I’m a huge fan of taking a break and stepping away from every day doing and that includes creating art. And I must admit even though I’ve been creating, I’ve been in a lull of inspiration. I am pleased to have gone on this camoing trip and found a renewed creativity.

We went camping with new and old friends not far from here at the Explore Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to Roanoke.

I vegged out while my partner did the ropes and obstacle course – and the evenings were spent sitting around the fire.

There was a small historical area and I remembered all the pictures I used to take that were meant to become wood-burnings. I set off with my partner exploring the small trail and was in awe of what I discovered and how close I could get to the historical buildings in that area.

Explore Park is home to dozens of relocated 18th and 19th-century buildings taken piece by piece from their original locations.

This original one-room schoolhouse was first located near a ford of the Blackwater River in Franklin County. The school was moved to Explore Park courtesy of a descendant of one of the former teachers. This style of school architecture –one room with four windows and heated by a fireplace – is the norm for the county.

This home was originally built in 1837 at the intersection of what is now Ogden Road and Colonial Avenue in Roanoke County. A family of six – Samuel and Elizabeth Hofauger and their four children – lived here. Samuel was of German descent and Elizabeth was of English descent. This house is what most middle-class farm families lived in this area in the mid-19th century.

And I was reignited with turning my photographs into wood-burnings and am going through years and years of pictures I have taken – including the ones I took over the weekend.

And the evening was spent, making our kebobs that had been marinading and then eating them with the copious amount of salads I had made.

Needless to say, I came back tired and yet refreshed and ready to embrace my renewed creativity. As soon as I am finished with the animal series I’ve been creating.

I am looking forward to the next camping trip that will happen with plans to make this a regular thing. It’s one thing to be camping during a music festival and another when you’re just hanging out.

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