Autumn Update – Tour Through the South – Blue Ridge Parkway, VA

Leaving West Virginia.

Leaving West Virginia.

Serving tea late night in front of Front Street Grocers.

Serving tea late night in front of Front Street Grocers.

Wow, what a busy summer! Ally, Edna, and I spent most of it (and part of Fall) working on Front Street Grocer in Thomas, WV. Throughout it all, we were able to have a little time for self, serving tea, and becoming part of a community. Notably, we went to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention to serve tea and have an adventure. Around Thomas, we served tea a few times, but hosted curious passersby often. We lived on the main street in town, or across it on an old railroad grade that is now part of the National Forest (free camping!). It was quite an ideal situation.

Hiking amongst giant bolder and lichens.

Hiking amongst giant bolder and lichens.

Now that our project is over, we get Edna roll ready and head on down the road. After some good time in the woods driving through and camping in Shenandoah National Park, Edna and I dropped Ally in Charlottesville, VA a the train station. She heads west for the winter, and I head south. It’s a parting we have practiced often, and one that can be hard, but it’s worth it to stretch our legs and go on walks of our own from time to time.

I am excited to announce a small tour through the American South! I am currently partway down the Blue Ridge Parkway outside Charlottesville, VA on a little journey of serving tea, personal/bus projects, lending a hand where I can, and getting to know some new people and places. From here I head to places like Floyd, VA, Boone, NC, and Asheville, NC. From there I head south. Where to? I’m not sure. Got any suggestions? Must sees? Awesome places to serve free tea? Communities that we would like, or who would like us? FL, GA, AL, MS, LA are all on the table.

In January, I plan on settling in somewhere in the South for a couple months to do some writing. Any suggestions?

Table Rock.

Table Rock.

Edna parked on the old railroad grade in downtown Thomas, WV.

Edna parked on the old railroad grade in downtown Thomas, WV.

Using our new spring water collection pump.

Using our new spring water collection pump.

Our saving grace of Camp 70, where we camped every week or two during much of the summer.

Our saving grace of Camp 70, where we camped every week or two during much of the summer.

Reading about Traditional Huamn Economy in a hammock donated to the tea bus by Behold Bungee Hammocks.

Reading about Traditional Huamn Economy in a hammock donated to the tea bus by Behold Bungee Hammocks.

A calming, meditative trip down the Cheat River.

A calming, meditative trip down the Cheat River.

Ally and I still had some time to collect wild berries.

Ally and I still had some time to collect wild berries.

 

 

 

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