I watched a squirrel
groom her fluffy tail
hyperspeed, her hind leg
against her side
We were alone
by the monument, two
mammals feeling the sun
on our faces
Holding our breaths
that the winter had
fled for good
– for now
We went to Richmond for a couple hours yesterday so Daniel could do some research for a paper he’s writing. While he toured the museum, I walked down to the Capitol and strolled through the monument park, taking pictures along the way.
The high was 67, the sun was shining, and a breeze pulled lightly at my skirt as I walked. I sat on a sun-warmed bench and watched a squirrel groom herself from her perch in the nook of a mature oak tree.
1. Go hiking.
I’m hiking up to Crabtree Falls this weekend, but I want to make hiking a normal part of my monthly schedule.
2. Visit New York City.
The last time we visited New York, it was too cold (and I was too under-dressed) to really enjoy everything. We can take a train ride there from Charlottesville this summer.
3. Go to the Smithsonian.
We’re under 3 hours from DC, so we better take advantage of all it has to offer.
4. Thrift in Richmond.
I’ve been meaning to do this for several months. I hear the thrifts are excellent in Richmond.
5. Celebrate our anniversary out of town.
I’m thinking Virginia Beach.
6. Visit St. Augustine.
Daniel and I love St. Augustine and my family lives nearby. They’re kicking off their 450th anniversary activities this year, too.
7. Take yoga classes.
I need to stretch and relax more.
8. Get a new mattress.
I also need to stop waking up with a back ache every morning.
9. Save some money
This one doesn’t seem very feasible given the above goals. But it’s probably a good idea to put it on the list.
Daniel and I went on an awesome, two day Spring Break trip last Thursday and Friday. It’s amazing to me that we can visit several historically and culturally significant locations in less than two hours via car. When we lived in Tallahassee, it took almost 3 hours to get to Jacksonville with only small towns and forest in between.
We spent Thursday in Richmond. Our itinerary was as follows:
- Hollywood Cemetery – final resting place of two presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler (and president of the confederacy, Jefferson Davis). It has a great view of downtown Richmond.
- Stella’s Restaurant – really delicious Greek food in a contemporary atmosphere.
- Carytown – full of students, vintage and consignment shops, and other cool local businesses. I perused many racks of great vintage dresses.
- Virginia Museum of Fine Art – features an extensive collection of art nouveau and art deco stained glass and furniture (we love that stuff), as well as works of art from all eras from all over the world. There’s also a a terrifying statue of a woman that looks so realistic I refused to get too close. I bought a postcard of Georges de Feure’s stained glass window.
- Heritage Restaurant – We shared the charcuterie platter, then I ate some pork belly, Asian barbecue style.
Richmond is a well established city with a great sense of community and a small town feel. I’m excited to visit again – and it’s only a little over an hour away, so it makes for an easy day trip.