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Jacksonville, Florida, October 18-21, 2013

overcast 85 °F

This will be my last posting for this year. Thank you all who have read my blog! It really is nice to hear from those of you who have responded and commented. Next year may be a little different. I am toying with the idea of only doing Facebook, but then I know some of you are not on Facebook, so maybe I'll just post once a week next year. Oh, well, I have some time to figure it out.
We left the Savannah area at 6:30, on Thursday, in the dark, to head to Jacksonville. Luckily our site at Hanna Park was empty, so we could get in at 9:45 and get set up. Then we took a quick trip to St. Augustine. Our Florida friends, Lee, Sandy, Diana, Linda and Phil came up for the day and we all met. They took us to their favorite fried shrimp place then we headed to the Fort. We were so glad to see that it was open because it is a National Park site. We had some terrific volunteers educating us all about how and by whom, the fort was used over the years. Since Diana had not been there, we walked around the walled city for a bit before coming back to Neptune Beach to Bob and Shirley's place. Bob made dinner, we sat around visiting and finally got home about 8 pm! Busy day.
On Saturday, Bob and Shirley took us to the Beaches Historical Society Museum in Jacksonville Beach. It is a wonderful venue with a museum, Chapel, railroad, Railroad Depot and former Post Office building. We really enjoyed learning all about the history of the Jacksonville Beaches area. It was our turn to make dinner and while we were doing so, we had a downpour! Our outside mat was totally under water. We decided to eat inside!
We all went to church at Christ United Methodist Church on Sunday. Bob was Liturgist and sang in the choir and the service was very nice. Afterward we all had lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Don and I rode our bikes to Bob and Shirley's partway along the beach, which was fun. Shirley directed us to a shorter route from Hanna Park and we saved almost 3 miles. We thought it was a good beach day, but it seems only Don and Bob enjoyed it. Shirley and I were cold due to the cool, strong wind. Dinner tonight was at Joseph's Italian Restaurant and it was in walking distance of their house.
Our last day here had rather unsettled weather. After doing laundry, Bob, Shirley and Bob's dad came to our campsite. We went to Singleton's for lunch then came back and rode our bikes around the campground, doing about 6 miles. We all pooledourfoodand had dinner hereat the campground. Even with on and off rain we had another good day.
The weather this weekend was sunny, rainy, hot and humid!
Tomorrow we are off to Davenport for the next 6 months. Talk to y'all next year.
Here are some stats for this summer's travels:
About 13,500 miles
About 300 bike miles
14 states
Approximately 10 National Parks
Highest gas price was $3.79 and the lowest was $3.03
Most expensive campground was $60.00 per night and the lowest was $12.00
We worshipped at Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches
Of course the best thing was the arrival of our granddaughter, Callie Rae!
There are no new photos today because we had trouble loading them! Sorry :(

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Back in the South

Hardeeville, South Carolina, October 14-17, 2013

sunny 77 °F

After leaving Garner we drove to the Savannah area and settled in at the campground. The weather forecast was not terrific for Tuesday, so we decided to go into Savannah. Our carriage tour was great and we learned some things we hadn't known before. After the tour we walked around to a few of the squares then we ended up at Juliette Gordon Lowe's Birthplace. She is the founder of Girl Scouts and grew up in Savannah. Her house has been redone and furnished in the Victorian period of the late 1800s. After walking along River Street and checking out the Olympic Torch and Waving Girl monuments, we headed home. Unfortunately the sun didn't come out until we were on our way home, but we had a good day anyway.
Container ship in river

Container ship in river

Neat 1800's building.

Neat 1800's building.

Getting ready for our carriage tour of Savannah.

Getting ready for our carriage tour of Savannah.

One of Paula Deen's restaurants.

One of Paula Deen's restaurants.

Filming for new SpongeBob movie

Filming for new SpongeBob movie

The founder of Girl Scouts of America.

The founder of Girl Scouts of America.

Neat Savannah home.

Neat Savannah home.

Savannah City Hall

Savannah City Hall

Yep, chocolate pralines.

Yep, chocolate pralines.

Girl Waving at Sailors coming home.

Girl Waving at Sailors coming home.

Savannah's River Street.

Savannah's River Street.


Yesterday we took our bikes and spent the day biking around Hilton Head Island. We did about 18 miles on the flat island's bike trails. The Frosty Frog was our choice for lunch followed by a stop at Caligny Beach. What a great beach; hard packed sand for biking, beautiful swings and Adirondack chairs for relaxing, nice restrooms.
We went back to Hilton Head today and hopped on the Calibogue Cruise to Daufuskie Island. The boat ride was about an hour and we saw about a half dozen dolphins on the way. After disembarking on the island we picked up our golf cart and then had lunch at the Daufuskie Island Crab Company. All three things were included in our package. Lunch was a yummy buffet and then we took our map and set out on the island. Originally the island was inhabited by indians, but after the Civil War the freed slaves settled on the island. The isolation of the island kept their culture alive and there are many remnants of this available to us. We saw schools for blacks and schools for whites, churches and multiple cemeteries. It was great fun having the golf cart to drive around at our leisure and explore.
Low country tidal basin

Low country tidal basin

View from bridge

View from bridge

Coligny Beach

Coligny Beach

Visiting Disney's HHI Resort

Visiting Disney's HHI Resort

Lunch on HHI

Lunch on HHI

Dsufauski Lighthouse

Dsufauski Lighthouse

Dirt roads on the island

Dirt roads on the island


The weather yesterday and today could not have been any better with abundant sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s.

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Time for family!

Garner, North Carolina, October 7-13, 2013

overcast 60 °F

The trip from Williamsburg was an easy one, except for some heavy rain before we arrived. Luckily, it had stopped in time for us to get all set up. We spent much of the week with Justin, Gwen and Callie, just enjoying time together. Don and I were able to do some walking on the Neuse River Trail on a couple mornings. We walked 4 miles each time. Originally we had hoped to get some biking in, but the weather didn't cooperate. On Thursday and Friday I spent all day at their house helping Gwen babysit for Ethan, who is about 2 months younger than Callie. He is getting into a routine now, so Gwen is glad about that. I also was able to do some laundry and get a scrapbook started for her. Yesterday was a Syracuse football game that Callie and I opted out of. We stayed home and played and napped. This morning we all went to church and Callie chose the nursery. She was the cutest one there! It has been a wonderful week with all of them and we will surely miss them until we can return.
Callie loves to play!

Callie loves to play!

Think she is pretty happy!

Think she is pretty happy!

Nana and Callie.

Nana and Callie.

Go Syracuse!

Go Syracuse!

SU fans ready for the game.

SU fans ready for the game.

Good seats for the game.

Good seats for the game.

Go Orange!

Go Orange!

Justin and Gwen at the game.

Justin and Gwen at the game.


The weather started out in the upper 50s and ended up in the upper 60s, with some rain every day, but we didn't see the sun at all! It was just like Central New York :(

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Roller coasters and revolutions

Williamsburg, VA, October 5-6, 2013

sunny 87 °F

Yesterday was a perfect day to go to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. We arrived in the morning and it wasn't crowded at all. Don, Justin and Gwen got to ride rides with little or no wait, and I got to be Nana pushing the stroller. By late afternoon,though, the Hallow-Scream crowd had arrived and lines were very long. Callie got to ride on the parking lot tram and the train around Busch Gardens. More rides when she is older.
Callie's first amusement park and it is not WDW!

Callie's first amusement park and it is not WDW!

Lock Ness Monster Rollercoaster.

Lock Ness Monster Rollercoaster.

Clydesdale in Williamsburg

Clydesdale in Williamsburg

Fun on the train ride

Fun on the train ride

A wet ending to the ride.

A wet ending to the ride.

Gonna get wet!

Gonna get wet!

Fun day at the park.

Fun day at the park.


This morning we spent at Colonial Williamsburg because Gwen had never been and Justin was just a kid the last time he was there. Unfortunately Callie was overtired and not enjoying herself. Since we hadn't purchased a ticket, we just wandered the streets and checked things out.
When the three of them left they were going different places. They were all going to meet up with Gwen's sister, Allisen, and Justin was leaving the girls with her. The three girls are driving to New York today because Gwen and Allisen's grandfather passed away last week. They plan to return on Wednesday. Justin headed home by himself. We will be heading over to Garner tomorrow, so we will be seeing him for a few days before his girls return.
The weather has been hot, in the high 80s, and sunny. It is supposed to take a turn for the worse tomorrow, so we are appreciating the sun now.

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A Revolutionary Day!

Yorktown, VA, October 4, 2013

sunny 87 °F

We arrived in Williamsburg, Virginia yesterday and are staying at a campground a little bit outside of the city. After we got set up we took a drive into town and walked around Colonial Williamsburg. we didn't buy a ticket, so just wandered about the free areas.
Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Home

Colonial Home

The standard mode of transportation.

The standard mode of transportation.


Today we took a drive on the Colonial Parkway to Yorktown. Yorktown is a colonial village mostly belonging to the National Park service, so the buildings were not open. Much of the town is reconstructed, but there are some structured from the colonial times. There is a beautiful waterfront and 2 schooners that offer trips around the harbor. Yorktown is the site of the British surrender in the Revolutionary War. General Cornwallis was George Washington's counterpart. There is a 94 foot hight Victory Monument that was constructed right on a bluff and can be seen from the harbor.
Typical Yorktown home

Typical Yorktown home

Yorktown Customs House

Yorktown Customs House

Cannonball still in one of the homes in Yorktown.

Cannonball still in one of the homes in Yorktown.

Monument for the surrender

Monument for the surrender

York River Beach

York River Beach


The best part about today was that Justin, Gwen and Callie arrived this evening and are staying until Sunday. Boy, has Callie grown since we saw her last!
Callie and Daddy

Callie and Daddy

Callie at 4 months

Callie at 4 months

Nana and Callie

Nana and Callie


The weather was beautifully sunny, but 87, which is too hot for me! They say it is unseasonably warm and I hope it doesn't last too much longer!

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