I started the day thinking that, after yesterday, I won’t have to do a thing to make Mother’s trip a sucess. I figure she’s still on a geneological/historical high. I’ve hidden the Cortaid, so we should be good to go. Of course, brushing your teeth with hydrocortisone is something you probably only do once.
We are staying at Greensprings Vaction Resort and it couldn’t be nicer. I do, however, have a suggestion. The master bath is large and three walls are covered by mirrors, giving an illusion of an image that goes on forever. Now, if I looked like Kate Upton I might want to see an infinite number of my naked self upon stepping out of the shower, but I do not and I don’t, so dispense with all the mirrors, Greensprings.
Most of the day was spent at historical Jamestowne. The information desk recommended the archeological tour which proved to be spot on. The archeologist giving the tour obviously loved his job. He would make a great history teacher and made the story of Jamestowne come alive. I didn’t realize that the site is still being uncovered and part of an active dig. The actual site of the fort was just discovered for the first time in 1994 and so far they have discovered over 2,000,000 artifacts. Just in the past year, they uncovered a human female skull they call Jane. The recovery of Jane proved that written reports of canabalism during what they called the “starving time” we’re indeed true. It was a depressing, but fascinating, story.
We put thoughts of canabalism behind us and spent the evening chowing down at the Williamsburg Lodge for their Seafood Fest. We went a little early so that we could see the Williamsburg Inn, which is right across the street from where we were eating. Just by chance, we ran into the manager of the place who took us on a private tour of part of the Inn. There is a beautiful grand staircase called the Queen’s Staircase because Queen Elizabeth used it during both of her stays at the Williamsburg Inn, in 1957 and 50 years later in 2007. According to our guide, the Williamsburg Inn is the only hotel that the Queen has stayed in more than once. He let Mother and I have our picture made in the same spot as the Queen. Finally! Our royalty has been acknowledged.
The dinner that Julia treated us to was fantastic…all the shrimp, crab, salmon, oysters and prime rib you could eat. Add a great bottle of wine and a desert bar and we needed to be rolled back to the car. It will take a couple of weeks to undo my gastronomic sins this week.
I must say that the people of Virginia have been inordinately warm and exceedingly polite at every turn. Not a single person has been unpleasant, and that includes store clerks, security men, waiters and Inn managers. The ticks have been less pleasant as Julia found one of the little suckers on her back tonight. Eww… The vodka came in handy once again as we used it hoping the tick would want to come out for a drink. Baring that, it made a nice disinfectant.
Ticks aside, we had a great time. Thanks to Julia for coming with us and for being our chauffeur. She did a fantastic job when she wasn’t almost running down pedestrians with baby carriages…but that was just that once. It was an honor to fulfill my Mother’s dream, but best of all it puts me way ahead of my brothers on the suck-up scale. They may never catch up. It’s a win-win.