Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Back in Touch

Well, first my husband and I did leave on September 14th for RV trip up to the northeast to see the changing leaves. We didn't always have internet so I didn't always have time to post as we went. Started trip off with visit to see our son, Jimmy, at Univ. of Georgia in Athens, GA. Enjoyed seeing Jimmy's house where he's now living with a couple of roommates. The house next door has friends of his as well so I think it's good.

The trip was awesome. Next stop (after Athens, GA) was Gaffney, SC, to have the RV serviced at the Freightliner shop. We got a chance to go into Gaffney and see some things there. We visited Harold's, one of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives from Food TV. Had fun eating the famous chili burger...no real burger patty with chili but actually chili with meatballs on a burger bun. We also visited local museum...the guy there actually had to go through the place and turn on all the lights for us. I guess they don't have big crowds. It was fun and the guy there was nice. He reminded me of Okey from Waitress (the movie).

Next, we traveled the Journey through Hallowed Ground to see Civil War sites. First stop on that leg was Charlottesville, VA, to visit Monticello, Montpelier and the University of Virginia.

Visited Manassas and Leesburg, VA; Gettysburg and Philadelphia, PA; Stonington, CT (to see my cousin and aunt and uncle); Newport, RI; Boston, Cape Cod and Plymouth, MA; Kennebunkport, Freeport and Arcadia National Park in Maine; Campabello Island (FDR's home) and Hopewell Cape (home of the Bay of Fundy tides) in New Brunswick, Canada; back to the USA through Bangor, ME; New Hampshire and into Vermont where we stayed at a a park on the islands in Lake Champlain. We left there and traveled back up the islands and crossed into northern New York State traveling back down the coast road to Saratoga Battlefield and Fort Ticonderoga. Made our way through a snow storm in Pennsylvania and to Harpers Ferry, WV. Managed to visit Antietam (the bloodiest Civil War battle ground) as well. Then started the real trip back down south driving on the Skyline Drive. Couldn't get on at the top because of ice and snow but did enter two thirds of the way down and camped on the Drive at Loft Mountain for that night. The camp was covered in ice when we arrived...very cold night there but beautiful. Made it to the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway and began our trek down. BEAUTIFUL scenery and not much traffic at the beginning. Next day more traffic as weather improved. Saw several convertables eventhough it was still very cold. Got off the parkway at Asheville, NC, and camped in town. Drove into The Biltmore grounds next day and toured the mansion. Unbelievable...they were starting to decorate for Christmas. We also went to the winery there and had lunch at The Bistro...loved the salad and pizza! Bought some wine and took off to Nashville. Camped in Sam's parking lot before getting on the Natchez Trace the next morning. Traveled all the way down to Jackson, MS, that day and camped in Clinton. Did the rest of the Trace last day and headed home. We arrived back IN Covington on October 23rd. Whew!! What a trip. Had a great time.

Now considering next big trip.

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