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Dec 1, 2016 - Another Work Day

We took three carloads of boxes over to our storage unit today. The half-hour drive each way between the campground and the storage facility, took up a chunk of the day. We got everything done and our storage unit is just about full. The motorhome doesn’t seem as comfy anymore. We had to pack away just about all the artwork and decorations on the walls because there won’t be much empty wall space in our next RV. All that remains on the walls are the family photos. All that is left in the motorhome is the stuff we will leave in it when we...

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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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Nov 30, 2016 - Fredericksburg/Washington DC KOA in Fredericksburg, Virginia

We got to Fredericksburg, Virginia, yesterday. We went out to do a few errands, including getting some groceries since the refrigerator was practically empty. I wrapped Christmas gifts this morning and then mailed them out this afternoon. We packed up a few boxes of stuff and dropped them off at our storage unit. We packed several more this evening. We will take them over to the storage unit in the morning and then pack up some more. We should be done by tomorrow night. We will head south Friday. Weather: low 51°, high 73°, cloudy, windy,...

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Nov 17, 2016 - A Busy Day in Fredericksburg, Virginia

We spent a couple hours this morning at our storage unit. I pulled out all the small stuff near the door, then we moved a few of the smaller pieces of furniture. Once that was out of the way, I rearranged some of the boxes to make better use of the space. We now have room to stack boxes of stuff that we empty out of the motorhome in a couple weeks. We plan to leave only what we really need in our motorhome. If we don’t use it regularly, it’s going into storage. That way we will be ready when we trade the motorhome in for a small one in a...

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Nov 16, 2016 - Fredericksburg, Virginia

We decided to head to Fredericksburg, Virginia, this morning. It was mid-afternoon before our extended service plan adjuster finally gave Carolina International Truck the go-ahead to start work on our motorhome. We still don’t know how much the insurance will pay. The adjuster wants them to tear the turbo charger down to see if it can be rebuilt instead of replaced. We will spend two nights at the Fredericksburg America’s Best Value Inn before heading back south. Weather: low 39°, high 69°, mostly sunny, foggy this morning Birds: turkey...

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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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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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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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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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Jan 5, 2016 - Fredericksburg, Virginia

I went to my dermatologist on Monday. She removed the stitches from my side. The biopsy was negative. Susan and I have identical shoulder bags. She stuck her camera in mine by mistake Sunday, so we dropped it off and had lunch with her before we headed south. We spent last night in Allentown, Pennsylvania. We are in Fredericksburg, Virginia, tonight. It has been a trouble-free trip so far. We spent a few hours this evening with Gabriel. We took him out to dinner. He wanted to go to a Japanese steakhouse and then to a frozen yogurt shop...

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