I don't have freedom from bills, so I work. Because weekends are so busy with marathon training and other things, I am trying to take hikes where I find them. Yesterday, I took the second of my lunch break hikes, the first being a couple of weeks ago along the floodwall. For that hike, I essentially went south of where I work, so yesterday, I went east, along the canal, through Shockoe Bottom, and up to Libby Hill. It was four miles long and took an hour and 15 minutes, including time to eat lunch and take a bunch of photos, shared here.
This is part of the lock system to Richmond's old canals, now under a highway. Cool arch.
The first part of my walk started in a similar fashion to the floodwall walk, going along the canal. The highrise condo building is one of several pretty new ones along the river and the canal, and is very nice.
After walking through Shockoe Bottom near the river, I came on these former tobacco warehouses now renovated into condos and restaurants.
During Team in Training runs in this area, we used to call these the "Cardiac Stairs." I ran up them two at a time.
I headed east up Libby Hill, which has a nice view of the distant downtown.
It was this view of the James River that led to Richmond's name, as it reminded the founder of the view of Richmond on the Thames back in England.
This monument to Confederate Soldiers and Sailors, on top of about a 70 foot column, has a commanding view.
Spring is very much in evidence throughout this part of Virginia.
It was in this church that Patrick Henry gave his famous speech. From here, I headed back towards downtown, down a very steep path and another long set of stairs, and headed west towards Shockoe Bottom.
This house is reputed to be the oldest in Richmond. Whether it is or not, Edgar Allen Poe once lived here, and it is now a museum to him and his work. I've not been in a few years. Will I go again someday? Perhaps; I won't say nevermore.
On the fringe of downtown, the old train station sits.
A couple of years ago, this moving reconcilliation monument was built here, to commemorate and remember Richmond's role in the horrific slave trade. Slavery is legally a thing of the past in this country, but we must remember that it is alive and well in many forms (sexual, agricultural, manufacturing, commercial) all over the world.