Archive for October, 2007

Fayetteville NC & Myrtle Beach SC

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

We drove a long 250 miles and stayed two enjoyable nights at the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Elks Lodge. Boy were they friendly — had a nice welcome kit with maps, things to do, pencil, ruler, etc and tour of the lodge.  We attended they Friday night seafood dinner.  Sunday Airborne & Special Ops Museum Lobbymorning, when we were planning to leave, they came over to the RV, invited us to a table that was waiting for us for breakfast.  30A service, water, cable TV, no sewer.  Swimming pool was closed for the season.  The lodge celebrated their 100th anniversary.  They were voted the All American Lodge (less than 300 members category) for four years in a row.  Best wishes to this Elks Lodge.

We enjoyed the Airborne & Special Operations Museum located near Fort Bragg. (lobby photo above)

View to the south on Myrtle Beach124 miles later we stayed adjacent to the beach at Myrtle Beach Travel Park for a full week, the first part of which was very nice — Herb enjoyed body surfing in the ocean — but much needed rain (for South Carolina, not us) arrived for the last few days.  Myrtle Beach is a mini Branson MO with a half dozen different major production shows also with patriotic endings to each — we got ticket for five of them, listed below in the order of enjoyment (but all were good):

  • Alabama Theater – One The Show.    Fantastic Show, Ricky Mokel as comedian, Songs from the Broadway musical Mary Poppins and other music from Broadway, with a wonderful Patriotic ending. Song by Lee Greenwood, a tribute to the Veterans.
  • Legends in Concert:  Artists Jerry Lee Lewis, Cheer, The Temptations, Garth Brooks and Elvis. Fabulous singing and dancing, with patriotic ending.
  • Live at the Carolina Opry Theater:  Good vibrations The Magic of the 60, 70 and 80’s. Excellent Piano Concertos with theme songs from famous movies from that era. Phenomenal performance by 4 Tap dancers who used to compete recently on “America’s got Talent”. They truly earned their place in this show. And GREAT Patriotic ending. Song: Tie a Yellow ribbon round the Old Oak Tree, then tribute to Veterans with confetti at the end. Show had no intermission.
  • Dixie Stampede dinner and show (a Dolly Parton theater). Along with pre-show. Juggler from Japan. Excellent .  Main show was great and dinner too.
  • The Carolina Opry “Calvin Gilmore Presents".  This one was a Variety Show. Phenomenal performance by 4 Tap dancers who used to compete recently on “America’s got Talent”. They truly earned their place in this show.

Saturday, we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, voted the best restaurant in the area.

Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown, VA

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Jamestown Visitor CenterAfter travelling 156 miles from Washington DC, we stayed at the American Heritage RV Park for five nights — a perfect base for exploring the America’s Historic Triangle – the birthplace of American Democracy that is hosting its 400th anniversary this year.  In 1607, settlers and seamen came ashore on Jamestown Island to establish the first permanent English settlement in the new world.  A beautiful exhibit building was built for the 400th anniversary (shown right).

Conversation with George WashingtonWilliamsburg was established in 1633 as a fortified area between the York and James Rivers.  The rebuilt historic town is fascinating, especially because of its historic re-enactment characters roaming and performing on the streets.  In the picture on the left, "A conversation with George Washington" was excellently done, including the in-character question and answer session at the end of the show.  "A public audience with Patrick Henry" held in the courtyard behind the coffee shop was also exceptional — what a way to learn about the birth of our country.  Later a two hour show, "Revolutionary City: Collapse of Royal Government", involving a cast of two dozen players, moved up and down Duke of Gloucester Street, with the tourists following the performance.  One could spend a week just in Williamsburg learning about history and beliefs of our founding fathers.

Crystal Concert on ArmonicaIn Williamsburg, we enjoyed Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert — verious musical instruments all made from glass.  Shown here, with a video close-up projected behind him, is a wonderful performance on a Armonica, developed by Ben Franklin. 44 revolving glass dishes tuned for each note of over three octives.  He plays using wet fingers on the revolving bowls.  Beside this, he had five other instruments, including a crystal violin.  He was born in Williamsburg.

Yorktown victory CenterIn Yorktown, we visited the museum of the American Revolution featuring exhibits and living history in re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. The pathway to the exhibits had a great timeline which helped gel what we have learned in Williamsburg, Jamestown and even Boston and Plymouth.  We forgot to visit the Riverwalk Landing as rain was threatening.

If you ever get a change, visit this wonderful Historic Triangle of towns.  Shuttle buses run between these three nearby towns and also within Williamsburg.

Check out our Williamsburg Photo Gallery.

Washington, DC

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Union StationBy skipping the Art Museums, it still took us 16 days in Washington DC to see “most” of it!  A drive of 149 miles took us from the Elks Lodge in Mariton NJ (outside of Philadelphia PA) to Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD.  This is a great park as a home base for touring Washington DC.  A metro bus line to the subway starts in the RV park, and Grayline offers their own bus for taking us to Union Station (photo on right) for various bus tours.

National CathedralThe National Cathedral as spectacular.  It is an Episcopal church that will host services for all religions.  We took the standard 45 tour, but then paid for a 1.5 hour, behind the scene tour where we climbed higher and higher, walked narrow walkways, went out on the roof, went between the ceiling and the roof and went up stairs to go down (Scissor stairs)!  See the photo gallery.

Washington DC SubwayThe subway system is great for getting to whatever part of Washington DC you wanted.  We spend parts of three days touring the National Air & Space Museum.  Other places toured included:  National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial. Lincoln Memorial, World War II Monument, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon (George Washington’s home), Spy Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Archives, US Capitol, US Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, and National Archives.  Whew!!!  The Library of Congress is an amazing building — put this on the top of your list of “must see”.

Herb helping Tiger Woods with puttingMadame Tussauds Wax Museum opened in Washington DC while we were visiting.  Unlike other wax museums we have seen, this is a “hands on” museum.  No ropes keeping your away.  Shake hands with the wax figures, sit down and talk with them, or as in the case of this photo, offer your un-professional advice to Tiger Woods on his putt shot!

Be sure to check out our photos of Washington DC in two photo albums:  Week 1 and Week 2.