Along the road in Charles City, Virginia
Back in December, Greg and I had the chance to spend 24 hours in Bristol, a city that straddles the state lines of Virginia and Tennessee. I posted about that quick visit and gave it the title 24 Hours in Bristol, and I almost, without realizing my mistake, gave this post the same title since that is about the same amount of time that we spent there.
We were in town to watch a debate between the 5 Democratic candidates for Governor of Virginia. After that, I managed to find a few moments to capture some of the flavor of this city.
Next time, we’ll try for a longer stay!
The Candler Building was built in 1906 by Coca-Cola magnate and former Mayor Asa Griggs Candler. Standing on the site of one of Atlanta oldest churches, it was the city’s first skyscraper and tallest structure at 17 stories.
Now in the Hilton Curio Collection, the building underwent painstaking restoration and reopened as a hotel in 2019. Some of the features include:
- Beau-Arts style, drawing upon the principles of French neoclassicism and incorporating Gothic and Renaissance elements
- Picturesque, hand-carved marble staircase capped with The Candler Hotel’s iconic winged lion
- Ornate décor using brass, mahogany & marble materials, that weaves an intricate family story is infused throughout the hotel
- Lobby featuring two original Tiffany glass windows
- Mysterious secret bank vault below ground
- A historic Ballroom, completely transformed
- A variety of window styles and layouts on each of the 15 stories
- Detailed arched windows with elaborate cornices that crown the building, radiating its historical effect on downtown Atlanta
Passing through Greenville, SC on the way to Atlanta, GA
My new husband Greg and I decided to spend the weekend near Cumberland Gap National Park, Tennessee and left out of his home town in far Southwest Virginia early this past Saturday morning.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Life on the Bike and getting back into my blogging groove. I’m 6 months behind on posting photos from various adventures.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Cape Charles, Virginia
various Virginia State Parks
and Cincinnati, Ohio
I’ve worked alot, and volunteered alot.
Thankfully, I’ve played, alot, too. I’ve traveled for fun and I’ve traveled for work.
I’ve worked on political campaigns and hosted non-political fundraisers.
I’ve riden the bike (not enough!) and managed to keep up with photography (again, not enough!).
And finally, I’ve missed WP and my blogging friends.
Slowly but surely, I’m finding my way back to my WordPress home!
A friend’s 10 year old son Sawyer (nicknamed SOY) died unexpectedly in October 2016. Sawyer’s loving and devastated family had bracelets made for their friends & family to wear and to remember Sawyer by.
To remember the joy of his life not the sadness of his death.
Sawyer’s mother, Jaime, created a blogspot so that folks can post pictures of the places they take the bracelets. Having friends wear the bracelets helps the family connect with Sawyer’s memory and reminds them that he has not been forgotten. As friends, we know that we are carrying the memory of Sawyer on the adventures we have and the places that we visit.
In addition to wearing #mysawyerbracelet throughout New Zealand and Australia, I wore a bracelet in honor of my friend David, who died in 2010.
The bracelets never left my wrist and accompanied me while I sat in the Chair for Contemplation at Rippon Winery in Wanaka New Zealand.
Through the pine forest along the Queenstown Hill Time Walk and when adding a rock to the pile
From the summit of Queenstown Hill
Overlooking Lake Wakatipu
From the top of Bob’s Peak
On the train to Sydney …
… and on the train back to Melbourne
While driving on the left side of the Great Ocean Road (and on the left side of the car)
While talking with another bracelet wearing bar patron about the friends and loved ones we carried along with us
Outside this tiny little house and over this tiny little door
and while enduring three rounds of incredibly “intimate” security checks.
#mysawyerbracelet was along with me while riding a gondola, a jetboat, a kayak, a 5 person trike, 3 summits, and 11 different planes.
It was an honor to bring the spirits of Sawyer and David along with me on this journey.
At the end of Day 1 on the Great Ocean Road, and after a yummy dinner of Fish and Chips in Apollo Bay, I took a short walk along the water to end an incredibly satisfying day.
Thankfully, I still had several hours and many miles to travel along this spectacular road, so I was up and on the road early the next day. Frankly, I’m really not sure how I ever completed the drive because I stopped … and stopped … and stopped.
What magnificent scenery, and a super fun road to drive. My little rental car, with me on the right side of the car, on the left side of the road, drove the entire 243 km (151 mi).
Sometimes I was able to see the ocean and sometimes I wasn’t, but at all times I saw stunning natural beauty.
I pulled over at almost every single stop, this one the London Bridge and I simply could not stop shooting!
I also made sure to take the time to be still. I would just stand there, breathing deeply, and enjoying the sites, sounds, and smells of the ocean, the sand, and the air.
The power of the waves crashing against the rock formations had me spell bound.
I just never knew quite what to expect as I rounded the next corner of the boardwalk,
and I was never disappointed.
Arguably one of the most famous places along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles.
“Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, the massive limestone structures that tower 45 metres above the tempestuous Southern Ocean, leave its visitors awe-struck in wonder at their size and beauty. Behind the eight remaining stacks (five have fallen since their discovery) are majestic cliffs, around 70 metres high” (https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org).
Before I knew it, I had arrived in Warrnambool. I left the Great Ocean Road and headed for Grampians National Park. More on that next!
Along the Great Ocean Road
Hello my friends! You may be wondering if I’m still driving the Great Ocean Road, since that’s where I was when I last posted. Actually, I left Australia two and a half months ago, and I’m still seeking time to share images from the last few days of the trip. The last 9 months have been full, even more than normal, with organizing, chairing, co-chairing, and facilitating. The next couple months, while scheduled with a good deal of travel, are not so full of leadership work, and I hope to soon post about the last few days of a once in a lifetime trip.
Along the Great Ocean Road
We are 6 days away from Local Elections here in Radford, and I am working hard to help the candidates that I support win the day! Since I’ve not really got the time right now to share the story of the last 4 days of my trip, I’m leaving this teaser here for you to enjoy. As I look at it, I can still hear the waves and feel the breeze. Just incredible!
I’ll be back soon!