Tuesday, June 10, 2008
One of the fun things we're looking forward to doing on our trip is to visit old friends that we haven't seen in a long time. Today, we drove north to Blacksburg, VA to visit Dave and Rita Weaver who we met and became close friends with back when we lived in Farmville, VA in the late 1970's. We haven't seen them since they relocated to Blacksburg over 25 years ago. It was so nice to see the "old man" again (Dave is a whole two days older than I am and we've always jointly celebrated our birthdays on the day in between). They took us on a tour of the beautiful campus of Virginia Tech where we visited the memorial (see picture) built to honor the students and teachers that were lost on April 16, 2007. There are 32 'Hokie Stones' - each with the name of one of the lost - arranged in a semi-circle facing the buildings where the events took place. Quite moving indeed. After seeing the rest of the VT campus, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Applebees where their daughter, Sarah, works. She was just a young teenager when we last saw her. Oh, how time flies... On the drive back 'home', we drove through a hailstorm! Thank the heavens it was small hail! At least the car is now free of pollen and dirt.