East Coast Vacation Road Trip: Days 4 & 5

After a good night sleep B and I headed to the Black Sheep located in a little house in a historic district of Richmond. This is where I took a photo of food.

Brekkers

But can you blame me? I had the Breakfast Batteau. Half a toasted french baguette topped with sweet potato butter, crispy pan fried roasted duck leg meat [duck is often more popular than chicken on the east coast], pepper jelly glaze, bacon, two eggs, grilled red onions, arugula & ricotta salata. B had the biscuits and gravy with a side of bacon and we shared apricot apple sauce. If you are ever in Richmond, VA – EAT HERE!

Not only do I take photos of yummy food. I take photos of what I walk on. There were these great sidewalks paved in herringbone style with bricks everywhere.

Brick

After breakfast we headed to Colonial Williamsburg which was about an hour and a half east. First stop on our tour was the first Capitol building of Virginia where the “General Assembly debated and framed legislation and the courts dispensed justice.” Below a photo of our tour guide through the building. He had me at “if you want to start a revolution, follow me!” He was super knowledgeable and a full time employee/historian of the city.

Our Host

After our tour I wanted to get an iced coffee and thought I could purchase some at R. Charleton’s Coffee house. Apparently they do not actually sell coffee there but it was a guided tour. While we were waiting we got to see the drum and fife walk by.

Drum and Fife

The tour of the coffee house was a glimpse in to the life and times of 1776 America. The owner, R. Charleton was also a wig maker. We sat down with our group and were immediately introduced to a lady and gentleman dressed in period garb and folded us in the the local conversation of the day. The gentleman, a barrister, asked us where we were from. When we said Seattle he was confused as he had never heard of that place before [in 1776 there was no Seattle]. So he accepted my description of being time travelers. I had the hot chocolate which had a bit of cayenne added to it. Yum! B tried the coffee. There was also tea available.

We had prepared ourselves and loaded some caches on to our phones. We did a virtual cache near the stocks [below B with a perfect hangdog look] and found out there is a tunnel for cars under the colonial village.

Stocks

Through the day we walked around the grounds and watched many people at work in different trades such as Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop & Public Armory, the Brickmaker, the Milliner and the Silversmith. There were a lot more trades to visit but we had gotten there later in the day and still wanted to tour some other areas. Below a photo in the Blacksmith area. It was common that time to have women working there as well.

Blacksmith

Just after the Brickmaker the skies opened up and we experienced a torrential summer storm. It felt lovely as it was so hot and humid!

B is Wet

We were drenched and ran to the relative safety of the James Geddy House. We learned about slavery and the effects of the embargo when the well to do could no longer get items from the Orient and England.

When that tour was over it had stopped raining and we had just enough time for the last tour of the day of the Governor’s Palace.

Governors Palace

The entry was spectacular with swords and guns arranged in an elegant display.

Display

The gardens were large and very formal. There was also a very large cooks garden. The kitchen was a separate building.

Formal Garden

We spent a lot of time in Williamsburg and didn’t see nearly as much as we would have liked. That means a trip back of course to include Jamestown and Yorktown. We also would like to see Mount Vernon and Monticello. I have been to both but its been a long time.

One thing that was interesting about Colonial Williamsburg was how open to the public it is. Literally streets with occupied homes but right up against it as well as a modern shopping area. However, if you wanted to take any of the guided tours you needed to show your badges.

A quick stop to quench our thirst at Ale Werks Brewing for a shared flight where we also grabbed a cache and I dropped a TB [Travel Bug]. The flight holder in the photo below is a rib from a barrel.

Flight

We ended up going back to Richmond and eating at Legend Brewing again. This time I had the Reuben and the yummy fried Brussels sprouts.

In the morning we headed out to Charlotte, NC. On our way we stopped at Cracker Barrel. The food was OK and really nicely priced. We stopped near a Waffle House and nabbed our only North Carolina cache for the souvenir.

Driving in to Charlotte was a trip back in time as I had lived there fifteen years ago and had not been back since. Originally we were going to hook up with Brad and his son at the Nascar Hall of Fame but we got in to town later then they did. B still wanted to go so we popped in for a couple hours.

Hall of Fame

I am not huge in to Nascar and B is somewhat of a car nut but I found it interesting. Something I did know what that Nascar started during prohibition. Bootlegger’s were forever trying to find ways to make their cars faster than the police which eventually led to organized racing.

Old car

The museum is a decent size and you can see it in a couple of hours.

Victory Road

There is a simulator you can get in to test yourself against others. B did it and had a blast.

We left the Hall of Fame and headed to Birdsong Brewing for a flight. My favorite was their Jalapeno Pale Ale which is a little lighter than the one at Steamplant I have had. Of course had to pick up a couple.

Jalapeno

We met a family there and chatted for a bit and they told us about Sugar Creek Brewing so we headed there and split a flight and a favorite dark beer. The family we saw at Bird Song ended up there as well.

Sugar Creek

Our last beer stop in Charlotte was Old Mecklenberg Brewing. We unintentionally were bar hopping with the Sallman family and they invited us over to their table. B and I split a beer as we needed to drive. We ended up chatting with them for a while and we all became friends on Facebook. One of their sons told us about a place in Clearwater, Florida we needed to check out called Frenchy’s.

I wanted to drive through the area where I had lived before we headed out. Pineville is almost to the state line between North and South Carolina. Right down the road from my old apartment is the birthplace of James K Polk, our eleventh president. You can see a reconstruction of his childhood cabin peeking through the trees in the photo below.

Jame K Polk

We soon bid Charlotte good buy and were headed to Columbia for the night. We stopped at a rest stop and found a really cool “wormhole” cache which I will go in to in a future Awesome Geocaching post. This was our first South Carolina cache and that earned us the souvenir.

Our last stop for the night before getting a hotel was Flying Saucer Draught Emporium for a thirst quenching beverage and a late meal. A couple of the beers we wanted to try had blown and the kitchen was closed. The waitress was super nice and the kitchen made us salads and had a pretty decent beer before tucking in to bed at a nearby hotel.

Tomorrow days 6 and 7. Columbia, Charleston and Savannah.

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