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Virginia is for <3ers

Kris and I traveled down to central Virginia on Friday evening for a weekend with my sister and brother-in-law.  All the I-95 traffic was worth it: we had a new doggie nephew to meet!


Martin, the crazy pup

Pocahontas State Park

Hiking with pups

Saturday Hiking with the puppies at Pocahontas State Park – Sarah (with Jen), Andrew (with Martin) and Kris (with Bella)

Jen and Bella were quite fond of Martin.

Sarah + Andrew

Railroad Bridge

Civil War Visitor Center

Sightseeing in downtown Richmond

Nile Ethiopian

…and yummy veggies + drinks at Nile Ethiopian in Richmond…

Kris and I have traveled near and far this summer, and this was a fun little last minute overnight excursion that will have to hold us over until our next out-of-town getaways (Rhinebeck, New York in October for me – first time going to the NY Sheep and Wool festival! and then southern Florida in November!) unless we have a surprise last-minute trip in the meantime…

Where have you been this summer?

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19 Responses

  1. Josiane

    Looks like you had a great time! As always, you snapped beautiful pictures. And now I’m craving Ethiopian food! I’ve got to add that to my list for next time I go to Montreal…
    This summer, I’ve been to Portland OR for a workshop. It was great! Being able to walk into any restaurant without having to check first if they had a vegan option made for a nice change – and delicious memories! I’d like to go again, not only for the food, but also to explore the city more, which I couldn’t do as much as I’d have liked to as I was busy most of the time with that workshop. As for the next trip, there are a few possibilities up in the air, but nothing confirmed yet.

  2. ccr in MA

    I haven’t been anywhere since Easter, and I’m fidgety! For that matter, Easter and Christmas were both trips to Grandma’s, and while it’s fun to see the family, it’s not exactly a real vacation.

    I’d like to at least go to Florida to see my mother, but I’m working a temp job, so no time off until it’s done. I’ll have a weekend trip or two in October (hopefully including Rhinebeck), but that feels so far away!

    I enjoy your pictures … but they make me a little wistful.

  3. mick

    Such beautiful photos, Lolly, as always. This summer we’ve traveled a lot: we came to PA from MI to find an apartment, moved here, I took a weekend down the Jersey shore with my mom and aunt, and then we took another long weekend to upstate NY to visit J’s family. All of these trips have been fun, but they all felt so rushed we couldn’t really enjoy them. I’m looking forward to trips this winter/fall to visit the fam, when things are a bit more relaxed.

  4. Denise

    Red Stripe!! I like you all even more heheh What a great little trip!

  5. MarthaH

    Where are you staying at NYSWF? Several of us are staying in Fishkill. This will be my fourth trip to Rhinebeck. I hope you love it as much as I do.

    Also, glad to see your Richmond post. It’s now the closest “big” city to my new home in the Northern Neck, so I’ll be discovering it, quite a bit, over time. I understand that there is a really nice LYS there, that I hope to experience soon.

  6. Mandy

    We went “camping” to the Outer Banks, but it was so hot that we ended up staying in a hotel. It was one of the best unexpectedly unplanned trips! It doesn’t hurt that my kids think that all hotels (even sort of dumpy ones!) are the Ritz.

    We saw lighthouses and went to the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk. I love sightseeing.

    Then we actually did camp in the mountains of NC. We stayed at Linville Falls Campgound along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was fun, but I definitely prefer a hotel to a tent! Camping does allow for a lot of knitting and reading time, so I really shouldn’t complain!

    Next summer…Alaska to visit my sister! I hope!

  7. Sweet Shoppe Kitty

    Looks like you had a great time! Great pictures, and Martin is SUPER cute!

  8. Maggi

    Well, dang, I wish we’d gotten to say hello ~ but I’m sure glad you had a nice time here in the Rich City!

  9. Holly

    WOW — these pictures are stunning.

  10. Beverly

    I just love seeing your travel pictures, whether they are from near or far! Neal and I had a blast in St. Louis (we went to see his favorite team play twice!), Kansas, and Nebraska, and then on our mini-break in Rhode Island.

    I’m beyond thrilled at the prospect of meeting you in person at Rhinebeck!

  11. Hilary

    Awwww….puppy! Oh my goodness, he is SO CUTE. The little expression on his face is priceless! Looks like a wonderful mini-vacation. I seriously want to jump through that last photo and eat all the Ethiopian food!

  12. Mikaiya

    Ooh, I hope we can meet up at Rhinebeck! I’m staying in Fishkill with Martha (as she noted above in the comments) and a bunch of Northern Virginians- I can’t wait to get up there!

  13. whitney

    I am so excited that you’ll be going to Rhinebeck this fall! I hope we can meet up there somehow.

    This summer, we’ve made our usual pilgrimage to SE Minnesota to visit my parents, which was as wonderful as always…I hope I can move back there some day. My parents also came here to visit us, which they’ve only once before since we’re so far away, and we took them down to Watkins Glen (about 1.5 hours south of us) for an afternoon while they were here. We’d never been down there before, despite living nearby for almost 4 years now, and it was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been! My husband and I are planning to go back down there sometime, just the two of us.

  14. GrandmaTutu (Mary)

    I was in Savanah for a couple of weeks this summer. I’d never been to the east coast, so I really enjoyed seeing the Atlantic Ocean, and seeing a lot of the earlier history of this great U.S. I just recently found your blog . . . your pictures are awesome–your sweet, sweet photo of Martin is fantastic! Thanks for making me smile today–I think I’m in love!!

  15. Alli

    Those woods look really fun! I love the way the light filters through the trees. I bet the dogs loved it!

  16. Chandler

    That photo of Martin is so funny, and so lovely. Such soft, warm light! And what a kooky character.

    This summer has had me flip-flopping between both coasts (as you already know)—a preview of what’s to come next year, I suppose. Totally exhausting, but worth every moment. Here’s to your future adventures, Lolly! I can’t wait to read about them.

  17. mai

    i always love seeing your photos, lolly! i really need to get caught up with your flickrstream. i missed alaska altogether! what kind of puppy is martin? he’s a cutie! i’m so, so, so looking forward to rhinebeck, YAY!!!

  18. Jenna

    Was Jen fond of Martin in the same way that she’s fond of Bella? ;) What a cute pup, I’m glad you welcomed him to the family! You’ll have to tell me more about this Florida trip, I’m interested to know where you’re going. In addition to the big trip, I just got back from a few days in Chicago and did some camping in the mountains. I’d like to get to Portland before the summer’s over. I’m glad that you guys are enjoying the opportunities summer offers. xoxoxo

  19. Barbara

    We were in the Black Hills of South Dakota, beautiful scenery and weather. I live in South Florida, where in Florida will you be? If you need ideas for yarn shops and places to eat, let me know.

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