Archive for November 15th, 2009
After four days of cold gray rain, the sun made a special appearance in Virginia today for a perfect fall swan song. It was absolutely gorgeous and even more so in contrast to the hints of winter we’ve been experiencing. I knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity and what better way to soak up a gift of such a day than to enjoy a picnic on the waterfront. Although nearly every region of Virginia is full of history and adventure, we’re fortunate to live in an area that has a lot of great sites. One of these is the town of Occoquan, just a stone’s throw away and the perfect spot to wander around on a Sunday afternoon.
Occoquan is one of those places that you wonder if they still exist. While most small towns wither up and fade away, Occoquan has carved out a lovely, whimsical and refreshing spot for itself. Even more, though, it has a sense of authenticity and earthiness that scares away any temptation that you might have about it being a tourist trap. I love the feel of the streets and the shops and every time we visit, I wonder why we don’t do this more often.
After we finished our riverfront picnic, we sauntered on down the street, popping in and out of shops, mostly browsing, but picking up a few things we didn’t even know we were looking for. Which is, really, the essence of any girls’ shopping trip, I think. As we strolled along I made some mental notes of shops I want to return to another time, including a few I didn’t even know existed. We saw loads of holiday decorations, ornaments, baubles and beads; sampled some fudge, met a new cat (one without a tail, no less) and treated ourselves to some ice cream. I even discovered what may be my new favorite bookstore. All in all a pretty successful and wonderful day. Not only did I get some one-on-one time with my favorite girl, I got a much-needed reminder that I really do need to get out more.