A Travellerspoint blog

March 2011

Down the Florida Atlantic Coast and Up to the Panhandle

Heading down to Key West for a Reunion and then Going up the Gulf Coast to Alabama


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 Back to Back Enchantment of the Seas and Lighthousing Driving South & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Tuesday 22 February 2011

We left St. Mary's GA (after I looked again for a cemetery that was on the map - but I couldn't find it). We were on our way to Fort Pierce.
Highways Air Patrolled

Highways Air Patrolled

Rest stop

Rest stop


We stopped in TItusville
Door of the marina office

Door of the marina office


and drove down to the marina - no CSYs there, and all the docks are now fixed docks except one of them. Met and talked to a lady who had a kidney transplant. She said before she had it, doing the dialysis from the boat was difficult.
Statue facing the anchorage - apparently holding Green 5

Statue facing the anchorage - apparently holding Green 5


We drove through the Titusville historic district on the way out
Titusville historic district

Titusville historic district


x100_8709.JPGPritchard House

Pritchard House


but did not stop.

Then we had lunch at
Steve's Diner

Steve's Diner


Bob had a
Tuna sandwich and fries $5.50

Tuna sandwich and fries $5.50


and I had
Corned beef $5.50

Corned beef $5.50

Coconut cake

Coconut cake



We got to Fort Pierce and checked into the Hampton Inn and I tried to post the photos from the previous two days. We went down to the Harbortown Marina for dinner.
Restaurant entrance

Restaurant entrance

The Sign Boat

The Sign Boat


They had a $13.95 dinner which included an entree, veg, salad and dessert, but it was too much to eat, so we just had the regular menu. Bob had a
Dozen Raw Oysters $9.95

Dozen Raw Oysters $9.95

Peel and eat shrimp $9.95

Peel and eat shrimp $9.95


and I had
Coconut Shrimp $15.95

Coconut Shrimp $15.95


We both had
An ice cream parfait $3.00

An ice cream parfait $3.00


I took some photos of the sunset and the birds roosting in a tree.
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Birds nesting at sunset

Sunset

Sunset


We got gas on the way back to the hotel

Wednesday 23 February 2011

The breakfast wasn't that good at this Hampton Inn. We are on our way to spend a day in Miami with our grandchildren
Daughters front door

Daughters front door


We got down to our daughter's house a little after noon. After we got the computer hooked up to her network and posted some more photos, we 'helped' our granddaughter with her math homework and watched her soccer practice. We also saw our grandson umpire a game in the field.
Grandson umpiring

Grandson umpiring


Bob used his dog whisperer tactics to make Pepper their dog stop barking at him.
Pepper the dog

Pepper the dog


Our daughter invited David and Carol over for dinner as she knew David would not be free any of the other days we were there.

Thursday 24 February 2011

My sister (Barbara - hereafter referred to as Aunt B) had gotten a week at a condo and wanted us to join her. So we broke our visit to our daughter and grandchildren in Miami to spend a couple of days with them. The condo was on the 4th floor, but there was an elevator. It was near the airport and their unit looked out on the beach. In the interior courtyard, there were tennis courts and also a heated pool which none of us took advantage of. Aunt B and Uncle George had previously done part of the conch train tour, but her back started to hurt, so she didn't finish the tour. Uncle George turned in their rental car when we got there.

We drove down the Keys. I took a photo of the construction barrels that were named after Bob :)
Bob's barricades

Bob's barricades


We stopped for lunch in Marathon at Key's Fisheries. Keys Fisheries is a marina and a restaurant.
Bob walking in to Key's Fisheries

Bob walking in to Key's Fisheries


They have signs against feeding the birds or fish
Don't feed the fish or birds

Don't feed the fish or birds


Birds around the restaurant

Birds around the restaurant


but I am sure that the birds and fish can't read and they don't know that people are not to feed them
x100_8801.JPGPelicans

Pelicans

Tarpon

Tarpon


The birds and fish wouldn't be here if they were not being fed.
x100_8799.JPGPelican and tarpon

Pelican and tarpon


You give your order in at the window, and they call you to pick it up. The quirky thing about this restaurant is they ask you a question and you are called to pick up your food by the name you give in your answer. For instance - one time we went, they were asking for your favorite singer. If you listened to them call people, you'd have though Placido Domingo and Crystal Gayle were eating there. I was Freddie Mercury. You eat at wooden picnic tables outside. Bob had coconut shrimp, and I had a
Lobster roll

Lobster roll


and Key lime and coconut ice cream for dessert (two scoops were $3.50)

The weather was beautiful and warm, unlike our visit in January, although it was still windy. The north wind was bringing armadas of Portuguese Man of War jellyfish and washing them onto the beach.
Man of War

Man of War

xDSCF7236.JPGMan o War washed up on the beach

Man o War washed up on the beach

Beach sweeper

Beach sweeper


My sister had made dinner reservations at Seven Fish which was on Thomas Street. My map had Thomas Street and Thompson Street mixed up which annoyed Bob. But we eventually got there and Bob let us off and parked. There is VERY limited parking around the restaurant in Old Town
Reflections in the Seven Fish restaurant door

Reflections in the Seven Fish restaurant door


We stood around outside with the other patrons until the restaurant opened at 6. I'm sure you could not have gotten another person in there and if you wanted to eat there, you had to have a reservation. They had people sitting in front of one of the two exit doors. Bob also had some concerns about the ceiling beams which he said were sistered.

Bob had the
Shrimp salsa appetizer

Shrimp salsa appetizer


and I had the
Fresh fish entree (which was mahi)

Fresh fish entree (which was mahi)


Aunt B and Uncle George had the Sea Scallops over mashed potatoes, puree peas and spinach which were $29.00. Then we shared a piece of
Part of a strawberry whipped cream pie with chocolate graham crust ($9.50)

Part of a strawberry whipped cream pie with chocolate graham crust ($9.50)


which I didn't take a photo of it until we had partly eaten it.

We just drank water, although they had a wine menu

Friday 25 February 2011

Our plans were constantly changing to accommodate conditions. Our plan for the first day was for Bob to take Uncle George out to play golf early and then to eat a late breakfast at Blue Heaven and then tour Hemingway House. I haven't been since the 60s. First we went to see our old house on Patterson Avenue,
Then and Now

Then and Now


which we found without a problem as the church where the older two girls went to school was a good landmark. They have fenced the yard, replaced the jalousie windows and door, and removed the tree in the front yard.

We tried to find the other house that we lived in for two months in 1961, but didn't recognize it. It wasn't until afterward that I found that it would have been at Patterson and Fourth streets.

Then we went to try to find Blue Heaven, but my map had Thomas and Thompson streets reversed on it. When we got there. first we tried to go in the wrong door. When we found the gate,
Blue Heaven entrance gate

Blue Heaven entrance gate


it was very crowded with a long (1.5 hour) wait. So we sat down to wait. Uncle George went out to intercept Bob who was parking the car. Aunt B and I sat at the entrance and people watched.
Blue Heaven cat history

Blue Heaven cat history

Aunt B taking a photo of a cat

Aunt B taking a photo of a cat


Eventually she went down to where George and Bob were and they also registered at the La Crêperie. However Barbara noticed that people were not being seated there any faster than at Blue Heaven, so she crossed our names off their list when we got seating at Blue Heaven.
Front of the menu

Front of the menu

IMG_0121.JPGBlue Heaven chickens

Blue Heaven chickens


Bob got banana bread and bacon. I got a fruit smoothie and a
Lobster Omelet

Lobster Omelet


which was the special. Aunt B and Uncle G got the
Lobster eggs benedict

Lobster eggs benedict


Bob had observed that there were many cruise people in town and that the line for Hemingway house was around the block, so we scrapped that plan and went to the East Martello Museum instead.
Fire Department Bell - 1887 gift outside the Martello Tower

Fire Department Bell - 1887 gift outside the Martello Tower


First we looked at the Mario Sanchez pictures which are in the 'basement. Mario Sanchez was born on Duval Street (1211 Duval) on October 7, 1908, of Cuban descent - the son of a cigar maker. As a self-taught artist he began carving and painting in 1930.
Fabulous-industry (Cigar making)

Fabulous-industry (Cigar making)


Mario did his bas relief wood sculpture with three chisels and his painting with dime store brushes. He mixed his own paints.
Key West funeral

Key West funeral


All of the things that appear in his work are accurate - if he shows a person, it is an actual person who lived. If there is a sign, it was an actual sign.
Hemingway House

Hemingway House


Then we went around the rest of the museum. The Martello Forts (along with Fort Taylor) were part of the defense for Key West. They never saw combat. Today, however, it serves as a museum with historical exhibits of the 19th to 20th century. Among the latter are relics of the U.S.S. Maine, and a Cuban refugee raft. Artifacts in the collection have began to reflect Key West’s early cigar manufacturing, salvaging, sponging, and turtling industries. Photographs, documents, and artifacts of writers who lived in Key West were added to the collection, including items relating to Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Thelma Strabel, Benedict Thielen, David Kaufelt, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Hersey, Richard Wilbur, John Ciardi and many others
Truman and Margaret intersection

Truman and Margaret intersection

Bakery

Bakery

Dollhouse

Dollhouse


Anderson Mitchell gravestone

Anderson Mitchell gravestone


There were some exhibits that I don't remember seeing before - there was one about a creepy guy who had a crush on a younger woman and after she died he was convinced that he could bring her back to life. They lived together as man and corpse from 1931 when she died until 1940
Diorama at the museum

Diorama at the museum

Beginning of the Obsessive love story

Beginning of the Obsessive love story


Undying love - part 2

Undying love - part 2


Playhouse outside the museum

Playhouse outside the museum

We went back to the condo - I tried to sign onto the wi-fi, but could not do it. Even with the correct passwords etc, the wi-fi would not recognize me. So I had to use Aunt B's computer when she wasn't using it.

We went to Mallory Square for the sunset celebration. Instead of going to the city parking lot, we parked at a $15 for all evening lot,
xDSCF7298.JPGBob paying for the parking and Me walking past the direction sign

Bob paying for the parking and Me walking past the direction sign

DSCF7304.JPGSponge Man and Truck

Sponge Man and Truck

Conch shells for sale

Conch shells for sale

Airplane

Airplane


and walked over. I sat down near the sword swallower, while Aunt B, Uncle G and Bob wandered around.
Slackwire performer

Slackwire performer

Tarot card reader

Tarot card reader


The cat trainer wasn't there and neither were any of the statute people.
x100_8880.JPGSunset watchers

Sunset watchers


It was also a cloudless day so not as good a sunset as usual.
Sunset

Sunset

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Sunset


We had no plan for dinner, but Aunt B had seen Two Friends restaurant mentioned in the AAA book
Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant


and since that was right next to the parking lot, we ate dinner there. I had
Conch fritters

Conch fritters


and gave Aunt B one to taste, and a
Bacon cheeseburger

Bacon cheeseburger


Bob had
Half pound of Shrimp

Half pound of Shrimp


Chicken tenders

Chicken tenders


Aunt B and Uncle G had the
Lobster

Lobster



Saturday 26 February 2011

Aunt B went out to walk on the beach
Morning on the beach

Morning on the beach

Morning on the beach

Morning on the beach


and threw her back out. But about 8:30 we inserted her into the car and Bob drove us to Hemingway's house. He didn't go in as he said he had seen it.

n 1851, Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker built the house. It was bought for Pauline and Ernest Hemingway by Pauline's rich uncle Gus in 1931. Pauline was Ernest's 2nd wife. When she divorced him in 1939, Hemingway moved to Cuba. Pauline died in 1951. Only Patrick, one of her two sons is still living.

Hemingway had a lot of friends in Key West, and many of them appeared as characters in his novel "To Have and Have Not" which is about Key West during the depression. Hemingway built the brick wall around the house in an effort to get some privacy from the crowds of tourists peering in through the fence
Hemingway House sign

Hemingway House sign


We had to wait about 20 minutes for the next tour, so Aunt B went into the shop, and I did too but didn't buy anything.

Aunt B and I took a photo of the same cat's foot - she took the pad side and I took the top side.
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Bottom of cat's paw


Cat house

Cat house

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The original a white cat (named Snowball) was given to the family by a sea captain. Some of the cats at the Hemingway house are descended from Snowball. Hemingway named all of his cats after famous people and that tradition has continued
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Cat by the pool

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Hemingway's cat


One of the things that Hemingway did for the cats was to give them water to drink which was in a kind of tough. The top of the fountain is an old Spanish olive jar that he brought from Cuba and the trough below was one of the bar's urinals that was given to Hemingway by his friend Joe Russell when Joe moved his bar across the street due to a dispute over money. Pauline hated it and added the decorative tile to disguise it.
Urinal cat fountain

Urinal cat fountain


The tour was very interesting. Photos were allowed. Things were more or less the same as they were the first time.
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In Hemingway's house

100_8923.JPGHemingway's bathroom

Hemingway's bathroom

Birthing chair that Hemingway carried around with him

Birthing chair that Hemingway carried around with him


Portrait of Hemingway

Portrait of Hemingway


They still told the story about the pool. (The pool story is: The house has the first pool in Key West - it cost $20,000 in the late 30s and the construction costs once prompted Hemingway to take a penny from his pocket, press it into the wet cement of the surrounding patio, and announce jokingly, "Here, take the last penny I've got!")
Hemingway's pool

Hemingway's pool


(I didn't know that Pauline replaced all the ceiling fans with a collection of chandeliers)
Chandelier

Chandelier


and this time I got some photos.
Nanny's bathroom

Nanny's bathroom


Looking down from Hemingway's study

Looking down from Hemingway's study


My sister went up into the studio - I didn't want to climb the steps
Hemingway's study

Hemingway's study

Hemingway's typewriter

Hemingway's typewriter


Lighthouse from Hemingway's house

Lighthouse from Hemingway's house


I took a picture of the lighthouse from the balcony (Hemingway used to complain that the lighthouse keeper could see into his bedroom) and
Cat cemetery

Cat cemetery


afterward I went to the cat cemetery and took a couple of photos. You may know that Willard Scott is still alive, so seeing his name listed might be a shock. Until you remember that this was a cat, and not the weatherman.
List of deceased cats

List of deceased cats


We then drove down to the Key West historic marina area and had lunch at the Turtle Kraal restaurant. When we lived in Key West in the 60s, this marina was full of shrimp boats and this was also where the turtle kraals were. The turtle kraals had a tower so that someone could get up high and see how many turtles were there.
Dingy dock from Turtle Kraals restaurant

Dingy dock from Turtle Kraals restaurant


I was astonished to find that the tower is no longer there having been toppled by a hurricane. I had the
Chicken tortilla soup

Chicken tortilla soup


and Aunt B had the
TK Signature Salad

TK Signature Salad


which had beef brisket in it. I think Uncle G had the
Fish tacos

Fish tacos


and I had a
BBQ sandwich

BBQ sandwich

Bob and George eating lunch

Bob and George eating lunch


Bob had
Raw Oysters

Raw Oysters


Uncle G saw the oysters were good and so he had some too.
Oysters sign in the Turtle Kraal Restaurant

Oysters sign in the Turtle Kraal Restaurant


Then we were too full for dessert, so we went over to the turtle museum. This now has a fee to enter. Aunt B said to the man at the museum that we had lived there, and he misunderstood and tried to let us in for $2.00 the local rate instead of $3.00 for everyone else and Bob didn't want him to do that, so the upshot was that none of us paid.
Turtle Kraals in front of the Turtle Museum

Turtle Kraals in front of the Turtle Museum

Turtle Museum

Turtle Museum

Turtle shell at the Turtle Museum

Turtle shell at the Turtle Museum


Turtle Kraals explanation

Turtle Kraals explanation

Uncle George talking to the museum man behind a big kettle

Uncle George talking to the museum man behind a big kettle

Green Turtle Industry Facing Extinction

Green Turtle Industry Facing Extinction

Turtle bones

Turtle bones


We looked around and talked to the guy and he got out his dulcimers and played them and he told us his life story. He said he was trying to get a novel published, so Aunt B said she knew a good agent and gave him her card and told him to email her. Then after he took our pictures,
Our photo

Our photo


we went back to the Turtle Kraal restaurant and had Key Lime pie because Aunt B said she hadn't had any yet.
Key Lime pie

Key Lime pie


We got the car out of the parking lot (this time we actually parked in the Key West City lot) and went back to the condo for Aunt B to lie on the floor and rest her back. We saw a wedding on the beach from the condo balcony.
Wedding on the beach

Wedding on the beach


For our last dinner we decided to try and find the Rusty Anchor Restaurant on Stock Island which we tried to find twice before when we had our boat at the marina on Stock Island, and failed both times - it was dark and we just couldn't see it where people said it was located.

Aunt B called for directions, and we tried to follow them. But even in the light the directions she got made no sense. So we just kind of bumbled around until we got there.
Rusty Anchor sign

Rusty Anchor sign


It turned out to be a good choice.
Inside

Inside


I had the
Mahi fish of the day with rice and beans

Mahi fish of the day with rice and beans


Aunt B decided to try conch (not realizing that it would be fried), and Bob and Uncle George had the
Stone crab claws

Stone crab claws


Uncle George had the large and Bob had the medium. They came cracked but with no additional eating tools other than the ordinary knife, fork and spoon. Then at the end Aunt Barbara had their Key Lime pie which she said was very good.. I had the ice cream.
Ice Cream

Ice Cream


The next morning we drove back to Miami

Sunday 27 February 2011

We left Key West early because we had to get to Miami by noon to see our granddaughter's soccer game with our daughter.

We thought they might have done away with the Big Pine Swap Meet, but that is apparently still operating. There was also a big Nautical Flea Market in Tavernier which held up traffic for a bit.
Flea market in Tavernier

Flea market in Tavernier


We ate lunch at Arbys.
Arby's supports the Car Show

Arby's supports the Car Show


Bob had the
Regular Roast beef

Regular Roast beef


and I had a
Bacon Cheese Croissant

Bacon Cheese Croissant


croissant.

We checked into the motel early and they didn't have the room clean yet so we had to wait.

Our granddaughter had a soccer game which was originally scheduled for 1:00 but it was rescheduled for Boca later in the afternoon.
White cat

White cat


When we got up to Boca and sat at the end of our team people right next the other team. The other team had beaten our granddaughter's team pretty decisively in a previous game,
Team meeting

Team meeting

Soccer

Soccer

Injured player

Injured player

Granddaughter as goalie

Granddaughter as goalie


but this time, the team all worked together and they won their first game of the season. I think the other team was in shock.
At the end of the game

At the end of the game


Monday 28 February 2011

Our daughter was off work. I tried to catch up with posting all the photos from Key West when I could not log on.

In the afternoon, we went to where our grandson was umping behind the plate and watched.
Grandson umping behind the plate

Grandson umping behind the plate


One of the ladies had a spread of crackers and cheese there, and our granddaughter and a soccer friend ate quite a bit of it even though it wasn't their team. Then she went to soccer practice
Granddaughter with the ball

Granddaughter with the ball


and I took some short videos of the goalie drills they were doing
Goalie practice

Goalie practice


We had dinner at our daughter's house.

We got a call from Aunt B that she and Uncle George might take a bump and end up in Miami. My daughter invited them to stay with her, but it turned out that they all got on the plane.

Tuesday 1 March 2011

Our grandson was umping a game and we met him at the Cheesecake Factory.
Bread

Bread


We had
Fried mac and cheese

Fried mac and cheese


fried mac and cheese as an appetizer and our daughter had a salad that you make roll-ups out of the ingredients.
Steak

Steak

Hamburgers

Hamburgers


We ordered a steak for our grandson. It was supposed to be an advance birthday dinner for Bob, but he snagged the check and paid it in cash so I don't know what everyone else had exactly. I had eaten too much to eat dessert so I got a Key Lime cheesecake to take home.
Cat looking at Bob

Cat looking at Bob

Cat helping Bob with the map

Cat helping Bob with the map

Pepper and Salt with Bob

Pepper and Salt with Bob

Wednesday 2 March 2011

We left early for the Florida west coast.
On the road - GPS keeps trying to get us to get on the Florida Turnpike

On the road - GPS keeps trying to get us to get on the Florida Turnpike

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Corner of Krome Ave.


We were headed for Corkscrew Swamp. We started west and were on the Tamiami Trail before 8 am. After we passed the
Indian casino

Indian casino


and the road construction, we basically had the road to ourselves except for the odd airboat tow.
Airboat ahead of us

Airboat ahead of us

10:00 - empty road

10:00 - empty road

Panther crossing sign (we didn't see any)

Panther crossing sign (we didn't see any)

We got to the Corkscrew Swamp about 10:30.
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Corkscrew Swamp sign 2011 and 1967


Our first visit in 1967 was only 13 years after it was founded. As I got there, I sort of remembered that when we were there before we got there late in the day and we decided that it cost too much and didn't go. But I found photos that showed that we all went in and did the boardwalk.
Bob and daughter on the boardwalk

Bob and daughter on the boardwalk


And I could even show Bob that he was there too - he didn't remember it. Sometimes when he doesn't remember things it is because he didn't go with us, but this time he was there.
Planning your visit

Planning your visit


In 2011, the parking lot was quite confusing and we in parked in the bus lot - farther away than would have been necessary. When we left, Bob went and got the car and brought it to the entrance. The price was a lot higher now than it was in the 60s

There was a wood stork sculpture outside the main building - wood storks are considered the canaries of the swamp, but they are really ugly birds IMHO.
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Wood stork sculpture and detail


Alligator in an aquarium in the visitor's center

Alligator in an aquarium in the visitor's center


We got a wheelchair for me, and Bob pushed
Rules

Rules


and we went all around the whole boardwalk - 2.25 miles.
Bob's photo of the boardwalk

Bob's photo of the boardwalk


Bob took lots of pictures.
Slash pine

Slash pine

Please approach quietly

Please approach quietly

Hardwood hammock

Hardwood hammock

Air plants

Air plants

Lichens

Lichens


We saw some iris and they called them 'blue flags' When I asked afterwards that was all that they knew as the name - I think they were I. Heigonia.
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I. Heigonia


There were people waiting to see a painted bunting come back to the nest, and we waited awhile to but left without seeing one. Some of the rangers had telescopes trained on where the birds were and we could look through one and see the bird.
Ranger's scope

Ranger's scope


We saw a caterpillar and also a butterfly. I got a photo of the caterpillar
Caterpillar

Caterpillar


which was about my eye level in the wheelchair, but the butterfly escaped from the pixels.
Wet Prairie

Wet Prairie

White ibis

White ibis

Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress

Swamp water

Swamp water

Reflections

Reflections

Anhinga

Anhinga


We saw a small lizard, a white ibises, a limpkin, an anhinga, a great white heron and several night herons.
Small lizard

Small lizard

Night heron

Night heron

Limpkin

Limpkin

Dahoon holly

Dahoon holly

Pooh Tree

Pooh Tree

Great white heron

Great white heron

Anhinga

Anhinga



By the time we got back it was almost 1300, so we decided to have lunch in the little lunch place.
Grilled Chicken Club

Grilled Chicken Club


We got the grilled chicken club but ( could not get the microwave to work. Bob did microwave his.

Afterward I went to the bathroom and there was a sign that said "Yes we know our water is brown - it's OK"
Sign in bathroom

Sign in bathroom

After we left here, we went to Estero State Park.
Entrance

Entrance

Historic marker

Historic marker

Map of the site

Map of the site


I remembered this as the place where the FLAT earth people were (the Koreshans). But I remembered wrong. I thought I saw a presentation where they thought that the sky was like the inside of an orange. But what they really thought was that people lived on the INSIDE of a round ball (a HOLLOW earth society - a concave surface rather than a convex surface) and the sun and moon, and planets shown through holes in a rotating sphere more inside the ball kind of like they do the heavens and stars in a planetarium today.
Koreshan Premise

Koreshan Premise


They 'proved' this to their satisfaction by going out on the beach in Ft. Myers and measuring off a length along the beach and showing that the land was concave. (A straight line extended at right angles from a perpendicular post will meet the surface of the earth at a distance proportionate to the height of the perpendicular).
Earth not Convex

Earth not Convex


We would have visited in the late 1960s, and the site was still really owned by the Koreshans who were some of them still living so not all the exhibits that are there now were there then. I can't find any photos of what we saw then.
Bathrooms behind the Art Hall

Bathrooms behind the Art Hall

Art Hall

Art Hall


We went into the Art Hall where a docent gave us a tour and showed us the model that they had made of the earth, sun and planets to show how
their concept worked.
Model of the earth

Model of the earth


There was also art by various people and a piano which had only 85 keys. We were told that 6 of these were made in honor of some anniversary and this was the only one that is left, but I find on looking it up that older pianos often only had 85 keys.
Alchemy symbol

Alchemy symbol

Bob walking out of the Art Hall

Bob walking out of the Art Hall


Flowering tree

Flowering tree


After we left the Art Hall, we walked over to the Founder's house
Bob walking up to the Founder's house

Bob walking up to the Founder's house

Founder's house plaque

Founder's house plaque


and saw the film.
Part of the film

Part of the film


Dr Cyrus Teed who started the Koresh community was an alchemist. (Koresh is the Hebrew for Cyrus) In the autumn of 1869, during an experiment he was badly shocked, and passed out. During his period of unconsciousness, Teed believed he was visited by a divine spirit who told him that he was the messiah. He believed that he was immortal. He founded "New Jerusalem" in 1894 and seven women (representing the seven planets that were known at that time) ruled the colony.
Founder's house

Founder's house

Founder's house

Founder's house


The colony was very successful in various business ventures, but when Dr Teed went into politics, he got into an argument and was severely pistol whipped and later died of his injuries. He died on December 22nd (winter solstice). His followers were positive that he would be re-incarnated on December 25th, but when this did not happen the county medical examiner made them bury him. The tomb was later washed away in the 1910 hurricane.
Picture of the tomb before it washed out to sea

Picture of the tomb before it washed out to sea


Bob went down to the boat landing,
Dock

Dock


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and I walked over to the Planetary Court where the 7 women lived.
Planetary Court

Planetary Court

People who lived in the Planetary Court

People who lived in the Planetary Court

Room in the Planetary Court

Room in the Planetary Court


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Room in the Planetary Court

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After we visited that, we checked into the Hampton Inn.
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Hampton Inn


We had a non-smoking room with 2 queen-size beds, a comfortable work desk and rolling desk chair with adjustable height. The bathroom had a tub & shower combo and a curved shower rod that allows more light and space in the shower. There was a 25 inch color television, an alarm clock/radio, personal coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, luggage rack, microwave and refrigerator. We used the coffee maker to make cocoa as we don't drink coffee. I logged on to the internet without a problem
Towel animal on side of bathtub to hold soap

Towel animal on side of bathtub to hold soap


We went to Perkins for dinner.
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Bob walking in to Perkins

Perkins Pie case

Perkins Pie case

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Fish and chip dippers $8.19 and Senior Roast Beef Dinner $9.98

Brownie Sundae Supreme $3.99

Brownie Sundae Supreme $3.99

Thursday 3 March 2011

The computer room at the Hampton Inn where there was a printer was in use, so the girls at the desk printed out the whole web page of the
lighthouses on the west coast of Florida for me - it was about 11 pages. There were 27 lighthouse on the list. We had seen two of them, and some were only accessible by boat, but I thought we could try to see some of the others.

After breakfast we decided to go to Sanibel Island and look at that lighthouse. We had been to Sanibel in the 60s but don't remember that we saw the lighthouse then. We just stayed at a motel by the beach and looked for shells.
Sanibel Island motel 1967

Sanibel Island motel 1967


The bridge over was a toll bridge,
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Bridge to Sanibel Island - Toll $6.00


but they did take cash.
Houses on the island from the causeway

Houses on the island from the causeway


You can see the lighthouse from the bridges.
Bob was driving

Bob was driving

Sanibel lighthouse

Sanibel lighthouse

On the island we saw signs "Gopher Tortoise Crossing". But we only saw the sign - no tortoises - Giant or otherwise
Gopher Tortoise crossing

Gopher Tortoise crossing


The lighthouse was in a park where there was a $2.00/hour parking fee.
Parking kiosk at lighthouse

Parking kiosk at lighthouse


So Bob waited in the car and I walked down to the lighthouse.
Road to the lighthouse

Road to the lighthouse


Sanibel lighthouse is a square pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder, painted brown; Tidelands 300 mm lens This lighthouse was the first of a class of skeletal lighthouses built in many parts of the country.
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Lighthouse and Keeper's house


It was quite windy and they were doing kite boarding on the beach and I took some photos of that
it was a windy day

it was a windy day

Wind surfer

Wind surfer


I walked up to the first informational board
Shells

Shells


and then walked through the underbrush to see if I could get a better angle. got some good photos including some with birds flying around the top of the lighthouse.
Sanibel Lighthouse

Sanibel Lighthouse

Sanibel Island lighthouse with a buzzard

Sanibel Island lighthouse with a buzzard


I also got a photo of a songbird.
Bird

Bird


On the bridge back to the mainland

On the bridge back to the mainland


After we got back to the mainland, we got gas.

The first lighthouses on the list that I thought we could see were around the Tampa/St Pete harbor. Since we had already seen Boca Grande, I decided to go up the east side and try Port Manatee. I could see this on the map, but some of what I read made me think we would have trouble getting in to the port.
Water tower

Water tower

Entrance to Port Manatee

Entrance to Port Manatee


And we did. We got to the port and I went in to where all the truck drivers were waiting and they asked me if I had some kind of Federal Permit that allowed me to go onto the port, and of course I did not. The man I was talking to took pity on me and showed me the map which had them on it and gave me the 2011 Official Directory.
Booklet

Booklet


We were able to see them from the road although not the range side of them.
Port Manatee Inbound Range Rear triangular skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands Approx. 187 ft continuous white light in the daytime, visible only on the range line.
Port Manatee InboundRange Rear

Port Manatee InboundRange Rear

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Port Manatee lights from the booklet


Port Manatee Inbound Range Front Approx. 138 ft triangular skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Quick-flashing green light at night, continuous white light in the daytime, visible only on the range line.
Information on Port tours

Information on Port tours


What I thought was strange is that they give tours of the port two days a week - "bring your camera."

We ate lunch at Hardees.
Inside Hardees

Inside Hardees


Bob had a small hamburger and a chocolate shake and I had a
Junior Thick burger

Junior Thick burger


and an apple turnover. We got a senior discount.

The next ones on the list were the Big Bend ranges on the docks of the Mosaic Company. We saw the Mosaic Company sign and went in and took
pictures of those.

Big Bend East Range Front Approx. 100 ft (30 m) square skeletal tower. The tower also carries a rectangular daymark painted red with a white vertical stripe. This range guides vessels to the docks of the Mosaic Company, which ships phosphate, fertilizer, and other agricultural products. Located adjacent to a quay at Big Bend, on the east side of Tampa Bay between Gibsonton and Apollo Beach
Big Bend Ranges

Big Bend Ranges

Big Bend East Range Rear Approx. 100 ft (30 m) square skeletal tower. The tower, one of three identical radio or TV transmission towers, also carries a rectangular daymark painted red with a white vertical stripe. Located on the east side of US 41 near Pembroke Road
Big Bend East Range Rear

Big Bend East Range Rear


Then we skipped up to Wakulla County which is south of Tallahassee.
Flag on the highway

Flag on the highway

29 miles to the Best Western - US Route 98

29 miles to the Best Western - US Route 98


We stopped for the night at the Best Western which was recommended by someone on the Harbour Light Collector Forum.

We got there about dusk. The hotel was around a courtyard. The desk girl was Russian and very friendly. She told us to go around the end of the desk and turn left and then go through the door to the courtyard.
Courtyard

Courtyard


When Bob did this correctly, she mentioned that most people go the wrong way - thinking that there is a central corridor - there is not. You have to go into the courtyard to get to your room.

Our reservation said: Room Details: 2 Queen Beds, No Smoking, High Speed Internet Access, Microwave And Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Iron And Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Full Breakfast

The bathroom had a nice way of avoiding the shower curtain dilemma - they pulled the shower curtain to the back of the tub so it wasn't all over the floor in the bathroom collecting mildew.
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Bathroom


TNightstand with a divider

Nightstand with a divider

here was a small wall between the two nightstands. There was a clock radio on one of the nightstands.

We asked where a good place to eat was and the desk girl said she didn't know about mileage so she gave us the distance in time. She said seafood was in one direction and there were other restaurants towards Crawfordville. We ended up at Hamaknockers Bar-B-Q.
Restaurant sign

Restaurant sign

Hamaknockers BBQ menu

Hamaknockers BBQ menu


This was a small place with red and white checked oilcloth tablecloths and a deer head on the wall.
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Inside restaurant


A teen age boy took our order and I think the cook was another teen. Bob had
Ribs

Ribs


and I had a
Pulled pork sandwich and sides

Pulled pork sandwich and sides


It was cheap and good

Friday 4 March 2011

The motel had a nice breakfast with waffles, toast, sweet rolls and bagels, cereal, fruit and various beverages
Breakfast

Breakfast


Today was a real good day - we saw all the lighthouses on my list in the Florida panhandle. First we had a nice breakfast with waffles, toast, sweet
rolls and bagels, cereal, fruit and various beverages. We drove down to the Saint Marks. The GPS ran out of road but the car still had road so we drove all the way down to the end.
"Warning - Alligator" sign

"Warning - Alligator" sign

Burned over area

Burned over area


There were fires burning in the brush. We were supposed to pay for a permit, but there was no one to ask if our Golden Age Passport would exempt us from paying the fee so we just assumed that it would.
Entrance gates

Entrance gates


The St Marks lighthouse was built in 1842.
St Mark's lighthouse at the end of the road

St Mark's lighthouse at the end of the road


The light is extinguished mid August through October and mid February through April
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St Marks


so as not to interfere with bird migration. The 73 ft brick tower (which was extended from 65 ft in 1867) is attached to a 1-story brick keeper's house (1871).

The fresnel lens has been removed for display. The lighthouse is painted white, and the lantern black. This is the second oldest Florida lighthouse.
St Mark's LIghthouse built by Winslow Lewis

St Mark's LIghthouse built by Winslow Lewis


The Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge works for restoration of the light station and has a web site for the lighthouse. The keeper's house is being restored as a visitor center. The Coast Guard spent $150,000 in 2000 to stabilize the station, and the wildlife refuge improved the road and parking facilities. In 2002 the leaky roof of the keeper's house was repaired.
St Marks

St Marks


In July 2005 Hurricane Dennis broke a window of the lantern, soaking the inside of the tower with rain water, and washed out part of the parking lot.
A Guiding Light - National Historic Landmark sign

A Guiding Light - National Historic Landmark sign

Observation Monitoring Well - WARNING DO NOT FILL

Observation Monitoring Well - WARNING DO NOT FILL


In June 2006 Congress passed an act transferring the lighthouse from the Coast Guard to the Fish and Wildlife Service; this allowed the Refuge Association to proceed with restoration plans. However, the transfer could not be completed until lead-contaminated soil around the lighthouse was removed.
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St Marks


I have seen photos of the lighthouse reflected in the water and I tried very hard to find that place to photograph it from, without any luck
Path to the water

Path to the water


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St Marks, the photo I saw with water, and mine with no water


I did get some photos.

Then we went back towards Crawfordville and I took some photos of the Lake Ellen church and cemetery
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Church

Cemetery

Cemetery


Next on the list was Crooked River which we found fairly easily.
Approaching Crooked River (Carrabelle)

Approaching Crooked River (Carrabelle)

The 115 foot tall Crooked River lighthouse was built in 1895. It is a square pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder; this configuration is called "Sanibel class".
Top of Crooked River

Top of Crooked River


The upper half is painted red and the lower half is white.
Crooked River

Crooked River


The original 4th order bivalve Henry Lepaute lens is on display at the Coast Guard Eighth District headquarters in New Orleans. The keeper's house was sold and relocated 2 miles (3 km) west. In the late 1990s the lighthouse was abandoned and deteriorating. It was inactive from 1995 to 2007. It is now privately maintained.
Crooked River Lighthouse

Crooked River Lighthouse


The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association was formed in 1999 to work for restoration of the station. In 2000, the City of Carrabelle secured ownership of the site and leased it to the association. The state granted $298,000 for engineering studies and the start of a restoration, which was carried out in 2007. The lighthouse was relit with its original light pattern in a ceremony on 8 December 2007.
Crooked River visitor's center with handicapped parking sign

Crooked River visitor's center with handicapped parking sign


A replica of the keeper's house is being completed to serve as a visitor center and museum. Weather permitting, you can climb the Crooked River Lighthouse on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00p.m. The cost for climbing the lighthouse is $5.00 per person. All climbers must be 44 inches tall.

Located on the inland side of US 98 just west of Carrabelle Beach. There is parking provided next to the tower.
Parkland for the use of the General Public

Parkland for the use of the General Public


Then we searched out Cape Saint George.

This was a leaning lighthouse which eventually toppled and people have rebuilt it (much like they have done with Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clements Island).
Cape St George lighthouse at the end of the road

Cape St George lighthouse at the end of the road


Welcome to St. George Lighthouse Park

Welcome to St. George Lighthouse Park


In order to aid the steam boats picking up cotton A lighthouse was constructed in 1833. The lighthouse stood seventy-five-feet tall and exhibited thirteen lamps.
Chart of Appalachian Bay and the two lighthouses

Chart of Appalachian Bay and the two lighthouses


The 1852 lighthouse originally stood over 500 yards from the Gulf, but by 1990 the beach erosion on the Gulf side of the island threatened the lighthouse. Hurricane Andrew removed most of the remaining buffer zone in 1992. The Coast Guard, realizing that the lighthouse might be lost, deactivated the light in 1994. Hurricane Opal struck in 1995.
Damage caused by Hurricane Opal caused the tower to lean

Damage caused by Hurricane Opal caused the tower to lean


The resulting tidal surge swept around the lighthouse, forcing it off its piling foundation. As the lighthouse settled into the sand, the circular staircase was torn from the interior walls, and the tower developed a pronounced lean.

All was relatively well until Hurricane Dennis struck the Florida Panhandle on July 10, 2005 as a Category 3 hurricane, but as no other hurricanes came close to Cape St. George Lighthouse, it seemed the tower would survive another hurricane season. However, on October 21, years of stress on the leaning tower apparently became too much, as the lighthouse toppled into the gulf at 11:45 a.m.
Photo of the St George's Island lighthouse broken on the sand

Photo of the St George's Island lighthouse broken on the sand

Piece of the old lighthouse

Piece of the old lighthouse


The St. George Lighthouse Association quickly launched an effort to salvage the remains of the lighthouse. Roughly six months after the tower toppled, excavation equipment was used to recover the pieces of the lighthouse and load them on a barge so they could be transported to Eastpoint, where a local radio station had provided a storage area.
Lighthouse pieces

Lighthouse pieces

Memorial walk

Memorial walk

Bottom of Cape St George

Bottom of Cape St George

Pooch docking

Pooch docking


Volunteers subsequently spent numerous hours cleaning the recovered bricks so they could eventually be used to reconstruct the lighthouse. Plans for the new tower were based on original drawings obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and ground was broken for the project on October 22, 2007.
On April 4, 2009, a dedication ceremony was held for the lighthouse with Neil Hurley as the keynote speaker.
Fees to climb - Adults $5.00

Fees to climb - Adults $5.00


Fees for climbing the Lighthouse are:Adults -- $5.00Youth under age 16 -- $3.00Under age 6 -- No Charge
Lighthouse keeper's house Cape St. George lighthouse

Lighthouse keeper's house Cape St. George lighthouse

Looking up

Looking up

Lighthouse door

Lighthouse door

Lantern room

Lantern room


Members of the St. George Lighthouse Association, Florida Lighthouse Association, and St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum-- No Charge

U.S. Military Personnel with ID -- No Charge

Please Note: You must be at least 40 inches tall to climb the Lighthouse.

They gave us a list of restaurants at the lighthouse, and I took a photo of it so that I would be able to identify places. The Blue Parrot write-up said "Fresh seafood, steak & chicken, burgers. Appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, oysters. Homemade desserts. Lunch specials, children's menus, Outside tiki bar."
Beach

Beach


It was on the beach.
Bob walking in

Bob walking in

Lunch on the deck

Lunch on the deck


The men's room sign said
Men's room sign

Men's room sign


and the ladies room sign said
Women's room sign

Women's room sign


This is not technically correct as Parrots and Parakeets are two different types of birds, but it was cute. Bob got a
Half pound of peel and eat shrimp for $8.99

Half pound of peel and eat shrimp for $8.99


and I had
Seafood Gumbo $4.99

Seafood Gumbo $4.99


Bread Pudding $4.99

Bread Pudding $4.99


Cape St George lighthouse

Cape St George lighthouse

Next we went to the Cape San Blas Light.
Cape San Blas sign

Cape San Blas sign


There are several lighthouses in the Port St. Joe area. One of them is the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. The cape protrudes from the southernmost point of Florida’s Panhandle and resembles an L-shaped arm, similar to Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. Beach erosion claimed three earlier lighthouses in 1851, 1857, and 1882.
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Cape San Blas Lighthouse


The present skeleton lighthouse has four iron legs that run the length of the tower and are tied together with a network of braces. The central column, which housed the spiral staircase, is different from most used at other lighthouses as it does not extend all the way to the ground. An external metal stairway was used to access the door to the tower. This was to keep the entrance to the tower above any waters that might encroach on the station. The bottom portion of the tower was also supported by four additional legs that extended midway up.
Cape San Blas Light

Cape San Blas Light


The lighthouse was relocated a little over a mile inland in 1918, but it is under attack by the sea again. The station was quite isolated, with a trip to the nearest settlement requiring a one-way trek of twenty-three miles. Keeper Ray Linton found "the lonely vigil and wide expanse of the Gulf too great a burden," and in 1832, he took his own life. Six years later, Keeper Marler, a 38-year-old father of four children, was attacked and stabbed in a workshop at the station. His six-year-old daughter discovered her father’s body, when she went to call him for the noon meal. The identity of the perpetrator was never discovered.
Sign about the restoration of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Sign about the restoration of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse


In 2000, the U.S. Air Force assumed control of the site and began working to stabilize and restore the buildings. Two keeper's houses, collapsing onto the beach early in 1999, were relocated and one was renovated. The other has now also been restored.
Cape San Blas buildings behind a fence

Cape San Blas buildings behind a fence


The original brick oil house also survives. The light may be in operation, but it does not appear on the current USCG Light List. The station is owned by the Air Force and leased to Gulf County and the St. Joseph Historical Society, and the society has opened it to the public.
Standing with our back to the lighthouse

Standing with our back to the lighthouse


On September 20, 2008, the tower was opened for guided tours. Site and tower open Wednesday through Saturday; tower open on Saturday or to groups by prior arrangement.

Interesting power lines

Interesting power lines


We went the wrong way after that and had to retrace our steps.

Joseph Point (Beacon Hill) Range Rear was established on the shore of St. Joseph Bay in 1836 the town of St. Joseph . But with no river feeding the bay, no economical way of transporting the timber and cotton from outlying areas to the bay existed. When two railroads were extended east from the city to connect with the Apalachicola River, the town of St. Joseph started to prosper.

Then, in 1841, a ship arrived in port and introduced yellow fever into the community. In just a matter of weeks, the population of the town was decimated. Two years later, a hurricane, accompanied by a high tidal surge, managed to destroy what remained of the city.

For over fifty years, St. Joseph was known as the “City of the Dead,” but eventually, the city of Port St. Joe would be established roughly two miles north of the site of St. Joseph. With renewed activity in the bay, it was felt that another lighthouse to mark its entrance was merited. The new lighthouse was constructed on the mainland at Beacon Hill, opposite the northern tip of the cape, where the St. Joseph Bay Lighthouse had stood. Rather than build a lofty conical tower, a lantern room was mounted on a square watch room atop a hipped-roof keeper’s dwelling.

The St. Joseph Point Lighthouse was equipped with a third-order Fresnel lens, and a second beacon was established 600 feet seaward of the lighthouse near the beach. Together, the beacons functioned as range lights, and the lighthouse was known as the St. Joseph Light Range Station or as the Beacon Hill Light. In 1960, the lighthouse was replaced by a light on a 78-foot iron tower, and the old dwelling was sold into private hands for $300. When it was being moved along Overstreet Highway, the lantern room was dropped and destroyed.

In 1979, the lighthouse was transported roughly twenty miles south to its new home on St. Joseph Bay. By then, the structure had become known as the traveling lighthouse. The current owners, have been working for years to renovate and restore the building. In April 2011 they completed their work by mounting a replica of the original lantern.
Fish camp sign

Fish camp sign


It is located on county road 30 next to Presnell’s Fish Camp, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) south of the intersection of U.S. 98, south of Port St. Joe.The St. Joseph Point (Beacon Hill) Range Rear was a little difficult to photograph because it was a private home with no trespassing signs.
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St. Joseph Point (Beacon Hill) Range Rear

Last on the list (because we'd already seen Pensacola) was St. Joseph Bay (Beacon Hill) Range Rear. It is on the original location of the St. Joseph Point lighthouse which is at St. Joe Beach in Beacon Hill, about 8 miles northwest of Port St. Joe.
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St. Joseph Bay (Beacon Hill) Range Rear


This is a square skeletal tower which has a rectangular daymark colored red with a white vertical stripe.
Close-up of the range marker

Close-up of the range marker


Front range marker out in the water

Front range marker out in the water

Tyndall Air Force Base Visitor's Center sign

Tyndall Air Force Base Visitor's Center sign


At some point we went into the Central Time zone.
US flag, POW/MIA flag and Florida flag

US flag, POW/MIA flag and Florida flag


As we passed Pensacola, we saw the Blue Angels pictured on the bridges and overpasses, but did not get a photo. We approached Mobile - we were to stay on the other side. As previously mentioned, traffic was terrible.
Traffic going into the city

Traffic going into the city


We got to Mobile and there was a HUGE traffic back-up going into the city from the west on I-10. Then we ran into a similar back-up on the our side of the road west of Mobile going OUT of the city. Took us half an hour to go about 5 miles. Found the motel about dusk

I had to take a smoking room as nothing else was available. I tried several hotels before I found even that. I think part of the problem was Mardi Gras - big celebrations and parade in town. There were people all over the lobby of the hotel playing games etc. when we checked in.
Bathroom

Bathroom


I think this hotel is really not in Mobile but in the outlying suburb of Tillmans Corners in Mobile County, but I could not find a map with the city limits of Mobile on it (that I could see where the city limits were). The room STANK of cigarette smoke. My nightgown smelled of cigarettes the next night. They had ashtrays and matches even in the bathroom.
Ashtray and matches - this is a Smoking room

Ashtray and matches - this is a Smoking room


We left for dinner and found Dick Russell's BBQ. It was definitely a local establishment. I recognized the name from the AAA book.
Dick Russell's BBQ

Dick Russell's BBQ


They had red and white checked oilcloth covering the tables, and the staff was really hustling - they cleared the table and seated someone else right away as soon as people left. It was very popular and there were always people waiting for a table.
Airplane above us

Airplane above us


When I read the reviews they are definitely mixed. Many people hated it - the sign says "wait to be seated" but it is a small place and there's no obvious location to wait. Some people don't like that. And some people thought the food was awful, but I think that may be a cultural difference in how people want their BBQ.

Bob had the sandwich with the bun and fries.
Bob's French fries

Bob's French fries


He thought I had wanted fries too, so he shared his. . I had a BBQ chicken sandwich without the bread and had a biscuit instead.
For dessert he had an
Apple pie ala mode

Apple pie ala mode


I had a peach cobbler. It was delicious
Map on the placemat

Map on the placemat


Then we got totally lost and couldn't find our way back to the hotel. This was because we had wandered around in the dark going through parking lots trying to find a Mexican place that we saw the sign from the hotel but never could get to and finally using access roads along what I think was a previous I-20 exit. It was quite dark and a little rainy. I had left the GPS in the motel so we couldn't use that. But eventually we saw something we recognized and got back there.

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Completing the CIrcle to Home

Alabama to Louisiana to Frisco for Family. Then Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 Back to Back Enchantment of the Seas and Lighthousing Driving South & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Saturday 5 March 2011

I I don't know if it is because I put on my nightgown in the dark a couple of days ago and in the morning found it was inside out and backwards, but the weather today has been terrible.

Originally I had thought I would look at the lighthouses around Lake Pontchartrain like the one at Port Pontchartrain. But given that it is the weekend before Mardi Gras, I didn't want to go near New Orleans and the two I thought I would see were on the south side of the lake. I decided just to go see the lighthouse on the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Lighthouse photo from Wikipedia (public domain)

Lighthouse photo from Wikipedia (public domain)


which could be seen from the end of Main Street in Madisonville.

I gave Bob his birthday present from me this morning.

Bob's Sunny Caribe shirt

Bob's Sunny Caribe shirt

It was a shirt I bought him in Tortola at Sunny Caribe. I teased him about being three quarters of a century old.

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Bob wasn't very happy with the breakfast here - he said they had the pancake shaped scrambled eggs

(I thought they were an omelet) and he didn't realize that the white stuff was sausage gravy - he thought it was grits or something. I got cranberry juice, and grabbed a banana and a bagel to eat in the car on the way to Madisonville, Louisiana.

Drawbridge on the Main Street of Madisonville

Drawbridge on the Main Street of Madisonville

We headed out. It was raining off and on. We got to Main Street about 11:30,but about a mile and a half from our objective, the road was completely covered with water to the depth of about 8 inches (judging by the fact that we could see the yellow lines through the water). But Bob refused to go any farther.

We turned back and decided to go to the museum that we saw just before we were stopped by the high water.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and Research Center

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and Research Center


This proved a very interesting museum and among other things they had little dioramas showing all the Louisiana lighthouses. I was taking pictures and saw an empty cubicle which said "No Photographs Please". I didn't understand why they didn't want pictures of that, but I didn't want a photo of it and so I didn't take one.
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Unlabeled diorama


This is labeled Bayou St. John Lighthouse

This is labeled Bayou St. John Lighthouse


Then when I got around to the other side I saw another sign and realized that they meant no photos of any of the dioramas. But it was too late - I had already done it. And I don't see why they didn't want photos anyway.

When I got home and looked up the lighthouses, I realized that these were mostly lighthouse which no longer exist or that have been modified or moved, and that the dioramas must have been created from old Coast Guard photos.
Second Chandeleur Island Lighthouse - 1856 lighthouse destroyed by hurricane

Second Chandeleur Island Lighthouse - 1856 lighthouse destroyed by hurricane


Sabine Bank diorama- Endangered

Sabine Bank diorama- Endangered


Third Light South Pass Lighthouse diorama - replaced by the fourth South Pass Lighthouse

Third Light South Pass Lighthouse diorama - replaced by the fourth South Pass Lighthouse


Oyster Bayou Lighthouse which was demolished

Oyster Bayou Lighthouse which was demolished


Point Au Fer Reef Lighthouse was burned in 1876

Point Au Fer Reef Lighthouse was burned in 1876


Diorama showing Port Pontchartrain Light before it was extended - The lighthouse is endangered by lack of maintenance

Diorama showing Port Pontchartrain Light before it was extended - The lighthouse is endangered by lack of maintenance

Southwest Pass Lighthouse built in 1839 -gravely endangered tower

Southwest Pass Lighthouse built in 1839 -gravely endangered tower

West Rigolets- destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005

West Rigolets- destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005

1985 - Hurricane Juan destroyed the 1917 Timbalier Bay Lighthouse.

1985 - Hurricane Juan destroyed the 1917 Timbalier Bay Lighthouse.

Southwest Reef Lighthouse in 1914 before relocation

Southwest Reef Lighthouse in 1914 before relocation

Sabine Pass Light-Endangered.  The Keeper's quarters burned in 1976

Sabine Pass Light-Endangered. The Keeper's quarters burned in 1976

Point Aux Herbes Light- burned by vandals during the 1950s

Point Aux Herbes Light- burned by vandals during the 1950s


East Rigolets Lighthouse -Ruins of the lighthouse are said to be visible in the water

East Rigolets Lighthouse -Ruins of the lighthouse are said to be visible in the water


Calcastra River Lighthouse- replaced

Calcastra River Lighthouse- replaced

Bob pointed out the outboard motor display
Evinrude outboard display

Evinrude outboard display


and they also had a display on tugboats
Practice steering a tugboat

Practice steering a tugboat

Required boarding Arrangements for Pilot

Required boarding Arrangements for Pilot

Tchefuncle River Light Station

Tchefuncle River Light Station

Diorama of building

Diorama of building

Diorama by a third grader

Diorama by a third grader

I thought maybe I could get Bob a T-shirt as there were shirts on sale, but they were sweatshirts and were children's sizes mostly.

We left the museum to and headed out.
Leaving the museum

Leaving the museum

Bridge

Bridge

We started north on I-55 in torrents of rain which the windshield wipers could hardly keep up with and we had to watch carefully for cars ahead that didn't have their lights on as they were practically invisible from behind. The road was very rough as there were nasty joints between each section on concrete.

We were listening to whatever the local NPR station is on the radio, and the NWS kept coming up with tornado warnings. I could see from the map that the warnings were for the southern Louisiana counties and that is where we were.

The weather guy on the radio kept saying that a tornado had been spotted but I couldn't find the town he was talking about on the map. It turns out that I was spelling it wrong in my head. The name sounded like Rain, but was spelled Rayne.

The radio guy said that if we "spotted a white funnel cloud" ... and just then there was thunder and lightning, but there was too much rain to spot anything at that moment.

He would continue that we should get to a place of safety and one good place would be under a sturdy workbench. He said that if we were in a mobile home, we should get out and go to a safer place. Then he said that if we were in a car we should get out and go lie in a ditch. I was looking at the rain and trying to imagine myself getting out and lying down in a ditch when it was raining so hard that I couldn't SEE a ditch. If I did find one and lay down in it, I'd need a snorkel to breath, and the snorkel was in a bag in the trunk.

Eventually I decided to turn off I-55 and head across to Monroe Louisiana. We stopped for lunch at the I-55 interchange at the Subway which was at that intersection.
5050096-Inside_the_subway_Monroe.jpgSubway sub

Subway sub


The US highways proved to be much smoother, and were practically devoid of traffic.
Going toward bridges

Going toward bridges


We did still go through some extremely heavy rain showers, but eventually it sort of cleared up.
US highway bridge in Louisiana

US highway bridge in Louisiana

I made this reservation because it was about halfway between the previous hotel outside of Mobile, and our daughter's house in Frisco. The weather was really bad for driving, so we were glad to get here. We had been assigned a room on the second floor but the hotel had no elevator. So the receptionist gave us a handicapped room after she checked that we would be OK with just one bed instead of two.
large_5064056-Queen_bed_room_for_handicapped_Monroe.jpgQueen bed room for handicapped and Handicapped shower

Queen bed room for handicapped and Handicapped shower


I love the handicapped rooms as they have a seat in the shower so I can sit down as I shower.

We can even park outside the room. However there was no restaurant that we could drive to without getting on the interstate, so Bob just went to Burger King and brought back some hamburgers. Cheapest dinner to date.
Burger from Burger King

Burger from Burger King


Some time after we got there, there was some violent pounding on the door. I thought it might be kids who had the wrong room, so Bob looked through the peep hole and then opened the door and asked them what they wanted. They apparently had the wrong room. I asked him if it was children and he said no, that it was two adult black females. When he was telling our daughter about it later, he said they were "working girls".

Sunday 6 March 2011

There was the usual good Hampton Inn breakfast the next morning
5049824-another_photo_of_the_buffet_Monroe.jpgBreakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet


When we checked out I told the man at the desk about our visitors last night and he seemed disturbed and asked what I wanted to do, but I didn't want anything - just to tell him about the incident.

We saw from the TV that one of the next interchanges on I-20 is closed for a water main repair and we will have to find our way around it. I asked the man at the hotel and he gave me specific directions which included what businesses (a Burger King and a BBQ place) were on the corners of the US route that was parallel to I-20.

However we made a mistake in the exit and also I had us turn the wrong way. So we went off into the hinterland and had to turn around and come back and get on the interstate and go one more exit. The traffic didn't seem too bad but it WAS really early on Sunday morning.
Shreveport

Shreveport


We got to Shreveport about noon, and then when we got to the TX border we stopped and got a map.
596350155050100-Texas_border..ion_Monroe.jpgTexas border information station

Texas border information station


About 1300, we stopped at an IHOP for lunch. I had what was called
100_9584.JPGLoaded potato and bacon soup which was really almost all CHEESE and Blueberry blintzes

Loaded potato and bacon soup which was really almost all CHEESE and Blueberry blintzes


Bob had
French toast fingers and bacon

French toast fingers and bacon


He drank a LOT of water and that meant that in about 2 hours we had to stop, and then stop again.
Tree from where we stopped once

Tree from where we stopped once


I talked to our daughter on the phone and she told us an alternate way to get to them so we didn't have to get on the roads around Dallas.
Car-b-e-que in my side mirror

Car-b-e-que in my side mirror


We saw a carbeque (car on fire) and no one seemed to be doing anything about it. The fire appeared to be on top of the hood.

I took some photos of their new patio
Bob and our son-in-law on their new patio

Bob and our son-in-law on their new patio


100_9595.JPGNew BBQ

New BBQ


Our daughter's family took us to Texas Land and Cattle for a birthday dinner for Bob. We had to wait for a table, and while we waited, our granddaughters were teaching Bob some game on an electronic device.
Showing granddad how to play

Showing granddad how to play

100_9607.JPGFireplace at the restaurant

Fireplace at the restaurant


I had a
Lettuce wedge salad

Lettuce wedge salad

Steak and garlic potatoes

Steak and garlic potatoes

Our grandson had
Ribs

Ribs


When we got home, our daughter had pineapple upside down cake for Bob - his favorite
Pineapple upside down cake for Bob's birthday

Pineapple upside down cake for Bob's birthday


and also

Regular cupcakes

Regular cupcakes

Monday 7 March 2011

I spent time uploading photos and Bob tried to fix the electrical problems that led to the garage outlets not working. Eventually I think they decided that the GFPI in the laundry room really didn't belong there, and took it out. We went to watch our grandson play a 'scrimmage baseball game before the start of the real season.
Walking in to the game

Walking in to the game


Since we had to be there around 1700, we brought a picnic so that we would have something to eat
100_9640.JPGScrimmage baseball game

Scrimmage baseball game


It was COLD. Phyllis and Bill (the other grandparents) came too.
Cold at the game

Cold at the game


When our son-in-law was working late but when he saw the photos he said that we all looked cold.

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Tuesday Bob fixed the dishwasher. By the time he was done, the people at Lowes could greet him by his first name. It was Shrove Tuesday, so we went to a pancake dinner at the church.
Mardi Gras masks

Mardi Gras masks


Our grandson was cooking pancakes.
Grandson making pancakes at church

Grandson making pancakes at church


Bill (the other grandfather) let me try out his scooter and it was really neat.

Wednesday 9 March 2011

I finally finished putting all the pictures to date up on Picasa, but I still haven't written the narrative for March 2nd to March 4th.

At my daughter's suggestion, I looked up the cemeteries that had been listed and found one not too far away that had been listed but not photographed, so we went out there and took pictures.
CEM46559872_129969956453.jpgConway Cemetery

Conway Cemetery


The little cemetery was behind a small strip mall and there was a dog boarding kennel behind it.
Picassa Cat

Picassa Cat

Grave marker

Grave marker

Then we had lunch at Which Wich which was a sandwich place.
Which Wich? sign

Which Wich? sign


You wrote your order down on a brown bag
Which Wich order form

Which Wich order form


(pre-printed with options - way better than Subway) and handed it in to the counter person. I had a
Meatloaf, bacon and cheese sub

Meatloaf, bacon and cheese sub


with a pineapple shake. The shake got down almost to the bottom but there were a couple of big pieces of pineapple that wouldn't go through the straw.
Youngest Granddaughter at Which Wich

Youngest Granddaughter at Which Wich


I tried to make a reservation for a trolley tour of Nashville but they had a phone system where they would put you on hold for only 4 minutes. Then, even if there was only 1 person ahead of you, they'd stick you into the voicemail system. I finally emailed - I wanted to know if we got there late could we switch to the next day. The answer I got was that there would be no refund unless I bought trip insurance for $20. Since the tour for the two of us was only $29.00, I didn't think that was such a good deal. Also I would have to have a printed receipt for them to honor the tickets and would have to purchase 72 hours in advance. So I didn't purchase.

That night we got to see a track meet.
Daughter taking a photo at the track meet

Daughter taking a photo at the track meet


This was also VERY cold and windy.
Grandson lined up

Grandson lined up


They charge admission to the meet which was four middle schools. Our grandson ran the 880
Running the 880

Running the 880


and I got some pretty good pictures. This time we were done in time to have dinner at home.

Thursday 10 March 2011

Church's Chicken

Church's Chicken

Since our grandson had the track meet last night he didn't have Athletics before school today - Usually his dad takes him on his way to work, but today our daughter took him. The the older granddaughter left. the little one had to be at her school at 9 (she goes Tues and Thurs), so we left about 8:30 for the drive to Arkansas

I'm still having trouble getting the GPS to talk to me. I do not know what the secret code is. Sometimes it talks and sometimes it does not.

We stopped for lunch and gas before we got to Texarkana where we stopped last time. The GPS said we got 38 mpg but we think the tank wasn't all the way full. We ate at Church's Chicken.

Bob had a
Chicken strip and biscuit

Chicken strip and biscuit


and I got the
100_9720.JPGBoneless honey BBQ wings and Apple pie

Boneless honey BBQ wings and Apple pie


I ate the biscuit and he ate my fries.
Texarkana water tower

Texarkana water tower


We stopped at the Arkansas Welcome Station
100_9725.JPGWelcome station desk

Welcome station desk


and got a map. Everyone is wearing boots and cowboy hats.

I looked in the booklet and saw that there was a museum in Forrest City - free and open M-F from 10 to 5.
Arkadelphia water tower

Arkadelphia water tower


We were (according to the GPS) to get here at 4:30 so I figured we'd check out the museum.
763103225050751-Another_stre..rrest_City.jpgChurch driving south toward railroad tracks

Church driving south toward railroad tracks


Forrest City is a city in and the county seat of St. Francis County, Arkansas. It is located on Crowley's Ridge,
Sign pointing to Crowley's Ridge

Sign pointing to Crowley's Ridge


which rises above the Mississippi Delta. This is a north-south running highland is some three miles wide and 300 feet above sea level.

Forrest City was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Forrest's Camp historic sign

Forrest's Camp historic sign


"Forrest's Camp- Birth of a City

In 1866 General Nathan Bedford Forrest, along with about 1,000 workmen pitched camp in the vicinity of what is now Front Street on land belonging to the Izard and Jewett families. By 1868 they had succeeded in making a cut through Crowley's Ridge and laying track for the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. The county surveyor, John C. Hill, drew the plat for a town on March 1, 1869, and on May 11, 1870, the community was officially incorporated as Forrest City. Within a year trains were running regularly and Front Street was a thriving business district. By 1892 most of the buildings were brick, and many of those early brick structures are still a part of this historic site

Sign about the War Between the States

Sign about the War Between the States


St. Francis County Troops in War Between the States
St. Francis County was predominately sympathetic to the southern cause. Raised five companies. The first company known as the "Linden Dead Shots" was raised by Poindexter Dunn who also served as Captain. This company marched away from here in 1861 and later participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Rincoold Cap. Golgotha Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Jonesboro and Franklin. Their gallantry was attested by the fact that of the one hundred who went away only twenty-one returned and many of these had lost an arm or leg or bore wounds.

We got to the museum OK although the railroad gates were down and the lights flashing right down where we had to turn - due to a truck being on the track and not a train.
Truck that was on the railroad track

Truck that was on the railroad track


We got a parking place on the street by pulling into where a woman was leaving,
Picture from across the street

Picture from across the street


Located in the restored, historic Rush-Gates home;
Sign on the museum

Sign on the museum


exhibits include the J.O. Rush relic collection, reconstructed doctor's office, geology and fossils from Crowley's Ridge, county, veterans, and African-American history. Temporary and seasonal exhibits year-round; also serves as the central visitors center for the Crowley's Ridge National Scenic byway
Rush Gates house museum

Rush Gates house museum

5050745-Side_of_the_museum_Forrest_City.jpgOuthouse back of the museum (??)

Outhouse back of the museum (??)

Looking in through the door

Looking in through the door


but the museum was locked up tight even though it was only 1640. I wonder if the woman wasn't maybe the museum person leaving early.

I can't find out much about it, but there are about 7 murals of old time Forrest City including one showing how an Indian would view the new railroad.
Railroad tracks in town

Railroad tracks in town


I did not find the one of the Indian, but I did photograph a few of them.
Large painting near the museum

Large painting near the museum

321983805050741-Mural_on_the..rrest_City.jpgOld courthouse on the right

Old courthouse on the right


Then we checked into the Hampton Inn. The receptionist gave us a key and said to go up the elevator and over the breezeway to our room, but when we got upstairs, we saw that the room was 204 and it was not across the breezeway.
From the Breezeway looking down on the lobby

From the Breezeway looking down on the lobby


When the key didn't work, we went back to the breezeway (which was a balcony over the lobby and called down.
Corridor - Bob looking over balcony to lobby

Corridor - Bob looking over balcony to lobby


She came up with the correct keys which were for 435.
TV, fridge and microwave

TV, fridge and microwave


There appears to be a large church group staying here. They came in big vans.

I got connected to the internet, and then Bob wanted to go to dinner. From the literature in the room he picked the Ole Sawmill Cafe and we got directions from the desk clerk.
Ole Sawmill sign with part of the neon missing

Ole Sawmill sign with part of the neon missing

Bob walking in

Bob walking in


Sign at entrance

Sign at entrance


Although they had table service, the buffet was $9.50 and it didn't look like we could have ordered anything on the menu that wouldn't have been at least that.
Menu

Menu


It wasn't IMHO a very good buffet. This is an older version of the Cracker Barrel chain. I don't like them either.
Buffet

Buffet


They did have an extensive salad bar,
Salads

Salads


but the main section had some collard greens, mashed potatoes with various kinds of gravy, fried fish, fried chicken, baked chicken, some meat in gravy, stewed tomatoes, what we think was hominy (nothing was labeled), carrots, limas and maybe sweet potatoes (I didn't try any so I don't know). They also had corn muffins and yeast rolls, butter or honey butter.
Sample items from the buffet

Sample items from the buffet


For dessert there was apple and peach cobbler, bread pudding, brownie, some cake and a bunch of cookies and soft serve ice cream.
My dessert plate

My dessert plate

The Ole Sawmill Cafe very cleverly routes you through a large "antique" shop before you can get to the part where you get the food.
Storefront

Storefront


Then when you leave, the cash register where you pay is right in the middle of the gift shop.
St. Patricks Day display

St. Patricks Day display

Display of Jams and Jellies

Display of Jams and Jellies

Dolls

Dolls


which had an amazing selection of dolls with blonde hair and fancy dresses.
Outside of the Ole Sawmill Cafe

Outside of the Ole Sawmill Cafe


Sunset going up to Hampton Inn from dinner

Sunset going up to Hampton Inn from dinner

Sign at night

Sign at night


When we got back the girl asked how we liked it and Bob said he liked it fine. I said it was very "local". Bob said probably the only out of state license in the lot was on our car. She said people either loved it or hated it. I said I was OK with it - I just don't care much for buffets.

Friday 11 March 2011

Breakfast at this Hampton Inn did not have cranberry juice and Bob came back to the room with his cereal as he couldn't find any place to sit.
Breakfast area

Breakfast area


I washed my hair and dressed. He took the cranberry juice out of the cooler and took the stuff down to the car and we both had a hot chocolate which he got from the breakfast stuff the night before. There's a thing in the room which does hot water. I grabbed two bagels on the way out - they didn't have bananas.

The Arkansas police were really policing the highway on the way to the Tennessee border. We are headed for Nashville. We had only about 30 miles to go to Memphis and we were approaching the city by 10:15.
Approaching Memphis, TN

Approaching Memphis, TN


Unfortunately we knew that the information center was off the freeway in the city so we bypassed it and probably we should not have done. We have a AAA map of KY and TN but no detailed map of Nashville.

We saw lots of FedEx trucks, and also a truck which had flaps in the back kind of tied together with bungee cords.
Truck with back flaps

Truck with back flaps


Later we say a license plate RYF which were my mother's initials.
Sign at rest area

Sign at rest area


We stopped at the Sam Phillips/ Carl Perkins Rest Area about 11:45 to use the bathroom, but it was unattended and there were no TN maps. Then we stopped to have lunch. At first I thought I'd go to Loretta Lynn's Kitchen, but that was a buffet. So we went to the Log Cabin Restaurant
Bob entering the Log Cabin Restaurant

Bob entering the Log Cabin Restaurant


Log Cabin menu

Log Cabin menu


in Hurricane Mills (near a place called Bucksnort).
Fried Green Tomato special

Fried Green Tomato special


Bob had the
Chili

Chili


and I had a
Fried Baloney sandwich

Fried Baloney sandwich


which was advertised as a traditional southern classic. They had a lot of pies,
x100_9791.JPGPie display case

Pie display case


so I had the
Malted Chocolate Caramel pie

Malted Chocolate Caramel pie

We also filled up with gas and are getting about 38 mpg. I can't figure out how it does the averages for the gas usage - it does not seem to me to make sense.

We got to Nashville about 1:30 and promptly ran into a horrible traffic jam. I told Bob to go ahead and get off, but people would not let him into their lanes. As bad as D.C. Eventually we turned off but I could not get the GPS to talk and couldn't really tell whether the hotel was on the right or left. Traffic was still bad and Bob had to stop at Wendy's, and he said he used the ladies room as someone was in the men's room and was not leaving.

We got to the hotel before three as I originally thought I would take a city tour. and they said they could not give us the room for 45 minutes so I sat in the lobby writing and Bob read the paper. The whole place was full of high school students and their parents - I guess doing college visits. Originally I thought the Hampton Inn at the center of the city charged for parking.
The Hampton Inn in the city center

The Hampton Inn in the city center


But I was wrong - there was a charge for valet parking but not for self parking - at least according to the sign we saw outside the next day. So this was the next best place.
Our room

Our room


I've decided that we should go to the Hermitage on the way out tomorrow and the traffic in the city is too bad to do anything here tonight. Later, it seemed that the traffic dispersed and also the parking lot was not as jam packed as it had been. We walked across to Amerigo for dinner.
5054288-Amerigo_across_the_street_Nashville.jpgAmerigo

Amerigo

At first I thought it might be too fancy with fancy prices but it was not. There was a early bird menu,
Early Bird menu

Early Bird menu


and Bob (surprise) had the
Bob's salmon and green beans

Bob's salmon and green beans


and I had the cheese tortellini. I originally expected to have it plain which would have been $10.00, but the waitress suggested I have it with crab instead of chicken and that was $14.00.
Cheese Tortellini with Crab

Cheese Tortellini with Crab


They did the thing they do at Italian restaurants of bringing
Bread and Olive Oil

Bread and Olive Oil


But it was good bread. Bob finished up his salmon but my tortellini was too much for me. Would have had gelato, but they were out. Total for the meal with tax was $26.77

Hotel at night

Hotel at night


I took a photo of the hotel from across the street and it turned out like one of those modern posters. Lime green. pale blue and white building (really beige), aqua tree trunk and orange leaves/flowers.
52002435054289-Street_when_.._Nashville.jpgStreet in front of the hotel at night

Street in front of the hotel at night

Road next to the hotel at night

Road next to the hotel at night

Saturday 12 March 2011

I decided that I wanted to see the Parthenon and the Capitol so I put their locations in the GPS and it guided us to them. (or at least it did the mapping - it was silent most of the time).
Street Sunday morning without traffic

Street Sunday morning without traffic


My dad had a thing about getting a photo of each state capitol, so Nashville was no exception.
128573975052008-Another_view.._Nashville.jpgMy father's photo at night 1956

My father's photo at night 1956

Closer 1956 photo of the capitol at night

Closer 1956 photo of the capitol at night


The distinctive tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.

Since we were in Nashville, I thought that I would also take some photos of the capitol.
314122375052014-Looking_down.._Nashville.jpgApproaching Capitol

Approaching Capitol


The Capitol building is the home of the Tennessee legislature, the location of the governor's office, and a National Historic Landmark. Build on five acres, it was opened in 1859 and is in architectural style Greek Revival. The Architect was William Strickland.
5052025-View_from_the_street_2011_Nashville.jpgPhoto from the car 2011

Photo from the car 2011

Capitol in 2011

Capitol in 2011


There are several statues and graves on the grounds. That includes the one for Edward Ward Carmack who was an attorney, newspaperman, and political figure who served as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1901 to 1907.
Edward W. Carmack's statue

Edward W. Carmack's statue


Following his political service, and after an unsuccessful run for Governor of Tennessee, he became editor of the one-year-old Nashville Tennessean. He was shot to death on November 9, 1908 over a feud precipitated by his editorial comments in the paper.

I had been reviewing my father's pictures and there was a picture of the Parthenon in Nashville.
1956 photo of the Parthenon

1956 photo of the Parthenon


I did not realize at the time that this was built because Nashville thought of itself as the "Athens of the South".
My picture 2011

My picture 2011

From the car

From the car


I suppose we could have taken the city tour in the morning, but I also wanted to go to the Hermitage, and the city tour people were so un-helpful that it really put me off.
Centennial Park sign with Parthenon in background

Centennial Park sign with Parthenon in background


So we drove to Centennial Park
100_9822.JPGCentennial Park

Centennial Park

This Obelisk monument is dedicated to James Robertson, the founder of Nashville

This Obelisk monument is dedicated to James Robertson, the founder of Nashville

The inscription says
James Robertson
Founder of Nashville
"We are the advance guard of civilization. Our way is across the Continent." Robertson-1770
Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, June 28, 1742.
Moved to North Carolina in 1750.
Came to Tennessee in 1769.
Settled Nashville in 1780.
Died in Tennessee Sept 1, 1814.
Reinterred inthe City Cemetery at Nashville, 1825 under authority of the Tennessee Legislature.

100_9826.JPGCanada geese

Canada geese


and then headed for the Hermitage.
Sunday traffic

Sunday traffic


Welcome to the Hermitage

Welcome to the Hermitage

Hermitage information

Hermitage information


The Visitor's center is where the ticket office is located. The last admission tickets are sold at 4:00 p.m. during winter hours, and 5:00 p.m. during summer hours. Senior tickets (over 62) are currently $17.00. Adult general admission is $20.00. We got a wheelchair for me. A golf cart is available to transport visitors needing assistance from the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center to The Hermitage mansion. Wheelchairs are available free of charge for those unable to walk around the grounds. Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are welcome in the mansion; however, the size of the interior spaces prevents the use of motorized scooter chairs.

We saw the movie and went through the museum. Bob took photos of all the signs and I took photos of the various exhibits.
Carriages

Carriages


518089685054291-Carriages_at.._Nashville.jpgCarriages in the visitor's center

Carriages in the visitor's center

Rachel Jackson's portrait

Rachel Jackson's portrait

Wedding finery in museum

Wedding finery in museum

Bob's photo at the museum - I'm in the photo in the wheelchair on the left side

Bob's photo at the museum - I'm in the photo in the wheelchair on the left side

furniture exhibit

furniture exhibit

model of original cabin

model of original cabin

Jackson's Hermitage in 1845

Jackson's Hermitage in 1845

Cotton exhibit

Cotton exhibit


Then we went out into the gardens. They had said we would have no trouble, but they lied. The gravel was so deep in the gardens in the cemetery area that I just had to get out and walk because we really couldn't push the wheelchair there.
Gravel path

Gravel path


The Jacksons were buried with a little temple building over their graves.
Graveyard

Graveyard


Rachael died first and Jackson decided to bury her in her garden. After the building over her grave was built he had the garden around it restored.
President and Mrs Jackson's graves

President and Mrs Jackson's graves


Little cemetery around the Jackson graves

Little cemetery around the Jackson graves

Description of the graves

Description of the graves


There are some monument boxes in the cemetery - these were built over limestone monuments to protect them from acid rain.
Monument Boxes covering limestone grave markers

Monument Boxes covering limestone grave markers


There was also a WOW (Woodsman of the World which was an insurance company) grave marker in the shape of a tree.
Tree marker by Woodmen of the World

Tree marker by Woodmen of the World

We saw the cemetery and then we got to the building itself.
grounds of the Hermitage

grounds of the Hermitage

The Hermitage at the end of the path

The Hermitage at the end of the path


The Hermitage

The Hermitage


Hermitage from the side

Hermitage from the side

Roofline

Roofline


They had two little ramps marked left and right - the man said that one side of the step was lower than the other.
Front of the house with one of the ramps

Front of the house with one of the ramps


No photos were allowed inside. They asked if I could walk up the stairs and I said I could if I had to so they said I could look at photos of the upstairs. I said could I take pictures of them, and the man looked taken aback - don't think anyone ever asked him that before. Finally he said no but that they would sell me a book with them in it.
Description of the trees planted on the automobile entrance

Description of the trees planted on the automobile entrance

Looking down a path from the Hermitage

Looking down a path from the Hermitage


We toured the downstairs and then I looked at the photos. There was also an interesting letter in there from Jackson's son or nephew trying to explain why the house burned in 1834. Bob pushed me back towards the Visitor's Center.
Sign about the buildings

Sign about the buildings


He went into some of the outbuildings to take pictures.
Inside one of the outbuildings

Inside one of the outbuildings

Visitor's Center

Visitor's Center


Then we turned in the wheelchair and headed for Virginia.

We drove until lunchtime and got gas and went to a restaurant called the Bean Pot which had a sign on the side that said Open Forever
7593520-Open_Forever_Crossville.jpgThe Bean Pot - Open Forever

The Bean Pot - Open Forever

Country Store part of the Bean Pot

Country Store part of the Bean Pot


But apparently the Bean Pot has now closed.
Menu of the now closed Bean Pot

Menu of the now closed Bean Pot

7593519-CLOSED.jpgHot Pepper Tennessee Sunshine sauce and Tiger sauce on the table at the Bean Pot

Hot Pepper Tennessee Sunshine sauce and Tiger sauce on the table at the Bean Pot

Car in the ceiling

Car in the ceiling


They gave me water in a short glass and I said that Bob (who was in the bathroom) wanted more water than that so she gave him a taller glass about the size of most water glasses.
Short and tall water glass

Short and tall water glass


I had an
Aig Biskit

Aig Biskit


(egg biscuit) and Bob had a chicken biskit. I asked for a root beer float, but what I got was a little bit of root beer in a milk shake as the girl that was making the ice cream things did not know what a root beer float was supposed to be.
Root beer float?

Root beer float?


Interestingly, the root beer float was more expensive than the milk shake.
Candy

Candy


Ladies room graffiti

Ladies room graffiti

Interesting yellow motorcycle

Interesting yellow motorcycle


We stayed in Abington that night at the Hampton Inn. Bob walked across the street and brought dinner back from Long John Silver. I looked up the menu first and told him we wanted a combo dinner of fish and chicken.
Fried fish and hush puppy

Fried fish and hush puppy


He ate the chicken and fries and I ate the fish and biscuits.

Sunday 13 March 2011

Funny machine in the parking lot

Funny machine in the parking lot


The internet would not work for me this morning.
Birds in the tree outside the motel in the morning

Birds in the tree outside the motel in the morning


Also I found an ant on my pill box. It bit me. There was no cranberry juice on the buffet. I used the hotel computer but it was too slow for some things.
Leaving Abingdon -8 am

Leaving Abingdon -8 am


The rest stops on I-81 have all been bulldozed.

We stopped for lunch and I saw a whole parking lot full of cars at the church up on the hill,
Gas stop

Gas stop


but Bob got gas first and then went to eat and by that time everyone was out of church and there was a long wait - it was Wendy's which is slow anyway. I got a
Chicken apple and walnut salad

Chicken apple and walnut salad


which I keep forgetting is not a chicken salad, but pieces of chicken on top of the salad. I also got a
Junior bacon cheeseburger

Junior bacon cheeseburger


(Bob got one too - it was two for $4.49) and I couldn't eat all the salad

AAA took us across I-64 over to Richmond and up I-96. The GPS told us to get off at Shadwell and so we drove up to Fredericksburg the way we always took when we were taking Penny to Crozet to breed her.
x100_9934.JPGRoad around Charlottesville on the east

Road around Charlottesville on the east


Up past Castelia, to Orange and then to Wilderness.
Crossing the Potomac

Crossing the Potomac


We got home about 1630, and Bob turned the water on.

He also found two starlings in the house - mostly in the bathroom. The first clue was water on the toilet seat. I don't know how long they were in here, but they were probably drinking out of the toilet. He says he will have to check the insulation in the chimney to see if that's how they got in. Bob took his plastic homemade storm windows out and opened the windows so they could fly out.. One of the storm windows in the bedroom had some rips in it which the birds probably made.

Interesting fact to know and tell - A pair of starlings were originally imported so that we would have all the birds mentioned by Shakespeare in the 'new world'. They have become such a problem that some places offer a bounty on them.

Initially I could not get the computer to log on to the internet, but after I turned if off and waited a bit, it started to behave better.

Monday 14 March 2011

Bob got the mail and put gas in the car and went to BJs and got some veggies. The car was getting 40+ mpg the last part of the trip which Bob attributes to the lack of alcohol in the gas. The tax forms have not come yet. I ate the rest of yesterday's chicken salad for lunch.
Our house in the summer

Our house in the summer


We unpacked and did the wash

Our next trip was a cruise to Alaska

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