Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm A Traveling Man

[If anyone knows how to fix my formatting issues here, I'd much appreciate that. Also, why can't you click on my pictures to get to the bigger versions? Help? Anyone?]
One of the unique benefits of living and working in D.C. is that almost everyone gets all of the national holidays off. Since my wife and I are included in "almost everyone", this past weekend we got to take advantage of an extra day off.

Since we've been living in Virginia for the past couple years and we don't have any definite plans to stay (and some far from definite plans to leave. Eventually.) we decided to experience a little more of Virginia. We set our sites on Jamestown and Williamsburg. Jamestown is, of course, the oldest permanent settlement in the U.S. of A. Williamsburg is the slightly more successful younger brother of Jamestown, where they've recreated much of the 18th century colonial experience.
The Fife and Drum Corp. "Fife" is a fancy way of saying "flute, but played by a man".

Being the eldest sibling, I tending to prefer Jamestown. I found that Williamsburg had an unfair advantage in life, living off of the great reputation its older sibling had established, and really, those younger kids don't show enough respect to their older counterparts. Durn kids these days. No respect I tells ya.
They were really both amazing experiences. At Jamestown they had a recreation of the fort and lots of people in period dress giving presentations about colonial life. There were also reconstructed versions of the boats that the colonists used to sail across the Atlantic. I was surprised how small they were. We learned about the weaponry and the way they made tobacco and how they hollowed out giant canoes and all sorts of fun stuff. It was like being on an elementary school field trip. Good times.
The first colonists had little dinghys.

In Williamsburg we went to an old fashioned tavern and had a couple of root beers while we listened to someone play a lute. Or something. I don't really know what kind of weird instrument it was, but it sounded pretty authentic. We also visited some cool shops and had an excellent meal at a local seafood restaurant.

We also spent a day at that outlet mall in Williamsburg; nothing says vaction like spending more money! We actually ended up with some good stuff, including a fondue set that we'll be putting to good use this next Sunday.

It was an excellent break from our usual routine. I still consider Minnesota home, but it's probably now fair to say Virginia is a second home. It's tough for me to accept that reality, since I never planned to be out here this long. At least I'm getting a better feel for the Commonwealth (not a state!) of Virginia. I miss Minnesota now, but odds are good that when we leave here, I'll probably miss Virginia too.
We didn't get too far in this canoe. I blame the fact that we were both paddling on the same side of the boat
She never compromises, loves babies and surprises
Wears high heels when she exercises


Maria Rose said...

sounds like a lot of fun. lol. i just learned about common wealths from hobbes!!

Stephanie said...

I didn't know you guys were going down there. Adam and I were in Jamestown that Saturday. But we went to the NPS site which I gather is different than the Jamestown Settlement. I am starting to call VA home now too, esp. since I just accepted this permanent job.

But I wanted to let you know that it is called the United STATES of America, not United Commonwealths of America. The Commonwealth thing is ridiculous.

Good party last night, had a good time!