Friday night G and I kicked off our weekend with the coolest art exhibit ever. We headed across the bridge to the Hermitage Museum for the Bruce Munro Light exhibit. I saw some pictures on Coastal Virginia Magazines Facebook page, and I immediately bought tickets for us.
This exhibit was so, so cool. I took a ton of pictures and oohed and ahhed my way through the grounds. And we arrived at the perfect time. The sun hadn’t set yet when we arrived, so we went and saw the indoor displays first. This one, Light Shower, was my favorite. When we build a dream house one of these days, I want something like this as a light fixture in my entry way.
I thought Lighthouse was amazing. It was breathtaking, and extra cool since it was inspired by the area where it was displayed. Even cooler, the flashing lights are actually emitting a morse code message: “There is a light that never goes out.”
Field of Light. Oh my gosh y’all, this was breathtaking! These lights were everywhere. And there was a large field of them. But to me, they were the most beautiful in this spot overlooking the water. It was absolutely magical. If you do go see this exhibit (and you should), so at sunset so you can experience this view.
Water Tower was another favorite. Each tower is made with over 200 plastic bottles that are filled with strands of fiber optic lights. And music comes from the center of each tower. It was very, very cool.
While Brass Monkeys wasn’t a favorite, I loved how this one worked. He was inspired by the saying ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey‘ and kept the colors a cool blue and white. Since all the other displays changed colors constantly, I loved that this just went back and forth between blue and white. And, it kind of reminded me of the prophecies Harry Potter et al found in the department of mysteries…
Fireflies was really beautiful, but I would have really loved to have seen in on a grander scale.
We ended the evening at Bodega on Granby and had tapas for dinner. It was delicious. But more on that later.
Saturday was low key. And delicious. My allergies were kicking my butt, so for dinner we had homemade chicken noodle soup. It totally hit the spot.
But it wasnt nearly as good as the doughnuts I picked up that afternoon from Duck Donuts. These are so much better than anything I’ve ever had from Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts. They make them when you order them. You tell them what toppings you want, and they top them and box them up in front of you. Right now in addition to their plain doughnut they also have pumpkin. G had never had a Duck Donut before, so I got us a variety. I had two pumpkin doughnuts, one maple bacon, one chocolate and two strawberry frosted with sprinkles. He ate the maple bacon & chocolate and loved both of them. I had a strawberry & a pumpkin. Hermione ate the other strawberry & pumpkin while we weren’t paying attention…
Sunday we packed a couple of backpacks and headed back to Mary’s Rock for a fall hike. It was just a beautiful as last time, but a little more dangerous… We wanted to go to the mountains to see the leaves changing and to enjoy a hike in cooler temperatures. And we did. But what we hadn’t taken into consideration was that leaves have a tendency to fall off the trees in, well, fall. So, the already rocky path was COVERED in leaves. It was a little slippery and I’m not going to lie, I was terrified of falling and hurting myself. I’m clumsy and almost always land on my butt at least once during a hike, I definitely didn’t need any help from the leaves. But, we survived, and had an absolutely wonderful day!