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The Many Facets of El Moro


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 22 January 2011

I woke up at 6 without the alarm and got dressed and went out on deck about 6:40 After I got up to deck 5, I realized that I'd used the camera a LOT yesterday and might have battery problems, but it was too far to go back down and get extra batteries.
Almost full moon

Almost full moon


There was an almost full moon.
Sunrise

Sunrise


I saw the pilot boat drop the pilot off and a couple minutes later I started taking photos of El Moro.
San Moro in the early morning light

San Moro in the early morning light


Sure enough, if I zoomed, it showed low battery. I rationed my photos a bit, but took about 30 pictures of the fort and lighthouse. I could see the light in the lighthouse flashing
El Moro

El Moro

El Moro at sunrise

El Moro at sunrise

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El Moro

City wall

City wall


Sun risen

Sun risen

Green buoy

Green buoy

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City wall early in the morning

Fisherman starting out in the morning?

Fisherman starting out in the morning?


Boat wake

Boat wake

Coming around the corner

Coming around the corner


I went down and put my camera battery to charge and got another one. I had a cheese omelet for breakfast.
Cheese omelet

Cheese omelet

People getting off the ship

People getting off the ship


Then we went out to see if I could go to the cemetery by El Moro. Since they do not allow the ship wheelchairs off the ship anymore (maybe someone reported my spill yesterday), I didn't think I could walk all the way to the fort, but I thought I might do the cemetery.

Bob was arguing with the cab drivers who all wanted to give us a tour or charge us $25 to take us up to the fort.
Taxi rates

Taxi rates


Eventually one of them pointed out where the free trolley stopped.
Trolley stop 1

Trolley stop 1


So we went over there and got a good map of San Juan and Puerto Rico. Then Bob said he had to go to the bathroom and was going back to the terminal, but I wanted to stay there so he gave me $30 in case I needed a cab and left.
Free trolley

Free trolley


I got on the next bus, and got off at the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery
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Sandwiched between La Perla Barrio and San Cristobal this cemetery is considered one of the most picturesque of burial grounds anywhere. The cemetery is particularly noteworthy for its elaborate tombstones and the circular red domed neoclassical chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalen, which dates back to the late 19th century.
Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery


This is the burial place of several important political and literary figures such as: Harvard-educated social reformer, Pedro Albizu Campos, who fought against colonialism; José Celso Barbosa, known as the father of the “Statehood for Puerto Rico” movement; and renowned poet and patriot, José de Diego.
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I did not go down into it (although I wanted to) because I was not sure that I would have enough energy to climb back up the hill
100_7662.JPGFlying kites

Flying kites


People were flying kites all over the field in front of the fort - it is good for that as there's no electric lines or anything there.
A kite above El Moro

A kite above El Moro


No contaminants

No contaminants


I got on the next trolley and lo and behold it went all the way up to the fort gate.
Along the wall of El Moro

Along the wall of El Moro


Moro means 'promontory' or 'headland'. The original actual name (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro) is for of King Philip II of Spain. Construction began in 1539. El Morro's last active fight occurred during a naval bombardment by the United States Navy during the 1898 Spanish-American War.
Close-up of El Moro from the trolley

Close-up of El Moro from the trolley


In 1843, the first lighthouse in Puerto Rico constructed atop El Morro. A second one replaced it in 1876. The second lighthouse took a direct hit during the 1898 bombardment of El Morro by Sampson's U.S. fleet, but the brick foundation was salvaged and reused in 1906-1908 when the present lighthouse seen atop El Morro was built by US Navy.
Ranger giving a tour

Ranger giving a tour


In 1961, the United States Army officially retired from El Morro. The forts became a part of the National Park Service to be preserved as museums. In 1983, the Fort was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
People flying kites

People flying kites


In honor of the Quincentennial of the voyages of Columbus in 1992 the exterior esplanade was cleared of palm trees that had been planted by the U.S. Army in the Fort Brooke era, and restored to the open appearance this "field-of-fire" for El Morro's cannon would have had in colonial Spanish times. Parking lots and paved roads were also removed, and the El Morro lighthouse repaired and restored to its original appearance.

I got some reasonably good pictures. It looks like the lighthouse is now painted pink.
Lighthouse with the old grey paint showing through the new pinkish paint

Lighthouse with the old grey paint showing through the new pinkish paint


In the 50s it was white, and last time we were here it was grey with white trim.

I stayed on the trolley
Red dome

Red dome

Fountain that kids can run through

Fountain that kids can run through

Theater

Theater

For rent

For rent


Trolley stop 14

Trolley stop 14

Schooner Amazing Grace - home port San Juan

Schooner Amazing Grace - home port San Juan


until it got back to the port at the stop where I started and then tried to get back on the ship.
Back at the dock

Back at the dock


There was an escalator and the sign pointed to boarding but when I got up there it was just for cruises that started in San Juan and no one was up there.

So I had to find my way down. Eventually I got through security and back to the room although I did wear a blister on my foot. I can't wear regular shoes because my feet have swollen. Every older lady I have talked to has said her feet have swollen too. There's so much salt in the food....
Lunch

Lunch

View from the Windjammer

View from the Windjammer

Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas

Running track

Running track

Fort San Cristobal from the ship

Fort San Cristobal from the ship

McDonalds sign

McDonalds sign


I downloaded photos and then took a nap and dressed for dinner.
Puerto Rico in the late afternoon

Puerto Rico in the late afternoon


We went out on deck to get some more pictures of El Moro when we left at 5:00.
Pilot boat

Pilot boat


Bob at the rail

Bob at the rail


In the meantime, we watched the planes landing at the little airport across the way
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Little airport hangers


Landing strip

Landing strip


There was a vicious cross wind, and some of them had a hard time.
Planes landing at the airport

Planes landing at the airport


I took about 30 more photos
Serenade of the Seas and a Celebrity ship

Serenade of the Seas and a Celebrity ship


Coast Guard base

Coast Guard base


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City walls


Red gate - where sailors used to enter the old city

Red gate - where sailors used to enter the old city

Sailing in to San Juan

Sailing in to San Juan

Red dome

Red dome

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Afternoon light

Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Cemetery de Santa Maria de Magdelana from the water

Cemetery de Santa Maria de Magdelana from the water

Leaving San Juan

Leaving San Juan


and then we went down to dinner.

Tiger shrimp

Tiger shrimp

Steak, potato and asparagus

Steak, potato and asparagus

Dessert

Dessert


Our towel animal was a monkey which the steward attached to the shelf on the mirror
2 monkeys

2 monkeys


Tomorrow is St. Thomas or rather we have an excursion to St. John

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:07 Archived in Puerto Rico Tagged cemetery lighthouse san_juan trolley Comments (0)

Two Lighthouses and an Aborted Trip to Little Washington

Driving by our old house in Norfolk


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.

My sister had bought a week at a condo in Key West at a charity auction. She wanted us to visit her in Key West and since I had a new car for the first time in 30 years, we were driving down. On the way, we were visiting grandchildren, cemeteries and lighthouses. The first lighthouse was the Assateague Lighthouse.
Assateague Lighthouse

Assateague Lighthouse

Getting Ready

Bob was packed a week in advance for the trip. I started thinking about packing on Saturday and got one suitcase packed Sunday and the other one done Monday February 14th

Tuesday 15 February 2011

We went to the new Italian restaurant over in Wildewood with the Hewins for trivia.
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Sign over the door and inside of the restaurant


At the restaurant, the serving people were overwhelmed by the new rush of people

Chinese clam (shells - I've eaten the clams)

Chinese clam (shells - I've eaten the clams)

Calzone Ripieno Al Forno $10.00

Calzone Ripieno Al Forno $10.00

Crab cake (sandwich without sandwich)

Crab cake (sandwich without sandwich)


and the food wasn't all that good. It also gave me heartburn and I've had some intestinal discomfort since then.

We came in 2nd and won a bottle of wine which we insisted that the Hewins' take as we do not drink. We also gave them the fresh food in the fridge, although I think Bob forgot to give them the cut celery and also we had one of the fruit boxes left.

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Weds morning we did the morning chores and unplugged the modem, and TVs and turned off the water and left about 9. We got gas at BJs and the car has only been getting a little over 28 mph. The GPS was taking a really long time calculating the route.
Our new GPS

Our new GPS


At some point I figured out that I had it set on the most economical route which seems to mean the shortest and less high speed highways, so I changed it. We were in Prince Frederick by 10 and were going over the Bay Bridge before 11.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll booth

Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll booth

I was reading the AAA book and it said that there were lighthouse tours and gave a number to call. So I called. After going through the phone tree four times, I got the number they gave at the end written down (twice I didn't get that far before I picked). They said lighthouse tours didn't start until April, and she also said she didn't think that the National Seashore southern visitor's center was open except on weekends.

Arby's Reuben for lunch

Arby's Reuben for lunch

I decided to stop in Cambridge at a restaurant that the AAA book said overlooked the river, but it turned out to be on the grounds of a big hotel, and we couldn't find it. So we ate at Arby's because when I was working the Eastern Shore the Arby's in Cambridge and Salisbury had frozen custard, which was yummy. But they don't have it anymore. I had a Reuben and a chocolate turnover

Chocolate turnover

Chocolate turnover

in which the chocolate was warm and so I ended up with some on my face. Lunch took us about half an hour.
Car advertising Girl Scout Cookies

Car advertising Girl Scout Cookies


On the road a car passed and initially I thought it had "Go Hokies" written on the rear window. That would have been a little odd, but what it actually said was "G S Cookies"

Then about 1:30, a fire engine passed us
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Rumble strips


and then everything on the road stopped. There had been an accident and they had wreckers
Wrecker with wrecked car

Wrecker with wrecked car


and they airlifted the victims out by helicopter. That took about 10 minutes.

We got to the Virginia border about 2
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Berries at Virginia welcome station


and we got maps (Virginia, Chincoteague, National Seashore, etc)

We arrived on Chincoteague (which the GPS pronounced Chincoty or something like that) at 1424
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A new 3/4-mile (4,035-foot) bridge has been built over Black Narrows and Lewis Creek Channel. The bridge provides motorists with better access to the Town of Chincoteague. A 729-foot connector bridge will be built linking the new bridge to Marsh Island.

The new bridge maintains a single lane of traffic in each direction, divided by a double line.
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New Bridge to Chincoteague


I decided to check out the southern visitor's center first, so we crossed the bridge to Assateague Island
Empty entrance kiosk

Empty entrance kiosk


And the Tom Cove Visitor's Center was indeed closed. We took a couple photos of the lighthouse from there.196950095857532-Lighthouse_f..incoteague.jpgLighthouse from the Wildlife Refuge

Lighthouse from the Wildlife Refuge


Boardwalk to Toms Cove Visitor's center

Boardwalk to Toms Cove Visitor's center

Scrub trees at the closed National Park visitor's Center for the National Seashore

Scrub trees at the closed National Park visitor's Center for the National Seashore


5020022-Assateague_Light_Chincoteague.jpgLighthouse from Assateague

Lighthouse from Assateague


We looked at the beach, but I was saving my energy for the walk to the lighthouse and didn't go out on it.
Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Beach

Assateague Beach

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More beach from the car


Didn't see any ponies because, most of the time they stay up on the Maryland end of the island. There are no wild ponies on Chincoteague Island itself - just on Assateague. The only time there are ponies on Chincoteague is after the Pony Swim. At “slack tide” on the last Wednesday of every July, Chincoteague's “Saltwater Cowboys” herd about 150 ponies across the Assateague Channel to move them from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

We took some photos of the birds in the wildlife refuge.
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Female mallards in the wildlife refuge


Lighthouse, a Swan and Snow Geese?

Lighthouse, a Swan and Snow Geese?


There were supposed to be snow geese, and there were white birds but they were too far away for me to see whether they were geese or swans.
5857515-marshes_Chincoteague.jpgbeach marsh and birds

beach marsh and birds


Great blue heron - fishing

Great blue heron - fishing

We got to the lighthouse trail and did walk to it although it took just about every energy unit I had.
Top of the lighthouse from the trail to parking

Top of the lighthouse from the trail to parking


Although one might expect that the lighthouse itself would not be handicapped accessible - after all the design of the thing means that there will usually be many steps to get to the top. Even the Sullivan's Island lighthouse which is the only one with an elevator has an additional 25 foot ladder to be scaled to get to the lantern room.
Picture at the first rest place

Picture at the first rest place


But the path to this lighthouse is particularly difficult to negotiate if you have trouble walking. It is deep gravel.Bob said it looked new. You could not use a scooter or wheelchair, and even walking was difficult for me. I had to stop and rest several times.
Birdhouse

Birdhouse


These photos are the ones I took while I stopped to rest.
Closer now but tree branches in the way

Closer now but tree branches in the way


Entrance sign - almost there

Entrance sign - almost there


This is as close as I got

This is as close as I got


I got up to the cleared area around the lighthouse, and sat down to catch my breath.
Taken sitting on my cane

Taken sitting on my cane


Bob went up to the lighthouse and took photos of the signs
Bob walking around the base of the lighthouse

Bob walking around the base of the lighthouse

Sign about the lighthouse

Sign about the lighthouse


The original lighthouse was constructed here in 1833 In 1860, construction on a taller, more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse began, and was completed in 1867.
Assateague Village sign

Assateague Village sign


Assateague's lighthouse has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea.
Assateague Light

Assateague Light


A new brick oil house, measuring fourteen by eighteen feet, was added to the station in 1891,
Oil house

Oil house


and in 1907, ruby-red glass was placed in a portion of the lantern room to create a red sector in the light. In 1910, a concrete bungalow was built at the lighthouse for Keeper William Collins, who was responsible for the beacon light at Fishing Point in Tom’s Cove. The lighthouse, an oil house, and the bungalow are the only structures from the station that remain standing today.
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Bottom of the lighthouse


This dwelling is located south of the tower and is used to house staff for the wildlife refuge. (We didn't take any photos of the house) Coastal lighthouses are frequently threatened by the encroaching sea, but at Assateague Island, the opposite is actually true. The southern tip of the island, known as Tom’s Cove Hook, is slowly being built up by vast amounts of sand deposited by ocean currents.
Island on the move

Island on the move


Most of the Hook did not even exist before the twentieth century, and now the lighthouse stands much farther from the inlet to Chincoteague Bay.
Map of Tom's Hook

Map of Tom's Hook


In 2006 he lighthouse started to be renovated and it was completed in 2013 after our visit.
Still shining

Still shining


The 150th anniversary of the lighthouse was celebrated in October 2017.

On the way back toward the hotel
Near the Wildlife Refuge Entrance

Near the Wildlife Refuge Entrance


we passed the museum (closed).
Museum (closed off season)

Museum (closed off season)


The museum has the original fresnel lens from the Assateague Island Lighthouse. (Fresnel is pronounced Fre-nell - the S is silent) and we saw the McDonalds where we could see the lighthouse, but I thought we would come back for that later. I was trying to find a couple of cemeteries to see if I had located them on the map correctly.
Main Street

Main Street


But we turned the wrong way on Main St and went up to the other end and had to turn around.
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Road in Chincoteague with our GPS map


We got to the hotel about 1530.
Pony logo in the entrance of the Hampton Inn

Pony logo in the entrance of the Hampton Inn


They seemed genuinely to want us to have a good stay. Unlike a lot of Hampton Inns, this one has a heated indoor pool (which we did not get a chance to try). They gave us cookies and said there was tea and coffee anytime.
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Microwave and fridge


There is a fridge and microwave in the room. They also said they were serving a snack supper between 5 and 7.

I downloaded the photos we took (Bob took 11, I took 80) but I kept having to go into the bathroom to meditate. Next time I go I'm taking the phone book in there to read. Bob wasn't enthusiastic about the supper
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Dinner


which was soup, chips, cold cut sandwiches and drinks. But I didn't think I could get that far from the bathroom, so in the end that was what we did

Thursday 17 February 2011

Bob set the alarm for 7 and we got up a little after that. Went to breakfast about 8:20.
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TV and painting in the breakfast room

Bob at breakfast

Bob at breakfast


In addition to waffles and cranberry juice they had scrambled eggs, sausage, hard boiled eggs, hot and cold cereal, pastries, toast, tea and coffee.
My breakfast

My breakfast


We ate at a table by the window overlooking the canal. It was posted no swimming because of swift currents.
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Views from the window at breakfast


I saw ducks flocking to where someone was apparently feeding them,
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Ducks in the canal


and then they all swam down a canal in a phalanx.
Phalanx of ducks swimming down the canal

Phalanx of ducks swimming down the canal


We checked out, about 8:50, but when I got to the car I couldn't remember where I had put the GPS. Finally figured it out after emptying my whole computer bag. I had stuck it and my cell phone in the side bottle slot. Anyway we did to go the McDonalds and
McDonalds from the street

McDonalds from the street


and take pictures of the lighthouse.
Lighthouse from the back of the McD's parking lot

Lighthouse from the back of the McD's parking lot


Then we drove the length of Main Street, touring the Historic Downtown.
Visit our Historic Downtown sign

Visit our Historic Downtown sign


But there did not appear to be any organized route to follow or any type of pamphlet with information on what to look at that would detail the history. The Fire Department and the Library are listed as historic buildings. The original Library building was once a barber shop.
Movie theater (left) and library (right)

Movie theater (left) and library (right)

Laundromat next to decoy shop and T-shirt factory

Laundromat next to decoy shop and T-shirt factory


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Shops and Gas station on Main Street


Bridge to the mainland

Bridge to the mainland


We left the island over the new drawbridge and drove to US 13. We missed seeing the gas that was $2.99 (or else they upped the price since last night), so we stopped when we saw some that was $3.059.
Gas station (blurred because camera was slow)

Gas station (blurred because camera was slow)


The car is getting 34+mpg. We have seen two Roses department stores over here, and several Walmarts that are painted cream color and not grey. We also saw a Peebles department store - we used to have one of them where we live.

Next looking for the Cape Charles Light in the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge.

I had put the GPS location for the Cape Charles Lighthouse on Smith Island into the GPS. That took us into the Eastern Shore of Virginia Wildlife Refuge
Bridges over Fisherman's Inlet

Bridges over Fisherman's Inlet

Entrance to the wildlife refuge

Entrance to the wildlife refuge


to the Wise Boat Ramp. The refuge information says that the Wise Point Boat Ramp on the Inside Virginia Passage provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay for fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography.
Parking lot at the boat ramp

Parking lot at the boat ramp


Bulletin Board at the boat ramp - Smith Island Closed

Bulletin Board at the boat ramp - Smith Island Closed

General Ramp Rules and Regulations:

Day use area only (no overnight parking)
A pass is required for parking and/or launching (must be displayed from your rearview mirror)
Launching or loading is limited to 20 minutes
Parking is allowed in marked spaces only
Prohibited activities include:
Use or display of alcoholic beverages
Pets (even in vehicles)
Personal watercraft (Jet Ski, etc.)
Fishing or crabbing along the shore or ramp
Cleaning, gutting or disposal of fish or bait
Swimming or wading
Kite boarding or wind surfing
Vehicles or trailers exceeding 8.5 feet in width or 45 feet in length when coupled
Mooring at or walking on the commercial boat dock
Being present in the area outside hours of operation

Reminder:

Due to the critical nature of their habitats for wildlife, Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge and Skidmore Island (part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge) are closed to the public. Trespassing (including boat landing or walking on the beach) is prohibited.
Signs at the Boat Landing

Signs at the Boat Landing

Sign at the Boat Ramp

Sign at the Boat Ramp

Ramp from the water Photo Credit: USFWS

Ramp from the water Photo Credit: USFWS


The GPS then told us to start off road navigation. We did not have our boat with us in February :), and our boat wouldn't be suitable for use at this location anyway.

We looked but couldn't see the lighthouse.

There were men all over the Refuge wearing orange vests with poles with a little white disk in top.
Man with pole on the right side as we pass

Man with pole on the right side as we pass


I went back to the Refuge administration building. The man I talked to said the guys with the disk at the top of the poles were surveying the roads - they use GPS for that now. He said that there was a tree covered island in the way of seeing the lighthouse from the refuge. He showed me on a map where the lighthouse was.
Map of the refuge - cemetery in inset

Map of the refuge - cemetery in inset


He said the only place you could see it from land was the northbound lane of the Bridge Tunnel. There was a stuffed snow goose on the top of a bookcase so I took a photo of it.
Snow Goose - middle bird

Snow Goose - middle bird

There was a historic cemetery on the map, so we drove to the parking area and walked down to it. First we passed a WWII bunker of Fort John Custis. At the beginning of World War II, a lot of the land that is now part of the wildlife refuge was acquired by the federal government and named Fort John Custis, after a prominent eighteenth century resident of Northampton County. Large bunkers in the fort housed 16-inch guns designed to protect naval bases and shipyards in Hampton Roads. There were approximately 800 soldiers who defended the Bay entrance. The Fort also served as a logistical support base for east coast prisoners of war

In 1950, the U.S. Air Force changed the name of Fort John Custis to the Cape Charles Air Force Station. The Air Force occupied their AFS until 1981.
Sign at bunker

Sign at bunker


Bunker behind information kiosk

Bunker behind information kiosk

Stairs to the top of the bunker

Stairs to the top of the bunker


and then Bob climbed to the top of the bunker. He got a (better) picture of a vulture in the top of a tree, but he said you really couldn't see much.
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My photo and Bob's photo of the Vulture at the top of a tree


Then we went to the Historic Hallett Cemetery and took photos of the markers.
Cemetery in the winter

Cemetery in the winter


This cemetery is on the property of the Eastern Shore of VA National Wildlife Refuge in an area that was Fort Custis on the Old Douglas Fitchett Farm.
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J. D. and Thomas Hallett's stones


Thomas Hallett and Tamar Trower
Inscription on Tamar Hallet's stone

Inscription on Tamar Hallet's stone


had five children - Arinthea Hallett, Sarah Hallett , James Hallett , Thomas J Hallett and Margaret Ellen Hallett. Thomas, Tamar and three of their children (James,
Sarah Hallett

Sarah Hallett


Sarah and Maggie) are buried in this cemetery. Maggie married Leonard Thomas Fitchett and they had eight children, including Hilary G Fitchett. One of Hillary's children, Rufus Carl who died at age two is also buried here.
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Memorial of the Fitchett boy who died at age two

We didn't go as far as the marsh overlook
Trail near parking lot

Trail near parking lot


Butterfly trail (for summer) in main refuge

Butterfly trail (for summer) in main refuge

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Information about wildlife

Sign which says "Public Hunting area

Sign which says "Public Hunting area


The refuge permits deer hunting - the harvest of animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment

We were approaching the Bridge Tunnel by 11:40 ($12 toll),
Approaching the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Approaching the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel


Toll has been paid

Toll has been paid


and after we paid the toll, I could see the lighthouse far in the distance. I took some pictures out the back driver's side window, but they aren't terrific photos.
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Lighthouse from the road


The Cape Charles lighthouse was built in 1895. It was still active in 2011 but it was made inactive in 2013. It consists of a 191 ft. octagonal pyramidal cast iron skeletal tower with central cylinder, lantern and gallery, solar-powered 190 mm lens. The tower is painted white; the lantern and watch room are painted black. This is the second tallest U.S. lighthouse. It is located on uninhabited Smith Island, just north of the cape. Accessible only by boat.
Cape Charles Lighthouse from the Bridge-Tunnel

Cape Charles Lighthouse from the Bridge-Tunnel


Starting across the Bridge-Tunnel

Starting across the Bridge-Tunnel


Now we were on the way to Norfolk. There are two tunnels to the bridge tunnel.
One of the tunnels

One of the tunnels


The first one is the Chesapeake Channel Tunnel and the second one is called the Thimble Shoals tunnel. Apparently they have transponders of some type in the tunnels because the GPS did not lose track of us and knew how fast we were going.

Bob asked me if I wanted to eat lunch at the restaurant on Sea Gull Island right at the end of the Thimble Shoals tunnel. I thought we might be able to see Thimble Shoals light, but the restaurant is on the other side. A big 18 wheeler was tailgating us through the tunnel, and it is a very sharp turn off the road to get to the restaurant and I wasn't sure Bob was going to make it.
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Fence at southern end of 2nd tunnel

Restaurant from the parking lot

Restaurant from the parking lot

Part of the menu

Part of the menu


We both had clam chowder (the traditional kind and not the Core Sound kind) and a BBQ sandwich
5036179-Clam_Chowder_Norfolk.jpgCup of Clam Chowder $4.00 and BBQ sandwich $8.00

Cup of Clam Chowder $4.00 and BBQ sandwich $8.00


We ate by the window
View from the window of the restaurant

View from the window of the restaurant

5841593-Signs_on_the_pier_Virginia.jpgSigns and Binoculars on the pier

Signs and Binoculars on the pier

Bird on the rocks below the restaurant

Bird on the rocks below the restaurant

Family on the pier

Family on the pier


We watched some of those Navy vehicles that are powered by a big fan in the back zipping around - I saw a man try to take a photo of them with his lens cap on. It didn't work
5036180-Navy_boat_Norfolk.jpgNavy boat and buoy

Navy boat and buoy

Navy boats

Navy boats


Me reflected in the ladies room mirror

Me reflected in the ladies room mirror


We drove along Little Creek
100_8297.JPGJoint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek-Fort Story

Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek-Fort Story


to our old house on Nathan Avenue.
Nathan Avenue - more trees than in 1961

Nathan Avenue - more trees than in 1961

8217 Nathan Avenue in 1961

8217 Nathan Avenue in 1961


They have removed all the azalea bushes and replaced them with grass. They took out the big evergreen Xmas tree that was in the front yard They have replaced the cream shingles with aluminum siding. They removed the metal awning that shaded the picture window and the house looks naked without it.
Then and Now

Then and Now


They even have aluminum siding on the car port supports. They've replaced the chain link fence with a big board fence. They have made the driveway a full double driveway instead of just two concrete strips and they've replaced the windows. There was a little dog inside that I think was a Llassa who barked at me, and the big truck in the driveway had a vanity plate "Doggy Mom" . But they still have the same steps and cheesy iron railing.
5036167-Driving_up_to_the_house_Norfolk.jpg8217 Nathan Avenue in 2011

8217 Nathan Avenue in 2011


When I looked through a chink in the fence, I saw a pool in the back yard and also several of what look like storage sheds and another building which could be a garage. I verified this with Google maps.
Fence

Fence


I knocked in a non-aggressive fashion on the door but nobody came - so we proceeded on to "Little Washington" Ever since I heard about "Little Washington" (which is the way North Carolinians refer to Washington North Carolina), I've wanted to see it. I got close this time, but saw very little
Visitor Information Center

Visitor Information Center


We stopped by the North Carolina Visitor's Center that is between the Dismal Swamp Canal and Route 17.
x100_7031.JPGReflections in the canal

Reflections in the canal

Civil War map

Civil War map


There is a bridge over the canal just past that point for the State Park. Bob walked over and took some pictures
Kayak launch

Kayak launch


I wanted to take the historic walking tour of Washington NC, but we were going to get there too late to get a map of the tour.

I called to see where it was and we were going to try it, but we didn't see where we were to turn to get to the town so we ended up going across a series of bridges which were not on the GPS maps.
Swamp

Swamp


The GPS did not say anything about what we were doing. We turned around and finally checked into the Comfort Inn about 1630. The hotel was comfortable although I did hear noise from other occupants from time to time. Our room had a microwave and dorm fridge in addition to two beds. They also had free wi-fi
x100_8327.JPGTV

TV

Bob reading the paper

Bob reading the paper


The bathroom had a separate sink area from the tub and shower, which was good, as Bob could be shaving and I could use the toilet without disturbing him. But the toilet was not seated properly and had one of those crappy plastic seats that they all seem to use now, so when I sat down, everything would shift under me.
Reflected in the bathroom mirror

Reflected in the bathroom mirror


We went out to the Golden Corral for dinner - at 1830 we were too late for the Early Bird,
100_8321.JPGDinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner


but we got the old person's discount.
Bob cleaning the windshield

Bob cleaning the windshield


Then we got gas on the way back to the motel - this time the car got 33+ mpg. I tried to take a picture of the bugs on the window when Bob was washing the window.

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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.
100_9535.JPGUnlabeled diorama

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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