Gnomar's Wanderlust

The Advetures and Travels of Gnomar the Gnome

Friday, July 07, 2006

A Fabulous Fourth! (Part Three: Tarara Winery)

Still in Leesburg but worn out from hiking? There's no better place to rest and relax after a busy day of traveling than to explore the lovely grounds of Tarara Winery. 475 beautiful acres of land high on the bluffs of the Potomac barely begins to describe this delicious place to visit. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than willing to serve up tastings of nine different varieties of their award-winning vintages.


The Pinot Gris was as lovely as the Chardonnay and I'm still trying to decide if I prefer the Merlot or the younger Pinot Noir. Also excellent were the more unique blends such as the Charval, Cabernet Franc, and the Cameo. Then there's the sweet delicious dessert wine Wild River Red. Decisions, decisions.

"Ahhh... Let's see.... I'll go with a bottle of Merlot, and a table on your lovely patio! Shady side, if you please!




"Now this is what I call vacation! Cheese and crackers, chocolate cookies and this delicious wine. Pour me another glass! What a lovely afternoon! Well, okay just one more. This beautiful scenery, who knew Leesburg had so much to offer? Especially to the world of wine! This is quite delicious. Top the glass off? Well, if you insist. I really do like this *hic* vintage. Wish one was it again? Mer... Merl... thomethin'? I think I'm gonna jus take a little naaaa..... ZZZZzzzzzzz....."

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Fabulous Fourth! (Part Two: Ball's Bluff)

It's me again! Back to tell you about more exciting action adventures from Washington, DC! Before exploring the heart of the USA's capitol city, I thought it would be great to discover some of the history of the surrounding areas. My first stop was Leesburg, Virginia. (Alright musical fans sing it with me "My name is Richard Henry Lee, Vir-gin-i-a is my home....." No? 1776? "...Here a Lee, there a Lee, everywhere a Lee, a Lee...." Anyone... Anyone??? Or not.)

Ball's Bluff Regional Park in Leesburg commemorates the Civil War Battle fought there on October 21st, 1861. With beautiful woods and a gorgeous view of the Potomac River it's difficult to picture this serene setting as a violent battleground that spelled defeat for the Union army. History is alive in the park though, as markers throughout the trails inform hikers of Confederate and Union strategies and memorialize the places where officers, such as Colonel Edward Baker, were killed.


Other notable participants in the Battle of Ball's Bluff were Oliver Wendell Holmes (who went on to become a Supreme Court Justice), Charles P. Stone (grand marshall of the Statue of Liberty dedicated in 1886) and Paul Revere (grandson of the Revolutionary War hero of the same name). As with many parks in the area, this marker declares Ball's Bluff a National Historic Landmark. A unique thing about this park however is that it contains a National Cemetery. Although it commemorates a tragic event, visitors to Ball's Bluff will find a peaceful atmosphere at the park and leave with the assuring thought granted by many landmarks of the region: these dead have not died in vain.


Deepest Gratitude and Respect

Ball's Bluff National Cemetery - June 30th, 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A Fabulous Fourth (Part One: Taking Off!)

Hello Friends!

For my first adventurous tale I'd like to tell you about my fantastic trip to Washington, DC for the fourth of July! Like many cross country trips this one started at an airport, more specifically at Chicago's Midway Airport - named for the World War II battle of the same name. Adorning this fabulous start to my travels was a plane from WWII. Normally I prefer the planes to be outside the terminals but this was a welcome exception!



Along with the decoration was a terrific display about the Battle of Midway. And, really, if you're going to be two hours early for a flight, why not learn something?








After taking in the great sites of this lesser known Chicago Airport I was left with just one final question....





"Do you think they'd let me fly that one???"

Thursday, June 29, 2006

About Me...

Name: Gnomar the Gnome
Age: 143 (in human years that's around 5)
Height: 7 inches (10 with Hat!)
Weight:
1 lb, 3 ounces
Origin:
Meijerland
Hair Color:
White
Hat Color: Red
Profession: World Traveler
Best Friend: BJ the Bunny
Favorite Clothes:
Green jacket, orange pants, red hat, black boots, black belt
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Sports Star: Nomar Garciaparra (I was named after him)
Favorite Movie: Amelie

Hobbies: Traveling, Studying Maps, Gardening, Knitting, Playing with Bunny Rabbits, Frolicking in the Wilderness, Hiking, Napping under Toadstools (it's a gnome thing), Playing Baseball, Watching Baseball, Collecting Spoons and Unicorn Figurines, Meeting New People, Playing Board Games, Climbing Trees, Swimming, Visiting Great New Places and Blogging About Them
Pet Peeves: Being Mistaken for Michael Jordan (or other celebrities), X-Ray scanners at airports, Haircuts, Chewing Gum, Hand Puppets

Thanks for checking out my blog! Leave a comment to let me know you stopped by and hopefully you'll check back in periodically to hear about all my great adventures!