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Road trip

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on a rainy, windy, foggy late afternoon.
Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on a rainy, windy, foggy late afternoon.

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us.

~ Bruce Jackson

Going under the water.
Under the water

Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.

~ Anna Deavere Smith

We could have asked for better weather.
We could have asked for better weather.

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything new and exciting?  Or old and exciting?  Or not exciting at all but perfect for you?

M and I went south, crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to the mainland of Virginia.  Our destination was Williamsburg, Virginia, where we met up with old friends.  It was a quick trip designed more for friendship and catching up than for sightseeing.  Not that we didn’t get to see a few sights.  We did.  But we’ll have to go back again later in the spring, maybe, to explore some more.

As you can see from the opening images, the weather wasn’t ideal for traveling.  There were Level 1 wind restrictions on the bridge (which is really a series of bridges and tunnels) which go in effect when winds exceed 40 mph.  It was plenty windy out there, that’s for sure.  The swells and waves in the water were incredible, and I got a little seasick just watching them.  The rain was heavy at times, and the fog was thick in spots.  There was very little traffic, and we made it across safe and sound.  There was a lot of traffic in the Norfolk area, and we had to remap our route when we found out the bridge-tunnel we were supposed to take was backed up for six miles.  It added a little more time to our trip, but probably not nearly as much as sitting in traffic would have.

Saturday morning
Saturday morning

We met up with our friends at the hotel where we were all staying (we shared a suite — rooms separated by a door — which turned out to be a lovely coincidence as nobody had requested it), and off we went to the Green Leafe Cafe for happy hour where we had some delicious appetizers, even more delicious beer, and delightful conversation as we started to get caught up with each other.  From there we followed a recommendation from fellow blogger and new friend, Woodland Gnome, and had dinner at Food For Thought.  The food was wonderful, the service was outstanding, and we enjoyed a brief conversation with Howard, the owner.  Thank you, Woodland Gnome, for the suggestion, and thank you to those at Food For Thought who helped make our evening so enjoyable.

Time for breakfast.
Time for breakfast.  (The Trellis Restaurant.)

I wouldn’t have minded going back to Food For Thought for breakfast.  They have some interesting items on their breakfast menu.  However, it’s good to get out and about and try different places, and two of our group couldn’t resist the Duck Hash on the menu at The Trellis Restaurant so that’s where we ended up.  It was a good place to start our morning since it is located in the Colonial section of Williamsburg.  The food was great and plentiful, and fueled us for a morning and afternoon of walking.

Modern colonists?  On the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.
Modern colonists? On the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.

As you can see, we had much better weather on Saturday.  It turned into a gorgeously warm day, perfect for walking around and seeing some sights.  We didn’t spend much time in Williamsburg.  We took a short stroll on Duke of Gloucester Street, the main street in the Colonial section.  We ducked in and out of a few stores, admired some of the buildings from the outside, but mostly spent time talking with each other.

A pleasant morning for a walk.
A pleasant morning for a walk.

I really want to go back and explore more thoroughly, and learn a bit more about the history of Williamsburg.  This was my first visit, and I can see there is a lot to take in, more than can be done in one day.  We swept through so quickly that I didn’t have time to find out the names and histories of even the more prominent buildings.

Flowers blooming in a Colonial garden.
Flowers blooming in a Colonial garden.

I will look things up on the internet as I go along and show you more details, but for now, I just want to post a few highlights so you can get a feel for the place.

In the garden
In the garden

As you can see, there were not a lot of people out and about.  I would imagine that in the summertime it gets pretty crowded.

Let's stroll
Let’s stroll

If you look to the left in the above image, you’ll see the horses and carriages just coming out for the day.  Have you ever been on a horse and carriage ride?  I haven’t.  I decided that’s one of the things I must do someday.

At the market
At the market (but not the Farmers Market).

There was a Farmers Market taking place in Merchant’s Square on Duke of Gloucester Street.  We had a look around there, too.  One or two of the vendors had pussy willow and forsythia branches.  I was tempted.  They are the magic branches of spring.  Put them in some water and they flower.  As far as I can tell, we have neither here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  We’ll have to remedy that eventually.


That’s enough for today.  It’s cloudy here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but warm.  A good day for garden work.  The garden is beginning to shape up nicely.  M needs to repair the door to the greenhouse, and we can get some seeds started.  I have decided to try to turn the flower garden area into a hummingbird/butterfly garden with flowers and plants that will attract both.  I expect this first year will be a big learning experience.

Dolls for sale
Dolls for sale

Thank you for visiting, and joining me on a quick walk through Colonial Williamsburg.  I hope Monday was as delightful as a Monday can be for you.  We had a beautiful sunset last night so I’ll leave you with that.

Peace at sunset.
Peace at sunset.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

14 thoughts on “Road trip

  1. What a beautiful day it turned into on Saturday! Your photos are gorgeous, Robin, and I’m so glad you enjoyed Wiliamsburg. Please do come back soon. The CBBT is a nice drive when the weather is calm. There are always interesting things to see. Best wishes, WG


  2. Can’t imagine a better to place to just walk around and talk with friends – it didn’t look crowded. Thanks so much for the pictures – we lived there when I was a kid (it was kid heaven)
    Fog seems appropriate for a Williamsburg where you sort of step back into history – fog is like the magic spell.
    Go back! Find the outbuilding kitchen where they bake bread – and gingerbread boys. (Yummy and just the warm smell is worth the purchase price.)
    Always loved that bridge – the waves will make you seasick.


  3. That sounds like a lovely weekend, Robin. Funny to think of bridge-tunnel combination. I have trouble picturing it. Somehow I imagine the water parting and the bridge heading down under the bay. LOL
    Hugs from Ecuador,


  4. I really enjoyed that walkthrough Robin, with your mix and match weather, from wet n’ troublesome to sunny and warm. Loved the set up of Williamsburg, your photo’s showing the beautiful buildings and grassed sidewalks. Peaceful came to mind, especially with the horse and carriage as transport. thanks for sharing your lovely weekend, mine was a busy one, my brother came to stay, so it was ‘what should we eat next’ ( 😉 ) type of thing. (food always seems to grow in importance for some reason!!) Happy New Trails… xPenx


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