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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Funky Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown West Virginia is an eclectic mix of old town history, appreciation for the arts and a college town. The 55 mile per hour road leading into town runs over tight hills and curves, barely supporting the maximum driving limit. The red brick downtown area is reminiscent of New England architecture with heavy mid-Atlantic underpinnings. The main drive through town is dotted with funky boutique shops, restaurants and college coffee houses. This is definitely a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Word of caution, some parking areas require residential permits. There are often no signs stating as such.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Rust Sanctuary

The Rust Sanctuary, located in Leesburg, is a 68 acre ecological park with hiking trails and a manor house. The property was donated to the Audubon Society in 2000 by William F. Rust. There are scheduled nature tours provided on the property where more than 100 species of birds nest throughout the year. Directions and details are here.

Touring the manor house requires reservations. I learned this while taking a peek inside and being told (in less than friendly terms) that I'm not allowed in. Gee I'm such a nice guy too :)

Surrounding the manor house is an impressive array of plants and trees. This expansive Tulip Tree was in full spring bloom. It's large branches hung precariously over a stone wall, as if trying to keep everything close.