and they didn't turn out well. We don't always take the ferry, but it's a fun experience now and then. You can see Historic Jamestowne another one of my favorite places, along the shoreline. We're considering visiting it again on our next trip.

The heat was a little more than we were prepared for, and this was my first time doing any kind of extended walking since suffering with a pinched sciatic nerve this Spring. But thankfully I did well and my leg didn't begin to tire until close to the time we were ready to leave.
This is the little creek that runs through the garden. One of my favorite sounds on earth is the sound of a bubbling creek.
As I said, we've been so many times now that I find I no longer take pictures of the more popular places like The Governor's Palace, Bruton Parish Church, or the trademen's shoppes.  But we are planning a trip in Autumn and hopefully again at Christmas for the Grand Illumination, so I'll try to remember to take some more then and share them with you. I realized while writing this post that almost all of the pictures I have from our earlier visits are printed and I don't really have that many digital pictures.

Since we were gone all day Monday, yesterday was filled with routine household duties, and unpacking the car. We have a few errands to run this morning, and today is the Summer Solstice! We'll be keeping things pretty low key here, and since rain is in the forecast for most of the week, that's does put a damper on most of our traditional plans. We may end up putting off an official celebration until the weather clears up, because there is never a wrong time to celebrate Summer. But, we're off to a great start! I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the season than a day trip to Williamsburg. The laid back charm and depictions of simpler times definitely sets the pace!

Until then, my friends, take the slow lane!

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