Jamestown, Williamsburg & Yorktown
Claudia and I are learning how much less we know about American history than we thought we did. Each stop we make is amazing. We usually stop at each visitor center before visiting the area and watch a film that explains what went on and how the area fits in to our history. Jamestown was split into two parts with the first being a reenactment of the settlement and the story of the Indians who lived around them. After that we visited the archeological dig going on at the location of the actual settlement and were treated to a great tour by one of the archeologists. Walking around Williamsburg, we felt like we were back in 1776 and were treated to the announcement that independence had been declared. Yorktown was the biggest surprise to me. I realized how little I knew about it. I never understood how significant the Yorktown battle was to eventually winning the American Revolution. All in all, more great history. Claudia and I have really enjoyed it all but we're now ready for some relaxation on the outer banks of North Carolina. The weather is looking great. Ed
More History and some Exercise
We arrived at the Prince William Forest RV Campground in Dumfries, VA on Monday and started our stay by visiting with my cousin and his family in Fairfax. It was great seeing them, spending time revisiting memories and we were treated to a wonderful home cooked meal as well. Yesterday we spent the day touring the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, VA. Both nice parks but not as well preserved as Gettysburg. We decided to take today off and do some hiking in this beautiful forest where we're camping rather than heading into DC as we originally planned. We took one long hike and a couple of smaller ones where we saw some great scenery and Stella got plenty of exercise as well. We decided we'll visit DC another time. The weather forecast is for gorgeous weather in the 80's over the next several days so tomorrow we're off to Ivor, VA where we'll spend a few days of R&R by a beautiful pool at White Tail Resort. Can't wait!! Ed
Finally underway on Wednesday, after a bubble in the front tire, and a side trip to NH to get the Add-A-Brake re-adjusted. We only got to Sturbridge, MA that first night. Next morning, we headed to Gettysburg, PA. We drove over some of the worst roads I’ve ever seen – like washboards – and through one of the most severe thunder storms I’ve ever seen. I really expected to see hail and funnel clouds. Lucky for us it didn’t happen. Gettysburg is a neat little walkable town in beautiful farm country. I don’t have to tell you how much history is here. We took a private guided tour of the battlefield. I never thought a battle could be so interesting, but our guide, Howie, really made it come to life. We loved it. Next day we revisited the battlefields with Stella and did lots of walking. She thought it was really cool too. We did a brief “ghost tour” on Saturday night. We got more history than ghosts from that. No surprise. We’re just chillin’ on Sunday to prepare for the road again tomorrow. Claudia
The time has finally arrived. The house has been sold and what belongings we still own are either with us in our motor home or in storage. We’ve also sold Claudia’s car and my beloved golf cart. After 10 years of summer weekends and the past 110 days full time, we’ve given up our campsite at “the Ridge” and spent our final weekend as full timers saying goodbye to our Sun Ridge family. On August 28th, Melissa and Josh blessed us with our newest granddaughter, Grace, and we were able to spend a few days of quality time taking care of Jon while they were busy preparing Grace for her arrival home.
This past weekend we totally surprised my mom with a weekend camping party to celebrate her 80th birthday. It was a beautiful weekend and we were
able to enjoy it with our entire family, including all six of our grandchildren. It was a wonderful way to end the summer before heading off. We’ve decided on the basic route we plan to follow and it’s time to hit the road. We’re anxious to visit Gettysburg, DC, Williamsburg, the Outer banks and Charleston among other places as we head south to Florida where we’ll spend the better part of the winter. We’ll be making stops in St. Augustine and Disney World as we continue south to Miami where we’ll watch the Patriots play in Miami Stadium. We’ll hang around Miami through the end of December so that we can be at the beach with our feet in the sand for Christmas. We’ll be in Key West for New Year’s Eve. We discovered that the Key West version of ringing in the New Year is a 6 foot red shoe with a drag queen aboard descending into the crowd on Duval Street. Sure sounds like fun to us! After this, our plans are more open ended but we do know we’ll be leaving Florida and heading west along the southern border of the US, stopping wherever we like. We plan to arrive in San Diego mid-March and then take our time heading north through California, Oregon and Washington. After that, it’ll be a drive through several national parks in the Canadian Rockies before we reach our ultimate goal of Dawson Creek in British Columbia mid-June to meet up with the other RVers who will join us on our 48 day RV tour through Alaska. One of the best parts of this whole adventure will be the places and stops along the way that we haven’t even thought about or know about yet. We’ll eventually be back home by next Labor Day to reunite with family and friends. Of course we’ll miss everyone as we travel but we’re anxious to get started and to share our adventures. We hope you’ll check back with us and we’ll do our best to keep our site as updated as possible. It’s time to hit the road. Oh yeah!!!! Ed
Ed and Claudia always dreamed of retiring and travelling the country in their motorhome. They retired in 2013 and this is the continuing story of their adventures on the road.