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May 12, 2017 - Newport News to Fredericksburg, VA

May 12, 2017 Rain, rain. 6 mile drive to Yorktown, a very small, attractive colonial town right on the York River (population 195). We wish the weather had been better for some lo vely walks along the water and through the small town. The town is most famous as the site of the siege and subsequent surrender of General Cornwallis to General Washington/American Continental Army and the French fleet/troops during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781. Although this British defeat effectively ended the war, the war continued...

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Nov 30, 2016 - A week and a day in Fredericksburg

. Once again, the KOA in Fredericksburg, Virginia was our home, this time for a week and a day, while we celebrated Thanksgiving with son Tom and his family, took a one day trip to downtown Washington, D.C. and handled some needed maintenance to our RV and the tow vehicle. . We've been to this park several times in recent years, as our son completes his doctoral studies at Catholic University of America. It is conveniently located and well run. We have to subsidize the $50 a day rate by staying at a lot of Walmarts and friends and family...

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Oct 3, 2016 - Washington, DC ... almost

. The mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania proved a challenge as Hazel and I made our way to visit our son Tom and his family in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Our motorhome's transmission, powered by a 460 cubic inch 5.7 liter Ford engine, strained as it pulled our 14,000 pounds, plus a 3,000 pound Chevy Tracker, up and down 7 or 8% grades. One labeled as “10%” was particularly unnerving, requiring shifting down to second gear, with flashers on and going 30 miles per hour in the right lane, while small cars and big diesel pusher...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Richmond and Maggie

Saturday Aug 27—We drove the car into Richmond, about 60 miles Northwest of Williamsburg. There was plenty of fighting here during the Civil War. Grant wanted the Confederate States Capitol, and Lee wasn’t going to let him have it. There were 4 different battle sites in the city, but as with Fredericksburg, the city has grown up around them. In May 1862 the Confederates halt the first Union attempt at Drewry’s Bluff on James River. In June 1862 The Seven Days Battle begins at Oak Grove and ends with a Union Victory at Malvern Hill. May 1863...

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East Coast Bound!

Aug 26, 2016 - A First and a Last

Thursday Aug. 25—The National Park Service turned 100 years old today. Entrance fees to all National Parks were waived. Lots of people took advantage of this and Visitor Centers had more than usual activities and birthday cake was served at 1:00PM. We shift from Civil War times to Colonial times with visits to Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. Here’s the First—Jamestown was the first British settlement in North America. Founded in May, 1607 by 107 Colonists who sailed from England under a charter granted by King James 1 to the...

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East Coast Bound!

Aug 24, 2016 - Fredericksburg, VA

The Aire is parked at the Anvil CG in Williamsburg, VA. We have a large back-in gravel site with 50AMP FHU. The CG has been open since 1961, and the 3rd generation of the original family still runs it. Aug. 24—We stopped at the Virginia Welcome Center, unhitched the car and drove a short distance to Fredericksburg Battlefields Memorial National Military Park. Fredericksburg NMP is different from others in that the now city of Fredericksburg has grown up on the battle sites. Not only houses, but trees too, and that makes it quite difficult...

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East Coast Bound!

Aug 17, 2016 - Battlefields

Headed to the Chatham Manor. During the Civil War this area included 1,300 acres and close to 24 outbuildings, including a dairy, ice house, stables, barns. On the river was a fish hatchery and elsewhere on the plantation, an orchard, mill and a race track.100's of slaves served here, we watch the movie and tour the house and grounds. The house went through several owners before being purchased by the NPS. Then we are off to downtown Fredericksburg and Sunken Road and Spotsylvania. Winning these battles opened supply lines for the Union...

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Jul 18, 2016 - On the road again

It has been a year since our odyssey to the Pacific Northwest so it is time to hit the road again. This year we decided to stay closer to home so we are on our way to Chesapeake, Va., for our granddaughter's ninth birthday and then to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a place we have visited before and enjoy very much. We left home Sunday morning and crossed New Jersey on Rt. 70. We picked up I-295 south in Cherry Hill and after a stop in Carney's Point for gas we crossed into Delaware on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It costs us a...

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The Outer Banks

Dec 12, 2015 - The GPS lady found the shortest route ... right through New York City

We hear the stories about the lady in the GPS telling you to drive over a bridge that was torn down 20 years ago, these modern marvels aiding travel aren't perfect, but I can't imagine traveling without one. I'm thinking about getting a new one after our trip from Nashua, New Hampshire to Fredericksburg, Virginia this week. The first part of the trip went swell, just a hundred miles to Nickerson Family Campground in Chaplin, Connecticut, a beautiful trip on a road winding up and around, passing post card views. The camp staff couldn't have...

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Oct 17, 2015 - aAlman’s BBQ - Best Ever

Whenever we are in the area we ALWAYS stop at Alman’s BBQ, it is by far the best BBQ with vinegar bases sauce we have ever had. Great pulled pork with a thick (cooked) vinegar based sauce that Momma, Alman’s has been around since 1949 in the original building.

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Sep 24, 2015 - On The way Home

FREDERICKSBURG KOA CAMPGROUND.....Fredericksburg,VA Thursday We rolled out a little before 8 this morning. I had breakfast and Edie had coffee. Then we began stowing for travel. Our trip today was only 208 miles, so there was no big hurry in getting started. It was 10:15 when we departed. About 12 miles west on US340 we stopped and topped off the fuel tank. From there it was west on US30(The Lincoln Highway) to York, where we got on I83 and headed south. There were quite a few hills on this route. Bypassed Baltimore on I695 west which...

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