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Mount Vernon

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  • Day34

    Longwood, Natchez

    December 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Ein eindrucksvolles Haus (1860-61 erbaut), von aussen fertig, innen ist nur der untere Teil/Keller ausgebaut. Durch den Sezessionskrieg wurde der Bau des Hauses unterbrochen, die Familie lebte im schnell fertiggestellten untersten Stock und erwartete ein baldiges Kriegsende. Was nicht eintraf, und die Familie verlor viel Vermögen und das Haus wurde nie fertiggestellt. Der Besitzer starb noch vor Kriegsende und hinterliess seine Frau und 8 Kinder... Durch die offene Rotonda sollte das Haus eine frische Brise haben, da es oft sehr heiss war/ist. Heute gehört das Haus dem Pilgrimage Garden Club, der es 1970 kaufte. Bauarbeiten gehen vermutlich sehr schleppend voran, so wie es aussieht..und die Kosten werden auch hoch sein. Das Haus kostete 75'000 $ in 1860.Read more

  • Day82

    Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center

    January 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 -1 °C

    Erneut eine gute Ausstellung über die Feuchtgebiete und Flora & Fauna, sowie bekamen wir eine Führung von einem tollen Typen draussen zu den Pinien und den Truthahngeiern und ihr Nestverhalten. Brian fragte ihn noch wegen den Budgetkürzungen aufgrund Trumps Sparmassnahmen und er gab sich als Demokrat zu erkennen und plauderte lange über Missisippi und die vielen Trumpwähler hier. Plötzlich vergewisserte er sich bei uns, dass wir ihn nicht aufgenommen haben.
    Kurz danach erneut im Visitor Center kam ein Fischer rein, der ihm wilde Geschichten über sein Haus von früher erzählte, das abbrannte und er dann einen anderen Mann abknallen wollte etc. Wir haben kein Wort von seinem Dialektschwall verstanden, unser Guide gab uns eine kurze Zusammenfassung.
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  • Day29

    Day 28 - Yellowstone to San Francisco

    June 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today started with a 3hr drive to Cody airport. As we left before 7.30am we were hoping to see some animals on our drive through the park.

    We were not disappointed we saw a Black Bear in a clearing on a hill not long after we left. Also a Pronghorn, plenty of Bison and of course more fantastic scenery. A fitting way to end our visit to Yellowstone National Park.

    A tiny 30 seater from Cody to Salt Lake City was too rough for the hostess to serve any food or drink to us.

    Then on our last domestic flight things started to turn.
    Boarded our plane in Salt Lake City at 3pm and took off at 7.45pm (only a bit late). Delayed because of damage to the wing by a lightening strike. Turns out they fixed it with special airplane duct tape.

    Well I suppose they endured our safety only compensation of sitting on the plane for over 3hrs before we got off was that we could have a free beer or wine and not 1 but 2 packets of pretzels each.

    Arrived at our quaint hotel around 9.30pm and headed to the local diner "Lori's" for a bit of dinner and walk past the Starlight Room and up to the top of hill a long way up to Grace Cathedral before we hit the hay.

    Oh well tomorrow is another day.
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  • Day9


    December 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Most of you know my sister and her husband Curt live in the Charleston area. They recently moved from Mt. Pleasant which is near the beach to an area called Summerville. But we drove Jack and Sam one hour to the beach on our free morning in Charleston because we could let them off leash and they hadn't been off leash in ten days. It was worth every minute of the drive - they were so happy and roamed so far away from us. This was Sam's first foray into the water and it turns out she loves it.

    We said goodbye to Rita and Curt after a lovely restful two day visit. Everything in their house seemed so big and beautiful after a week in the camper. I mean, their house is beautiful and restful but we were taken aback by how it felt to be "on land." Thank you guys for a great visit and thank you to Rosie for allowing herself to be displaced for two day so Jack and Sam could be in the house with us! Now that's southern hospitality.

    We set off to Atlanta on Thursday, November 30th, but not before having another huge issue with the hitch. This time our savior was Hans, a maintenance man at my sister's development who had 30 years of RVing experience. He was great and left what he was doing to go work with Harry and show him some things that we hope will solve future hitch problems. One thing that has been amazing to us is how many lovely people we've met, and how even though we sometimes have tough issues, we've been able to find solutions - usually with help.

    Our overnight in Atlanta with my cousins Diane and Mike was another great stop - Mike has been retired for two years and has been diligently pursuing his passion for cooking. He's a much finer cook than either Harry or me. He has been volunteering at restaurants throughout the Atlanta area and kitchens are happy to have him. He made us a dinner of short ribs cooked in the sous vide method (cooking at a precise temp in a water bath in a vacuum sealed bag) and served the ribs with a jus he made from marrow bones (uh huh - much finer than me) over a bed of mashed cauliflower that was delicious and carrots flavored with orange zest and thyme.) These guys are awesome hosts and we loved spending time with them. Thank you Diane and Mike - please come visit us soon and experience our Puritan style New England cooking!
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  • Day7

    Day 7 - off to Roanoke Island NC

    December 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We left our Misty Mountain (Charlottesville) campgrounds on the Saturday following Monticello trip - heading to North Carolina. The end of the day brought us to The Refuge at Roanoke, a campground on Roanoke Island that sounds more romantic than it is BUT we had a full hook-up which by now you should understand means electric, water and our own personal sewage dump.

    This Roanoke Island is about halfway down the Cape Hatteras peninsula which we were eager to explore. It is also the place where there was The Lost Colony of Roanoke. There are two towns on the Island, Manteo and Wanchese which are both names of Algonquin indians who befriended the settlers. Manteo is the more developed of the two towns and where we got a totally amazing "breakfast in a bowl" at TL's Family Restaurant, that is, grits, a biscuit, bacon, sausage, cheddar cheese and two eggs for $7.00 (and yes, in a bowl). Not to be missed. Manteo is the town where there is also Festival Park which was a lovely park for the dogs, also pictured below) and Fort Raleigh Historical Park where we learned all about the Lost Colony.

    The Lost Colony turns out to be a lot less mysterious than I had thought. There were two excursions funded by England to the New World in about 1585 mainly for the purpose of bringing back New World wealth. The first group had with them one artist and one scientist which is great for the historical record because there are interesting paintings of the Algonquins, how they lived, the fauna, etc. This first group of settlers recorded how welcoming and generous the Algonquins were. But the relationship soured. There are accounts of how the Algonquins would give the settlers 60 otter pelts in return for one pot and there is a general feeling in the writing that the settlors were consistently getting the better deal. And then also, the Algonquin started getting deathly ill with Western diseases. At a certain point, the settlers decided to kill the chief of the Algonquin. This may have been because the Settlors wanted more of what the Algonquin had or it may have been because the Settlors heard that the Algonquin were intending to attack them. I read both versions.

    Fortunately for the Settlers, after they killed the chief, an expedition showed up that took the lot of them off Roanoke Island and returned them to England. Two Algonquins returned with them, Manteo and Wanchese. One or two years later another group of Settlers came, this time with women and children, and this is the group that became known as the Lost Colony. It is also the group that produced Virginia Dare as the first European child born in the New Country.

    Well, would you want to be a part of this second group after the first group killed the Algonquin's chief? No. things did not go well for them and they insisted that the governor of their group return to England to bring back more supplies because guess what - the Algonquins were not being very forthcoming. When the governor left he told them that if they had to leave to write the name of where they were going on a tree, and he also told them that if they were leaving in distress to use a certain word.

    Well, the governor got back to England but due to circumstances (all boats being used in war with Spain) he was never able to get back to Roanoke. But years later another ship stopped there and there was no sign of the settlement. Neither were there graves or signs of war. Carved into a tree was the word COA which was understood to mean Croatan which is now known as Cape Hatteras. Croatan was also the home town of either Manteo and Wanchese, or both, so it makes sense that if circumstances dictated the settlers needed to leave they would go there.

    No intact evidence was ever found of the Settlers down in Croatan. However, there were indians that had grey eyes and spoke of ancestors that would talk into a book. They were very proud of these ancestors. So it seems likely that the settlers went down to the end of the Outer Banks where they might have more support from the local indians (not sure what tribe) and that they eventually melded into the group. So interesting! but I guess I always thought that they disappeared as in maybe getting beamed up.

    There's another amazing restaurant on Roanoke Island called the Front Porch which has excellent coffee brewed on site and fabulous baked muffins and other baked goods. Unusually good.

    We left Roanoke the next morning and moseyed on down to Charleston.
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  • Day1

    So wählen Sie den richtigen Störsender

    July 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Wenn Sie bereits wissen, was ein Störsender ist, werden Sie begeistert sein, dass eines der neuesten Modelle der Technologie viel besser ist als das Vorgängermodell, und wir werden erklären, warum. Erstens sind viele Menschen gezwungen, je nach Bedarf verschiedene Störsender zu kaufen. Dies bedeutet, dass Sie möglicherweise einen Handy-Reißverschluss, einen GPS-Ortungsgerät, einen Störsender für die Fernbedienung usw. kaufen müssen. Wenn Sie wissen möchten, wie Sie arbeiten sollen, werden wir unser Bestes geben, um Ihnen dies mitzuteilen.


    Stellen Sie sich die folgende Situation vor. Sie sitzen in einem schönen Restaurant und möchten das Handysignal unterbrechen, weil der Rocker Shaker über ihre Probleme gesprochen hat und nicht aufhören möchte, dies zu tun. In diesem Fall benötigen Sie einen Handy-Störsender. Später denken Sie, Sie werden verfolgt und möchten es nicht zulassen. In diesem Fall müssen Sie einen GPS-Störsender verwenden.


    Bitte bestätigen Sie, dass es schwierig ist, alle Geräte bei sich zu haben, selbst wenn Sie über ausreichende finanzielle Kapazitäten verfügen, um alle diese Geräte zu erwerben. Dies bedeutet, dass Sie auch komfortable und erschwingliche Ausrüstung finden müssen. Nun, hier erscheint die kombinierte Störausrüstung. Natürlich gibt es viele Modelle. Wenn Sie nach dem richtigen Modell suchen, finden Sie die Ausrüstung, die Ihren Anforderungen entspricht.


    Das erste, was Sie hier wissen sollten, ist, dass wenn Sie sie separat kaufen, der Preis möglicherweise sogar etwas niedriger ist als der Preis all dieser GSM-Störsender, aber alles, was Sie tun müssen, ist zu wissen, dass es viel komfortabler ist. Darüber hinaus können Sie bei einigen der neuesten und teureren Modelle zwei oder drei Frequenzen gleichzeitig blockieren, was wir für eine sehr gute Sache halten. Es gibt einen Signalblocker, der alle 10 Frequenzen blockiert.

    Nichts ist jedoch perfekt. Wir sollten Ihnen sagen, dass der Akku umso schneller entladen wird, je häufiger Sie blockieren. Wenn Sie nach einem tragbaren universellen Frequenzschild suchen, beachten Sie bitte die Batteriespezifikationen, da Sie kein Signalschild benötigen, das alle halbe Stunde aufgeladen wird. Suchen Sie auch nach dem Adapter für das Feuerzeug, damit Sie das Gerät im Auto aufladen können. Wir hoffen, dass wir Ihnen helfen können, und wir möchten Sie auch darüber informieren, dass viele Menschen alle Ihre Fragen sicher beantworten können.

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  • Day11

    Austin! 12/3 & 12/4

    December 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    We hit the road to Austin with full stomachs (see previous post about Meche's Donuts) and light hearts. I don't remember too much about the drive from Louisiana into Texas, but I do remember riding into Austin and thinking it looked interesting. And it was! We camped at McKinney Falls State Park and we stayed two nights, and were thinking we might stay a third. It looks like I didn't take picture of our campgrounds (record keeping is getting sloppy!) but it was nice, in the woods and as you will see from the pictures below - a great hiking path.

    Harry was bemoaning that we had travelled through North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana and hadn't eaten any barbecue so I suggested we spend out first night in Austin remedying that. We chose Cooper's on Congress Street in Downtown Austin. Oh wait, I'm forgetting the most important part of this evening. You know how we had the hitching fiasco in Charleston? Well we hadn't unhitched since then - this was going to be the first time. Actually, unhitching is no problem, getting it back on is, but we scrunched up our courage and unhitched and went to dinner.

    Cooper's was awesome! There's a mostly male waitstaff and they are all big characters but very polite and charismatic. I feel like the men in Austin are a kind of type - very polite, very gentlemanly, and kind of charming. Even though they are also sort of characters. We had a law student from Austin and I got to know him over three years and darn if he wasn't just like that. And on Monday when we were eating lunch in Austin a guy pulled his truck over suddenly right in front of us and jumped out. I thought he was crazy, but when I looked behind me I saw a woman had tripped on the curb and fallen and he had jumped out of his truck to help her!

    It also seems that there is money in Austin. When we drove into town that first night to get bbq we pulled into a public parking lot, this is late Sunday night mind you, and the machine wanted $15.00 for parking. Period. Didn't matter if you were staying an hour or 12 hours. I was standing in front of the machine ruminating about how I wasn't about to spend $15.00 when two young couples separately went up to the machine and just handed over their $15.00. I asked them if didn't they think that was expensive for public parking on a Sunday night but they kind of just looked at me like, isn't she cute? The shopping center where we went to Trader Joe's was full even though it was a weekday mid day - and the shopping center had high-end stores like William Sonoma.

    Our car needed its 6000 mile check-up so we got to drive around Austin and pretend we were Austinians doing normal every day tasks, go shopping at Trader Joe's, etc. While our car had its check up in North Austin we walked to a nearby non-touristy place for breakfast/lunch called Wild Chix & Waffles. It was in a big bland shopping center and we weren't holding out much hope for the food but we had to go there because it had an empty outside patio and we had J & S. Wrong on all counts! It had a wild interior that my artist friends would love - very original - and the food was so good! One of the pictures below is Harry eating his waffles and fried chicken. I ordered a salad (no really, I did!). Do you notice the border around Harry's plate? the owners had painted the same pattern on their floor - and there was great art on the walls - so interesting. Check out the menu on line and you get a sense of how original it was. So big surprise to open the door in a blah shopping center and walk into a fantasy.

    We were thinking we would around Austin that afternoon after doing our errands but it was too hot - going up to 85 degrees! - so we decided to take the afternoon off (from what, you ask?) and just hang out around our trailer - which we did - I used the time to get caught up on this blog. And we made dinner "at home" since we had just stocked up at TJs.

    We were uncertain what we were going to do on 12/4 and I'm really glad we were because Harry got up early to look at maps, etc., and realized that bad weather was coming in. The area we would be driving into was going to have below-freezing weather. That's another aspect of having the trailer that we have to be mindful about - we can't be in freezing weather because of the pipes, etc. We had to pack up and leaving kind of quickly because we had to drive west 8 hours to El Paso, the first place where the temps stayed above 32 at night. The good news is that we hitched up with relatively little trouble so we are hopeful we have turned a corner on that particular camper issue.

    We were in the car for about 9 hours and spent the night in a La Quinta that would accept 2 large dogs because we didn't want to have to set up camp. Harry did an amazing job - he's an awesome camper driver. I tried to drive for awhile and I could not do it - I cannot drive the camper when there is wind - the wobbling freaks me out. Our tasks have evolved as follows: Harry drives and I conduct the business of traveling. I figure out where we are going, I find our campsites, book, talk to people, make schedules. When we get to our campsite, Harry sets up (hooks up water hose, electric hose, unhitches, levels the car) and I get the dogs settled which typically means I have to walk them to get the jitters out of their legs, and then I do stuff in the inside of the camper including feeding the dogs, to get us settled in. Fortunately, our evening chores have stayed the same - Harry cooks and I clean up. Yeah!!!

    Wednesday morning, 12/6. El Paso. I took the dogs out at 6:30 am when it was still dark and discovered it had rained over night. No one was up and about yet as I walked the dogs around the La Quinta parking lot. We were right next door to a Krispy Kreme that had one lone car at the take out window, and one lone worker handing over a cup of coffee, with her cap blinking red and green with Christmas lights.
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