Saturday, May 27, 2017

Homeward Bound

May 5, 2017 (Fri)
            We left our condo about 9:45 am and traveled to Gainesville, Virginia where Yvette had reserved us a room at the Hampton Inn.  It rained for the first hour then it cleared up. We arrived in Gainesville at around 12:30 pm. The room was not yet ready so we celebrated Cinco De Mayo by eating lunch at Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Café, a Mexican restaurant. We then went on to Wendell and Yvette's place in Warranton. Yvette had to work so Wendell, Diane and I went to visit Doug and Linda in Chantilly. They had a wonderful meal for us and then we had a nice visit, remembering "the good old times" growing up.
This looks serious

May 6, 2017 (Sat)
            Tonight was our night for baseball. We went with Wendell and Yvette to Baltimore to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards.
Camden Yards
We were there a little early and went to Dempsey's to eat. The only table they had was one outside. We took it, even though it was raining. We were under a cover.
True orange Oriole fans
Another Oriole fan in line to eat

The game was delayed almost an hour because of rain. Fortunately the rain let up and we were able to watch the game. It was cold though. Diane had on 4 layers of shirts and sweatshirts, my coat on her lap, and a blanket on top of that. 
Getting ready for the game after rain
The game was a lot of fun. We can see why Wendell and Yvette are such fans. The Orioles beat the White Sox 6 to 5.
Manny Machado at bat

May 7, 2017 (Sun)
            This morning there was an Area Conference Broadcast for all of the North America Northeast Area. We attended with Wendell and Yvette in their building. The first part of the conference was conducted by the stake. Wendell led the music and Yvette played the organ for this part. Elder Gong was conducting and was the first speaker, then Sister Cordon spoke followed by an area seventy. Elder Dallin H. Oaks was the concluding speaker. He spoke about Faith as the first principle of the gospel. He said that faith prepares us to deal with whatever life brings. He also said to do your best and trust in the Lord's timing. After conference we went to Wendell and Yvette's for a nice meal. We left about 2:30 pm to head for Indiana. We went through five states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio (We went in and out of West Virginia three times). We finally ended up in Cambridge, Ohio for the night.

May 8, 2017 (Mon)
            We drove pretty much straight through to Indiana today. We stopped in Nashville, Indiana for a brief rest stop. Nashville is a nice little "artsy" town with a lot of fun shops. 

Diane in Nashville
Is this what you mean by rest stop?
Life really is good
We arrived at Andrea and Jason's about 3 pm. Jason was just leaving for a therapy session so we had some time with Hanna. Kamary and Alyssa came home around 3:30 pm and the rest of the kids were home by 4 pm. Andrea got home a little after 4:30 pm. We had a nice visit. 
Strange mother/daughter ritual
Kohler on the computer
Kamary on the computer
Alyssa on her iPad
Hanna on her iPad
Brynlie, the cut-up
Is Lauren actually reading a book?
In spite of living in an electronics world we had time for face-to-face talks and hugs. We had dinner and then Family Home Evening. The kids shared their talents with us. They are doing a good job. 
Kohler playing his own composition on the piano
Brynlie singing with the guitar
Kamary and her monologue
Lauren plays the violin
Alyssa plays the cello
Family Home Evening with the Smiths
May 9, 2017 (Tue)
            By the time we got up this morning (about 7 am) Kamary and Alyssa were already gone. Andrea had her English session on line. She is a coach for Chinese students learning English. She really enjoys it.

We were off by about 8:30 am. It was hard to say goodby. We took I-70 to St. Louis where we stopped to see the Gateway Arch. It commemorates the westward expansion of America in the 19th century. Many of the explorers and pioneers left from Saint Louis to go west.

Gateway Arch in Saint Louis
We parked in the church parking lot, which is next to the arch.
Oldest church in the region
Inside the church
We took an odd elevator to the top of the arch. It has cramped cars with 4-5 people and makes angle adjustments as it goes up the arch.
Diane at the arch

Arch in the sky
We had to lean over a shelf to look out their small, narrow windows. It was a nice view of the city.
Leaning over to watch out the arch window
View of Saint Louis from the arch

While we crossed Missouri we listened to the lectures on the brain. We continued to St. Joseph where we spent the night. 

May 10, 2017 (Wed)
            Today was a long day across Nebraska. We drove all day, stopping in Kearny for lunch. We listened to the book "Dragon Watch" and the lectures on "Understanding the Brain"as we traveled. We stopped in Cheyenne, WY for the night. 

May 11, 2017 (Thu)
            Today we crossed Wyoming, arriving home about 4 pm. We stopped at a rest area and saw a sign for a historical site for Fort Steele. We went and looked at the ruins. It was once a pretty good sized complex. It was a fort used to protect the railroad.
Fort Steele historic site
Fort Steele ruins
Building reconstruction in Fort Steele
Display inside the building
We stopped at Little America for an ice cream cone. We then continued on home. 
Bear Lake was very full after this heavy winter
This was quite a trip. It is good to be home.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Colonial National Historic Park

We stayed the week in a condo in Williamsburg, Virginia. We visited Colonial National Historic Park, which includes: Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg.

Apr 29, 2017 (Sat)
            This morning we had an appointment for a sales pitch for a timeshare. It was a disaster! We went to the pool after lunch for swimming then went to the shopping area close by. We got a pizza at Papa Murphy's, which we baked in the apartment for supper. Doug and Linda arrived at around 9 pm and will be staying with us for a couple of days. We had a nice visit. 
Swim time
Apr 30, 2017 (Sun)
            This morning we went to the Williamsburg Ward. It was their fast Sunday since they will have an area conference next week. There was a very good spirit there. In the evening we saw pictures from Doug and Linda's trip around the Pacific and then from our trip to Australia and New Zealand. It was a pleasant day and evening.

May 1, 2017 (Mon)
            Today we went to Jamestown. We went first to Historic Jamestowne (part of the Colonial NHP). It was interesting to hear about all the archeological things that they have found in the last few years and even weeks ago. 

Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center 
A large monument marks the 300th anniversary of Jamestown.
Tercentenary Monument
 The historical park is divided into Olde Towne (where they first settled) and New Towne (which became the capital of Virginia Colony. Old Towne has a lot of archeological digs, whereas New Towne has a walking path through ruins.
Memorial Church 
 The story of Jamestown is also the story of Pocahontas
James Fort
Archeological excavations
New Towne ruins
 After we looked around Old Towne and New Towne we went to the glass-blowing house. Glass blowing is always fascinating.
Glasshouse ruins
Making glassware
 We then went to the Jamestown Settlement, a living-history park with many interpreters in costume helping to give us an idea of what life was like in 1609. Jamestown Settlement includes three areas, the first of which is the Colonist Fort.
Jamestown Settlement
Tough soldiers
Tougher solderettes
Barrel maker
Old time preacher at the ramiumton
The second area shows the three reconstructed sailing ships (Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery) that brought the colonists to Jamestown.
Ships through the woods
Resetting the cannon
Jamestown ships
 The third area is a Powhatan Indian village.
Powhatan Village
Wild ones
The interpreters in each place gave us a lot of good information.

May 2, 2017 (Tue)
            This morning went to Yorktown, also part of Colonial NHP. We started at the Yorktown Victory Center, a new living-history museum which just opened about a month ago. It had a very nice museum that went through the Colonizing of America and the Revolutionary War. 

Yorktown Victory Center
They had nice videos and displays.
Example of displays in the museum
 We went out to their Colonial Army Encampment, which represented an army camp during the Revolutionary War. We learned about what it was like to be a soldier then.
Camping family
Army doctor
Camp wash woman
 They also had a colonial farm area, which was interesting. Their main crop was tobacco.
Tobacco drying in a barn
Colonial farm houses
We finished at the Yorktown Victory Center about 1 pm, following which Doug and Linda left for home so they can be back at the Bishop's Storehouse for tomorrow (Wednesday). We found some lunch in the center café.  

We then went to the national park portion of Yorktown. This celebrates the surrender of Cornwallis to Washington, leading to the end of the Revolutionary War. The battlefield is visited by two driving tours with stops along the way explaining the events of the battle and surrender.

American siege line 
British redoubts taken by the Americans
Crossing of Wormley Creek
Moore House
Parlor in the Moore House
Parade route of routed British
 We then walked around the town of Yorktown. There wasn't a lot to it.
Beach on the river
Proud patriots
May 3, 2017 (Wed)
            This morning we went to Colonial Williamsburg, the third part of Colonial NHP. It was a nice day. This time there was a lot more going on and many more houses open than when we visited Williamsburg years ago. We started by taking the shuttle bus to the Capital Stop near Shields Tavern. Taverns were like Inns to provide lodging, food, and drink.
Shields Tavern
We had a tour of the old Courthouse. Williamsburg served as the capital of Virginia until it was moved to Richmond.
Chamber in Capital Building
 We then walked to other homes, stores, and trade exhibits in the Capitol area. Not all of the places were open, but a lot were.
Raleigh Tavern
Tartlet, Thompson, & Company store
We next went to the Market Square area for more houses, stores, and trades.
William Pitt Store
Carpenter's Yard
Making shingles
 We put our name on a list for a spot for lunch at a Chownings Tavern. It was about an hour wait. We looked at the Market Square during that time.
Public Armoury
Gun storage
  It was 2 pm when we finally had lunch. Paul had small cups of three soups that were gluten-free. I had a Roasted Vegetable Trencher, which is another name for a sandwich.
Lunchtime at Chowning Tavern
 After lunch we went to the Palace area.
Harpsichord at the Geddy House
Actors at the Playboot Theater
Bedroom in the Everand House
 We went through the palace or Governor's Mansion. It was very nice.

Guide for the Governor's Palace
Palace gardens
Wheelwright shop
Parlor of the Wythe House
Bruton Parish Church
 We were told to be sure to see the drum and fife band at 4:30 pm. They marched from the Palace to the Market Square. They then did some drills and then brought things to a close for the park.
Fife and drum band
 From there we went to see the Public Hospital, which was a mental hospital of 1773. We learned about treatment of mental illness in those days.
Cell in the Public Hospital 
 We finally ended up at the Art Museum. They had several harpsichords and old pianos. They were very interesting. You could listen to them being played.
Early piano in the Art Museum
We then caught the shuttle back to the Visitor Center and returned to our apartment. We came home so tired and sore from walking.

May 4, 2017 (Thu)
            This morning we returned to Colonial Williamsburg. We took the shuttle to the Capital Stop 
and went to the Public Gaol (Jail House). 
Public Gaol
Inside the jail cell
We then went to the Bassett House, which belonged to J. D. Rockefeller Jr. He was the benefactor for the restoration of Williamsburg and would live in this house about two months out of the year.
Bassett Hall
Parlor in Bassett Hall
 We then went to see places that were closed on Wednesday, including the gunsmith shop.
 While waiting for a tour of the Charlton's Coffeehouse we got to know a nice family from Florida. We then went into the Coffee house and tasted hot chocolate.
Family from Florida in Charlton's Coffeehouse
 The wig maker was interesting. They used horse hair, goat hair, yak hair and human hair to make the wigs.
Wig maker
 Other buildings included the Apothecary (drug store) and Weatherburn's Tavern.
Room in Weatherburn's Tavern
We could often see horse-drawn carriages passing on the streets (leaving their organic evidence). We even saw Colonel George Washington. (He wasn't a general until his hair turned white.)
Colonel Geoarge Washington
We went to the King's Arm Tavern for lunch at about 2 pm and were taken right in and served very quickly. Paul had a meat dish which was Shepherd's Pie (gluten-free) and I had Chicken Pottage Pye (Chicken Pot Pie). It was good.

Lunch at King's Arm Tavern
  We then continued on.
Cabinet maker
Drying bricks
Weaver at the loom
Joinery shop
Back by the Visitor Center was the Great Hopes Plantation with a Dutch windmill and several 18th century plantation buildings. The big plantation buildings of the south were from the 19th century.

Great Hopes Plantation
Plantation house

We spent two full days at Williamsburg (on our 3-day pass). We really enjoyed the trip back in history.

May 5, 2017 (Fri)

           Today we checked out of our condo and went to Warranton to visit with Wendell and Yvette. The final week of our vacation will be continued in the next blog