here i am at art & soul....i wrote this entry soon after i arrived. more to come....
my friend, catherine, and i took off into indiana last monday. we stayed near indy because it is the home of dolphin papers. on the way we tried to use the wifi at mcdonald's. my friend's brother, frank, set that program up. we were totally disappointed because none of the employees knew how to make it work. they suggested we hop onto the free econolodge network. jeez. so frank needs a talking to. we stayed at a la quinta which was quite nice, and had free wireless. tuesday morning we wanted to eat at a local place. to our dismay, they were hard to find. but then we came upon evalee's diner.
oddly, this bible was hanging out of the back of a pickup. i didn't open the back of the truck, it was opened already. weird.
breakfast was wonderful! they did make my sandwich wrong and had to make another. i told catherine to start eating, and apparently that turned into the theme of the day.
after breakfast, we headed over to dophin papers. wow! much better than any paper store i've ever been in. they have a great catalog that explains a lot about different papers. i was good and only bought 3 pieces of paper, but my bill ran up because i got a waterproof portfolio for my remaining drawings (because my basement just flooded and i lost a bunch of stuff). i also got a nice hake brush for encaustic and a brush holder which i'm going to use as a display.
dolphin papers is in the murphy art center.
besides all the wonderful stuff in the store, there were artist studios in the remainder of the murphy art center. they were closed for the most part, but i will go back for sure. there was a cool floor/wall on the way from dophin to the rest of the building.
we really liked the manager. the neighborhood was artsy too.
after some driving, we stopped at a resale store called treasures.
we found a couple of small things. they had great hardware around the corner.
then we had more driving and more driving. we had lunch in ohio. catherine got her meal about 45 minutes before mine came. i thought i'd have to kill someone as we waited and waited. and they still charged me. i didn't put up a fight because there was only the waitress to talk to and it wasn't her fault.
then we had more driving and more driving, through to west virginia. we got off at the wrong exit on the search for food, which was totally my fault. by the time we found the food spot i felt quite a bit crazed and hungry. once again, i had to wait for my food after catherine got hers. finally we ate and felt much better.
we stayed at a comfort inn, next to a cemetery, on the night before the full moon. there were a bunch of rednecks hanging out drinking beer, and we thought it would be quite noisy but i was too tired to go anywhere else. in the end it was just fine and there was internet there for free too. that was good, because there was absolutely no phone service. i didn't think verizon would lose coverage anywhere, and i've never seen "no signal" before. catherine was able to get roaming.
it was odd. the food situation greatly improved wednesday. we went to ihop because there weren't any local places. our meal was great, the waitress (cat) was great, and it was a good start to our day. more mountains and turns....we did get to go to a scenic overlook.
i thought this motel looked abandoned, but catherine said that it was recommended to her. nice rust on the watertower.
we were trying to find a visitor's center so catherine could get some postcards. finally we got off in lexington, va. we went by VMI and a long, circuitous route probably designed so that we could go by all their little shops. the visitor center was disappointing. probably good for tourists in lexington, but not what we needed. on the way there i saw a really interesting shop, but i was tired and wanted to get to the visitor's center. on the way back i asked catherine if we could stop. what a great idea! there was a little antique store, going out of business; and a great plant shop, the Jefferson. i couldn't resist a wee bird house.
and both of us walked out of there with sedum.
finally, after much more driving, we ended up at the embassy suites. babo got comfortable right away.