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 spend 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.

Kemp's Ford School House
Kemp’s Ford School House

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 in this area in the mid-19th century.

Hofauger House
Hofauger House

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 spend, 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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