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Golden Virginia

or is that just bright yellow?

sunny 15 °C
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Hey everyone,
We've spent most of the last few days travelling around south Washington through Virginia. On the last few days in Washington we finally braved the queue for the National archives, where they keep the Declaration of Independance and Constitution. There was also (obviously) time for more cheesy holiday snaps.
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On Friday we got the train out of Union Station and clattered down to Charlottesville, around 100 miles away. When we got off it was really warm and sunny, which was a welcome change!
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We (rather crazily) walked to the hotel which was miles (the map was...misleading). Still, we arrived and recovered, had a wander 'round the local supermarket (emphasis on local) and relaxed for the rest of the day.
Next morning (Saturday) we picked the car up from the local airport. There were some nice looking cars in the lot - and then there was ours. The only (in the State of Virginia) bright yellow Chevrolet Cobalt. We looked at the weather forecast and decided somewhere inside would be best for the day, so headed to a huge Mall just outside Washington. All shopped out, we drove West to the top of the Blue Ridge mountains ready for a scenic drive down the following morning.
Sunday morning looked bright and sunny from our room, but we quickly realised that it was just the Chevy in the car park and it was infact cloudy. Our scenic drive climbed up along the ridge of the mountains, as high as 2500 feet at times, and we literally drove through the clouds.
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And the visibility changed so quickly, so that you could see 20 miles one minute, and barely 20 feet the next. However, the drive was really nice, we pulled over lots and saw some deer, and enjoyed looking down to the valley in the gaps between the clouds.
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We drove back south along the interstate and stayed in a place called Waynesboro in a pass along the mountain range.
This morning we prepared for a long drive with a visit to Wal-Mart, stocking up on nibbles and drinks. We also planned our lunch stop at a Ponderosa buffet north of Richmond (so organised!) We headed East to Richmond, filled up on the buffet then turned South, leaving Virginia and entering North Carolina (where it is illegal for an under 18 to use a cell phone whilst driving except if talking to a parent. Honestly)
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We're now in a motel in Greenville under lovely sunny skies, though is quite windy! Weather a bit crazy still, Snowing and really heavy rain between Boston and Washington, but with luck our couple of days on the beach should be fine. We'll find out starting tomorrow!

Hope everyone's well,
Dave and Sarah XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

PS: Mel - good luck with the Marathon this weekend. The runners in Boston today had a 50mph headwind all the with way heavy rain! Hope the skies are kinder in London!

Posted by davidarow 21:59 Archived in USA

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That photo on the bottom is cheesetastic-you guys could be in a catalogue!
Were you in Virginia when the tragedy happened? It's horrific. xxx

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