|I tend to stay away from selfies on my blog, but ok, I took this picture on the very first day in April that I arrived in Abingdon at the beginning of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Amazing that people who take selfies have these terrible grins.|
|Tasting room at the Wolf Hills Brewery|
I am definitively not planning to make this a travelogue, but want to highlight some commonalities I experienced during all three visits. I felt at home and accepted. Naturally, Abingdon is not off the beaten track, and Damascus is on the Appalachian and the Virginia Creeper Trails. So they get a lot of influx from people who are from the outside, but still there is a difference between being tolerated or almost accepted. I can feel that. I travel so much that even in local restaurants or so the ambiance or the friendliness of the local waitstaff give you that feeling. Some people just give you the feeling they really care, others just fake it or don't even do that. Only once did I feel alienated when traveling out in the mountains of Virginia, but that was only the result of listening to conservative talk radio, which is difficult to escape on the AM when you drive through the area, and so are the religious stations. I wrote about it on March 4, 2015 in my blog. Yes people are more conservative and you notice that on the radio. I sometimes use that as a learning moment, as long as it does not become hate speech and intolerant; anyway NPR almost reaches everywhere. Otherwise, best to download a book or a podcast.
|Walking back along Main street from the restaurant to my motel in Abingdon. It would great to have sidewalks, but we don't even have those in York County.|
|The Damascus Brewery serves the best Dam(ascus) beer!|
|Along the Virginia Creeper Trail, this photo and the first photo are the two bookends of my experiences along the trail.|