It’s a short drive from Saluda.  About six miles on 33 East, then a brief stretch on 3 West, which is “Gray’s Point Road.”

You turn off on a asphalt driveway and head past acres of soybean and corn plantings.  A mile in, there’s a turn-off and you drive straight back on a dusty road to the banks of the Rappahannock River.  There’s a small house, a big house and a 10-acre clearing for pickup sports and games.  A short walk away is the might Rap, just a couple miles from its confluence with the Bay.

Our family bought the farm nearly 100 years ago. Even then it was old, an antebellum house surrounded by forests and the remnants of tobacco fields.  Ever since it has served as a rallying point for generations of our family, even as the family has spread from its initial source in Middlesex County.

This weekend, they’ll be coming back from all over the USA.  Many of us live in Fairfax or Alexandria.  Another group lives in Richmond or Williamsburg.  The furthest branches live in Colorado and California.  Then there’s our cousin who lives in Bali.  She also came in this weekend, with her fiancee originally from Vienna (Virginia).

The weather was sunny.  Perfect for swimming and informal games of soccer and football.  I took a run out the driveway to the main road, dodging vehicles operated by “learning to drive” teenagers.  Yes, I learned to drive on that same driveway.

I can’t stay the whole weekend – not with Memorial Day events all weekend.  It’s a short couple days but worth every moment.  Topping, Virginia.

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Memorial Day Weekend Unfolds

It’s going to be a great weekend, regardless of the weather.  Friday and Saturday, we will be down at our family farm in Middlesex County.

On Sunday, I’ll be home for the parade and rally at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax.  Sunday afternoon, I’ll be at the Viva Vienna! festival on Church Street.  I will also stop by the annual barbecue for Fairfax-Arlington Elks.

Memorial day Monday will feature presentations by the American Legion and VFW post in Fairfax and in Vienna.  Then back all day at Viva Vienna!  Hope to see you out there.

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Arlington Loves Football!

I read in the news this week that the Arlington County Board — having run out of actual problems  — has decided to enter the world of naming professional sports teams. So what names fit for Virginia’s most “politically correct” elected body?   Here’s a short list:

1.  The Dog Park Warriors.

2.  The Million Dollar Bus Stops.

3.  The Abandoned Street Cars.

4.  The (Over) Regulators.

5.  The Tax and Spenders.

6.  The Vicious Vegans.

7.   Poets in Turtlenecks.

8.   The Exploited.

9.  White Liberal Angst.

10.  The Granola Bars.

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