Darn. We missed Camp Jeep

Missed Camp Jeep this year. So busy we forgot about it. As it turned out, the annual gathering of Jeep owners in Nelson County came the same weekend as FloydFest so I couldn’t have made it anyway.

Maybe next year. I’m sure the folks at FloydFest won’t miss me.

(Photo from 2004 Camp Jeep at Oak Ridge Plantation in Nelson County, VA)

Capturing the moment, part deux

The assignment: Cover the annual Marine Corps Marathon which starts at the Marine Corps Memorial in Roslyn, Virginia, winds through Washington, and ends back at the Memorial.

I had covered an even dozen Marathons before but this one was in 2001, a month after the terrorist attacks of 2001. Some wanted to cancel the event, fearing it would draw an attack. But organizers refused.

Annual events that are big media happenings present a number of challenges. Finding a new angle is difficult. Getting away from the hoard of other photogs is also difficult. I tend to look for locations that are away from the usual gatherings of shooters.

I had decided ahead of time that my focus on this event were the handicapped marathoners, particularly the ones who competed in wheelchairs.  Many are veterans who lost a limb in service to their country. Most run their own race on a shortened course but others, Marines to the core, choose to compete on the full course.

The pride shown by these marathoners is evident and inspring. Like the competitor below who competed every year that I covered the Marathon and always finished. His face said it all:


Banking on it

The on-again, off-again construction of  First National Bank of Christiansburg’s new Floyd branch appears to be on again.

For a while it looked like construction would be on hold because of Virginia Financial Group’s take over of FNB to create a new state chartered bank holding company.

Now it seems to be back on with construction slated to begin by mid-September.

We’ll check in September to see if there is any activity on the construction site.


The sign on the door of Shortt’s Fitness Center on Virginia Rte. 8 just outside Floyd says it all:

This business will close on August 10.

Shortts closed its doors Friday, leaving the county seat town of Floyd with no fitness center and the county with just one (Turman Sports Complex in Willis).