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Revisiting Key West for the First Time in 2011

A Graving visit and a Lame Museum

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Wednesday 12 January 2011

The ship arrived in Key West around 7. This was our first visits of two that we are going to make this winter.

We went up to eat breakfast in the dining room about 7:30 just about the time the ship was cleared. Bob asked for 2 pieces of bacon and went to get his cereal. He got about 6 pieces of bacon but today they had the regular milk cartons. We were sitting with a couple that the guy used to be an art professor at Clarion and also is a judo master. We talked about screen painting. (That is the art of painting scenes on window screens like they do in Baltimore)
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Cold Egret amd Pelican


We walked off the ship about 8:30. We were at the dock behind the one at Mallory Square - near the Old Customs House and Museum.
Ship from the pier

Ship from the pier


It was cool and QUITE windy. Bob should have had a jacket. He spent time trying to get out of the wind. I was a little cool but it wasn't a problem for me.

Clinton Square monument

Clinton Square monument

We went past the Clinton Square monument. The obelisk in the center of the memorial plot was erected by the Navy Club of Key West for the Union soldiers who lost their lives in Key West during the Civil War. The metal fence surrounding the obelisk was erected by R. Vining Harris, a staunch Confederate and the father of the builder of the Southernmost House, to memorialize the loss of Confederate soldiers.
Old Customs house

Old Customs house


We walked out past the shops At the old Customs House there were some realistic sculptures - a man and woman on the porch with binoculars looking at a groups of nude women, and an artist painting them.
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Painter and Nude bathers frolicing

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Painter statue and couple on the porch with the binoculars

Statues of a photographer and a golfer

Statues of a photographer and a golfer

Sunday Walk by Johnson

Sunday Walk by Johnson


Around the side was a little boy with an old man called "Sunday Walk" by J. Seward Johnson Jr.

Around front they have replaced the HUGE Grant Wood couple in American Gothic with a HUGE Renoir couple from "Dance in the Country"
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Renoir_painting-_Country_Dance


Renoir "Dance in the Country"

Renoir "Dance in the Country"


We got a cab out to the cemetery.
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Cemetery winter hours sign near the entrance


The 1847 Key West Cemetery has many stacked above ground tombstones (the ground is limestone and difficult to dig) and mausoleums. It is 13 acres and is surrounded by five streets... Angela Street, Frances Street, Olivia Street, Windsor Lane, and Passover Lane. The main gate is actually located at 701 Passover Lane. There are some very interesting stones in the cemetery
Mr. Peculiar

Mr. Peculiar

Historic marker - Sophronia Bradley Hall

Historic marker - Sophronia Bradley Hall

7161207-Goehring_story_marker_Key_West.jpgNorman Artman - Editor and publisher of the Key West Citizen on the right

Norman Artman - Editor and publisher of the Key West Citizen on the right


Grave of a Yorkshire Terrier - Sunny

Grave of a Yorkshire Terrier - Sunny


In addition to B.P. "Pearl" Roberts (the local hypochondriac) whose marker says: "I Told you I was Sick." there is also a grave marker for Gloria M. Russell which says: "I'm just resting my eyes."
Roberts Mausoleum

Roberts Mausoleum


There are some beautiful angel statues,
Burial of a child

Burial of a child


there are several "Woodsman of the World" (WOW) markers which are often in the shape of a tree trunk, and there are also several of the Everlast Company's cast metal markers, made principally of zinc (colloquially called "zinkers")
WOW Zinker

WOW Zinker


Separate sections of the cemetery are set aside for Catholic and Jewish burials,
Entrance to the Jewish section

Entrance to the Jewish section

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Graves in the Jewish cemetery

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and there is also a central memorial for the U.S.S. Maine,
U SS Maine Memorial area

U SS Maine Memorial area

313621767161434-Marker_of_An..o_Key_West.jpgAntonio Diaz y Carrasco who served as Cuban Consul from 1903 to 1915 and then became a naturalized citizen.

Antonio Diaz y Carrasco who served as Cuban Consul from 1903 to 1915 and then became a naturalized citizen.

Stone for a CSA Private

Stone for a CSA Private


and one for the Cuban Martyrs .
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A Lus Martires de Cuba

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Tablet in the corner of Los Martires de Cuba


This monument was erected in 1862 to honor those who died attempting to free Cuba from Spanish rule during the Ten Years War (1868-1878).
Me sitting on the road next to the Cuban Martyrs

Me sitting on the road next to the Cuban Martyrs


There are Masonic lodge vaults or sections for each of the major ethnic groups in Key West: white, black, and Cuban. One belongs to the Cuban lodge, named for a Catholic priest who was active in the Cuban independence movement.

I wanted to go in the Catholic Cemetery but when the cab took us around to that gate we found that all the gates except the front gate were locked. So we went in the front. and walked back to the Catholic Cemetery.
Gate into the Catholic Cemetery from main cemetery

Gate into the Catholic Cemetery from main cemetery


Priest who died in the yellow fever epidemic

Priest who died in the yellow fever epidemic


Priests are buried here under the cross

Priests are buried here under the cross


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Toppino family mausoleum


When we were here before, I didn't get back to that section at all. Bob took some pictures for me including Frank Adams who was a deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty.
Frank Adams grave site

Frank Adams grave site


We walked back to the cemetery entrance and I called another cab. He took us back to the Mel Fisher museum which is one place we haven't been. We got there about 10:10.
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum


She gave us the 'military' rate, but Bob is of the opinion (and I agree) that even with the military rate, it wasn't worth it. We went around and took pictures (which was allowed).
Sinking ship diorama

Sinking ship diorama

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Bob looking at an anchor in the museum


7153840-Not_Worth_It.jpgGold plate

Gold plate

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Gold necklace and spoon

Bars of gold that were not on the manifest

Bars of gold that were not on the manifest

Scissors

Scissors

78 carat emerald

78 carat emerald

Majolica

Majolica

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American ship and Spanish Galleon model


Silver charger

Silver charger

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Trade goods

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Canon


Drawing of the Henrietta Marie

Drawing of the Henrietta Marie

My reflection in the bathroom mirror of the museum

My reflection in the bathroom mirror of the museum


We were finished looking at things after about a half an hour. Even Bob was finished and he usually takes longer than I do because he reads all the signs.

We had intended to have lunch on shore to avoid the buffet, but it was still too early so we went back to the ship. We had to go through security and show a photo ID, and then go through the magnetic doorway.

We went back to the room, which had not been made up, and I edited photos. Bob took about 40 pictures and I took about 175. We went up to the dining room for lunch - there was a buffet. Standing in a buffet line (or any line) makes my back hurt.
Windjammer Cafe

Windjammer Cafe


But we got some food and sat at a table. Our companions were two girls and their mother who is home schooling them - one a senior in HS and the other a freshman. An old man also sat with us.
.Mirrors overhead

Mirrors overhead

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Reflection and Sculpture in centrum

Workers on the ship

Workers on the ship


When we looked down at the dock after lunch, the line to get back on the ship stretched all the way down the dock and looped back.
Lined up to get back on the ship

Lined up to get back on the ship


We went up to Tri-Bond Trivia. Originally we had four people and then two more women came, and then another man but we weren't supposed to have more than 6. Anyway - we got 13 out of 15. Tribond Trivia is you are supposed to figure out what three terms have in common. We got Slip, Slide and Square (knots) and House, War and Finger (paints) but we missed that Gauntlet, Enforcer and Rookie were all Clint Eastwood movies and we missed Flakes, Mug and Hair. So he asked for the two best players and we sent one of the women up and he gave them 22, Ballerina and Desmond. The man running the trivia's name was Desmond and our rep thought it referred to him, but of course it was Desmond Tutu that was meant.

We pulled away from the dock and I went out took some photos
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US Coast Guard

Ferry to Sunset Key (formerly Tank Island)

Ferry to Sunset Key (formerly Tank Island)

Turtle Kraal tower (has been subsequently demolished by a hurricane)

Turtle Kraal tower (has been subsequently demolished by a hurricane)


Fort Taylor from the ship

Fort Taylor from the ship


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Navy rec area from a cruise ship in 2011

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

. The captain said there was a north wind and we are going north with the Gulf Stream - that's not good. A north wind makes the Gulf Stream VERY rough and we will be crossing it.
My Fair Lady dining room

My Fair Lady dining room


Our room was not made up at all today. We went to dinner and I had
Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse


Vegetarian Paella

Vegetarian Paella


and neither were exactly what I expected.
Sugar free Chocolate Panna Cotta with minted strawberries

Sugar free Chocolate Panna Cotta with minted strawberries


Bob had bean soup and salmon.

After dinner we met Art and Elsie that were our dinner partners on Grandeur of the Seas in 2007. He uses a scooter. They suggested that I get a wheelchair from the ship. I did go to the desk and ask for a wheelchair and they said yes that I could have one. When I went to do the internet the wi-fi was down. They claimed it would be back tomorrow (the morning of the 13th). I went up and looked at email on their computers, but it was very slow.

They delivered the wheelchair to the room while Bob was there watching TV and I was up doing the computer. He was surprised and at first thought it was being delivered to the wrong place.
Towel animal

Towel animal


Tomorrow we go to Nassau.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 10:50 Archived in USA Tagged statues cemetery museum key_west Comments (2)

Heading for the St. Mary's GA Sub Museum, Cumberland Island

On the way to the second Key West Visit


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Friday 18 February 2011

The hotel had a nice breakfast in the morning which included waffles that you make yourself, pastries, hot and cold cereal, hard boiled eggs and juices including cranberry. (I had a waffle and a hard boiled egg and some Cheerios.) We checked out about 0835.
Highway leaving "Little Washington"

Highway leaving "Little Washington"


I had thought that we would take US 17 down to Summerville because that is shorter by about 30 miles. Bob assumed that of course we would go back over to I95. Had I known that, I would have made a reservation in a different place. Also if I had known that was what he wanted to do, I would have driven through the old part of town first.

We stopped for lunch at Friendlies at 11:35.
Friendly's inside

Friendly's inside


Bob had a cup of chili and a Fribble (their milkshake), and I had a
Friendly's BLT and a cup of applesauce

Friendly's BLT and a cup of applesauce


Happy Ending sundae which is the smallest sundae they have

Happy Ending sundae which is the smallest sundae they have



We stopped for gas (and for Bob to use the bathroom) at Santee about 1420
Hess gas

Hess gas


and the car was getting 35.3 mph on I-95. I remembered correctly that there was no place to get gas after we turned south toward Summerville.

I called my son after we left Santee and found that he was not expecting us because he thought we were going north to Maine. I had planned to go to Connecticut to see a granddaughter and then to Vermont to see a grandson in October (not in February), but that trip was scrapped. So we checked into the motel around 1510
Motel shower

Motel shower


and after we settled in, we drove over to our son's house. Our granddaughter was there with her mother and a friend of her brothers and we talked for awhile.
Samson

Samson


The store in Tortola sent the package that was to go to my son with his birthday present in it to me, and the package with gifts for everyone else to him. They wondered why I was sending them 5 bottles of ginger and 4 Christmas tree ornaments. I gave them the gifts we bought on the ship and gathered together the things that were sent to him by mistake.

Our grandson got home from track practice and we got to see his ferret Peaches. I have only one very blurry photo - she moves too fast to get a photo of her easily.
Grandson's ferret

Grandson's ferret


We met our son at Logan's Roadhouse for dinner.
Grandson, grandfather, son

Grandson, grandfather, son

Logan's Roadhouse is another franchise/chain restaurant operation. It was founded in 1991 and the home office is located in Nashville, TN.
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Jukebox


in 2011, there were 124 restaurants in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Michigan - Detroit Area, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
Logan's Roadhouse

Logan's Roadhouse


It is supposed to be like a roadhouse from the 1930's and 1940's. I don't think of roadhouse with a positive image, but apparently Logan's has been very successful with this idea. They have TV sets in various corners, and a jukebox. There is a meat counter display case showing the various cuts of meat.
Meat showcase

Meat showcase


Looking at the menu

Looking at the menu


My son had a french dip sandwich (Roast beef, sauteed onions and mushrooms topped with melted Swiss cheese on a French roll; au jus for dipping, my husband had a Logan's Club Sandwich (Ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise served on toasted bread), I had a
My steak

My steak

Apple cobbler with ice cream

Apple cobbler with ice cream


My grandchildren had kids meals.
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We went back to the motel afterwards.

Saturday 19 February 2011 - Grandchildren and Grand-Pets

Our son called and said he had an appointment in the morning. He had suggested that we go to the Eastern South Carolina expo which he thought had something to do with boats, but which was really mostly on land activities outdoors, like hunting. They had Dock Dog competitions, and also hawk flying demonstrations. But the admission was $20 each and there were about 8 different locations which involved a lot more walking than I felt up to. So we decided against doing that.

My breakfast

My breakfast

We had breakfast at the hotel which was OK but they had no cranberry juice - just grapefruit juice. I tried to edit some photos, and then we had lunch at Chick-fil-A. We went in to eat.
Bob heading for lunch

Bob heading for lunch


There was a topiary cow and a lot of flowers outside.
Topiary cow

Topiary cow

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Flowers outside Chik-fil-A


Cows on the ceiling

Cows on the ceiling

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Table advert and Flowers on the tables


They had people taking the orders as the cars waited in line which made it much quicker.
Getting an order before you get to the speaker

Getting an order before you get to the speaker


Bob had

Chicken strips

Chicken strips

and I had
Sandwich

Sandwich

Shredded carrot salad

Shredded carrot salad

Total = $9.94

We went over to our son's after lunch. Our son cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on the grille and we had potato salad that our daughter-in-law had made.
Turtle in their aquarium

Turtle in their aquarium


Samson the cat

Samson the cat

100_8404.JPGCocoa and Merky the dogs

Cocoa and Merky the dogs

Granddaughter playing with the dogs

Granddaughter playing with the dogs


The weather was beautiful and we sat out on the porch. Our grandson took his motorcycle out for a spin.
Grandson on motorcycle

Grandson on motorcycle


We found out that our daughter-in-law starts work at a medical center in a week or so
Daughter-in-law

Daughter-in-law


and that my son was in a band called "Farmer Tan" and they have a regular gig on Monday nights. Our son sings, and his friend Mike plays the guitar and Mike's wife plays the bongos. Unfortunately we would not be able to stay and see the first night because I had made reservations back in October to go to St. Mary's GA on Sunday.
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Bonfire

Sunday 20 February 2011

I had a goal for today which was to visit the submarine museum in St. Mary's GA - we missed it last time we were here (in 2004) because Bob decided to leave early.
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Summerville town square


We got underway about 9. We went down US 17
Following Route 17

Following Route 17


through a place called Round O. We saw some wild turkeys by the road. The last place before we hit I-95 was Walterboro. I noticed several horse dealers in the area and also saw a sign advertising "concealed carry classes".
Georgia Welcome station

Georgia Welcome station


We stopped for lunch about noon just before we got to St. Mary's.
KFC

KFC


We ate at KFC and it was a very lively place with a lot of local people eating Sunday dinner there. Bob had
Three chicken strips

Three chicken strips


and I had
BBQ sandwich

BBQ sandwich

When we got to St. Mary's we parked and went to the museum. Bob was in the U.S. Navy submariner reserve in high school and the following year before he went to the U.S. Naval Academy. So on our re-visit, the first thing we visited was this museum.
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Submarine museum - left 2004 - right 2011


St. Marys Submarine Museum is in a converted historic movie theater (built in 1911) on the St. Marys waterfront. They have a working periscope, models of torpedoes, many displays made from actual submarines
Hatch

Hatch

Control panel

Control panel

Bunk

Bunk


a deep-sea diving suit
Diving suit

Diving suit


and submarine uniforms, command plaques,
Wall of command plaques - The one on the left 2nd from the end is one we have because Bob served on that ship

Wall of command plaques - The one on the left 2nd from the end is one we have because Bob served on that ship


Close-up of U.S.S. Conger plaque - Sub that Bob served on

Close-up of U.S.S. Conger plaque - Sub that Bob served on


photographs and models of submarines, an area for watching movies on submarines, working sonar panels,
Display

Display


a history of submarines, a reading area, a reference area, gift shop and a display dedicated to the eight submariners who received the Medals of Honor. Bob is of the opinion that it needs a good organizing - it appears to be a collection of collections. It was fun though.
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Then we checked into the Riverview Hotel We saw this hotel in 2004 when we were walking along the waterfront from the marina.
Bob reflected in the front window of the Riverview

Bob reflected in the front window of the Riverview


When we came back to go to Cumberland Island, we booked in this hotel because it was the closest to the Cumberland Island ferries and I could walk across the street to them. The Riverview Hotel was built 1916. This tabby coated 105 Osborne Street hotel boasts a two story porch along its Osborne Street elevation.
Riverview Hotel

Riverview Hotel


The hotel is clean and old. Not fancy old with bed flounces and lots of little pillows. It is just old. It has Mission Oak furniture and some of the stair carpet is worn. They have wi-fi which I can almost get in the room, but they also have a big staircase to climb every time we go up to our room. Definitely not handicapped accessible.
Upper hallway

Upper hallway


This historic hotel was built in 1916. The rooms have all been named after people who have either stayed at the Riverview Hotel or are locally famous. The rooms are named after people as varied as Admiral Nimitz and the weatherman Willard Scott. We stayed in the Talmadge room - named after Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge. We had two iron bedsteads - brass bedstead types with quilts, but the metal is painted black.
Wardrobe/shrank with bed reflected and TV on top

Wardrobe/shrank with bed reflected and TV on top


There is a shrank for a closet and our own bathroom.
Through the bathroom door

Through the bathroom door


There are plantation shutters on the windows.
View from the hotel

View from the hotel


The Riverview Hotel is an official SSCA Cruising station and will receive mail & packages for cruisers. This would be important to us - except for the rules that Georgia has against living aboard a boat which means that we can't stay here on our boat for more than a month.

Amenities include air conditioning, daily maid service, cable TV, HBO + ESPN, and continental breakfast. Hairdryers, alarm clocks, and iron available upon request.

Canon on the town square

Canon on the town square


We saw a President's Day parade at the waterfront.
President's day flag bearers

President's day flag bearers


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President's Day parade

Photographer

Photographer


Then we went over to the NPS headquarters and checked on our reservation.
Cumberland Lady ferry

Cumberland Lady ferry

Informational sign

Informational sign

and looked at the exhibits.
Turtle nest diorama

Turtle nest diorama


Oyster Catcher

Oyster Catcher


We were too late to get the trolley tour.
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Trolley tours start here--last trolley tour leaving the waterfront


National Seashore offices in historic building

National Seashore offices in historic building


The new museum is on St. Mary's Street, right on the water. The NPS website says:"The exhibition uses pieces from the collection to highlight the people of the island. The lives of Native Americans, African Americans, the Carnegie family as well as others who lived on the island in the 19th and 20th centuries are seen in the island environment. The museum was designed to provide a glimpse of Cumberland Island to those who are unable to visit the island. These exhibits were funded through fees paid by island visitors and campers. A small portion of the total collection will be on display, primarily pieces that illustrate life on the barrier island.
Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum


“These are objects that have never before been on public display,” said curator John Mitchell. “We can learn from these items about how people lived in the past.”"

US Coast and Geodetic Survey Bench  Mark

US Coast and Geodetic Survey Bench Mark


Available Facilities Public restrooms and water fountain

Some confusion in museum names has developed between the Cumberland Island Museum and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum.The Cumberland Island Museum is a separate entity and was incorporated in 1985 to assure the protection and maintenance of the library, archival materials, and natural history collections of Carol Ruckdeschel and C. Robert Shoop. Unlike some museums, The Cumberland Island Museum does not have exhibits or displays, but simply houses and curates the research materials. It is on Cumberland Island. It is open to the public.
Riverside park

Riverside park

5841745-Another_street_scene_Saint_Marys.jpgCentral street with Market on the Square on right

Central street with Market on the Square on right

5841742-Market_on_the_Square_Saint_Marys.jpgMarket on the Square- They were having a sale

Market on the Square- They were having a sale


I thought we would eat at Langs (where we tried to eat before but they had too much of a wait)
Lang's is on the other side of the STOP sign

Lang's is on the other side of the STOP sign

Bob walking back across to tell me it was closed

Bob walking back across to tell me it was closed


but they are not open until Weds.

So we drove out to the Silver Star Steakhouse - built in 1890
5841729-Sign_in_the_window_Saint_Marys.jpgFront of the restaurant

Front of the restaurant

Boot as a planter by the door

Boot as a planter by the door


which used to be a grocery store.
Explanation on the menu

Explanation on the menu

Inside of the restaurant

Inside of the restaurant


I ordered an oyster po-boy, but there were out of oysters, so I had a fish sandwich instead.
Fish sandwich

Fish sandwich


Bob had a cup of crab bisque and fish and chips.
Bob's Fish and chips $9.99

Bob's Fish and chips $9.99


I brought home a key lime cheesecake but I couldn't find the plastic fork that I thought I had in my bag.
Night in St. Mary's

Night in St. Mary's


Later: The Key Lime Cheesecake was very good. I can't remember what I used to eat it with though.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:23 Archived in USA Tagged cat museum dogs turtle south_carolina submarines ice_cream ferret summerville Comments (2)

Completing the CIrcle to Home

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


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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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