Tripping to Albany, OR*


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TRAVEL ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
Time to travel East


6.13.19-Thursday-Traveling to Albany, OR

We were comfortably cruising through the countryside admiring the beauty and size of the evergreens banking each side of this road. 

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Then out of no-where came the Detroit River, if I recall correctly. We are traveling through the town of Detroit, OR.


Now it’s a serious babbling brook.

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And before we realized it, the babbling brook turned into the Detroit Reservoir. It’s kept in check with a dam in the foreground.

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A few miles down the road we continue to enjoy the Detroit River. In the picture below the river, once again, is kept under control by another man-made dam.


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South Beach in Newport, OR*


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TRAVEL ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
Time to travel East


6.16.19-South Beach

South Beach is just down the road a few miles heading towards Newport. This is one of those pictorial blogs. It’s a beach. We came, we saw and it was very windy and chilly.
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So windy and chilly so we left.


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Tripping to Heber, UT

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May / June ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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5.07.19-Tripping to Heber, UT

.What a beautiful day for taking a trip. The coach is humming away so nicely. We’re still plague with a problem with our two slides, but hopefully that will be resolved in a few weeks.


The purpose for this picture is two-fold. One for the beauty of these huge hills and mountains and second for the reader to visualize the height of these structures by viewing the car on the road in the bottom center portion of the picture, both above and below.

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I cannot imagine the millions of yeas it too to create the rock structure above. Below are twin tunnels for the railroad to get from one side of the mountain to the other. We will see these tunnels in several locations. In a few pictures you’ll see twin tunnels for the cars.

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We’re currently at the seven-thousand foot elevation, and therefore we find snow venues. The mountains well covered in snow are at the 12,000 foot elevation. Nice try for the wind-turbines but they’re not going around very fast. They do come with brakes to prevent them from moving to fast, but the turbines here are barely moving. They’re brakes should never wear out at this speed.

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We’re just entering the town of Provo. This is also the home of Brigham Young U. We’re about thirty-miles from Heber. This is one very awesome town very similar to El Paso, TX. Every franchise is represented here. Heber is not nearly this big, but it is growing fast. 

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I believe this is the Bingham Young University stadium. Below is the Bald Knoll Mountain range elevation over ten-thousand feet. This mountain rang can be seen from everywhere.

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.Above is the Bridal Vail Waterfalls just outside of the town of Provo.. This is an attraction we would normally take time to visit but now, having seen it from the road, we can just take credit for it. Below are the twin auto-tunnels I mentioned earlier.

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.I believe this is the Provo Lake Reservoir, a really huge lake.

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March/April ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) x7n (654m)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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5.06.19 Mountain Valley RVResort, Heber, UT

This is truly a “Resort.” Not to often you can rate a campground at a 10, this is one well qualified to be a 10.

 


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Antelope Canyon (pictorial)

 

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.25.2019 ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR

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Courtesy of WikiLeaks

Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, ‘the place where water runs through rocks’ by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing.

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Second, beams or shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings at the top of the canyon are much more common in Upper than in Lower.

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Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors are more muted. Summer months provide two types of lighting.

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Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 20 and disappear October 7 each year.

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Antelope Canyon is visited exclusively through guided tours, in part because rains during monsoon season can quickly flood the canyon. Rain does not have to fall on or near the Antelope Canyon slots for flash floods to whip through, as rain falling dozens of miles away upstream of the canyons can funnel into them with little prior notice.

 

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On August 12, 1997, eleven tourists, including seven from France, one from the United Kingdom, one from Sweden and two from the United States, were killed in Lower Antelope Canyon by a flash flood. Very little rain fell at the site that day, but an earlier thunderstorm had dumped a large amount of water into the canyon basin, 7 miles (11 km) upstream.

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The lone survivor of the flood was tour guide Francisco “Pancho” Quintana, who had prior swift-water training. At the time, the ladder system consisted of amateur-built wood ladders that were swept away by the flash flood. Today, ladder systems have been bolted in place, and deployable cargo nets are installed at the top of the canyon. At the fee booth, a NOAA Weather Radio from the National Weather Service and an alarm horn are stationed.

Despite improved warning and safety systems, the risks of injuries from flash floods still exist. On July 30, 2010, several tourists were stranded on a ledge when two flash floods occurred at Upper Antelope Canyon. Some of them were rescued and some had to wait for the flood waters to recede. There were reports that a woman and her nine-year-old son were injured as they were washed away downstream, but no fatalities were reported.

 

  

Kanab, UT

 

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.19.19-GOOD FRIDAY-EXPERIENCE KANAB CANYONS

Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. The last few days we’ve done so much “hanging around” spending another day doing nothing wasn’t that appealing. It is a special day and TV is usually at a minimum or nothing until at least 3pm. We decided to experience His majesty wonders by viewing the canyons in Kanab, UT.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kanab (/kəˈnæb/kə-NAB) is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States.[4] It is located on Kanab Creek just north of the Arizona state line.

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The road-side views on our way to Red Canyon were awesome.

 

This area was first settled in 1864 and the town was founded in 1870 when ten Latter-Day Saint families moved into the area.[5] The population was 4,312 at the 2010 census.

Red Canyon Area:

We even had the opportunity to drive through two sand-rock tunnels to find ourselves here. The name “Red Canyon” comes from the heave concentration of iron minerals in the sand-rock itself.

Kanab is situated in the “Grand Circle” area, centrally located among Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion National Park, and Lake Powell.

Bryce Canyon Area:

The Bryce Canyon tour encompassed several stops in different locations. Each location offered a unique canyon character from the previous location, please read the blogs on these.

Other nearby attractions include Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, the privately owned Moqui Cave, and the largest animal sanctuary in the United States, Best Friends Animal Society.

Some additional pictures of Bryce Canyon:

 

Locals refer to Kanab as “Little Hollywood” due to its history as a filming location for many movies and television series, prominently western, such as Stagecoach (1939), The Lone Ranger, Death Valley Days. Gunsmoke, Daniel Boone, El Dorado (1966), Planet of the Apes (1968), Mackenna’s Gold, Sergeants 3, WindRunner: A Spirited Journey, Western Union (1941), The Desperadoes (1943), In Old Oklahoma (1943), Buffalo Bill (1944), Westward the Women (1952), Tomahawk Trail (1957), Fort Bowie (1958), Sergeants Three (1962), Duel at Diablo (1966), Ride in the Whirlwind (1965), The Shooting (1966), and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).[6][7]

 

Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Bryce Canyon National Park lies on the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in south central Utah. Bryce Canyon National Monument (administered by the U.S. Forest Service) was originally established on June 8, 1923 to preserve the “unusual scenic beauty, scientific interest, and importance.” On June 7, 1924, the monument’s name was changed to Utah National Park and it was transferred to the National Park Service. On February 25, 1928 Utah National Park was changed to Bryce Canyon National Park. Subsequent legislation enlarged the park to its current size of 35,835 acres.

Bryce is famous for its unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful calcium-rich mudstone of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.” Tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name, these whimsically arranged rocks create a wondrous landscape of mazes, offering some of the most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable.

Ponderosa pines, high elevation meadows, and fir-spruce forests border the rim of the plateau and abound with wildlife. This area boasts some of the world’s best air quality, offering panoramic views of three states and approaching 200 miles of visibility. This, coupled with the lack of nearby large light sources, creates unparalleled opportunities for stargazing.

 


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Kolob Canyon Trail

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.11.2019

Kolob

Late Summer Storm in Kolob Canyons

This text is courtesy of the National Park Service


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Awesome scenery don’t you think?

 


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Welcome to Kolob Canyons
The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park is located at Exit 40 on Interstate 15, 40 miles north of Zion Canyon and 17 miles south of Cedar City.

 


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 A five-mile scenic drive along the Kolob Canyons Road allows visitors to view the crimson canyons and gain access to various trails and scenic viewpoints.

 

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Even this kind of path isn’t that bad, if only it were not always going uphill.

 

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Here in the northwest corner of the park, narrow parallel box canyons are cut into the western edge of the Colorado Plateau, forming majestic peaks and 2,000 foot cliff walls.

 

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The sign says one-half mile but it honestly felt like two miles. Below,
Yea, we have walking sticks also, in the car.

 

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Whether you come to view the panoramic landscape from our scenic drive, hike into one of our majestic canyons, or begin a multi-day adventure into the Zion Wilderness, Kolob Canyons has something special for everyone to experience.

 

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I’m coming!!!

The NPS evidently found its nice walkways being drowned out by heavy downpours. To try to eliminate the problem they set up the path in square block allowing a space in between each square block for water to pass through… ingenious!

 

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Kolob Canyons Visitor Center
All guests are required to stop at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center to show an Interagency Park Pass or pay the Zion National Park entrance fee.

 

 

If Carla looks a little tired right now, you’re right, I think we both are.

Wilderness permits can be obtained here for backpacking campsites
and canyoneering routes in the park.

 

 

 

There is also a bookstore operated by the Zion Natl Park Forever Project.

Did you notice we’re still going uphill!

 

 

 

The views are so awesome it takes you attention off the job at hand,
walking without tripping. This is the reason we opted not to walk the Bright-Angel  path to the bottom of the grand canyon. I can think of one or two other reasons as well.

 

 

 

These are the paths I don’t get excited about. A couple of years ago I would not have thought twice about this type of challenge, but not any more. Now I live with a fear of tripping over something or even my own two feet.

 

 

 

Did I mention we’re both getting a little tired of going uphill!!

 

 

Yup, still going uphill. On the bright side,
we’ve been told we’re almost there.

 

 

Carla finally reaches the top, I follow right after her.
There is another peak and observation point
but we’re just going to take their word on the views from there.

 

 

 

As you can see we’ve begun our final leg of this venture, the walk back.
It’s been an awesome experience, but we’re both anxiously looking fort our car.

 

 

The trip down is steep and carries it’s own trepidations, once again, tripping and falling.

 

 

 

Remember these guys? I won’t say any more. In a few minutes the car comes into view.
Ah! The ride home, heavenly!

 

 

 

You’ll have to blow it up on your computer to read the captions in the picture, but in short, it says that everything up on these hills might and someday will fall down to the ground. The left side of the picture is about a 900 ton rock that came down and fell on a truck. Nether the truck nor the driver did well that day.

 

 

Up and down this five-mile stretch of road you’ll find
road crews creating observation points and laying down
new pavement for generations to come to enjoy this venue.

 

 

 

Home is only a thirty minute ride but we enjoyed every mile of it.

 

 

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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

 

Tripping to St. George, UT

 

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March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.05.2019-Traveling to St. George, UT

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The two yellow specs are actually on the windshield, I won’t go into details.

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Once again I apologize on some of the pictures being a little fuzzy.

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The roads were great and eventually we saw signs for the Utah Visitor’s center. The visitors center is actually part of the Dixie Center, a museum of the animals of the WORLD.

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There’s always a gift store. Yes, we did buy there also.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
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Union RR & College Station

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12.06.18


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Everything we will be, is calling to us,
 from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

St. Martin’s Houston, TX

 


James Baker a life-long friend of #41

 

Nancy Ellis Leblond Sosa and Georgia Grace Koch
President Trump and Ivanka passed on the reciting or even reading of The Apostle’s Creed, as well as, many if not all the other prayers of the service.

Union Pacific, on their own, took the initiative to repaint the locomotive in the same colors as Air Force #1 and registered the name of the locomotive to “4141”, for the day, the 41st President of the US.

#41 will be transported to College Station where he will be interred  next to his wife Barbara and Robyn there child that died decades ago.

#41 arrives at the Union Train Station for a slow ride ultimately to College Station.

Years ago #41 asked if he could take controls of the train, the engineer agreed to the request.

 

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#41 at the National Cathedral

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12.05.2018- Service at the National Cathedral


SHHH! Just resting my eyes. All commentators agree that the President and Ivanka either did not know the prayers of the service or did not bother to read them in the memorial program in his hanbds.

Former President Jimmy Carter and wife. I apologize for the picture, MSNBC, that I know of, did not give me a close up on them. Below, once again, #41’s life-long-friend Jim Baker. Jim Baker, at the service for #41 at the National Cathedral was extremely emotional of his passing. Turns out they’d been close friends most of their lives. So many stories told of his life at the White House and in Maine. The story goes that he once took Putin out for a ride in his speed boat. With three- three-hundred horsepower engines for power Putin had a white-knuckle experience. They were going so fast it took several minutes for the secret service to catch up to them.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us,
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#41 at the National Rotunda

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In the picture (above right corner) is Jim Baker, a life-long friend of George HR Bush. He took his passing very hard. He gave two eulogies one at the National Cathedral and the other at St. Martins Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.


Above- George W and Jeb with wives look on at #41 is laying in State at the nations Capitol. George HR will lay in State for the next two days.

Once again former President George W and brother Jen Bush, former Florida Governor.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us
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Sunshine Travel Park (pictl)

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11.13.18-Sunshine Resort
What a beautiful and well organized campground. As we checked in, in TT tradition, we were given a campground packet and told which site was assigned to us. Just a thirty second walk from the clubhouse, pool and everything else. It’s also known as Vero Beach Encore, but is located in Fellsmere, FL. The picture below is a site-plan on this campground. We’re occupying site 190.

As you can see in the picture this campground is an Encore. Encore parks are also members of the Equity Lifestyle Properties group. In a nut shell Encore parks are similar to the Marriott Hotels,  four star properties. Thousand Trails RVParks would be grouped as similar to a Motel-6 or Holiday Inn type properties. There are five star hotels as well as five-star campgrounds. Some, I’ve been told charge from $100 to $1000 night. I’ll have to take everyone’s word on these since we’ll never have reason to experience these properties.

Our site #190 for our stay. Great location, 50 amp and satellite access… awesome!

These camp style homes dot the campground everywhere. This is one of TT most beautiful parks and annual residences are popping up everywhere.


Another campground gathering place. Also used for dances, bingo library for books and DVD’s and most importantly the mailroom.


Both above and below is the office where we register when we arrive.

Our Lady of Hope Church

11.03 Saturday- Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
Our Lady of Hope is located in Port Orange, FL. We used to attend this church back in the days when we had the cabin on Seabird Island, Florida.

Just a couple of pictures from one of our stays on the Island.

I could not resist the urge to dig back into my stand alone hard drive and search out a few pictures from days and nights gone by. Seabird Island is located about six miles south of Daytona Beach, FL

Yes, we enjoyed a fairly large dock just off from the cabin. It really wasn’t a cabin, but just a fifty year old trailer, but oh the memories we have from our many stays there. Yes, that’s brother Dennis as he shows off one of his finest catches; a shark!

Above Dennis and a chunkier version of myself enjoying a lazy afternoon. Below is Mary Ann (Ozzie). She had the trailer next to ours. Can’t make out what she just caught.

 

Epiphany Catholic Church (pic.)

11.01.18-Thursday- All Saints Day
Epiphany is located in Port Orange, FL. Guess we’ve been here in the past when we had the trailer on Seabird Island.
Today was a Holy Day of Obligation therefore we go to church. We attended Epiphany
Catholic Church at their 12:15 Mass. Carla says we’d been here before but I could not recall that event.

This is such a beautiful church, I find it hard to think I could not recall being here before.

Look carefully and you’ll notice that the pews are circular. We’d never seen that before.

Ann Cunningham-lunch

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10.24.2018

Applebee’s in Seneca, SC. We had a delightful lunch with Ann Cunningham this afternoon. We met Ann a few months ago and promised to touch base with her on our travels back to Florida. She’s not a full-timer yet, best reason for that would be the beautiful home she has here in South Carolina. As nice as it is though, I’m still set on the lifestyle we’re enjoying.

This is Ann’s home. It’s no wonder she is not a full-timer RVer.

The mariner which only charges $700, not a month, but yearly for dockage; awesome!


Just outside of her development  is a neighbor.

She lives on a twenty plus mile, not acre, lake…

Brasstown Falls, Long Creek

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10.24 Wednesday-

This area is peppered with large estates, homes and so many log homes. The road to the falls is just a tad bit wider than our HHR car.

The roadway finally does come to a parking lot, or at least a parking area. We were told to take the easier path to the left, however, I see only on path. About two-hundred feet along the path we were given a right and left choice, we went left, of course

We begin our trek down this narrow path. In the distance we can hear the falls, or at least we think that’s them.

A beautiful stream is to our left and if you look carefully you’ll see Carla in the picture above, in the distance. I’m trying to keep up.

The path here is cleared of debris, but it is loaded with tree roots. Finally the falls come into view.

The falls are in full view, but to get better views we do have a slightly treacherous path.


We hang out for a short time and take a few pictures then decide to go back to the car. On our walk here was mostly downhill but the way back we must go up.

Along the way are cleared area for campers. Not the type of camping we’re into. The path is still going up but we’re sure we’re getting closer to the parking area. Below our trek comes to a close

Stumphouse Tunnel, (pic)

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10.24 Wednesday-





No lights in here but plenty of water. We did walk in quite a bit, but I hoping for more.

Looking out from the tunnel.

I uses they had rail service. This is a pretty steep mountain to get up here.

Carla is looking up because we hear voices; just a family doing a hike.

Carolina Landing (pictorial)

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10.23.2018
This is a schematic on the Carolina Landing RVP.
Trip to Fair Play, SC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie Valley, town of

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 10.18.18- I write this blog on Maggie Valley with mixed feelings. Those who know me know that I have always had a very strong affection for Littleton, NH. Long story short, it will always be tops on my list. Next would, most likely be the New London, CT area. Not that we had lived in NL, but not that far away. Carla and I spent many weekends at Crocker’s Boatyard on our boat. Thirdly I had placed Maggie Valley in that spot.  It too has many memories, especially of our weekends spent in our cabin up there. We’ve been back tor or three times over the last five years,

but this time I’ve been having mixed feelings on this beautiful piece of America. As you can see from the pictures the valley is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains.


Back in the day of Cobbler’s Cabin we would drive nearly nine hours from Florida before we encountered this road sign. The only other welcome sight would be the cabin itself.  Always liked this shot of Cobbler’s Cabin.

Oh ! Above is Abby enjoying her first taste of snow.

Back to my mixed feelings. As you’ll see in some of the pictures to follow, Maggie Valley does not have an actual downtown, never realized that before. Waynesville, on the other hand has a very definitive downtown, but like MV is inundated with strip shopping centers. Not sure if I could keep myself busy if we were full-time residents of MV; especially in the winter months. Almost think I would have to be involved in a local business to make the time go by. Definitely not working for someone else, I don’t do well with that. Many log cabins like you see above dot the mountain sides. Best to see them in the evening with the glow of their lights and the sight of smoke coming from so many fireplaces.
Ingle’s above is to MV and NC as Publix is to Florida and Stop and Shop is to Mass. The store, inside, is so beautiful, almost makes it a destination. We still have difficulty in passing up an ice cream shop.  We’ve been in here before but never realized they serve “Blue Bell” ice cream and it was so good. Not only that, a steal at two sugar cones for $3.49.

Yesterday we ventured away from the coach, got our ice cream then decided to try to find a cabin we almost bought before Cobbler’s. It was a very narrow road which was, as with most mountain roadways, very steep.  I was just telling Carla, hope no one is coming down the mountain. Within ten seconds pops up a van. We slid over to the side  as far as we could and he likewise was way over on the right side. We passed by each other with inches to spare. This is not atypical. A four-wheel drive vehicle, for us, would have been more beneficial. As you might have suspected we sadly could not locate that log home.  On our way back down the mountain we came across a Llama farm; never thought I’d see that in MV. At the bottom of the mountain was a Christmas Tree Farm. Thousands of trees. Christmas trees are a big business in MV and NC in general.  

Trip to Maggie Valley,NC (pic)

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10.15- Trip to Maggie Valley:

What the pictures above and below do not show are the overcast skies we left at Forest Lake in Advance, NC.


Carla loves flowers, especially wild flowers. Virginia devotes a great deal of highway to natural coverage.


We’ve been in North Carolina for a short time but the road and landscape had not changed much. Seeing the sign for the Blue Ridge Parkway was very reassuring.


In the picture above look at the car in the distance. This dude got pulled by five state trooper cars. Being caught by one state trooper is bad, five is indescribable.


The mountains in the far distance begin appearing on every corner we take. Below is the sign we’ve really been looking for. We find ourselves reminiscing on a couple of trips we took we Abby back in days gone by, when we had the log home.

Pride RVP, Maggie Valley (pic)

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10.15.18- Pride RVP is a privately owned park, not a Thousand Trails Property. For that reason we must pay to stay. Visiting Maggie Valley was very restful but in the future I’m going to recommend staying no more than 3 days, just to expensive.

 

 

 

Forrest Lake RVP (pict.)

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10.7 Sunday -Relaxing at Forrest Lake with a cook-out.
Could not imagine the steaks would come out so good. We took our time and let them sear for quite a while. After about thirty-minutes time was up and it was time to serve up the potatoes and carrots.


As you can tell this is a very big campground and for the next five days it is 100% sold out. It’s amazing we got such a great site. more to come.

Camp lake and mini golf park.

This is the adult lounge.

This is Hairston Hall. It’s a small venue for church services and meetings.

This hall is the Forest Lake Store and Grill. Also serves as a youngsters lounge with gaming machine, pool (also pool table in the adult lounge) and even an air hockey table.

Friends of ours, Adventure detour ahead, are full-times and just moved up to a Solitude fifth-wheel.


At this point our quest is for a historical site. This would be a quarter-mile walk in an mosquito infested forest area. This is the first time in five years that we’ve had to deal with mosquitos.

It took a while to find this historic site. It’s actually an original structure. A tobacco barn. After walking almost forty-five minutes we noticed the tobacco barn was just a minute walk from our coach, going in another direction.

Finally, we’re home again. Now it’s time to download the pictures and finish off the RVP blog.

Appomattox Nat’l Park (pictorial)

10.2-Tuesday- Appomattox National Historic Park
Today looks to be another beautiful day with temps reach no higher than 77 degrees. Our destination is Appomattox Court House (2-words) and Museum. To explain the 2-word item. “Courthouse” refers to just that a court house while a “Court House” makes reference to the county seat; FYI!
This is the actual looks of the McLean House. It was in this house and location that the signing of the surrender of General Lee took place with General Grant.

There’s so much to this venue this is just an intro to our visit there. I should have a blog or possibly a pictorial on this venue in the next day or so. I’m fairly certain that the plaques below will reintroduce you to this part of our history.

In April in 1865 as many as 65,000 troops were encamped on these grounds.
Below just a little history on this part of our history. It would have been to much of an ordeal for me to try to summarize what the National Park Service has already articulated in the text to follow. The NPS text is in bold / italicized print. If the print you see is not BOLD and not italicized then those words are mine commenting on the pictures either above or below my text.
General Robert E . Lee realized that the retreat of his beleaguered army had finally been halted, U. S. Grant was riding toward Appomattox Court House where Union Cavalry, followed by infantry from the V, XXIV, and XXV Corps had blocked the Confederate path.

The field just about a half mile from the McLean House when up to 65,000 troops were encamped both on this side of the road and the other.
Lee had sent a letter to Grant requesting a meeting to discuss his army’s surrender and this letter overtook Grant and his party just before noon about four miles west of Walker’s Church (present-day Hixburg).
Over to the right in this field is a path that we’re directed to  experience.

Grant, who had been suffering from a severe headache, later remembered that upon reading Lee’s letter the pain in his head had disappeared. He stopped to prepare his reply to Lee, writing that he would push to the front to meet him.
A monument dedicated to the Confederate soldiers, mostly North Carolina, in the battle in this area.
The location of the meeting was left to Lee’s discretion. After reading Grant’s letter, Lee, his Aide-de-Camp Lt. Colonel Charles Marshall, and Private Joshua O. Johns rode toward Appomattox Court House Marshall and Johns rode ahead of Lee in order to find a place for the generals to confer.

In those times, around 1865, those who died in battle were generally buried where they had died. In the 1960’s the government decided to have a special cemetery plot for those that died. As you can tell they could only find the remains of a little more than a dozen men. All but one were Confederate soldiers. You’ll notice the first monument which bears the Union Flag was a Union soldier.
As Marshall passed through the village he saw Wilmer McLean in the vicinity of the courthouse. He asked McLean if he knew of a suitable location. Then McLean offered his own home.


Above. The picture on the left is the McLean house in 1865, the one on the right is the current version of that house with 150 years of improvements.
After seeing the comfortable country abode, Marshall readily accepted and sent Private Johns back to inform General Lee that a meeting site had been found.

At first I thought this was an early picture of the Surrender Event, then I realized that “colored pictures” would be way into the future. But, none the less, as you enter the McLean home to the left is this room. It contains many of the original furniture but the signing desks are reproductions. The real stuff is in a national museum.
Lee arrived at the McLean house about one o’clock and took a seat in the parlor. A half hour later, the sound of horses on the stage road signaled the approach of General Grant. Entering the house, Grant greeted Lee in the center of the room.

The day after the Surrender signing it was decided that the Confederate soldiers should have parole papers for his men to carry with them so as not to be assumed to be deserters. So the immediately got three presses, 2 are shown, and began drawing up over 35,000 forms for the confederate men.
The generals presented a contrasting appearance; Lee in a new uniform and Grant in his mud-spattered field uniform. Grant, who remembered meeting Lee once during the Mexican War, asked the Confederate general if he recalled their meeting.

A Parole Pass for C F Watson. This picture is the best I could do, remember this pass is over 150 years old.
Lee replied that he did, and the two conversed in a very cordial manner, for approximately 25 minutes. The subject had not yet gotten around to surrender until finally, Lee, feeling the anguish of defeat, brought Grant’s attention to it. Grant, who later confessed to being embarrassed at having to ask for the surrender from Lee, said simply that the terms would be just as he had outlined them in a previous letter.

The surrender meeting happened in April but prior to that Grant and President Lincoln had a meeting. In that meeting had asked General Grant to be considerate to General Lee. They both knew that the Lee surrender was going to happen the question was how much longer. The Confederates were basically starved into surrendering. It was Lincoln’s attitude that the surrender terms would go along way in re-unifying the country. Lee had only two personal choices; win or disperse his army. A result of dispersing all his troops would reek havoc on the locals. He wanted a good outcome that his men could accept willingly.  The only choice was to contemplate surrender.
The terms would parole officers and enlisted men but required that all Confederate military equipment be relinquished. The discussion between the generals then drifted into the prospects for peace, but Lee, once again taking the lead, asked Grant to put his terms in writing.
Some of the other room in this historic home. Most of all the furniture is authentic to the house.

This is a personal likeable picture. The unit is so small that unless you were looking for it you might not see it. It’s a scaled down wood cutting table with saw for the nearby fireplace” FYI!

Below is the formal eating area with the best of the family dishware. Above is reality. This is where the family, most likely, ate most of their meals. This is a “Neo-Clasical” home, meaning that as you climbed all those stairs in the front of the house you actually walked in onto the second floor of the home. The dining table above would be found on the bottom level.


Once again above is the informal eating area. Below is the kitchen. In that time-period it would be normal to find the kitchen area located to the side of the home. The reason for this would be in case of fire.

When Grant finished, he handed the terms to his former adversary, and Lee — first donning spectacles used for reading– quietly looked them over.
This picture, to the left, only merits a small entry since the NPS person was just there to be helpful so Carla needed some help on the local bugs. As his dissertation went on he got into kitchens. Having been exposed to this information years ago with our Gettysburg trip on how and why kitchens were not usually part of the living portions of a typical home, he began talking about fires. He mentioned the majority of fire related burnings began in the kitchen. He then went further on to say; the majority of deaths for women were related to fire. The heavy clothing with multiple layers made it very difficult for a woman on fire to disrobe and shed her clothing in order to save herself, sad!
When he finished reading, the bespectacled Lee looked up at Grant and remarked “This will have a very happy effect on my army.” Lee asked if the terms allowed his men to keep their horses, for in the Confederate army men owned their mounts. Lee explained that his men would need these animals to farm once they returned to civilian life.
Once again, I asked the NPS gentleman, about the little teepee structure to the left of the main home. (For what it’s worth, I already knew the answer.) I knew he would tell us that this structure was used to preserve foods keeping them cool by letting a stream of water flow through the structure. He was nice very forth coming with his answer. It was an “ice house.” That’s not what I had expected and I told him. He confirmed my understanding but enlightened me by explaining that Virginia has very few underground streams do to all the rock, slate and marble in the ground, therefore no stream cooling. Inside the ice house a hole would be dug, possibly as deep as 20 to 24 feet deep. During the winter season chunks of ice would be cut up and carried to the ice house. Once filled with enough ice to last the hot summer months the ice would be covered with hay to shield the ice from the summer heat.
Grant responded that he would not change the terms as written (which had no provisions allowing private soldiers to keep their mounts) but would order his officers to allow any Confederate claiming a horse or a mule to keep it. General Lee agreed that this concession would go a long way toward promoting healing. Grant’s generosity extended further.

The partially grassy area in the center of the picture is the original Lynchburg to Richmond Road. Why is this worth mentioning? In order to get to either destination you had to go through Appomattox. For years this brought a great deal of commerce and settlers to Appomattox, until! The railroad. Prior to the railroad taverns, eateries and rooms to board were all doing a very nice business. ( Just think of it, in 1865 sixty-five thousand Union troops walked down this road to Appomattox.)
The towns folks fought bitterly to have the train station located in this general area, but the powers to be had their own opinion. The RR Station would be three miles from this location. Three miles may not seem that much since we can drive there in about five minutes but back then people had to walk. Mot everyone on the train would, from that time on, stay on the train until their destination, and the town had to remake itself. The picture below is the current Lynchburg to Richmond Road. Needless to say both Lynchburg and Richmond grew exponentially thanks to the railroad.
When Lee mentioned that his men had been without rations for several days, the Union commander arranged for 25, 000 rations to be sent to the hungry Confederates.
In addition to feeding the Confederate Soldiers, this day since they were hungry, this parole pass would permit them to eat at no charge at any and all government installations these soldiers came across as they made their way back home.
After formal copies of the surrender terms, and Lee’s acceptance, had been drafted and exchanged, the meeting ended.
Before he met with General Grant, one of Lee’s officers (General E. Porter Alexander) had suggested fighting a guerilla war, but Lee had rejected the idea. It would only cause more pain and suffering for a cause that was lost. The character of both Lee and Grant was of such a high order that the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia has been called “The Gentlemen’s Agreement.”
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Lincoln a couple of years ago and the South was not accepting it. This surrender hopefully would unify the North and South and hopefully allow the Emancipation Proclamation to be further enacted. Lincoln would not live to see this happen. Only two days after the signing President Lincoln would be assassinated.
Courtesy of the National Park service
 

The McLean home.                                                   This was the local jail.

 Another picture of the County Courthouse with its Knee and hip killing steps.
This would be the General Store, and then some. It’s a regular Ace Hardware Place. 
Yes, this is also the post office as well as a Pharmacy. The little yellow shed to the right is an attorney’s office.

All kinds of stuff from dishes to fireplace needs, even some farming supplies.

Once again, the Lynchburg/Richmond road right through the center of Appomattox. The gentleman above is a retired doctor with a great deal of time on his hands. We sat and tolerated him for twenty minutes and he was still asking folks who they were and where they came from. If I wasn’t certain that the Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel had died, I’d be certain this was he.

This volunteer was really good. Got right to the facts. He saw that most of us were seniors and we did not have time to spare. He went into just enough detail, but not overly so, to paint an awesome picture about the logistics of the Union forces and of course the confederates as well as the impact the railroad had on the town. He was a pleasure to listen to.

 

 

Trip to Lynchburg RVP (pictorial)

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9.30 -Traveling to Lynchburg RV Park in Gladys, VA
Today, the 30th, we will leave Woodstock and drive 150 miles to Gladys, VA. We’ll be staying at the Lynchburg Thousand Trails Campground.
We arrived in Lynchburg all in one piece. The trip was very pleasant especially a fifty mile segment of it on US 29. It was a 4-lane divided highway which looked like it was carved right through the Shenandoah National Park. In general the roads rated a 9+. On our trip down here we saw highway signs for  the President Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Appomattox, VA the courthouse. This would be the location that General Lee surrendered. The picture below is not very clear but is a result of my asking Carla to take the picture in a coach going sixty miles per hour.

The road up is littered with farms both big and small, beef cattle in general.

The views come in so fast, unless you’re riding with a camera in your lap, it’s hard to catch them all in time.

As we traveled south we were in constant view of the Shenandoah Mountain Range and to the west were the Appalachia Mountains. Just prior to our leaving Walmart we met a very nice couple who had just gotten married about a month ago. They were traveling North to attend their daughters wedding. She, in a past life had been a RVer for sixteen years and had talked her new husband into the lifestyle. They mentioned that their home base is in Bowling Green, FL where they spend their winter months. I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again. I think she said the campground there at is Arcadia Peace River RV Park.

Lynchburg RVPrk (pictorial)

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9.30 Sunday- Lynchburg RVP in Gladys, VA

This is a Thousand Trails RV Park. The roads may not be paved and we do not have 50amp service but the park roads are wide and clear of overhanging branches. We do have satellite service which few sites have since this is heavily wooded. This park covers 161 acres with an eleven-acre lake. The number of sites are 223. It has all the rest of amenities of most parks. This will be a 5-day stay leaving this coming Friday. Pictures to follow. For such a short stay we still have a couple of venues we want to experience.

  

Upper right hand corner is our site. Hiding amounts the trees. When we arrived here we were scheduled to leave tomorrow morning, but due to a scheduling conflict we’ve decided to extend our stay by one day. This means we’ll be jacks-up on Saturday morning.

Bushkill Falls (pictorial)

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9.24 Monday

Temperature this morning is 52 but we will wait until it reaches 59 before we leave the coach. The trip to Bushkill Falls in the town of Bushkill, PA, is only about fifteen-minute ride from our site; a breath of fresh air from yesterdays two-hour trip to NYC.

The nice thing about this venue is the wooden walkways. We will find these covering ninety-percent of the walk we will be taking. Below are the options we have with four trails. Green was the shortest at about 20 minutes. We chose yellow. Yellow, they say, would take 45 minutes, but in actuality took about 75 minutes. Each trail comes with it’s own challenges as you will read in a few pictures from now.

The pictures are in the same order as our walk, hope you enjoy the walk. We came home exhausted just like yesterday, it should not be that hard on you, the reader.

We’re approaching “LOOKOUT MAIN FALLS”. In all I believe we’ll see four different water falls and water basins.

560-Yes, we are as high as it looks in the picture. You should try climbing all these d_ _ n stairs. Going down was not that bad, whenever you go down, you must come up!

577-We’re approaching “THE TOP OF LOWER GORGE FALLS.”

People rarely volunteer so why should this day be any  different. So I asked the kind lady and she said yes.

Above is the path we just came down. I think we’re at the bottom, but we’ll see! …Mistaken!

We’re both a little pooped, Good time to stop. This walkway offers few benches. Below is the bottom of MAIN FALLS.

They were so kind to at least warn us of the challenges of the two other trails. Yellow, as you see below was our choice. I could barely handle this trail so we made the proper choice.

There seems to be a never ending array of stairs going “down.” I don’t look forward to the trip up in a few minutes. The picture below is one of the best pictures, I believe, I’ve ever taken.

Approaching “UPPER CANYON.” Did you hear the word “up?”

Above. This portion of the river is called “ADAM’S FLATS.” It’s just that, a very flat area with the river running nicely through it. There’s the sign I’ve been waiting for; but it now means we have to climb our way out of this canyon.


Yup! We’re starting to go up.

We’ve exhaustingly come up a long way, but not there yet. We stop about every fifty feet to catch our breath and appreciate the views.

The walking is starting to get a little more challenging with the gravel and slate path.

Almost there. So tired I’m having trouble pushing the button to take the pictures. Carla’s had it also.

The gift shop and snack bar. The fries we’re awesome, so crunchy!

Trip to Tower NYC (pictorial)

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9.23 Sunday
Overcast, cloudy but most of all it’s only 53 degrees. It’s chilly, no it feels cold but it’s a field trip day. We plan to trip to NYC and experience One World Center. We drove to Jersey City to pick up this ferry.

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This picture tells of many stories. First it is cloudy, chilly but were getting very close to our destination; One World Center, NYC. Once we get there by ferry we’ll view the tower, observatory, oculus and memorial.
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Doesn’t this look like Carla has found an old friend? Not so! He made the mistake of wearing a Notre Dame jacket and the two of them are discussing the Savior Touchdown Statue on the ND campus by their football stadium. Our travels do empower us to speak on many topics, this one was powerful on both sides. Turns out he lives in the City and is a devoted sport fan of every kind. Below you see our “yellow” ferry coming into dock to pick us up and bring us to the City.

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I’ve always had an affinity towards marinas and boats, it’s a great lifestyle but expensive.

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Above is Governor’s Island then you have the image to the left. Cropping has to be the “poor man’s 200mm telephoto lens.” It was my hope to visit Ellis Island but it’s like the Grand Canyon. You can visit it, view it and then it’s let’s go. We just don’t have the time to afford a visit, possibly next time.

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9/11 Museum (Pictorial)

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9.23 Sunday
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This is the Oculus as seen from the outside. Below: Just a quick view to visualize how deep underground we at.

Not to dwell on what was, but it’s important not to forget how we were defiled.
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These are the original steps that the firefighters and other first responders climbed only to meet their demise within a short amount of time. The painted tiles on the wall are a group effort commissioned to replicate the blue skies on 9-11.


The Box Column remnants: Steel columns, known as box columns for their rectangular shape and hollow center, provided structural support for the Twin Towers and created their distinctive facades. At the end of the recovery period following 9/11, what remained of these columns was cut to a level elevation, leaving the remnants visible here. The North Tower footprint was outlined by 84 columns, but the South Tower footprint had only 75 columns since preexisting train tracks passed across its footprint. ( This text was taken from a plaque I photographed but due to available light did not print well.)








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This is a surly. Its construction was to prevent the Hudson River invading the Towers.

The South Tower Column

Freedom Tower Observatory (pic.)

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9.23 Sunday
Views from all the windows of the Tower.


















Below is the Oculus of the Freedom Tower.



This is Governor’s Island.

Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, in the foreground and the ferry depot.

Once again, I enjoy boats and marinas. Can’t even imagine what the dock fees might be.









Once you step into one of these elevators you’ll be whisked up 102 stories in 27 seconds and, believe it or not, you’ll never notice you’ve started going up. Once the ride begins the walls ignite with a very fast documentary of what the area looked like from the 1600’s to present; awesome!

Freedom Tower Oculus

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A view of the Oculus from the Observatory floor of the Freedom Tower.















Pocono Property (pictorial)

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9.19- Wed. We have settled in quite nicely and tomorrow we plan to trip over to Newfoundland. We have some land in that area that I foolishly purchased many years ago, and will probably have to die to get rid of it, but nonetheless it’s worth checking it out again since we’re currently in the Poconos. The property is only about a forty minute ride from here so we should be back in no time. Getting back to an earlier story, of ; how can a big coach fit under a low bridge? Simple answer, I don’t know. I googled the height of the coach on the Internet and it is 12.2 feet tall. This could easily fit through a clearance of 12.8 feet. The problem is that we have a satellite receiver up there as well. It comes in with a height of 1.4 feet. So doing the math the coach, assuming the tires are all inflated properly, has a total height of 13.5 feet. What’s the answer; it had to be a miracle. For sure we were praying hard enough. All for now.
9.20-Thurs. Very chilly night last night, temps dropped to 52 degrees. Today would be a field trip day. Only 62 outside so it’s a good day go travel. We’re off to Newfoundland or Sterling, not sure right now, to witness the property we’ve owned since 2006. This property is in the Pocono Springs Estates. We have frontage of 85 feet and go back 200 feet. The front of this property lies in Lehigh County while the back resides in Dreher County. Confusing, I know!

I believe our property begins at the yellow 15 MPH caution sign and extends to the right. All in all it covers 0.41 acres, not very big by how it looks because it drops down a slight slope from the road and is suitable for a very small home fairly close to the road. Being close to the road is not a problem since the road has very little traffic. I would like to see a small log home with a bedroom upstairs with a full basement much like the log home we had in Maggie Valley,
This was our log home back in 2008. Something we’ll never ever have again, since it was close to half million home. Cobbler’s Cabin was only in our lives for a couple of years prior to the recession of 2008. We had to let it go otherwise it would have sunk us. This property in the Pocono area could not support a structure like this even if we could afford it. I still enjoy the memories from that phase of our lives.

The property does go deeper but it slopes off quite a bit which means having and maintaining a back yard is not an option. Additional pictures of this property. Below is a schematic on the properties around us, we  own lot #72. For a stretch of half a mile you’ll find only two other properties with homes on them.


Properties here are all part of the Pocono Springs Civic Association. There’s a beautiful lake which I don’t have a picture of, since my battery was dead at the time. If there’s anyone interested in this area this property is for sale at a very good price.

 

Timothy Lake Resort (TT)

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9.18.18- The Timothy Lakes Resort.
In a couple of days we hope to get an early start and go into the city and experience the new tower and possibly Liberty Island, Statue of Liberty. Below is the site map on the NORTH section of this campground.


On this site map we’re located in the upper section marked in orange of the Southern section of this campground. We should be quite comfortable at this location. We’ve got sewer, cable, electric and satellite line of sight…awesome! Site #92.

In a couple of days we hope to get an early start and go into the city and experience the new tower and possibly Liberty Island, Statue of Liberty.

Vanderbilt Mansion-(pictorial)

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The Mansion driveway, what else!





Above is our host greeting us at the mansion entrance.

The after dinner room for the men.

In this foyer are three doorways. The one to the left is where the men would retreat to after dinner.

The gals, on the other hand, would settle into the room opposite from the men and socialize, the room you see above. Some random pictures of some of the other 50 rooms in this building. Between the two room described above is  basically a very elegant gathering area. From here they would gather until summoned to the dining area.

Above and below is the doorway in the middle.

The Grand Dining Room above. Below is a picture of the men’s gathering room to the left of the chair and to the right of the other chair is the ladies room.

Ceiling height on the first floor is eighteen feet. Looking down the stairway of thirty-nine steps to the second level. In the picture below is the upper level.

Some pictures of some of the rooms on this level. This would be the main sleeping area for the one per center’s attending. If you did not qualify you slept on the third level along with any single women and female staffers.  Single men would be sleeping in the now Visitor Center.

This would be the Vanderbilt’s sleeping quarters. Not exactly shabby. Myself, I’d probably have a difficult time trying to get to sleep with all the opulence in this room. It did not seem to bother these folks.

Down deep they wanted to shape this new country in the image of England where the upper 2%ers would control properties and industry and provide an opportunity for Amerscans to follow to appreciate their place in this world working for this new class of individuals, as indentured savants.
This is really a bit much. No wonder it could not be sold. Unlike other venues from the past the furnishings in this mansion are all authentic and all was part of the household at that time.

Another bedroom.

Going down to the basement level.

The staffers Dining Room. They ate as well as the folks above. Food was about the same, they drank from crystal glassware and they enjoyed very generous Christmas gratuities. A few worked their entire lives here and many had over ten years employment. They were treated like family.

Frederick Vanderbilt, the owner and builder of the mansion, knew how important it was to keep and appreciate all their staffers. Once electricity became readily available he was asked if he wanted to electrify the freezer closet, which until now, was the privy of the house “ice cutters.” He declined to have it modernized since he would have to lay off the two staffers who maintained the unit.

Views from the back of the mansion. You can see the Hudson River in the distance.

The mansion had fifty rooms and over seven-hundred acres. As big as that might sound it was considered their cottage to retreat to during the hot summer months. As the story goes the Vanderbilt’s were filthy rich and the next generation were fortunate enough to double their wealth. Then came the third generation. They specialized in enjoying their inherited wealth. It did not take to many years for this generation to realize the cottage was expensive to maintain, and quite honestly they were tired of going there. The widowed wife of the grandson to Frederick was left several million in cash which she kept but decided to sell the estate. It went on the market for $350,000. She never got a bite on the property. She then lowered the price to $250,000 with the same results. It wasn’t until FDR, a neighbor not that far away in Hyde Park approached her to donate the land and property to, which would soon be, the National Park Service which she did. Before the NPS acquired the estate, she confiscated all the valuable and aged wines the mansion had acquired prior to turning over the keys to the property.

FDR Homestead – “Springwood”

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The FDR Gardens and some pictures of a few of the rooms in the house.

Above and below; the FDR home library.

The Snuggery “The Dining Room”


FDR was crippled suffering from polio. The family bedrooms were on the second floor. Personally I would have relocated the bedroom to the first floor, not that the house wasn’t big enough, but getting back. In order for him to get to the upper level he had a dumb waiter installed. The contractor installed the unit wanted to electrify the waiter, but FDR said NO! He weighed about 180 pounds and his chair another 50 pounds not to mention the weight of the dumb waiter. Every evening he would move his chair into the dumb waiter and manually use the ropes you see in the picture and raise himself using upper body muscles to the upper level. He was remarkably strong for his age and his being handicapped.

The Chintz Room

The FDR Bedroom

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Bedroom

FDR’s Boyhood Bedroom




Above the back of the home. Below the front of the home.

Springwood as it looked around the time James Roosevelt (FDR’s father) purchased it. He (James Roosevelt) and his wife rally wanted to buy a home with property in Rhinebeck, NY, but homes and land were to expensive so they settled on Hyde Park for the family homestead.
Above and below is the FDR gardens at their home and where FDR and wife Eleanor are buried.

The entrance to the Library.

In the pictures to follow are just a small fraction of the hundreds of posters FDR initiated to spur on the war effort.



The caption above is there to give the reader a small insight into how, even as a President, grounded he was both as a politician and family man.

The FDR Presidential desk.



The 1936 Ford Phaeton. This car came equipped with a gadget that, when initiated by FDR, would deliver a “lighted” cigarette for him while he was driving,  yes the car was set up for him to drive even though he had no lower body abilities. FDR was an advid model builder. He had built hundreds in the collection in the Library.

Rondout Valley Park (pictorial)

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As you travel the beautiful Mettacahonts Road you exit this road to the campground entrance below. Rondout Valley is  Thousand Trails facility.


The entrance to the campground is just a little difficult to understand do to space limitations but the staff is very aware of the situation and do a good job in directing travelers in the right direction. If you’re a regular and possibly weekend camper to this campground this would not be a problem. I find these lift gates a little primitive but at least they don’t have the tire spikes as many camps have. The black magic marker indicates how we travel from the campground entrance to our site just a very short distance. The park is providing us with sewer, water and cable. We’re not utilizing the cable option because our satellite provides greater coverage.


This little bridge is very quaint and is big enough for even coaches. The water below the bridge was bigger than a stream and is a small river. During my absence Carla tells me it was close to breaching its banks. Very happy hurricane Florence is not coming our way.


You can see our site, coach with the orange awnings. It was a very easy back-in site. We have excellent line of site to the SW compass reading for our satellite receiver. Pictures from here on are from a walk we took just because we needed to stretch our legs. Grounds are wet since we’ve just had three days of on and off rain.


Small pond at the far end of our street. Across this small bridge spanning a small stream to the pvillion and, snack bar, arcade and activities center building.

There are so many tent campers, hard to believe. Below is just a simple picture of a tree I thought was so unusual.

Either side of the creek as we cross the bridge.

Can’t have a resort with a pool.

The Pavilion Building.

Little kids are never forgotten.

The Millbrook Stream is just about up to its banks.

The check-in office and general store. Now we walk our way back to the coach.

This is our site.

McCain Funeral (pictorial)

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9.1- The John McCain Funeral celebrationFor certain Carla and I were not invited to this historical event. I apologize for the graininess of many of the pictures. I was fortunate, many years ago, to have possessed one of those ultra high definition Samsung TVs, that unfortunately we have no longer. Our present television just does not have the quality picture our old set did, but for this blog it’s passable. At a future time I may come back and insert some comments and subtitles, but for now, it’s mostly pictures.

Ivana and Jared Kirchner were in attendance but not so for her father, the President, Donald Trump. Scoots, our cat, decided early she was not that interested in this event.



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Meghan McCain giving an eulogy for her father. Jack McCain was there for his mom. This was a scene from around the Danny Boy song.


Jim McCain quotes from the bible as well.


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Scoots is still not interested, unlike Carla and I.


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Still not interested.

The man to the right is the Russian who Russia tried to poison TWICE.



I found this image fitting to end this blog.

Lake George (pictorial)

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8.27 Monday – We explore Lake George.









Travel back in time and view the beauty of Lake George’s Southern Basin the way people did over 100 years ago, from the decks of our authentic Sternwheel Steamboat Minne Ha Ha. The Calliope, powered by steam from the vessel’s boiler, serenades you as you board. Enjoy beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains and see stately homes along the water’s edge. This post is courtesy of the Lake George Steamboat Co.




Not this time around, maybe in a couple of years we’ll explore this fort.

We ended this long and exhausting day with an Ice Cream from the Hershey stand in this center.

Martyrs Shrine – (pictorial)

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Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine

This Shrine is located in Auriesville, NY. This area was known as the Mohawk Village. in the mid 1600’s three Jesuits missionaries came to this are o try to convert the Mohawk tribe. These priests were: Father Isaac Joques,Father Rene Goupil and Father John Lalande. Eventually all three we’re tortured and killed by the Mohawks.

In honor of  these priests the Jesuits have constructed this Shrine. In the picture to the left is the Coliseum, resembling the coliseum in Rome. It is big. It measures 257 feet on the diameter. It can accommodate from 6,500 to 10,000 pilgrims. As you approach the Coliseum you’ll notice monuments and creative floral and shrubbery designs scattered all over the property. This will be mostly pictorial but for the complete story on the missionaries and their struggles please click on the link below:
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An inside view of the Coliseum. In the center you will notice four altars placed edge to edge. Each altar represents each of the three missionaries. The fourth altar represents Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, just recently sainted.


The picture, however so fuzzy. is of Cardinal Cushing preaching in the Coliseum in August 1950, sixty-eight years ago almost to the day.


These picture from the photo above follow.




This monument is dedicated to the visions at Fatima. This monument commemorates the children lost through abortion.

Concerning this picture. Back over three- hundred years ago Fr. Joques, one of the martyrs, whenever he could break away to find a quiet place for prayer and devotion he would carve crosses into trees and the name of Jesus. Those trees have died off so in commemoration of this action crosses have been placed on selected trees on the property.

Statue of St. Kateri. She wasn’t a religious, but was a fervent believer. This came about at age 16. Long story short her parents were killed and she joined a Mohawk tribe that accepted Christianity. In her early twenties a plague struck the village. St. Kateri and she was the first to join in and care, as best she could, for those that were ill. As a result of her helping the sick during that epidemic, she to succumbed to the illness. Her face, because of the illness, was heavily puck-marked. Within minutes of her death her face no only cleared up of all the imperfections her complexion was perfect.















An outdoor Station of the Cross. This venue is so memorable of the Church we attended during our stay in Sturbridge, Mass. Below there’s always a gift shop. It was a little disappointing considering its size.



Alpine Lake RV Resort (pictorial)

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8.22.18- The Alpine Lake RV Park Corinth, NY
I should have additional pictures in the days to come but for now this is our location in this big RV Park.











This picture is for Dennis, my brother. I think he would be quite comfortable in a camp cabin. I would like, very much, to see him leave the heat and humidity of Boca and spend his Summer months in a location like this.

Prouty Beach RV Park(pictorial)

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8.16-Prouty Beach & Campground – Newport, VT

 

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Thunder Hole in Acadia (pictorial)

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8.10 Friday- Just a few pictures as we travel to the Acadia National Park to witness Thunder Hole. To get there we must go through Bar Harbor, ME.


The views from the road are just short of awesome.

See everyone standing around, well that’s thunder Hole. You’ll see it better below. The idea behind this act of Nature is that the water gushes in, thousands of gallons of water, squeezes its way in that narrow canal above or below in a better picture, then smacks itself (the water) against the rock you see in the picture below. That’s it in a nut shell, oh, and that make a big thunder sound.


What everyone seems to forget to tell you is that this all happens about two-hours BEFORE high tide, not at high tide as one might assume. The crowds still come even though many are very disappointed.

There’s not much else to tell, only that I hope you enjoy the pictures from this venue.








Hope I don’t have to mention that, that’s us.





Just a small gift shop, we’re both ready for a root beer. After our root beer we must get on the road and find Wildwood Stables, our next venue.





If you cannot decide what this picture is all about it’s a wild turkey in the 2 o’clock position in the picture above.


At this point we’re leaving Thunder Hole in search of the Visitors Building, otherwise the big Gift Shop.



I thought this was it, but no. This is only the entrance to the “walkway” to the visitor’s Center. Oh! forgot to mention, it’s a 52 step climb up to reach the center and I’m exhausted and my day is only beginning. Up we go!!!


Did make it up but not much to talk about there, the root beer shop was more exciting. Next stop The Wildwood Stables.

Helen’s…Ellsworth, ME

This is a reprint from my daily journal, but I felt it should have a blog of it’s own.

8.5 Sunday- Carla’s Birthday…We celebrate quietly since buying stuff does not work well with this lifestyle. We do try to go out to eat however. Today would be Helen’s. The Internet had nothing but great things to say about the place, as so did Helen’s Website. It was a mixed bag.

Only a thirty minute drive from the campground. The inside was very homey and inviting.

We ordered calamari which was not on the menu bur they did serve it, only they had run out. So we opted for the fried onions and were very impressed by the size of the portion.

Bread soon followed which was heavenly. So soft, warm and delicate you could cut it with a butter knife. Minutes later our salads. The picture does not do the salads justice, they were very good.

Carla had chicken parmesan, In general was good but the tomato sauce, she says, was thin and tasteless. Chicken and pasta were both good. We usually buy the Great Value tomato sauce at Walmart that is very good; I might mention it to them. I ordered their “Mix Grill.” I was afraid it might be to much to hope for, and in a way it was. I always order mashed potatoes, but today I ordered baked with butter no cream, and got cream, I assume the butter might be in there too. The shrimp kea-bob and the pork ribs were all you could wish for. Shrimp was cook deliciously well and the meat fell off the bones for the ribs. They should stop the meal at this point. Part of the meal was a six ounce steak. This is where they tried to overwhelm and not over please the patron. It was dry and lifeless. Far better would it have been to serve up a 3-4 oz., a better piece of meat and seasoned properly than what I got. In all the meals were good but I was hoping it would be a little more appetizing. Carla also tried the Wild Blueberry Pie. She’s more used to the old fashioned blueberry pies baked in an oven, the kind that comes out hot, thick and gooey. Maybe next time. We have had some excellent meals since arriving in Maine, and I assume they’ll be more.

Patten Pond RV Park (pictorial)

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8.05.2018-Patten Pond RV Park (pictorial)


As you can see from the picture above Ellsworth, ME is about thirty “slow” miles SE of Bangor, ME. Patten Pond RV Park is located in Ellsworth. This is an above average RV park especially for Thousand Trails. Just wait till you see the lake.

What did I tell ya!

This shot is for Dennis- We thought it was a very smart looking trailer. It’s called an “Aviator.” We still hope he finds a way to enjoy this lifestyle. Below are the conventional camp cottages. They come even smaller, just wait.


I can understand paying to play air hockey, but pool also? No wonder the table looks hardly used. Below is the office and general store.