While his teammates tugged at their Speedos and swim caps, Dalton Herendeen had his own worries.
“It’s the first time my peers were going to see me without my leg,” he said of the start of middle school swim practice. “That’s scary.”
He took a deep breath, plunged into the pool and surfaced to a sight he would never forget: everyone staring, afraid to get in the water with him. He pled with his parents not to make him go back, but they wouldn’t budge.
Reproductions of human skulls surround Grace Rihl as she enters the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhibit clutching a notebook and list of 20 questions. The UMW freshman ponders the first question on the list: “When did modern humans evolve?” She surveys her surroundings, then scours the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins for clues.
Searching among the descriptions that accompany the glass-enclosed skulls and fossils, she spies the answer. “200,000 years ago,” and scribbles in her notebook.
Imagine a day when the fastest route from Washington, D.C. to Richmond meant meandering down Princess Anne Street through downtown Fredericksburg to Lafayette Boulevard on the original U.S. Route 1.