The remaining month of February and first 8 days of March

Time has flown by again and really no reason for not doing our blog.  We keep fairly busy and time goes past us to fast.  Guess this is what my mother meant when she said how fast time goes as we get older.

Our time at Barksdale was very enjoyable.  We took a ride thru Shreveport and saw many nice homes and buildings.  We wanted to tour the area around downtown but the pouring rain prevented that.  One day we did get to go to the Eighth Air Force Museum on base.  They had a good assortment of aircraft, dioramas, and a gift shop.  It was nicely done and we enjoyed the nice walk also.

We left Shreveport and headed to Vicksburg Mississippi.  The area is famous for the Siege of Vicksburg in which the union gained control of the entire Mississippi River during the Civil War.  The siege lasted 47 days and they surrendered on July 4th.  I could not believe that because of this the town did not celebrate the 4th of July until after World War II. 

Vicksburg has a beautful National Military Park with over 1,330 monuments, a restored union gunboat and a huge national cemetery.  The cemetery has over 18000 people buried with over 17,077 being Civil War soldiers.  The monuments are all over the town which makes it quite interesting. 

While in town we stayed at the Ameristar Rv Park which had full hookups, pads, cable tv, wi-fi, showers, laundry, propane, pool and a free shuttle to the casino.  We did visit the casino but it snagged our money really fast so we left after an hour.  All in all we enjoyed our stay in Vicksburg.

Our next stop was Gunter Hill Corps of Engineers Park in Montgomery, Alabama.  We love these parks because we get them for half price with our golden age card.  For $9 a night we had water, electric, pull thru, showers, river, boat ramp, dump, playground and beautiful hiking trails. 

While in town we toured Montgomery, the capital of Alabama since 1846.  In 1861 it was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America.  The state has beautfiul state buildings – think it is one of the nicest state capitals we have visited.  This city also is the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement.  Dr Martin Luther King was pastor of the Baptist Church from 1954 to 1960 in the city.  This is also the place where Rosa Parks would not give up her bus seat  to a white man in 1955.  We really enjoyed the area and will return someday to tour more of the town. 

We did visit Maxwell Air Force Base which is the country’s center for airpower education since 1930.  Very interesting stop.   Claudia and Devin came to visit for a few hours on Saturday night which we enjoyed.

Our next stop was Fort Benning Army Base in Georgia.  The base was established in 1918 and covers over 182,000 acres.  On an average day the base has over 100,000 people on base.  Huge.  The campground is Uchee Creek Campground and Marina and one of the nicest military campgrounds we have stayed at.  They have 85 sites with mostly full hookups, pull thrus, campfires, cabins,. laundry, rally area, grills, meeting room, basketball, volleyball, softball fields, propane, store, archery range, river, marina, boat rental, fishing, pool and activitiy center.  On Sunday Lamar, Tim’s oldest brother came to visit with us.  We had a nice visit with him.  On Tuesday we met Scott and Betsy (Tim’s Cousin) for lunch at Cheddars Restaurant.  We ate lunch and talked and stayed at the same restaurant and ate dinner.  That was a first.  We had a really nice visit with them and enjoyed it greatly.

Charleston Air Force Base was our next stop.  We love the Charleston area plus our oldest daughter and family live in Mount Pleasant.  We have been visiting with them often and babysat for them also.  Julia, the 4 year old, and I went and had our nails done
together.  All the girls are such a pleasure to be with.  We will be in this area until the end of March. 

Last  Thursday Lucille and Vinny came to Charleston to visit and do lunch with us.  At the same time friends from Ct, Ray and Louise, stopped by on their way home from Florida.  We all did lunch and enjoyed the company greatly.

On Friday we took Louise and Ray to the Charleston Museum and then had a nice lunch   The museum was very imformative – enjoyed it greatly.  Thanks guys for stopping by and visiting.

On Monday we were going to babysit – got up and got all ready and our truck would not start.  Around 1 we finally got a boost and Tim took it to the dealer.  They informed him it was the battery – we have two so it cost over $300.  Yikes.   Now it is all fixed and running very well.

If you are in Charleston area stop in and say hi.  Until later