A Travellerspoint blog

Nov 11th ~12th Day #125 Happy Birthday Nicole!

Arriving in Williamsburg VA

A brief 2 hour trip saw us back in familiar territory and………. Finally back on the east coast which we had blasted away from 3 long weeks ago to head for Chanute. We passed through our old stomping grounds of Richmond covering territory we’ve covered many times before, both visiting Brett at U of R and following him in his thespian pursuits over a dozen years, or so. We immediately contacted our Redding friends, the Degnans, for a possible rendezvous during our stay in their retirement hometown..that would be in between their wedding festivities for their son and Brett’s childhood friend, Timmy. Full day #1~ laundry, Target, soup in the crockpot (to ward off this very unseasonable sub freezing chill) and generally settling in for a 10 day stay here…..I think we’re “hitting our stride” again, Devon!

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Nov 9th ~ Day #124

Touring Monticello

Shortly after arriving at Small Country Camp outside Charlottesville VA in a lovely wooded sight, we took off in the sunshine to visit Thomas Jefferson’s architectural creation of Monticello. We toured the building and grounds with a lovely, enthusiastic and outstandingly knowledgeable young woman named Bronte….The buildings, the gardens, the architecture and the ahead-of-the-times amenities were stunning, as was the view from his mountain top estate…a not-to-be-missed bit of American History!

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Nov 8th ~ Day #123

Blue Grass night in West Virginia

Depart Shepherdsville and return to Shady Rest in the West Virginia mining town of Beckley….Blue Grass territory. On arrival we received a very warm welcome on a very cold but sunny day…did we like Blue Grass music? It would be starting in about an hour in the barn-like structure (with space heater). Things were underway when we arrived..a five –piece group comprised of two women on electric base and acoustic guitar, a mandolin/banjo player, one man with eleven different harmonicas and…a long haired, full white bearded, hillbilly on the custom made dobro …a resonator guitar.
We shared homemade vegetable soup, made from homegrown veggies and fresh coffee..along with our own BYOB drinks and camaraderie with a dozen or so local folks~ an exhilarating, heart warming slice of Americana! Another trip highlight

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Nov 8th ~ Day #123

Haircuts in Shepherdsville KY

NONhaircut day for Nance and a much needed haircut for Trace. I had been sooo scalped by Tilly of Colonial Beach that only a color (easy breezy) was necessary..had I needed a haircut it would have been $5 more than my fairly expensive color by itself, as they were running a special! Oh . well! Catch up and pack up on a day that started at 27 degrees! WHAT are we doing still so far north?
Actually we’re slowly heading over the many rivers and through the endless woods to Thanksgiving at Ryan and Christina’s!!! All worth it!

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Nov 6th Day #121-122

Louisville KY Churchill Downs and Rautenbusch geneology

Nov 6th Day #121-122
depart St Louis city camping for Shepherdsville KY, just south of Louisville, another Rautenbusch family stomping ground. First off… a morning at Churchill Downs, wonderful picture taking op and great sightseeing!
Then another sunny warm afternoon spent tracking down ancestors…this time at Calvary Cemetery in Louisville. Found the marked gravesite of my Great Grand Uncle George Jerome Rautenbush and his wife Edna Rose along with others and….were given 3 pages of names and statistics of other Louisville Rautenbusches and Rautenbushes. Another highlight of our travels, so far!!!!

Sideline…Signs we don’t see in New England:
~Livestock must remain in vehicle
~Tornado Shelter...this way
~Horse parking (with a horse and buggy hooked up to the sign post)
~Liquor drive through…enter here

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