You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Tredegar’ tag.

Some weeks lend themselves to getting out and about and appreciating the spring thing. This is not one of them, so I will cheat and throw in photos from a week or two ago when the Cherry Blossoms were in full swing down on Brown’s Island.

Pink Island

The weekday I was wandering around on Brown’s Island and Belle Isle I ran into at least 3 people I knew out taking in the spring splendor in the middle of the day. Playing hookey, perhaps. We couldn’t have picked a better place to do it though in my defense, I was working on a new and exciting route for Real Richmond, my food tours (& more) biz.  I even ran into a gal who had been on the previous week’s food tour of Shockoe Slip. She was there with her Goochland Elementary School’s 4th graders, taking in the Civil War museums at Tredegar and she told me that because our tour had taken her to TJ’s Capitol, she’d asked the bus driver on her school field trip to take the class there for a class picture. Hope they return for the full-fledged visit soon.

Old stuff is cool.

One of the flaws of the very worthwhile Tredegar area is that there is no place to buy snacks or lunch there. There’s space for a small cafe and perhaps one day it will appear, but until then, you will have to be resourceful like I am and either pack your own chocolate chip cookies or do what I won’t tell you you can do because I’m about to launch a new Real Richmond product that will be really fun but I can’t tell you what it involves quite yet. That is mean. Oh well. I’m really very nice and generous on our actual tours–but they’re only 2.5 hours, so that explains that. There are tickets available for this Saturday’s 2-4:30 p.m. tour of The Wards–April 2nd. If you email me at mentioning this blog post, you’ll get a two-for one deal, while supplies last.

Floods are spectator sports here in Richmond, especially a flood as fast and furious as this one. The James was 6 feet over flood stage, and at that point it floods Riverside Drive around here. Roads get closed and people park nearby and have to see it.  I was downtown at Tredegar this morning and the James was chugging along much faster than the freight train above.

In my neighborhood, the river backs up Rattlesnake Creek so that it’s lake-like.  It’s fun to see what you take for granted change so completely.

change is good

It changes everything except the stupidity of some people.  So many people who live around here near the river were apparently caught by surprise that the road was covered.  Had they not seen the river inches away from the road the day before?  Saw one guy in his 4 wheel drive vehicle go through it, all manly-like. He proved his point and now his brakes are all rusty, so there.  I think some people assume the river has no right to change–that it’s a static thing, just window dressing–pretty background music.  But the river has other ideas, and pretty is only one of its defining characteristics, not even its most interesting.

I’m back!