Someone’s Home ~ August 22, 2015

  • August 22, 2015
  • 17 Days Before Departure
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
  • 10 miles, total assent 2,118 feet

Preparing for the St. Francis of Assisi pilgrimage.  When the parks were formed in the 1930’s, not all the displaced families disappeared from the mountains. They left their dead. 

  1. Cemetary
  2. Gravestone
  3. Chimney

In the 1930s, Shenandoah National Park was pieced together from over 3,000 individual tracts of land, purchased or condemned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and presented to the Federal Government. In the process, at least 500 families -described as “almost completely cut off from the current of American life” were displaced in what was considered by some to be an humanitarian act. To restore, or rather create, a ‘natural’ landscape out of the patchwork of recently abandoned settlements, Civilian Conservation Corps volunteers dismantled buildings and obscured the detritus of human habitation with the purity of imported vegetation.

Posey Snail ~ August 20, 2015

  • August 20, 2015
  • 19 Days Before Departure 
  • Monticello, Charlottesville
  • 12 miles, total assent 1,492 feet

Preparing for the St. Francis of Assisi pilgrimage.  Posey posing as a snail.  “The most beautiful bean in the world is the Caracalla Bean,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. The flower is snail-like and the pods pea-like and editable.   



Carry Me Back ~ Charlottesville ~ July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

“Carry me Back to Old Virginny,” an African American minstrel song, marks the end of A Pilgrim’s Progress.

Glimpses of Virginia
St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry delivered his “Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech.

Statue of Liberty in Virginia’s capital.

Bears in the neighborhood.

Deer in the yard.

Siamese in my home.