Vacation!

We’re off on another adventure. This time it’s to Colonial Williamsburg. We’re using a week of timeshare as a base of operations. After a bit of a hectic week at work, I raced home, packed in under an hour, and we headed for the airport, where we spent the night. We got up Friday morning to catch an early flight. Here we are, starting the morning properly.

We went to the Jamestown Settlement yesterday and spent most of the day there. There’s a terrific museum that gives a very good overview of the Colonial period, and a reconstructed fort. We also visited the full size replicas of the ships that brought the colonists from Europe, the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery. I surprised the nice young man stationed on the Susan Constant by asking for his photo. I’m pretty sure nobody has ever handed him a partly-knitted sock before. He was a good sport, though, and smiled like this is a normal activity.

As you can see, it was a beautiful sunny day yesterday, even if it was a bit windy. I’m pretty sure that crossing the ocean on any one of these ships wouldn’t exactly be like a cruise. I never did find the bar on this one.

Our friend Byron lives near DC and is here for part of the week with us. Here he is with John and another friend we met along the way.

We’re off for another fun day. We’re heading back to Jamestown today to see the original historical site, then to Yorktown. I’ve already scouted out the yarn shop in Williamsburg, but don’t let the boys know that. I’m keeping that as a surprise for them.

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My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!

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Vacation! — 16 Comments

  1. OMG – I loved the week long vacation that we spent in Williamsburg. Megan had so much fun with the satff there. I love the colors of that sock and the young man was indeed a good sport! Enjoy!

  2. We visited Williamsburg just a few years ago, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. (Sturbridge Village was another favorite.) I should think that the actual residents of Williamsburg did quite a lot of sock knitting, albeit not in bright green.

    You should keep your eye out for the building where there are spinners.

  3. Wow! What a fun vacation. Mine are always so mundane. It sounds like all your fans have been there. I hope the rest of the week is as fun as the first bit.

  4. My husband and I did graduate study at the College of William and Mary, and we just LOVED touring in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Residents had free passes to everything in those days – so we could tour with visiting family and friends, among other reasons. I haven’t been back in a LONG time; I know the area has changed quite a bit. But we look back VERY fondly at our time there, and if it weren’t for the heat and humidity in the summer, we might retire there! It is just beautiful.

  5. How thoughtful of you to scope out the yarn shop for the guys! But that’s just you, always thinking of others, right? Right?

    Have a great time!

  6. I love all the bemused sock pictures people share!

    Have a great time – looks like you’re off to a good start with that. 😉

  7. Love the photos of the sock! I have always wanted to go to Williamsburg but somehow have not gotten around to it. One of my daughters is in DC this week (for work). I had thought to go with her but just getting over a cold one of my grands was kind enough to share when we visited last month. We had a serendipitous day when we were visiting them in the Bay area. On Sunday April 18th we had intended to go to Half Moon Bay but it took us so long to get everyone ready (the grands spent Fri & Sat nights in our hotel suite so Mommy & Daddy could have a couple of days to sleep in) that we decided to go to Ardenwood Farm instead. It is a part of the East Park park system – a very prosperous farm left to them by someone who failed at gold mining & switched to farming. It has been maintained more or less as a working farm. Well 4/18 was sheep shearing day. They sheared about 60 sheep, had sheep dog demonstrations & fleece related crafts for kids. They had a carding area & the children then could take their carded fleece to a spinner who would spin (spindle or wheel – child’s choice) it into a length of yarn that she tied around their wrists as wooly bracelets. There was also a spot where they could use bits of fleece & those long pipe cleaners to make sheep. Great time was had by all & the middle grand decided that he wants to start knitting again next time I visit. (I showed him & his older brother how to knit about 2 years ago & he caught on remarkably quickly but the positive attention he got actually embarrassed him so he decided he didn’t want to knit!)

  8. You’ll love the yarn shop!! I’ve been there several times and my stash proves it! The entire area is so full of wonderful things to see and do. 😉

  9. Oooo – you are in my home town. There is a good wine shop down the row from the yarn store that serves snacks and sandwiches. Perhaps you can distract the guys with that while you pet the yarn. Yorktown also has a smallish yarn shop on the waterfront, and another inland.

  10. One of my favorite places. Lived in Williamsburg for 16 years until less than 2 years ago when we moved to FL. So much to see and do and learn about our country’s history.

  11. glad you two are off having fun! John’s posted some funny photos of FB 😉
    It’s the perfect time of year to be visiting the Williamsburg area!