Saturday, June 23, 2012

Signs Of Virginia

Wherever I go I try to keep an eye open for human made oddities. This one I loved in a thrift store in Monterey, Virginia.

I wondered how the thermostat reacts to being "bothered." Signs for public consumption should be proof read and spell checked.

I always want to make Virginia whine. It's not well known but there are lots of wineries in Virginia and if the wine has eighty percent locally grown grapes it can be called Virginia wine.

Outfitters and yuppy coffee. Sounds about right.

The Roanoke Times seems to be a thriving local paper and judging from these boxes it's been around a while.

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Roanoke's Greenways

The city of Roanoke Virginia has established a bunch of walking and cycling trails around and across the city.

They are a way to get out into nature in the middle of the urban sprawl of a city of a hundred thousand, but as I am quite unfamiliar with the geography of Roanoke I can only tell you I walked a couple of them wherever it was they went... The Murray Run started through a patch of wild strawberries.

The trail wandered between a school's sports field and a street of suburban homes.

The dirt and gravel is well graded to make for easy running or cycling, though some runners prefer the athletics field.

I took a seat and watched the action of which there wasn't much.

It was a delightfully peaceful spot on a weekday evening in the middle of the urban hustle.

I found some strange flowers, or whatever they are...

And the trail became wooded like a real forest. A hell of a commute!

Meanwhile, somewhere else in the city I found a similar greenway under the Memorial Street Bridge.

This one was more popular.

Quote a bit more popular yet hardly crowded!

People everywhere.

I paused for pictures while my dog hustled along seeking new smells.

Huckleberry Finn was out learning to kill fish on the Roanoke River.

Quite the spot.

Deep green grass to refresh a hot Labrador.

I don't think Cheyenne was missing mangroves and mugginess and limestone...

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