Saturday, October 27, 2007

Visiting my Sister

A few days before driving down to Virgina to visit my sister I was leaving for work and quickly dropped the top to the car. I guess it was a little colder then I thought since the rear plastic window was frozen and cracked instead of folding. Well replacing the frayed top was on my list of things to do, but we would be making the drive with a crappy looking rear window.
My sister S. lives in South of Washington DC while her husband is getting his MBA. In the vein of just being able to jump in the car and go somewhere we decided to visit them. I guess we were expecting an 8 hour drive to go a little faster. I did enjoy driving down where it was a little warmer but we arrived Friday night/Saturday morning a little later than anticipated and I felt bad for waking them up. (At least it was not unannounced.)
Of course they were proud of where they lived and wanted to show us around. We went to the Saturday market in town and had fun seeing everything there. From there they took us on a drive of the countryside and we rode the ferry over to Surry, Virginia. A funny thing we saw there was a run down part of town that the nicest looking thing was a marble monument listing the virtues of a confederate general and how he defended the "southern way of life and values". The sad part was that it was fairly new.
We came back across the the ferry and drove to Jamestown. Now this was the Jamestown experience as it was now called since they found the real Jamestown. Like anywhere else they can make history sound good. I found it very interesting but would have been just as happy with them saying a "bunch of desperate people came here trying to make a buck" as "many people hungry for adventure and a new life". None of us were really into re-enactments so we didn't stick around to long.
Colonial Williamsburg was really interesting. That, and it was just so big. There were so many preserved buildings. The architecture was very cool. The thing that I noticed was the lack of rain gutters, instead they paved a groove in the ground.
We stopped at a ice cream hut called Sno-To-Go that had a different take on the Slushy. They called it a Stuffed Snoball. It was layers of shaved ice with flavoring mixed with layers of soft serve ice cream. Messy? yes. Good? surprisingly so. For my gourmet review: The smooth texture and flavor of the soft serve ice cream contrasted well with the bright colors and flavor of the shaved ice.
My sister has been working on her hobby of being a gourmet chef so we were treated to a delicious dinner of flavors I wouldn't have thought of together and then they introduced us to and we played our first game of "Settlers of Catan". I remember people at school having game nights with it and I could see how it could be a very involved game.
On Sunday we enjoyed the drive home with the top down because of the warm weather.

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