Recap of second half of 2017

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July started with a trip to Boone Hall Plantation to see a Trace Akins concert.  We really enjoyed it but was it ever hot.  They even passed out fans which helped a little.

On the 5th I had skin cancer removed from my leg.  I will not go into detail but had a really hard time with it ending up in the hospital and then at walk in clinics to get antibotics.

On the 16th of the month we left with our granddaughters Julia and Makenzie and headed to Emporia, Virginia at Yogi Bear Jellystone Campground for the night.  The girls went swimming and played mini golf and jumped on the trampoline.  The next day we left and arrived at Fort Meade for a week stay.  While here we toured the White House,

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White House tour
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Arlington National Cemetery
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Around Washington DC

Arlington National Cemetery for a tour, visited the Arlington House, Holocaust Memorial Museum, American History Museum, and the African American Museum.  We all enjoyed our week but was it ever hot.

Our next stop was Hershey Pennsylvania where we visited the Amusement Park and Water Park.

The girls had so much fun, they rode on every ride in the park.  We had nice campfires at night with the girls having smores.  A very nice campground with a super arcade and store.  The only bad thing about the campground was the train that went by quite often.  They even had a free shuttle to the park which was great.  We had fun in the Hershey Store, everyone found something they liked.  One night we went to the The Chocolate Grill for dinner which had great food.

Our next stop was Clarksboro New Jersey KOA in order to visit Philadelphia.  In Philly we visited the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall, Please Touch Museum, Congress Hall,

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Independence Hall
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Please Touch Museum
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Around Philadelphia
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Franklin Fountain

enjoyed walking the streets looking at all the cool buildings, Shane Confectionery which opened in 1863 and where we had trouble deciding what we really wanted and then The Franklin Fountain for ice cream.  Great stop

Next stop was Mystic Connecticut where we ran into so much traffic for a Sunday Morning.  We stayed at Seaport RV Resort and really enjoyed our stay.  They had a beautiful pool which the girls loved.

While here we went to Mystic Pizza, Fort_Griswold_3Fort Griswold which was a fort built in 1775 and played a key role in the Revolutionary War, and a visit to the Navy Submarine base.

Our next stop was Coast Guard Base Cape Cod which used to be the Otis Air Force Base.  The poor Coast Guard gets all the leftovers but they make the best of it.  The campground has only 6 sites with full hookups.  On base they do have a gas station, a decent exchange with lots of groceries, swimming pool, club, movie theater and bowling alley.  While here we added another child to our mix and had Addison come stay with us 6 days.  Kara drove her up to the cape and

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Packed Sleeping

we so enjoyed having her.  While here we went bowling one day and all we did was laugh.  We had a boy and his dad next to us and they kept stealing our balls and at one time even put them back on us.  None of us are very good bowlers but we did have one.  Another day we took a ride to the beach in Barnstable.

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Beach Fun!

It was so cold that Julia and I were wrapped up in our towels and sweatshirts but Addison and Makenzie went in the water and enjoyed themselves.  After that we took a ride thru Hyannis and then had a nice lunch at Sea Surf Café in town.

A great stop for us all was Plymouth Plantation.  We started our journey by visiting the Visitor Center and then onto the Wampanoag

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Plymouth Plantation

 

Homesite, Craft Center, Fort, Meetinghouse and 17th Century English Village, the Nye Barn.  This was a great place to really understand

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Plymouth Rock

the landing of the Pilgrims and what life was like for them.  Usually down in the center of town they have a full reproduction of the Mayflower but it was in Mystic Seaport getting a full restoration for the 400th Anniversary.  We did visit the Plymouth Grist Mill and of course the famous Plymouth Rock.

Our journey leaving the Cape brought us back to Connecticut where we dropped Addison off to her Dad and we continued onward south.  We hit loads of traffic in New York and spent quite a bit of time going about 10 miles an hour.  One thing I do not miss about New England is the traffic in the big cities.

Our next stop was Weapon Station in Earle New Jersey which had a nice campground and was a great one night stop.  They had full hookups, laundry, showers, pool, fitness center, barber shop, café and an exchange.

Virginia Landing Campground was a one night stop and we enjoyed just watching tv and an early dinner.  The next day we traveled over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel which is an engineering marvel.  It was built in the 1960’s and is 17.6 miles long and links the Eastern Shore of Virginia with Virginia Beach.  It was pouring while traveling so we did not stop at the rest area on the bridge.  We did stop at a local place for lunch in Edenton North Carolina.  That night we stopped at the Wilmington North Carolina KOA and the girls had a lot of fun swimming and playing at the playground.  On the 12th we arrived back in Mount Pleasant after 4 great weeks with our granddaughters.

The next 2 weeks were spent having a mammogram, bone density test, seeing the skin doctor, Tim having a stress test, repairing our steps on the camper and a soccer game.

On August 27 we arrived in Hilton Head for two wonderful weeks at the beach.  All we did was relax on the beach, swim, walk, laugh and just enjoy ourselves.Hilton_head_2017_47

The hurricane pushed us out of Hilton Head and we headed to Wateree Recreation Area which is part of Shaw Air Force Base.  We spent the weekend here and really enjoyed it.  The lake is just beautiful – we must come back when the weather is nicer.  On Sunday we left and went to Sycamore Lodge in North Carolina for 3 nights  Seaplane_splash_in_41Our next stop was The Club on Lake Gaston which is in Gasburg Virginia.  While here they had a Sea plane show which was very interesting.

On the 17th we headed to Regal Vistas at Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville, Virginia.  We checked into our timeshare and what a surprise.  Regal_Vista_va_1We had a duplex house with our own garage, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, kitchen, laundry room, and deck with our own grill.  It was just beautiful.  While here we visited Shenandoah National Park, BlueRidgePkwy104135-Virginia Museum of the Civil War, visited the pool, the Arbortum at James Madison University, Monticello, Tim did zipline, Montpelier, and Crosskeys Vineyard.  We had a wonderful time and loved the area.

We arrived at Lake Moultrie and stayed put for a few weeks enjoying the lovely sunsets and peace of sitting watching the water and all the birds and ducks flying around.  We had to move our site as Tim was told he needed surgery on his nose so he could breathe better and then surgery on his rotor cuff.  We moved to Foster Creek RV Park on the Naval Weapons Station Goose Creek.

The end of October my oldest daughter Susan and I flew to Chicago where we met my other daughter Amanda for a 5 day fun trip.  We spent a lot of time eating, shopping, drinking, walking, did a night at Blue Man Group, a basketball game, a fun night in a club playing a game, and a super boat trip where we froze but so interesting.  We had a wonderful time and we all got along staying at the beautiful Marriott on Michigan Avenue right in the heart of Chicago shopping.  We need to do this every year – loved being alone with them.

Christmas Eve was just beautiful, we went over to our daughters house and opened presents, then to church for a beautiful ceremony and then back to her home for dinner and enjoying the girls and all the couples that were invited.  Such a wonderful night.