We usually are in DC for the holidays, except for last year when we visited my mom in Florida. DC basically empties out, and things are very quiet around the neighborhood. Then we received a call on Thursday. It was an invitation to stay with our family who moved to Lynchburg over two years ago. Their new home was just completed after a huge renovation and restoration project in a very old warehouse along the James River. So last evening - out of curiosity - we explored and attended a Christmas event at the well known Thomas Road Baptist Church, and then went for dinner at Cavaliers. Both were interesting experiences! It was an unusual Christmas Eve to say the least, but a memorable one. So this morning we thought a walk was in order and we were escorted by our grandson to the point of honor trail. It follows along the blackwater creek to a waterfall. It couldn't be more different than DC - the silence was deafening and the bird sounds were unfamiliar. Since we visit every so many months, we will continue to explore the surrounding paths along the James River. There is a lot of history in this city, and the scenery around us tells the story.