I have been changing my horizon line this May. Yes, I have been traveling and experiencing history along the way. History becomes more "real" when you physically experience the place you have read about your whole life. So I will share a few highlights. Let me start with the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Truth - looks a lot like home. I found that to be the case everywhere we went. Save the buildings I could be anywhere around my part of the state of Arkansas. The biggest difference was the weather. I left a sunny 80 degree environment and exchanged it for rain and 50 degrees. Every time the sun came out I took photos. So, it looks like that is what I experienced, but far from it. It was rainy, cold and overcast 95% of the time. Suboptimal. We stopped in Staunton, Virginia, to see Woodrow Wilson's birthplace and museum. I highly recommend you stop in Staunton. It is so picturesque! I wish I had scheduled more time to be there because it was just lovely. This is the view out of the back of the home. As you can see it sits on a hill. The front of the home sat right on a wagon trail so the back of the home is the architecturally significant part of the building. I learned a lot from the museum and it brought home that although times change, too many problems remain the same. Rather discouraging actually. On an up note, my hats off to the friendliest museum staff I've ever run across. They got us tucked into the last tour and gave us plenty of time in the actual museum before they closed. Enough for now. Back to my brushes.
"You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." - Woodrow Wilson