So Long, Richmond!
It is hard to give Richmond a proper farewell when the temperature is wavering between 102° and 106°F. Nonetheless, I have given it a good effort these past couple days and I have worked hard to stay hydrated in the heat while seeing high school friends, old friends, and even a weekend best friend (all the way from North Carolina!).
Saying goodbye to Richmond:
1. An afternoon of swimming at Texas Beach, a “beach” with its own facebook group and 118 current fans. As you can see from this google satellite image- maybe less beach and more hot river with hot rocks?
2. A failed attempt to see unknown R& B artist Joe Tan at Richmond’s Dogwood Dell; the show was cancelled before we got there, making our man Joe Tan as mysterious as his website. Tiff and I rebounded from this disappointment with margaritas in Shockoe Bottom!
3. Lani is in town! We spent the day in the city, beginning with a picnic lunch at Belle Isle and plenty of time spent swimming in the river and exploring the island.
Our original plan to explore other sections of the James was cut short by the heat and we retreated (where else?) to the air-conditioned Museum of the Confederacy and the adjacent White House of the Confederacy, the war-time home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The museum’s timeline of Civil War events brought me back to my Civil War-heavy AP US history class, and while I struggled to remember Antietam (Sharpsburg?), Sherman’s march to the sea, and Appomattox, Lani impressed even the most well-read Southern visitors with her knowledge of North Carolina’s ownBennett Place.
Despite its location on the VCU medical campus in busy downtown Richmond, the White House of the Confederacy quickly had me imagining Civil War-era Richmond. From the big table in the formal dining room where the South’s battle plans were first conceived to Davis’s upstairs office with an elaborate reception room for hopeful callers, the White House delivered a romantic picture of the Confederate headquarters.
Our return to a BROKEN air-conditioner in Chester merited a run for cold beers, and we attempted to raise our spirits and cool off at the same time.
4. Gelati Celesti! Coffee and Cream + Butter Pecan!
Only 2 more days in Virginia! Got to live it up while I’m still here!