Day 18: Lynchburg -> Coeburn, VA

Trip Start May 25, 2010
Trip End Jul 03, 2010

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Friday, June 11, 2010

I have blog stage fright. All day I am seeing things and thinking about what I should write about in my blog. But then, when it comes time to begin to write, I freeze. I forget all the important things that need to be mention and instead only talk about meaningless boring events. So I am very sorry to tell you, that you have missed out on some highlights just because of my forgetfulness. Sometimes I remember these stories later but to just throw them in everywhere would ruin the time line. Oh well. At least now you understand better the situation.

This blog stage fright is much more tragic on driving days because it is these days that I see the most silly things but don't get a chance to take a picture of them. For instance, the other day I saw an ambulance that read something like, "Fred's Ambulance". I was very surprised because I did not think those kinds of things could be privately owned. Oh no, there I go ruining the time line again. I digress. When describing driving it is important not only to capture where I was but also what I saw and what this says about the people. So, let me tell you about today and the driving it entailed.

This morning, Barb made some delicious pumpkin muffins and Andrew arrived just in time to eat them with us. Andrew was being the sweetest because he decided to drive up to Lynchburg to drive me here and back so I could have a break from driving and so I did not have to die driving on the horrendous road to his house. So he was there to help me pack up and slightly organize my car. Then we headed off. We dropped off my car at Tammy's and mailed my thank you cards (minus the one to the guy whose name I cannot remember because the secretary was not available by phone. I will try next week and then mail it.).

To begin our drive we took 460 to Bedford and enjoyed lunch at our favorite place - Olde Liberty Station. It was very delicious and we were sure to not eat too much lunch so we had space for dessert! Next, we drove off to the parkway.

When we got on the parkway, we went directly to the nearby visitor's center to get a map. Once there, we found a very exciting program - the Jr. Rangers. Each Jr. Ranger completes certain activities and then they get a sticker and other things but can eventually work their way up to a badge. However, the ladies laughed at us and one lady said "I hope you have some kids in mind for that. You look a little old to be a Jr. Ranger." But she was selling dolls made out of corn husks so it's not like she is really going places.

We drove on the parkway for an hour or so then realized we were never going to make it to Andrew's house so we had to take some other roads and use Homer (his GPS) and Daniel. We learned that our favorite part of the parkway is still the stretch from Bedford to Lynchburg because it has many more trails than we saw today.

Anyways, along the drive we saw many interesting sites. First, we saw a whole group  of people with sticks. We hope they were going to go for a hike some where but you never know what kind of trouble those middle-aged nature freaks can get into. We also saw at least two trailers that had garages. But it was not just a little tent to put a car under. It was like well-built multi-car garages. They were probably more secure then where they were actually living. It was more likely their cars would be protected then they would! It was very interesting.

So, the drive was nice. We only stopped once for lunch and once for a snack and drink and Barnes and Nobles then to get some necessities from Target. It took far too long to get here but it was a nice trip. When we arrived, Andrew's mom had made us some delicious food complete with apple pie for dessert. Now, the day is winding down with a movie that is still to be determined after all the aloe on my poor, peeling legs dries.

Now, the blog stage fright is setting in again. I do not know how to end in a way that is both cute and sentimental and interesting and not cheesy. Oh well. I guess this will due for tonight. I will try again tomorrow.
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