EDM# 30: Draw a chair. See a new place.

Jack and I are back from our visit to the Crooked Trail of western Virginia. We drove 1,400 miles in six days, visited six states, heard a lot of music, ate one salad, did a small amount of drawing, and had  a great time.

We saw beautiful places like Mabry Mill in Meadows of Dan, Virginia.

We ate lots of interesting Southern vittles.

We were sorely tempted.

We visited the phenomenal O. Wilson Link Museum, the coolest thing in Roanoke.

We visited Roadside America in Shartlesville, PA, the world’s coolest miniature village.

Seriously, the coolest. This is not one of those tilt-lens pictures that make reality look like a miniature. It’s a miniature that looks an awful lot like the real thing.

We got bossed around by signs a fair amount.

This was our trip credo.

We saw some fantastic old time music shows, like this one in Floyd VA’s Country Store.

And this one at the Carter Family Fold, the Mecca and Ground Zero of country music.

We visited a mess of log cabins.

And hung out at Appomattox, where the Civil War ended in 1865.

The mountains were smoky. We had rain, fog, but mainly lovely sunshine.

A spooky moment one night in Floyd.

And I drew a chair. Or two. And some hungry musicians.

I prepainted the page in watercolor before I left, then knocked out this Safari sketch and tinted it with sumi ink and a white pencil.

You can see more of my photos on my tumblr.

13 Comments

  1. Darlene Propp

    What a fabulous trip! I’ve never been to that part of the country and you make me hunger to experience it for myself.

  2. Steano

    Never been in USA for a trip. And trips like this are always making me drooling! :)

  3. Gina

    Love your photos – and of course, the wonderful sketch. Looks like a great trip.

  4. Rebecca J Stahr

    What a great trip! That drawing is a lot of fun too.

  5. dollinha

    Wow, that was amazing! What great memories for you and Jack. You are a wonderful dad. Nice drawing too.

  6. Barbara Daley

    Thanks for sharing, Danny….really enjoy your perspective on things!

  7. Liz Carlson

    Tell us the spooky part!!! I love spooky! -Beautiful pictures all around.

  8. Joanne

    we have a mountain house in glade valley and have been to mabry mill several times — love their grits — great pics –

  9. Lynn

    I love your drawing of the street musicians and their chairs. Love road trips. Would have to pack food as not sure I could eat possum; chocolate, yes! Love the license plates 1 Torah and Libril.

  10. Moira aguilar

    The museum photo is the cutest!

  11. Joy Corcoran

    Well, if you’re seeing a “mess of” anything, you’re really getting into the region. Thanks for sharing your journey — as you always so eloquently do.

  12. Donna Naes

    Oh wow, I think I’d go nuts over the old cabins. Thanks for sharing the good ole southern life.

  13. Ann

    What a great trip and wonderful memory to have with your son. You are a great dad. You got lots of great photo reference to. Thanks for sharing.

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