Monday, July 24, 2017

The 2017 Trans-Appalachian Evidentiary Expedition

We cut a less destructive swath through Appalachia.

In contrast with my periodic and emotional responses to the dissatisfaction of blogging, Melvin wrote a comprehensive and well reasoned analysis earlier this year. I don't do Melvin's exploration justice, not even to this individual point, but he included the observation:
"On the basic level, independent of any possible larger issues, I think the blog can serve a useful recording function: here are some of the places we went, in the order we went to them, with some pictures. ...having all the trip-related experiences at least alluded to in a common place has an evidentiary value...."
In the spirit of that statement, and despite my resolution earlier this year, the following records with a minimum of narrative our recent trip south through the Mid-Atlantic states and the return through Appalachia.


Rob (third person) drives 5:30 to Arlington VA, meeting Melvin who was at a conference there. Bonus question: Why is it called "Crystal City" if everything is beige?

Dark Star Park

tour Arlington
Nancy Holt, Dark Star Park (1984)
"Deep Throat parking garage"
dinner at the Ornery Beer Company & Public House with Tom van der Voort, who introduced Melvin and me to each other in the previous century

Potomac Nationals 0, Carolina Mudcats 3
with TvdV and David Rapp and his wife Lee Anne who all witnessed a bench clearing ... well, brawl would be an overstatement but Mudcats shortstop Isan Diaz gave Potomac catcher Matt Reistetter a pretty good shot to the head before they were both ejected
night-cap, Cascade Brewing Apricot 2015


when Terminal A was all there was to National Airport

tour National Airport
Abington Plantation
historic art deco Terminal A (1941)
congressional parking lot
enter Maryland
Manila Mart, Beltsville, for lunch
Melvin had the sisig fries; chopped grilled pork and liver seasoned with lemon, onion, and hot peppers over French fries. I meant to get the lechon kawali—pork belly simmered in water and spices till tender, then deep-fried—but got it confused with another item (allegedly) available by the pound, kare-kare, ox tail stewed in peanut sauce with mixed vegetables. Bad mistake.
Delmarva Peninsula
Trans-Peninsular Line Midpoint Marker — Mason & Dixon!
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Lakewood Blueclaws 5
return to Virgina
Kiptopeke Breakwater (concrete ships)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel (1964)
crazy driving through Norfolk tunnels
dinner at The Torch Bistro
crazy driving to avoid Norfolk tunnels


breakfast at Handsome Biscuit, Norfolk

tour Virginia Beach
Mount Trashmore
Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment
Jerrasic Park at the Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach triptych

enter North Carolina
Jim "Catfish" Hunter Museum, Hertford

reprise of Tom van der Voort, Kinston
dinner at the Boiler Room Oyster Bar
Down East Wood Ducks 2, Winston-Salem Dash 4

breakfast at Lovick's Café, Kinston

Fort Neoheroka Monument
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and workshop, Wilson

Whirligig Park is now anticipated to open in November.

"Eyes on Main Street," Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival
Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum
The Burger Barn, Warrenton, for milkshakes
(contemporary) Soul City
Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh
Ben Harris sculptures
Buies Creek Astros 5, Carolina Mudcats 6 (15 innings)


early lunch at Allen & Son Barbecue, Pittsboro
"Mosaic House," Durham (exterior only)
abandoned factory, Belmont
Körner’s Folly, Kernersville

The restoration is ongoing at Körner's Folly.

The Beer Growler (A cleaning charge? Really?)
Kannapolis Intimidators 0, Hickory Crawdads 1
nightcap, D9 Brewing Company Systema Natvræ, 3rd edition, lingonberry and edelweiss sour


Boondocks Brewing for an early lunch and growler fill, West Jefferson
enter Tennessee
TVA South Holston Dam (1950) and weir
Backyard Terror's Dinosaur Park, Bluff City

Again with the dinosaurs?

Phil's Dream Pit for an early dinner, Kingsport
"From Phil's to Fail"
car won't start, loose battery cable (we learned later)
missed seeing the Kingsport Mets lose in 11 innings
watched New York Mets 8, Miami Marlins 0 instead in our room at the 'meth bust motel,' drinking Crumpler Crippler Citra DIPA from Boondocks


get fleeced at Firestone Complete Auto Care
lunch at Sweet P's Downtown Dive, Knoxville
Sunsphere (1982), World's Fair Park, and Market Square
Green McAdoo Cultural Center, including the Clinton 12 statue

no ordinary walk to school

Norris, Tennessee and the TVA Norris Dam
Tennessee Smokies 5, Jackson Generals 2
Einstök Icelandic Toasted Porter to go from The Casual Pint, Marysville


Owen's Restaurant, Dandridge, for breakfast
Houston's Mineral Water, New Market
enter West Virginia
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
(pizza) Pies & Pints, Charlestown
"Mortar Man"
Blacksheep Burritos and Brews
2:31 rain delay

power down

West Virginia Power 11, Hickory Crawdads 2
"Power up!" "The toaster!"

almost missed check-out
Tudor's Biscuit World ("Start your day the homemade way!")
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston

home sweet home

Philippi Mummies
West Virginia Black Bears 4, Williamsport Crosscutters 2
Iron Horse Tavern, Morgantown
(idle) Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system
Morgantown Brewing Company


Grave Creek Mound, Moundsville
(escape from the) West Virginia Penitentiary
Bob's Lunch
drive through fracking country (see top)
Palace of Gold at New Vrindaban

Swami Prabhupada's bedroom

enter Pennsylvania
"Space Acorn", Kecksburg
Flight 93 National Memorial, Stoystown
State College Spikes 4, Batavia Muckdogs 5
Home D Pizzeria and Robin Hood Brewing Company

Independence Day

done for now with these amusements

Original Waffle Shop ("Fresh, fast and fun...every day.")
Williamsport Crosscutters 4, State College Spikes 2
Statue of Liberty in the Susquehanna River
Tröegs Independent Brewing for dinner and a growler fill
drop Melvin at Newark Liberty International Airport and return home

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