Well we finally tore ourselves away from the beloved Northeast, after seeing my (Bethany) dear friend Laryssa in Pleasantville, NY. I don’t have any pictures from our time together other than one we took when we first woke up because we realized we hadn’t taken any pictures. And over my dead body will that photo be making its way onto the world wide web. But it was grand to see her, and she even let us come to school with her! She is a fourth grade teacher in the Bronx, with some of the world’s coolest students. We thoroughly enjoyed the review on pluralization and subtraction. And she’s a great teacher!
So then we crossed the Mason-Dixon Line. And boy did we. The South is such a different animal. And we will do our best these next few blogs to describe the southernness of the South.
I have some friends that live in Lynchburg, Virginia, so we pointed Taurus in that direction and made it there…despite lots of heavy fog and wildlife that was not afraid of the road. My friends are the recently (congratulations!) married Chris and Erica Fraser.
One awesome thing about the South is the weather. I have complete understanding and respect for snowbirds, now that I have experienced the South in all of its 70-degree glory. Such a welcome change from the not-as-warm Northeast. So we decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and went and played on the railroad tracks in downtown Lynchburg.
Chris decide to collect discarded railroad ties.
And in proper un-environmentally friendly fashion, we threw them into the James River.
Then we watched the train go by and looked at really old buildings that reeked of mildew.
In Virginia they like to live off the land. So Erica found some wild onions and brought them to her mother to cook. And while at the madre’s house, Erica made us Sweet Tea and Kettle Corn! It was truly wonderful. Then we pulled out the guitars and sang and tried to remember songs that we had mostly forgotten, but generally had a grand time.
So as I mentioned, Chris and Erica just got married (a month ago) and so a bunch of DTS people pitched in, and as their wedding present we painted their apartment! Erica picked out warm, deep, earthy colors (of course) and we went to town.
Amy working on the living room…
Erica is an incredible painter. Somehow she only rolled one coat and it still looked really good. TIP: Wal-mart brand paint is really watery-we discovered. And generally needs two coats. Unless Erica’s rolling.
Here’s the guest room:
Thus was our Virginian Experience.