Hello everyone! I’m Lexi Melton, and I was a part of something called Early Start. Our little group had the opportunity to experience a couple of the Travel Study day trips. But wait. Back up. What is Early Start you might ask? Well, it was basically that: an early start at Southern Virginia University. I had a cool teacher with a bowtie—most people know him as Provost Sowell—teach me about the foundations of college.
Anyway, now that we have some background information, I shall now tell you about our awesome, spectacular, amazing, cool, phenomenal, day trips! Well, first things first: our first trip was to historic Lexington, where we got to see some cool stuff including the Robert E. Lee Chapel, the cemetery where Robert E. Lee was buried, and the house of—you guessed it—Robert E. Lee.
Starting out in the chapel, we got to see the statue of General Lee. The detail in the stone was indescribable. Let’s just say I was pretty impressed. Then we got to go down and see a memorial of Traveler, General Lee’s horse, where people put pennies upside down. We also got to see Traveler’s old stable, which is actually now home to Traveler the car—which belongs to the president of Washington and Lee University. For some reason, which our guide, Kristen Jones—who works in the Registrar’s Office by day and leads ghost tours in Lexington by night—wouldn’t tell us, the stable-turned-garage stays open at all times. She hinted that we’d learn more if we came on the Halloween tour.
After touring more cool buildings and seeing cool bricks and visiting the graveyard, we all went to a very delicious ice cream shop called Sweet Things.
The second trip we took was to Washington, D.C., which was awesome! A lot of the buildings actually looked like castles, and we all split up to visit the sights. There were the classic monuments, the Holocaust Museum, and of course, the Smithsonian museums. There was just so much to see and not enough time to see it! All in all, it was a really great day. But don’t take my word for it—check out these cool places for yourself! You definitely won’t regret it.
(Post by Lexi Melton ’16. Photos by Erin Seage ’16.)