Sunday, April 27, 2014
We arrived home on Thursday around 4:30 pm. Thanking the good Lord for a safe trip this winter. We did indeed have a good winter with no mishaps and had good health. Never had to use the antibiotics that our family doctor so graciously allowed us to take along with us.
The trip from Virginia to Carlisle was beautiful. The redbud trees were in full bloom, along with the dogwood and forsythia. We stopped at Western Village RV Park for the night, certainly not by choice, but out of necessity, as we needed to pick up our prescriptions at the base in the morning. It was the most expensive camp ground that we had been on in all winter, did not have internet, that we could access, no cement pads, and the water leaked. Plus, a charge of $3.00 per person to visit us. Well, anyhow, we had dinner with Brion and Janet Thursday night and they came back to visit with us and then on Friday morning we picked up our medication and started home.
|Field of daffodils along the road|
We stopped at Pierces for pork barbecue f or our lunch and some to bring home with us. They are known for their good food all over Virginia and we had to double back in order to get to their place, but it was worth the drive to do so.
We dropped our Chevy off at Cole and Burd to have it inspected and have the oil changed and a lube done and scheduled a time to pick it up the next day.
It was good to get home, and we got a lot of things carried in before it was time to go to Krista's house for dinner. It was so good to see Matthew and he certainly was happy to see us. Krista and Michelle had fixed us Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti with salad and homemade bread. Certainly tasted good to tired travelers.
We have finally gotten through all of the mail and magazines and gotten caught up on the paper work, still have some things to unload, but some of it will remain in the RV until after our SMART muster in May, then we will be going to Ives Run for two weeks the last of June and first of July. Krista and Steve will be camping with us in their tent during that time also. We are all looking forward to that time of camping.
April 21st - Monday - Cold 55 degrees Windy
This has been a very cold and windy week here. What we had hoped for and what we have experience have been two different things. We have ended up having to put our slides in, as the wind has blown so severely that it has begun to fray out canopy over our slides. We have run our furnace all of the time and I have used the quilt that my sister made me to cover up with while we have sat and watched television or read.
Sunday we did not go to Easter sunrise service as we had wanted to do, it was 36 degrees and warmed up to 48 degrees. We did, however, go to church on the base and had a good sermon by the base chaplain. After church we went to I-Hop for breakfast then back to the RV to change our clothes into something warmer and we read for a while then drove over to Fort Story and looked at the old lighthouse there. It was complete in 1792 and it the third oldest lighthouse still standing in the US. I didn’t have my camera with me, so didn’t get a picture of it this time.
We drove into Lynnhaven and tried to find the house that Lou lived in when he was growing up and think we may have located it. Was an interesting afternoon for him to see how things have changed over the years, even the water ways. We had dinner at Red Lobster last evening and had enough food left over to bring home for our dinner tonight.
Finally this afternoon the wind seemed to lessen a bit, gusts were down to only 20 miles per hour, and the sun finally come out, so we decided to go sight seeing a little closer to the RV.
We drove over to the Main Gate to the Aviation Historical Park. They have 13 Naval aircraft from the past as well as the F/A-18 Hornet on display. We enjoyed walking around all of them and looking at all of them. Of course, Lou knew all of the information about them and several people there asked him questions about the planes and he was glad to answer all of their questions and add his own stories. After that we went to the airstrip and watched the F-18 take off and land, that is always an experience.
|One of the Blue Angels|
|One of the early bombers used by the Navy|
|All of these planes landed on ships at sea and these portable lights were used to guide them to the ships|
We drove to the Flame of Hope Memorial/Jet Observation Park. This is a park that is dedicated to the memory of prisoners of war, missing in action, and those killed the service of their country. The Flame of Hope itself is lit at all times to light the way for those brave young service members to find their way home. The park is situated in such a position that affords visitors an excellent advantage for photographing and viewing Oceana jet aircraft as they take off and land. It has picnic tables and open to the public.
Across from the memorial there was a John Deere working the fields and it caught my eye, with its huge disc and I had to take a picture of it.
Our site has been a great place to get a picture of the sailors and the marines as they march past on their way to class. I love to sit and eat breakfast and watch them pass.
|Some Marines walking to class|
The day before we were to leave here, the temperatures did get up to where we could put our coats on and walk to the beach so we took advantage of it. Was strange that we did not find any shells on the beach.
We leave here on Wednesday and should be in Carlisle on Wednesday night and home on Thursday, the Lord willing. Should have internet on Wednesday, so I can get caught up on my posting.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
We arrived here from Elizabeth City this afternoon. It was a two hour drive north. We have reservation to stay here for a week. We thought we would enjoy a week on the ocean; however, last night we had a cold front move in and did it ever get cold. We had a Coast Guard Policeman come to the door and warn us of impending wind and the upcoming storm, winds up to 60 miles per hour.
We thought it best to put the slides in, as we were on the bay and the wind was direct at our side and it certainly did blow and rain and the motor home certainly did shake. It was 80 degrees yesterday, and was 36 degrees when we got up this morning. The news showed ships that were blown from the ocean (bay area) up on the sand last evening and we saw many electric lines down as we drove this morning and trees down. Once again the good Lord has seen us through to safety. We were going to take the ferry this morning to cut down on time and driving, but with the swell in the water, thought it better to pass the ferry up this time.
We have a nice site here at Sea Mist; however, we were in hopes we could see the ocean, and were also disappointed to find that we do not have any internet here, so will type up the blog posts and hopefully will get someplace where I can post them with pictures.
We felt fortunate to be able to watch the Marines at Camp Lejeune train with the all-terrain vehicles and were able to speak to one of the young troops and he was from Scranton, PA. They were doing a lot of different training in different areas this time and so much construction going on. Definitely a growing base.
We visited Aunt Hettie each day, and found her at her new nursing home and she was delighted to see us and hated to see us leave her. She will be 94 in June. She is now is a secured area and not able to go out for a ride with us, and she was disappointed about that, as she always liked to ride around her home town. We enjoyed talking about “the old times”. Lou and I were very thankful that we had taken her when she was able. I had always taken lots of pictures of our visits and then made a book of our visits and sent it to her so she could remember our visits together and she told us she still looks at them, along with the adult picture book of the Bible that we got for her. Her short term memory is not good. Such a sweet person and a sweet personality.
Lou and I plan of doing our daily walks in the mornings here before we get started on something. We have seen a lot of sailors walking past our RV, so must be a good place to hoof it along!!
Monday, April 14, 2014
We arrived here yesterday about 4:30 pm. It is a difficult drive on route 17 through Myrtle Beach and all of the folks complain about the drive. We try to take the by-pass (route 31) around Myrtle Beach; however, we got a phone call at about the time we were to get onto it and we missed it, so had to pick up the next entrance, so was a bit trying. Had a good trip otherwise and did have reservations, so didn't have to worry about that.
Camp Lejeune is a beautiful military site, the majority of the buildings are brick, with the typical southern architecture and it is a huge complex with a lot of new construction going on. We went to church on base this morning and heard a wonderful sermon delivered by Chaplin Stewart. He did the last part of the "fruits of the spirits" Self-Control from Galatians 5:22. He gave us seven points to use to develop our self control. We all made notes to use in the future. Lou and I feel very fortunate, we have heard some wonderful sermons through out the winter in our travels, feel like we have grown spiritually.
|The Church on base that we attended|
We went out for dinner last evening to The Riverside Inn, it was recommended by our neighbors and it was a good meal, but we always compare our seafood meals to the Sanitary near Cherry Point, NC and it came up short. Another interesting point, we have heard that Cherry Point has made a new Fam-Camp, has 50 camp sites, we always enjoyed going there when Travis was stationed there. We need to make reservations for the remainder of our trip and will do that this morning after the offices open. We plan to head for Elizabeth City for several days.
Friday, April 11, 2014
April 10th - Thursday - Sunny 77 degrees
Lou and I went through our travel folders that they gave us when we registered here at Charleston Air Force Base and decided that we would visit the Charleston Tea Plantation today. Little did we know that this was the only tea plantation in the United States. Neither of us knew exactly how tea really grew, and now we know how it grows, how it is harvested and how it is harvested and packaged and we already knew how it is enjoyed, and we also know why we prefer to drink our with the caffeine in ours.
Our Plantation was located Wadmalaw Island, about 30 miles from our location. There we observed hundreds of thousands of tea bushes in their fields that are bordered by huge Live Oak trees, in fact they own the second largest Live Oak in the state and host many weddings under the tree.
|Fields of tea bushes|
They harvest their tea leaves starting in May and ending in October and repeat the harvest every 20 days. They only harvest the top leaves, using the green monster, the only machine in existence. Once the leaves are gathered they are loaded into a truck and brought into processing area. If you want green tea, nothing is done to the leaves, other than cleaning the leaves and drying them and shredding, for Ooling tea, that is Oxidized for five minutes and for black tea, that is oxidized for up to 15 minutes.
All of the leaves are cleaned, dried and debris is removed, prior to packaging. If flavors are to be added that is done just prior to packaging and the flavor is added to the tea leaves and then left in the barrel for 24 hours prior to be packaged.
We were taken to their green house where they propagate all of their own seedlings for months prior to planting them all by hand. They had many that will be planted in October of this year.
|Fertilizing the fields|
|Machine used to harvest the leaves|
|One of the three irrigation ponds that are used.|
|The green house where the new seedlings are started|
The gift shoppe was inviting, with samples of all their teas, hot or cold as much as you wanted to drink. The place was swarming with people, many tour buses; however, each person was made to feel welcomed and invited to partake of the refreshments available.
Lou and I came away saying that we were so glad that we had chosen that as our day’s excursion as it was so interesting. On our way home we stopped at Red Lobster for dinner, as we had left right after breakfast and had not had lunch.
We do not have internet at our site, so am planning on going to the office to post this.
April 9th - Party Cloudy 70 degrees
After another night of rain, it started to clear up Lou and I decided we would take a chance and drive down town Savannah and take a tour of the city. We were in luck, we got tickets on the Gray Line which gave us a continuous 90 minute tour of the city.
We started at the Savannah Museum of History which was a wonder and across the street was the Railroad Museum, which we didn’t get a chance to see, but will do the next time we are there.
It took us past some beautiful homes in the historical part of the city, many of which we had seen when we were walking with Casey and Ali on Sunday; however, it was nice to hear the narration that went along with the tour, but he gave us so much information, I can’t remember all of it. The Telfair home was interesting and beautiful. It also had a museum that went along with it.
Many movies have been made in Savannah. Six Pence Inn -
Savannah is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, which is the founder of the Girl Scouts.
I was doing great taking pictures, when all of a sudden my battery went dead, so that was the end of my picture taking.
That evening we met Casey at The Pirates House, which is located at the end of Casey’s block. It was opened in 1753 as an Inn for seafarers and fast became a meeting point for bloodthirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Stories still persist of a tunnel extending from the old rum cellar beneath the Captain’s Room that led to the river through which men were carried unconscious, to ships waiting in the harbor. Indeed many a sailor drinking in carefree abandon awoke to find himself at sea on a strange ship bound for a port half a world away.
The food was fantastic and we were careful not to drink anything in our iced tea!!
The next morning we left for Charleston Air Force Base arriving there about three hours later. This is the only base that we come into that our RV must be x-rayed prior to passage into the gate. Once again we were able to get a site and this is a new Fam-Camp as of three years ago and we looked forward to being here and have decided that we will not return to PA as soon as we thought, have heard that the ground is still frozen at home.
We leave here on Saturday and go to Onslow Beach on the Atlantic. Great beach to find sand dollars. We always liked to take Estee there, as they had a doggie beach and you can hang your laundry outside!!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
We have spent the day with Lou's grandson, Casey and his girlfriend, Ali. This is a picture of the outside of his apartment located in downtown Savannah. It is a darling apartment, that has so many homey touches. He has made treasures from his home in Pennsylvania and from both of his grandparents homes. His parents have just brought him treasures from his home town school and Lou and I helped him get a book case in place. His mother had gotten him some Ole English Polish and I went over the book case and when we finished it looked pretty good. Casey and Ali put books in it and decided a few objects that Casey had not placed in his living room would look good over the book case. All in all a pretty neat apartment. Lou and I were pretty impressed.
The views from his windows were wonderful. The court yard is wonderfully maintained.
|The beautiful red rose|
|Combination dining/living room|
|This is just one end of his huge kitchen|
After we chatted for a while we walked over town and had breakfast and took a look at Savannah, but did it quickly as it was raining!! Tonight we ate at Fiddler's Crab House and enjoyed some southern sea food.
Tomorrow Ali and Casey have to work and Lou and I are going to look around. We are next to a Bass Pro Shop and I want to visit that and see the Museum, as usual the time will go quickly and once again, it is supposed to rain.
We certainly enjoyed our day today and look forward to another day with Casey and Ali.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
We left King's Bay this morning at 10:30 am. It was a beautiful day yesterday, we hurried and got the laundry caught up, which took us until 3:00. I fixed us a barbecued pork sandwich and a strawberry daiquiri and we went outside in our sand chairs and enjoyed our books and the sunshine and the view of the lake and the birds.
|Our site for tonight and for four days|
We are going to a Museum here that is in memory to the B-17 Bombers and the 8th Air Force. I have been reading the series written by Sarah Sundin of Wings of Glory that pays great tribute to the great bombers and the pilots and crews that flew them. I have read six of the books and have loved everyone of them, so really want to see the museum again.
Our neighbor, is a sweet gal that works on the base, greeted us as soon as we pulled in and gave us a map and told us some need to know facts; has her car parked at the rear of her 5th wheel and I noted cardinals attacking her mirror.
I remember my mother telling us that she used to have a pair of Cardinals that kept pecking at her kitchen window.
We are looking forward to our time here, we are supposed to have thundershowers this evening and tomorrow and to be truthful, our RV and our car need to have the pollen washed off of them.
I remember my mother telling us that she used to have a pair of Cardinals that kept pecking at her kitchen window.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
We arrived here at 3:30 today, and it was hot all of the way along from my sister's in Live Oak. When it starts getting close to 90 degrees, I know it is time to head North, but from what we are hearing, it isn't time to be back in Wellsboro yet!
|Jean and Lou and her dog (Angel)|
|Just a few of the large herds of Holsteins cows|
|Some of the side yard|
|Daisy and Lou|
We have a Lake Front site here at King's Bay and are enjoying the view and tranquility of the peaceful site. Tomorrow will get caught up on laundry and hopefully some time to soak up some rays of sunshine.