We had a lovely Sunday with mum and Don. We had all agreed just to do small presents, so after brekky that is what we did. For lunch we roasted the leg o' lamb that I had gotten from Costco on Friday. Mum showed me how to prepare it nicely. Don carved. In the evening we played Trivial Pursuit. The copy we have dates back to the days of the Soviet Union, so you have to calibrate your answers appropriately. We played the usual teams, Mum and I vs. Don and Lena. Don and Lena were victorious.
Monday was Boxing Day, which isn't usually a holiday here, but since Chrissy was on Sunday, it was the day we got off. We were in negotiations to see a movie, but since we couldn't decide on one mum suggested going up to Harpers Ferry instead. I have been meaning to go to Harpers Ferry since 2010, when I did my road trip from Salt Lake City to DC. We were hungry by the time we got there, so we went to Bistro 1840, which was delicious. A tad heavy on the cheese though. Then we climbed some rocks for a view and crossed the bridge to the Maryland side for fun and then came back to the West Virginia side to visit the John Brown museum. There was a poignant moment when we were watching national park videos talking about the disunity that was brought about by John Brown and his followers when we looked at each other and considered the political climate and uncertainty on the horizon.
- That trip was routed to add as many new states to my list of states visited as possible. I did one weird thing in each state by researching weird things on the internet. The John Brown Wax Museum in Harpers Ferry was supposed to be my West Virginia thing, but after Kentucky I was exhausted of driving and went as directly as possible to Springfield, Virginia where I stayed for about a month before moving into Maryland. I figured from the DC area it would be easy to visit Harpers Ferry at my leisure. Had no idea it would take six years. I still haven't been to the Wax Museum. Also, I still have eleven US states to visit.
- In fairness, John Brown was the spark that erupted into the Civil War, but but all the political munitions that had been stacked up for him to set alight have to take some responsibility too.
- Incidentally, once complete, this will leave just the big WA as the only Australian state I haven't been to. WA is the size of Texas, California and Alaska combined.