Brief Hiatus

One or two of you may have noticed that I have not posted a blog in the past couple of weeks.

There comes a time, at least for me, that computer time becomes “enough!” Recently, I have been taking on contract writing assignments—what I have done professionally for the past 25+ years. I have been fortunate enough to have several assignments to assist with proposals, but proposals are not like blogs. This is intensive, detailed messaging and precise language and editing—every word, spelling, punctuation—everything is critical. Over the past several weeks I have worked on two proposals, plus took a week to do some traveling.

The travel was to visit a friend from college, and we both agreed that way too much time has passed since we graduated—two full lifetimes. We get together once or twice a year. This time, he was house-sitting for his sister (Jeanie) and his nephew (Eric) (who live in homes on adjoining properties), who were on a real vacation. We took the opportunity to explore the area around Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia.  Jeanie left a list of suggested places to visit, and, in spite of the weather, we managed to get to most of them. We visited (in this order): Botetourt (pronounced “bot-te-tot” County Courthouse and Museum in Fincastle; Roaring Run Falls near Eagle Rock; the D-Day Memorial, Bedford; and Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg.

Botetourt County Historical Museum

Located in Courthouse Square (behind the Courthouse), Fincastle, Va., the museum is run by the local Historical Society. The museum houses documents and articles, art, artifacts and many historical items, many of which date back to the first settlers who moved westward from the coastal areas in Virginia’s earliest colonial days.


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The Botetourt County Museum, Botetourt County, Virginia

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One of several display areas in the Botetourt County Historical Museum.







Roaring Run Falls  

An easy 0.6-mile walk from the parking lot along Roaring Run leads to the base of the falls. There had been several days of rain, and the falls were indeed “roaring.” But the experience includes the stream leading to the falls with many views of rapids and mini-falls along the way. The park also includes a Civil War-era iron ore furnace.


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Roaring Run Falls, near Eagle Rock, Virginia

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Civil War era Iron Smelting Furnace, adjacent to Roaring Run, near Roaring Run Falls.











D-Day Memorial

“Moving” and “emotionally stirring” are the best terms I can think of to describe the memorial. Designed to “interpret” the events of June 6, 1944 (only that day), the memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia. That city and county were selected for the site of the memorial because the county of Bedford lost more sons on D-Day than any other county in the country.

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The D-Day Memorial tour begins at a representation of the English Tea Garden where the D-Day plans were finalized.

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After crossing the English Channel, soldiers scramble out of a landing craft and up on to the beaches of Normandy, into the face of withering enemy fire.








Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson needed a retreat from the pressures of public office—Secretary of State, Vice President, and Third President of the United States. He designed his home at his 4,000-plus-acre plantation in Bedford County. The location was within easy access to Washington, but not so close that others would casually stop by, as they did in Washington. The octagonal residence was modestly appointed, intended only for Jefferson and his family. A guided tour shows the unique aspects of the home and Jefferson’s vision.

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The front entrance of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest summer home, an octagonal structure.

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The rear of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest home. The kitchen is in the low wing to the right under the lone chimney .








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A fireplace with a charred lintel, located in the wing, near the kitchen.

Look for specific posts on each of these landmarks in the next few weeks.


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5 Responses to Brief Hiatus

  1. GP Cox says:

    Priorities must always come first. Your friends here will always be waiting for your return.

  2. Axel Anaruk says:

    Glad you got some time to catch up Jeff. I ran into a lady with whom I attended high school. Like me she was in the orchestra, and like me she played the viola. In fact we were the only two viola players in our senior year. Whats funny is we graduated from Federal Way high School in Washington state and now live about 20 miles apart in Collin county TX. Chong and I had a great visit with them.
    We also recently visited Colorado to see and spoil two of our Grand Daughters!
    Howdy to CINCHouse!

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