March 23, 2011

Pray tell me, where did all the cows go?

Our plan for our first day on the road was to drive straight through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Regular Virginia and stop in Knoxville, Tennesse.

But. After a few hours of driving on the highway and passing all these beautiful old barns at 65 miles per hour, we started getting really frustrated and depressed. What the hell was the point of driving across the country if that meant only passing through these people's lives and leaving them behind as fast as we'd entered them?

So we decided, screw this. Let's get off this goddamn highway.

We were instantly rewarded with a pretty ice cream parlor, and a pistachio milk shake for me and raspberry for Ariele. 

We asked the girls behind the counter if they knew of any thrift store or flea market in the neighborhood. They told us of a "huge Goodwill" in the next town, Winchester, VA. Alright. Goodwill. Why not.

We drove down that road for maybe thirty seconds then had to pull over again because we'd spotted a pile of wood and an old farm over yonder. The pile of wood, upon closer inspection, was disappointing, but the barn was a definite thing of beauty. It looked abandoned, so we asked the neighbors on both sides (a pet clinic and an old lady with a small black dog and not all her teeth) who told us that the owner had died and that the barn was basically left to decay. We were told to check with the guy who still worked on the fields behind the barn and lived in a yellow trailer house nearby. We were told he was very nice. We asked if it was ok if we went in and they said sure!

Lo and behold, abandoned Virginian farmhouse.

Tool shed.


Very eerie being there. Obv.

And that's how we ended up far behind schedule. It seems that once you get off the beaten track it's kinda hard to get back on it with all the ice cream and cool things and places and stuff. So we didn't make it to Knoxville that night. But that's more than fine.


  1. Ariele, This is one of the best "on the road" blogs I've ever followed!

  2. Thank you SO much Joyce! That's probably the nicest thing anyone could have said... We are really enjoying it, though its hard to keep up!
    We see so much everyday and have so little time to share it all...
    Thanks again!

  3. In my NEXT life I am going to follow your example! I've never enjoyed "an adventure" so much in my life as I'm enjoying yours! At my "time of life", (kind of past my sell date), mine are vicarious rather than actual, but I'm loving every moment of it. You were recommended to me by a friend, am I'm thrilled to find you.
    Lucie K.

  4. Thanks Lucie! Glad you're enjoying the blog. We can't believe our luck ourselves! Road trips are the best. We're already planning the next one...

  5. Home is so Sad
    by Philip Larkin

    Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
    Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
    As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
    Of anyone to please, it withers so,
    Having no heart to put aside the theft

    And turn again to what it started as,
    A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
    Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
    Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
    The music in the piano stool. That vase.

  6. TennlarkMay 20, 2011

    The cows are still there, but they get moved around from time to time. We had wonderful cows right behind our house when we first moved here in 2004. They used to come up to the fence and greet me from time to time. Now, they've sold the land and built a K-4 and 5-9 set of schools instead. I Really miss the cows. Frankly they were a lot more pleasant to have around. Tennlark


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