The old gray Metro ain’t what she used to be

When we moved from Southern Illinois to the National Capital Region in 1981 and settled into a condo in the Virginia Square area of Arlington County, Amy and I fell in love with the then-new Metro subway system of Washington, DC. It took me about 20 minutes to ride from the Virginia Square Metro Station […]

Tourists arrive

During the 23 years that we called the National Capital Region (aka the Washington, DC metro area) home, the approach of Spring also meant the arrival of tourists. Although Washington is a year-round tourist area, Spring and Summer remain the busiest times, much like they are here in the Blue Ridge. It is a time […]

A long day

A beautiful moon darted in and out of the clouds and often lit up the nighttime sky as I sped south on Interstate 80 and turned off onto I-581 towards Roanoke late Thursday night — a sharp contrast to the bright orange sunrise that greeted me when I headed out nearly 18 hours early for […]

The long road home

Unlike Rome, all roads do not lead to Washington, DC. Yet enough routes to and from the National Capital Region exist to give a visitor options when it comes to routes back home. So, after a good weekend at Rolling Thunder,  I left Manassas, Virginia, early Monday morning with no particular route in mind. I […]

The Sound of Thunder

He snapped awake at 0500, a full 30 minutes before the alarm was set to go off.

For more than 30 years, he had been waking up at 5 a.m. It didn’t matter which time zone he was in or even if it was daylight savings time. When the big hand was on the 12 and the little one on the five, he was awake.