Monday, March 12, 2018

Farmville, VA

Place Visited: Farmville, Virginia, USA
Date: November 2017

Farmville took me by surprise.  There's a whole lot going on down here.  These pages are somewhat general but also about the stirring exhibit I saw at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts by V.L. Cox.  I only went there to visit their Art-o-Mat machine but I am so glad I stayed to explore the rest of the museum.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Pamplin, VA

Place Visited: Pamplin, Virginia, USA
Date: November 2017

I drove a little bit out of my way to visit Pamplin, mostly because it had two Little Free Libraries. But what I found there was a striking example of urban decay, with an entire row of houses completely abandoned and crumbling. It was beautiful.  The pipe factory was pretty cool too but unfortunately there wasn't anywhere to pull off so I could get a good look at it.  Someday I'd like to visit again to photograph and draw the whole place.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Appomattox, VA

Place Visited: Appomattox, Virginia, USA
Date: November 2017

I agree that this is where the best part of the Civil War occurred, but to be honest it's not all that interesting to visit.  I've seen more than my fair share of Civil War-era stuff, so while the McLean house is quite pretty and the jail has some interesting voiceovers, by and large it's just old buildings in a quiet field.  Which is fine, as far as that goes - just not worth going out of my way for, honestly.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Havre de Grace, MD

Place Visited: Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

Concord Point Lighthouse is located in a very pleasant park.  I wish I had more to say about it.  The keeper's house had a lot of cool stuff.

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

St. Michaels, MD

Place Visited: St. Michaels, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

Hooper Strait Light is located at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and boy do they love their lighthouse.  You can get that lighthouse on just about any piece of merchandise you can think of.

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cambridge and Scotland, MD

Place Visited: Cambridge and Scotland, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

These were two lighthouses I actually did not visit on the same day.  In fact, Choptank River Replica Lighthouse was my very last stop of the challenge.  It was there that I discovered jellyfish in the Chesapeake!  (Well, technically the Choptank River, duh.)  I was surprised to see so many so close to the surface.  When I visited this lighthouse the first time, it was snowing.  So it was nice to actually be able to go up inside.

Point Lookout has seen better days.  The inside is crumbling, and in fact you can walk right through several of the walls.  It's usually fenced off, though, so it was neat to look inside.

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Baltimore, MD

Place Visited: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

I arrived too early to go aboard the Chesapeake Lightship (some Girl Scouts had spent the night there and hadn't left yet), but the man at the gate was charming and knowledgable. He also had the only lighthouse stamp with the challenge dates on it.

Seven Foot Knoll was very neat.  I'd kind of forgotten it existed, to be honest, despite all my trips to Baltimore over the years.

A note on the "rip off!" comment - I got inside a garage that was going to charge me $20 for two hours, so I left.  And got charged $5 for the seven minutes I was in there.  I wish this was atypical for Baltimore parking garages, but it is not, so I take the blame for that.  Ah well.

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Solomons, MD

Place Visited: Solomons, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

Cove Point and Drum Point lighthouses are both owned by the Calvert Marine Museum.  Drum Point is on the premises (and is really neat to go inside), and we took a bus to nearby Cove Point (which was less interesting, to be honest).

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Piney Point and Fort Washington, MD

Place Visited: Piney Point and Fort Washington, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

Piney Point lighthouse and museum is a charming place with an enthusiastic staff, and Fort Washington is my 10-year-old self's dream playground.  It was a great way to kick off the weekend.

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Maryland Lighthouses

Date: September 2017

I completed the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, visiting nine lighthouses and one lightship over the course of two days.  To be honest, I haven't the foggiest idea why I did it.  I just decided it was something I wanted to do.  The silly part is that I'd actually visited all of these lighthouses before, though I hadn't been inside all of them.  (And still haven't - not all of them were open for tours even for the challenge.)  This year's challenge souvenirs were coasters and I collected them all, including the bonus one for finishing.  It was fun, but wow was that ever a lot of driving.

The next few posts are of the lighthouses I visited during that weekend. I also purchased the 2015 souvenir stickers, so those pages will also have some 2015 dates.  Don't be fooled!  It was all 2017! ;)