Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

The weather is perfect. PERFECT! After very hot VIRGINIA August with almost no rain but plenty of humid air and a very cold Saturday due to Hurican Hermine we finally could open the house. Lovely. We had decided to do a walk this morning.

Besides the heat James went on walks all summer long. He just got up very early in the mornings. Sorry, I needed to turn over! Still, there were a good number of days where I could make my FitBit happy with an evening walk.

We decided that today was the perfect day for a walk along the river. Labor Day, and laboring I did trying to find my hiking poles. How can hiking poles disappear? No where to be found. Finally we gave up. James decided on an easier trail and we each used one of his poles.

We parked at Tredegar. What is it about rivers?

 

 

First we walked the Pipeline Trail.

 

 

You could spend a lot of time watching others.

 

 

 

Then we walked across the Mayo Bridge and the Slave Trail.

 

 

We saw several signs and they are all rather depressing. I can never understand it.

 

 

But the trail itself along the river is lovely. Here is a very strong smell of honeysuckle.

 

 

 

We are across the river from Rockett's Landing. I tried to zoom in because if you look carefully you can see a statue of a head and arms of a person at the bottom of the chimney.

 

 

We went to the end, turned around and went back. Then we continued through Manchester. It used to be mostly industrial, then empty warehouses. Now it is revitalized and the warehouses turned into apartments. Very interesting. Cafes and lunch places here and there. I loved this sign!

 

 

My my, just by chance our hike went passed the Legend Brewery restaurant just when it opened. Well, I really did need to find the girl's room too. Lovely sitting outside, view of Richmond on the other side of the James River. I had a grilled Mahi Mahi on a bun and James fish and chips.

I loved James' comment that his food was great because the fish was tasteless ... meaning that there was no fishy taste and the batter was delicious. He never was that keen on fish dinners.

 

 

 

Then back across Belle Isle and the bridge.

 

 

Lots of people were out and about. Lots of canoes and paddle boards. Now, why did the guy (second on right) do a headstand? Twice?

 

 

Back at the car we decided to head for REI. Got to have hiking poles again. They could look it up in the computer and I got exactly the same again. A costly mistake to lose the first set. Sigh.

At 6 o'clock we were invited by Julie to dinner. Look at those colorful roasted carrots! Besides delicious food (and wine) we always have a lively talk.

 

 

A glorious day alrogether. FitBits says 17438 steps.

 

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely way to spend the first lovely day of the season! I hope to be able to go on some good walks soon! I adore honeysuckle and was just saying to Mike that I had seen hardly any this year!

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