Today Beth and I visited her church. Well, I'm visiting. She's a regular. It was great. Then we went home and had lunch, after which I left for Virginia. It was a gorgeous day, and the small highways of Virginia and North Carolina are so wonderful. I'll take the byways over the highways any day.
On the way I saw Monster Bugs. Their names are Mudzy and Bugzy. There is also the name of a towing company on the side, so I'm not sure what they are for, or why.
Then I decided to visit some caves on the way to my grandparents house. They were great! I was 347 under ground! It was pretty dark, as are some of my photos.
This was the original entrance to the cave. You had to crawl through on hands and knees. I would have loved to go that way today, but I doubt the rest of the tour would have.
I'm trying to get a good panoramic of the cave, to show how long and big it really is. I'm not sure you can tell though.
This crevice went up quite a ways, you just can't see it.
After that, I had a bite to eat, dodged the rain and went to the Wax Museum. Some of which are quite creepy if you ask me.
Take this guard for instance, if you're not paying attention, his fakeness will startle you.
So this guy apparently was Jefferson's servant, and he bought property on Jefferson's behalf, and a wife came with it. There's more to it than that, but you'll have to look that up for yourself.
Moonshine display. Oh Virginia.
Mountain bear-killing man, info is below.
I believe this was a display of General Lee and company. I've forgotten already.
This was a display of former presidents. Very well-done.
Laurel and Hardy. Random.
The Obamas, Inaugural display.
James Madison, left. Thomas Jefferson, right.
You better know who this is. Good ol' George.
Rules for the Tavern:
4 pence for room and board.
6 pence with potluck.
2 pence for horsekeeping.
No more than five to sleep in one bed.
No boots to be worn in bed.
No razor grinders or tinkers taken in.
No dogs allowed in the kitchen.
Organ grinders to sleep in the wash house.
Lemuel Cox, Inn.
Any guesses as to which rule was my favorite?
Lewis and Clark.
Hard to see but its Da Vinci's Last Supper.
Everyone needs one of these.
Then I sojourned onto a Hot Air Balloon Festival. They were really late and disorganized, so they didn't all go up at the same time as I had hoped. But I did see some go from start to finish.
When I got there, all the balloon crews were doing this. Sitting on the right side of their vehicle, in the shade, doing nothing, past the launch time.
Then one crew went to work, and the others still sat in the shade.
It was beautiful to watch. They had the passengers help inflate the balloon.
They didn't tether it, so they all got in with it lifting off the ground. Then the crew let go and they were instantly feet up in the air.
As I was leaving, the other crews got their act together. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay.