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Bid Adieu

The only sound breaking the silence are the trains

After a week of solitude and serenity I was ready to return to the hustle and bustle of the city. I’ll miss the sweeping landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the open fields, and, even the trains!

Post Office

Inside the Post Office Wingina, VA

Being in the rural countryside is like taking a step back in time. The post office dates back nearly a century and it doesn’t look like anything has changed. The back window is where you can buy your stamps and on the right side there is an old-fashioned cash register that looks like it could hold a nice chunk of change. Unlike DC, there are no lines at this post office, no plexiglass windows separating customer and postal worker, and a variety of forever stamps to purchase. I got a sheet of “Jazz” just in preparation for the pending government shut down. But, I learned from Barbara, the postmaster, that the post office won’t be closing. They expect to have their normal business hours tomorrow starting at 8 a.m. and closing at 9:15 a.m. At least someone will be open for business.

Barbara the Postmaster

This is the Post Office and the Town - One Building

Old-fashioned Cash Register