6 Amazing Reasons Why Eloping is Awesome

Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been my favorite holidays. Now we have one more reason to celebrate. While everyone else is out Black Friday shopping, we're celebrating a quiet first anniversary at home. One year ago today I married the love of my life at Holladay House bed and breakfast in Orange, Virginia. We knew from … Continue reading 6 Amazing Reasons Why Eloping is Awesome

What Happens When You Unplug and Connect With Nature

We're all connected 24/7. Selfies, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Blogging, getting just the right angle, taking the perfect photo, documenting and recording everything. Why? Likes and shares? Even with all that connectivity, something's missing isn't it? It still feels like we're disconnected. How can that be? Because we're not connected with nature. The more … Continue reading What Happens When You Unplug and Connect With Nature

Spirits of the Rapahannock

Okay it's just over a month before we leave Virginia for good and start travelling full-time. All of a sudden I feel this need to try to see as much as I can over the next few weeks. This sense of urgency just appeared out of nowhere and that feeling has really intensified since our … Continue reading Spirits of the Rapahannock

Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

As we work the last few weeks of our jobs, sell off our possessions and prepare for our travels, it's been difficult to practice the yogic principles of aparigrah (non-grasping) and santosha (contentment). We are at an important intersection in life. The road ahead is full of travel plans and change. The road behind us, which we still look … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

Saturday at Salubria

The name Salubria, comes from the Latin word for healthful, "salubrious." When you step in the mansion and feel the cool spring breeze blowing through the slightly offset north and south entrances, you can feel why the mansion earned its name. Have you ever wondered why old doorways are so small? I had always assumed … Continue reading Saturday at Salubria

Sperryville & Sister Caroline

The neatest bits of history can turn up just around the corner. Most of my musings have focused on grand historic sites around the world, but as I explore my new surroundings I can see that I don't need to travel 2,000 miles to see something cool. I haven't had much time to comment on … Continue reading Sperryville & Sister Caroline

All Faiths Welcome Here

Seriously, how often do you see a sign openly welcoming all faiths, without an ulterior motive? All faiths welcome is just what I found last weekend at Yogaville. I recently took up the practice of yoga after an illness, and it has changed my life. Three days at Yogaville was even more life changing. Little did I know … Continue reading All Faiths Welcome Here

Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II

Sometimes the best trips are right in one's own backyard. Shenandoah National Park is only 25 miles from my door, but when I was ill 25 miles seemed like 2,500 miles. Today was my first day back to nature and back to real hiking since the beginning of August, and I am grateful to be able … Continue reading Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II

“Yanks Caught Hell”

A Confederate hand, long ago, scratched those words in charcoal on the wall of the Graffiti House. A Union hand came along later and  wrote "United States of America," with such flourish that the line from the "s" in States covered up the offending slogan. So it goes in Graffiti House, where multiple autographs, competing slogans, skillful portraits, … Continue reading “Yanks Caught Hell”

Rainy Day at Montpelier

"Let it be red." Those are the words of Dolley Madison, when asked how she wanted the parlor of Montpelier decorated. Oh and what a red it is. The walls are covered in a soft, velvety red fabric wallpaper, and the chairs are upholstered in the same rich red fabric. Even the parlor curtains are red! I wanted … Continue reading Rainy Day at Montpelier

Shenandoah Silence

Sometimes when you have a case of the Mondays on a Wednesday, the only thing left to do is just get in the car and drive. Fortunately, I live exactly 25 miles from the Swift Run Gap entrance to the Shenandoah National Park, so I left work early and started another journey. The adventure began on a clear hot … Continue reading Shenandoah Silence