We made a side trip yesterday to Natural Bridge, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It's close to here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area. A massive natural stone archway carved by little tiny Cedar Creek over millions or billions of years. George Washington surveyed it (and signed his work with still-legible initials) and Thomas Jefferson used to own the land it's on. Highway 11 runs right over it, but you'd never know that if you didn't know.
There are other attractions in the area. We did the Toy Museum, in the same building as the Natural Bridge gift shop and ticket office. They have 45,000 toys from every era or American history. Lots and lots of action figures, playsets, dolls, G.I. Joes, and more--really a terrific collection for the toy fan. I bought a Corgi James Bond with Citroen 2CV, since I've been fascinated by those ever since I lived in France as a kid and never imagined Bond in a two-pack with one.
After that we went to the Monster Museum, which is really a kind of "haunted house" attraction across the parking lot, courtesy of master monster builder Mark Cline. Lots of shocks and startles and cool stuff to see, and highly recommended for horror fans or anyone who just likes to be scared once in a while. Warning--they're videotaping you almost the whole time you're inside, so you might want to work on being cool and collected, like the scientist guy in those old-time low-budget monster movies, instead of shrieking like a terrified cheerleader.