It feels as if we have been in the car forever!! You see, Hannah was supposed to go to Lissie's house today for a four day visit. We left at 9:30, headed down the road, knowing we would arrive at then end of Lily's morning nap.
Unfortunately, neither Brien nor I checked to ascertain Hannah's "zuitcase" was in the car. We were cruising along I64, enjoying the fact we were moving along quite well for a Saturday morning during the height of tourist season. We had just driven past Newport News and were on our way to Hampton when the phone rang. Cindy had seen this suspicious looking black "zuitcase"-type item sitting in the kitchen. Could it possibly be Hannah's?
AARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! We had already been on the road for an HOUR! West bound 64 was backed up for at least 20 miles due to an accident. We needed that "zuitcase", but west bound was OUT! We took back roads and got back to the house around 11:00. Grrrrr.
But, it would seem fate was with us. Brien and I realized we could take a more direct route to my mom's by going across the James River on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry--Han still refers to it as the "pixie boat". Ferry/fairy/pixie--it works =).
Brien and I do so love to take the roads--literally--less traveled. I get so tired of the hustle and bustle of and rat race of the interstates that traveling down the back roads was a treat.
We drove through old, boarded up or abandoned downtowns. I love the old southern farmhouses and the gorgeous old store fronts. I wish I had the time to drive wherever the road leads me. If something caught my fancy I would just head that way and explore.
Alas, I had a deadline to meet, an excited Monkey to drop off and an exhausted Bit to get home. But, I'm ready to explore next time...=)
It took us about three hours to get back to the ferry slip. When we arrived, the tide was out and the sun was setting low. I love the skeletons of the old docks and piers jutting out of the water.
Suffice it to say, the misplaced "zuitcase" turned out to be a godsend, as I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a trip to North Carolina as much. Our family would have missed a fabulous drive in the country otherwise!