Sunday, August 20, 2006

The James River

















We had a good old time at the James River today. There's an island in the middle of the river called Belle Island where people like to go to swim, hike, run and bike-ride. We parked off of 5th street and then made our way to the bridge that would take us across from the north side of the river to the island. On the way there, we saw a bunch of people swimming right off of the north shore. They were having a great time swinging on a rope tied to the underside of some train tracks. I was a little nervous watching them because the water didn't look like it could be very deep and they were climbing up to the top of the train tracks and jumping in. We even saw someone slip and fall and they were seriously lucky to land in deep water.
















After we got tired of watching them, we went over to cross the bridge. This was the third time I crossed it, but I was still pretty nervous about it. I don't think we'll ever get my mom over to the other side. It's a narrow bridge suspended in air by cables, hanging from underneath a busy 6-lane highway.
















Once we got to Belle Island by way of the bridge, I had an overwhelming urge to cross back again to the North shore by way of the actual river. We had lots of fun walking, wading and sometimes swimming to the other side.































All in all, we had a great day that ended with Subway (their oatmeal raison cookies are awesome!) and wet, dirty tennis shoes. Here are some more of the pictures we took:


21 comments:

nckitkat said...

if I "did" water, it would look like fun to me! the bridge doesn't look as bad as you made it sound, at least it is big. the little footbridges, like the one in the mts, are the ones I can't even LOOK at!

argos said...

cool pics!

From one water freak to another.

You look like you may have been a synchro swimmer?

Windy Lampson said...

Argos- you made me laugh- nope, not a synchronized swimmer- I just learned that if the current knocked me off my feet and started carrying me downstream, it was better to put my feet out in front of my face so that my tennis shoes were the first thing to run into the rocks. I'm not quite as graceful as I may have appeared to be :)

spigo said...

enjoyed the pics. much more thorough than jeff's sloppy 1 pic. i like the suspended pedestrian bridge. i'm glad you two are having fun in richmond. jeff and sarah are still in charlottesville, right? that's probably pretty cool being quite a bit closer to them. how did things go with michaels? you working there or what?

Windy Lampson said...

Oh, yeah- I got the job at Michael's, but since Jeff's job turned out to be less stable than we thought, I applied to Richmond public schools and got a job as an art teacher... I had to quit the Michael's job.

spigo said...

so what's the deal with jeff's job? he refuses to answer any questions about it. is he enjoying it? sorry you're having to teach again, but i hope things go well with that. have you started already? i know most schools here just started this week or last week.

Windy Lampson said...

I have started in the sense that I have a teacher workday everyday until the beginning of school, but the kids don't actually start until Sept 5. Jeff seems to be enjoying his job at this point- I can't write too much about it write now cause we're about to go jogging and jeff is fussing at me to hurry up and get ready. I'll try to make him comment while he's waiting on me-

Jeff said...

i refuse to answer glen ever since that incident with "let's jam!"

and windy, you were write.

spigo said...

who's glen?

spigo said...

and jeff, it's not write to make fun of the way windy rights.

Jeff said...

i have every write. after all, she is my wife.

Jeff said...

i meant "right." woops.

spigo said...

wait, let me get this rite. you meant to wright "you have every 'right'" or "she is my 'right'"?

spigo said...

i meant "i have every 'right.'" woops.

atenea crisoelefantina said...

funny pictures!!!!
greetings from Spain!!!

atenea crisoelefantina said...

hello windy...
thanks for your visit to my blog!!! and for your message!!
No, i am not an art student in this moment. I studied Fine Arts in the university but i finished my studies 2 years ago.
I hope you will visit me more times!!!!
kisses and greetings,

spigo said...

so everybody was all about the sweet mosquito jar t-shirt that i wore to work on friday. and they were all like, where'd you get that? it's sooo awesome! so i was all like, windylampson.com, duh. don't you go to that site? do you live under a rock? and then they were all up on the site, and all like, whoa, joey lawrence-style. and so i was all like, buy something, jerks.

Jeff said...

i'd like to see a picture of you modelling that shirt.

i'd like to see a picture of you modelling.

i'd like to see a picture of you.

i'd like to see a picture.

i'd like to see.

Windy Lampson said...

Thanks Glen!!! Hopefully there will be more images available soon-As soon as we finish getting everything unpackec, I'll be back to painting.

Pammie said...

Hello Windy,

Thanks for your comments on my blog, glad you liked my photies. I like yours too and how the orange-ish tint of the first photo matches the text colour. I also like your adventures in the hotel, very funny! Most people wouldn't have bothered to put down a towel, well done!

eric said...

trés jolies photos ça donne envie...