Getting to know Virginia – The Light of Truth Universal Shrine (aka LOTUS)

I googled “things to do in Virginia” and the LOTUS popped up. It is literally out in the middle of nowhere, through lots of winding rural roads, between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. But once you get there, it is a sight to see! Make sure you have GPS otherwise you’ll get turned around (as I did when the car GPS tried to take me a different way than the phone GPS suggested).

The LOTUS is a temple dedicated to all faiths. Sri Swami Satchidananda opened the shrine in 1986 to honor the Spirit that unifies all the world religions, while celebrating their diversity. He believed that every village should have a temple, and so he built this temple. He says that his religion, “Undoism” is the basic foundation of all religions and faiths. He says “What we practice is found in every faith, every religion. That means we want to be good and do good…We want our lives to be easeful and peaceful so that we can be useful. That is our religion…There is no need to give up your own [religion]. In fact, you should not…but at the same time, love the other fellow’s also.”

In a world so full of hate, this is a sentiment I can stand behind.

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I’m not sure what is up those steps, but I wasn’t in the mood to climb up to find out!

I did walk to the shrine and go in though.

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Virginia State Fair 2017

I WENT TO THE FAIR! I felt like a kid again! I went with my friend Susan, her daughters, and one of their friends and had a ball! Corn dogs, and funnel cake, and rides, and games OH MY! We missed the animals and giant pumpkins, but that just means I’ll have to go next year!

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Not only was the moon full and beautiful that night, but I later learned it was the Harvest Moon.

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This is my favorite shot of the night. It is everything that captures the fair for me. Games, food, and neon lights!

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Getting to know Virginia – Westmoreland Park take II

Because I missed a trip to Fossil Beach the last time I went to this park, I had to make another trip! I took a Friday off from work to hopefully avoid the crowds and there was hardly anyone there.

The trail was very nicely kept up through a forest of lots of different trees.

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Looks like this one was struck by lightning.

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A ghostly tree!

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Finally made it to the beach!

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But some of it was closed because of erosion. I have no doubt that is where all of the cool fossilized sharks teeth are, but I obeyed the law and kept my distance.

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I knew that the trail was going to be about 1.5 miles round trip, but what I didn’t know was that there was a really steep hill. The way down wasn’t so bad, but the way up was a little tough. You can’t really tell from this angle, but that is a hill. I should have taken it from the bottom looking up, but this is the top, looking down.

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I didn’t go in the visitors center, but there is a huge field behind it where you can view the Potomac River.

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Went back to the other beach to look for more sea glass, and it looked like a whole different park. There were maybe two people there, as opposed to the 200+ the last time I was there!

While I did find one small piece of sea glass, but no fossils, it was still a very nice day!

Getting to know Virginia – Farmville

Me and the fam took a drive about an hour west to Farmville several weeks ago. I accidentally drove us through the town on our way somewhere else and vowed to go back, so we did! I did research and there is a really nice, long trail through the High Bridge Trail State Park where there are several places to view the Appomattox River. But its over 30 miles long…not exactly a trail you can do on a whim. So we just walked around the furniture store a bit, drove through town, then headed back home.

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Giant bellow!

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Several buildings had murals painted on the sides.

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