Charleston to Charlottesville

Trip Start May 08, 2008
Trip End Jun 08, 2008

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another long day of driving.  After an adequate continental breakfast, we set off from the Charleston Day's Inn around 9 am and headed towards Charlottesville.  It was a very uneventful drive, but the scenery kept getting prettier and prettier as we drove north.  North Carolina was beautiful because it had wildflowers exploding all over the sides of the highway - the poppies, which are some of my favorite flowers, were especially spectacular.  Then, Virginia was even prettier, if possible.  The highway wound in and out of rolling hills and valleys, and, as we were driving through it around 5 pm, the light was amazing.  It was so green and lush, I loved it.  We got to Charlottesville at 5:30 and easily found our hostel.  I use the term "hostel" loosely, because this is really more similar to a bed and breakfast.  It is in an adorable little yellow house, obviously many years old, with 3 bedrooms and a bathroom, a sitting room, dining room, and a nice kitchen.  It also has a long front porch and grassy back yard and garden.  The owner, Mary, lives two houses down the street and gave us the grand tour when we got in.  We had only one housemate when we got here, Martha from Kentucky, but a few more have trickled in throughout the night and I think the house is now full.  One woman, Dee, is from California and is searching for a yoga community to live in on the east coast.  She wants to pick our brains about Arizona and Utah tomorrow. 

After getting settled we walked down the street into downtown Charlottesville.  It has a nice pedestrian street full of shops and restaurants and, as we were starving, we stopped at Miller's, a sandwich and burger place where we both got hamburgers and fries.  They were delicious, and we got to sit outside and eat, and, since it had been stormy earlier in the day, it was breezy and cool.  We then walked back to the hostel and are now hanging out and reading.  Tomorrow I get to see my parents and University of Virginia! Yay!
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