Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

Places within driving distance of my home that I'd like to visit:

1. The Greenbrier. I really want to see the bunker where the bigwigs would have holed up during an apocalypse.

2. Richmond. I haven't been to the state capital since I was 11 years old. I would like to tour the Capital building, see some civil war sites, visit museums, and see the Hollywood Cemetery.

3. Mill Mountain Zoo. The zoo is in Roanoke, and I'm only 20 minutes from it. I haven't been since I was a child, though. I would like to visit it sometime this year just for fun.

4. Natural Bridge Zoo. Just because I've never been there.

5. Attend the Highland Maple Festival. It is this weekend and I've never been, and I won't get to go this year, either. But can't you just taste pancakes with fresh maple syrup on them? Yum.

6. Virginia Festival of the Book. This is also going on right now, and once again I won't be attending. This always sneaks up on me. Since it occurs in March when I am either working on a special edition for the paper or sick, I don't know when I will get to go.

7. Mount Vernon. The home of George Washington. I've seen Monticello and would like to see this as well.

8. Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia. I have heard about this and it sounds like fun. It's a steam locomotive!

9. Big Stone Gap. Mostly because I love Adriana Trigiani's books about the place.

10. The Swinging Bridge Restaurant in Paint Bank.

11. Visit the Library of Congress. Okay, so Washington D.C. is a bit of a drive, but it's doable.

12. While I am in D.C., I should visit the Smithsonian.

13. And finally, I would like to tour Dixie Caverns. It's located just outside of Salem and I haven't been in the caves since I was a child.

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  1. Sounds like a good place to visit....time to hop on the Harley and head your way! Happy TT.

  2. Never been to #s 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, or 9.

    #7 I was kind of underwhelmed. Not nearly as interesting as Monticello.

    #10 is a pretty drive, but otherwise not worth the trip.

    All the others are definitely worth it.

  3. There's a book expo around here too that always catches me by surprise.

  4. And where is Floyd?? Just kidding. :-)

  5. Exploring local attractions and maybe just planning a "Staycation" can be great fun. Looks like you could have some serious good times.

  6. I loved wandering around Hollywood Cemetery when I attended RPI (now VCU, so you can tell it's been a while since I was there). Better than a park! Richmond is a great place to visit—especially the James River Writers Conference in the fall. The JRWC is even better than Festival of the Book (which is pretty darn good).

  7. I've always wanted to see the bunker too. I think it'd be very interesting.

    I have a huge list of places near and far that i want to visit. Maybe one day....

  8. Better get out to the Greenbrier before Marriott takes it over... they are bound to change it.

  9. Oh, you should definitely go to the Smithsonian! I haven't been in years, but last time I did I spent an entire day wandering through and still didn't see half of what I wanted to see.


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