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One Year Ago

What's next?

One year ago, I headed out of Denver, Colorado in my "brand new" old 95 Chevy van.
The news today is - Keep on Truckin.
Or, if you prefer the funky Hot Tuna song Keep on Truckin, Mama, the message is the same.
One Year Anniversary

One Year Anniversary


The couple renting my condo is looking for a house to buy. The market appears to be a seller's market. They are having trouble finding a place they like, can afford, and then get their offer accepted. I didn't see any sense in forcing them to leave for an indefinite time and putting even more stress on them. So........
The one-year road trip is extending to at least 16 months!

Since I began, I have driven over 22,000 miles and been in 25 states.
New Mexico
Arizona
California (3 times)
Oregon (2)
Washington (2)
North Carolina (2)
Idaho
Montana
North Dakota
Minnesota
Michigan
Wisconsin
Indiana
Illinois
Kentucky
Tennessee
Georgia (2)
Alabama (2)
Mississippi (2)
Arkansas
South Carolina (2)
Florida
Virginia
Pennsylvania
New York

Ol' 95 Chevy got to drive the width of Ontario along the north shore of Lake Superior, but had to stay in Florida when I went to Cuba.

So, if you want to keep riding along, I have plenty of good adventures already planned until the middle of July - and ol' 95 is going to get left behind once again in June!

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Oh, Shenandoah

I Finally Saw You

Just in case you missed my blog in Cienfuegos, Cuba, you can listen to it again.
I had assumed that settlers who had moved west from the Shenandoah Valley sang this song when they were confronted with the Missouri River and the vast plains. I had always wanted to see the Shenandoah Valley and the river for which these western pioneers longed, so I decided to drive through it.
When I saw the turn off to the Skyline Drive, I took it not even knowing what it is.
Hawksbill Mountain Over the Shenandoah Valley

Hawksbill Mountain Over the Shenandoah Valley


Ah, too bad this is such a gloomy and cloudy time of year.
I suggest you come and view the splendor in either late April or September. Of course, then you will probably have to be in line with thousands of other drivers. In over 60 miles, I saw only about a dozen cars on the road and an equal number parked in the numerous trail head parking lots along the route.
Finally a Wee Bit of Spring Color

Finally a Wee Bit of Spring Color


The Shenandoah river is wide, flat, and slow moving.
Get ready for lots of Civil War history and roadside markers along the way.
Shenandoah Valley Scene

Shenandoah Valley Scene


Many of the farm homes have been lovingly maintained and used for a couple hundred years. You will pass orchards, dairies, goats, sheep, and feeder cattle.
In Strasburg, you will find antiques, old homes, and beautiful homes with just enough acreage for gentlemen farmers.
Pets Waiting for Breakfast

Pets Waiting for Breakfast


Just up the road in Winchester, you will find the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and even more wonderfully preserved, century-old homes - and a great deal of wealth.
In case you get weary of Civil War and early American history, this is also the home of Patsy Cline. Even though she moved throughout the valley more than 20 times in her short lifetime, you can visit her home she shared with her mother for a couple of years here. Listen to to some Patsy while you read the rest of this.
Crazy

Crazy


Get the Cuban

Get the Cuban


While sitting in the Bonnie Blue eating a barbecue Cuban sandwich (even better than I had in Cuba!) I read a book on
Patsy and learned she was a rather wild child who was never a favorite of the girls she went to school with before she dropped out at age 16 and was shunned by the Winchester elite until she met her early death and could be recognized as a tourist draw. I guess that explains the raunchy tone of Always Patsy Cline
Patsy Worked Here

Patsy Worked Here


Patsy Cline (Dick)

Patsy Cline (Dick)


Winchester has the most outstanding public library for a town of about 25,000.
Now This is a Public Library

Now This is a Public Library


It (and two public schools) were built with donations from Judge Handley from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He liked Winchester, Virginia better than Scranton, so he left all his money to the city and was buried here.
There are many fine restaurants in the pedestrian mall.
Eat at the Village Square

Eat at the Village Square


If you are ready for a new knitting project, visit Never Enough Yarn.
Ready for a New Project

Ready for a New Project


I was surprised to see that just down the road in Gore, Virginia was the childhood home of Willa Cather.
Willa Cather's Early Childhood Home

Willa Cather's Early Childhood Home


The Cathers left for Red Cloud, Nebraska when she was nine years old.
As I looked at her house, I could picture the family moving on from the Shenandoah for "elbow room (per Daniel Boone)" and then as they crossed the Missouri thinking of their beautiful valley and the slow moving river.
While looking for another version of the Shenandoah song, I read the Wikipedia entry and also the lyrics.
I learned that my interpretation of the song was wrong! What??? Wrong??? Me???
Regardless, I like my reasoning better than some story about French voyageurs telling an Indian man named Shenandoah you loved his daughter.

There is definitely more to see, do, and eat than I could accomplish in three days.
George Shot This

George Shot This


Young George the Surveyor

Young George the Surveyor


Oldest Home in Winchester

Oldest Home in Winchester


Plan to stay a while, but if you want to get the best lodging in the Valley, you will need to be a member of the Affordable Travel Club.
Another Tasty ATC Breakfast

Another Tasty ATC Breakfast


Richard and Lyne

Richard and Lyne

Goodbye and Come Again

Goodbye and Come Again

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I'm Just a Fair Weather Friend

Charlottesville, Virginia

Because March 15 fell on a Sunday, I could mail my PC, Inc taxes on Monday 3/16. And here's proof I finished my personal taxes.
Sent with Janis J Stamp

Sent with Janis J Stamp


I also spent hours cleaning up my computer files. The problems with my computers are even TMI for a live conversation, so it's definitely much, much more than you want to read here.
Now, I could go out and play.
This was the Virginia Week of the Book. I marked my calendar for all the events I wanted to attend. Lilly Tomlin was giving a performance within walking distance of my house. This is one of the most historical cities in the United States, and I had pamphlets from the tourist center
But, the sky was cloudy, the rains came down, the temperature hovered in the 40s. I stayed in the house, cuddled my charge, knitted, and played Internet Scrabble.
Riya from Charlottesville

Riya from Charlottesville


Finally, the rains stopped long enough for me to put a smile on my face and get out and about.
Charlottesville Pedestrian Mall

Charlottesville Pedestrian Mall

Even Agnostics Find This a Beutiful Sight

Even Agnostics Find This a Beutiful Sight


Historic Courthouse Square

Historic Courthouse Square


Charlottesville is certainly steeped in history. Everywhere you step, you can picture Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe stepping on the same spot about 275 years ago.
Historic Charlottesville Courthouse

Historic Charlottesville Courthouse


At the same time, you would think it is 1975. All the buskers look like old hippies or someone who just out of an est workshop.
Is It 1970

Is It 1970


This old, harmonica-playing white guy has dreds that hang six inches below his knees when he stands up.
Puffing Not Blowing

Puffing Not Blowing


I think he had dry mouth from some activity today. He spent more time sitting and puffing instead of blowing on his harmonica. I watched him while I ate on the patio at Rapture, but he folded up his "donation box" before I was through with my coffee.
It Is 1970

It Is 1970


I got my hug; he didn't want money. I know he stood here for at least 30 minutes without removing his blindfold – maybe he is blind.
Also, I have never seen so many men riding bikes with their yoga mats rolled up on their backs.

You must go to Monticello if you are anywhere near.
Monticello

Monticello


When you approach from the east, your first reaction is "Gee, I thought it would be bigger."
Monticello from the South

Monticello from the South

Monticello from the Southwest

Monticello from the Southwest


When you tour the inside and walk around the lawn, you realize the grandeur.
I was particularly impressed with Jefferson's bed, his revolving book stand with room for five books, and the polygraph (double pen) that allowed him to produce a copy of every document he wrote (no pictures allowed).
The staff of Monticello has introduced an entirely new presentation on slavery, their role, and Jefferson's actions. I asked and was told that this presentation and emphasis has only been a part of the activities since the Sally Hemmings ancestors brought their heritage to light.
The Jefferson cemetery is for any direct descendant of TJ. I am not sure if it is still only for Caucasians.
Jefferson Cemetery

Jefferson Cemetery

New Graves in Jefferson Cemetery

New Graves in Jefferson Cemetery


TJ's grandson was forced to sell the property and all the slaves a few years after TJ's death because his debts far outweighed the cash assets. The Levy family purchased the home, lost it after the Civil War, and then managed to buy it back.
Levy Burial Plot at Monticello

Levy Burial Plot at Monticello


This family kept possession until 1928 and realized the historical significance of it. Thanks to them, we have this treasure that is a United Nations Heritage Site. (Until this visit, I thought there were not any UNESCO Heritage sites in the USA. I guess I was incorrect and, perhaps, don't fully understand what this designation offers.)
Jefferson also planned the University of Virginia. It is said that in addition to his fields and forests, he could see the erection of the UV rotunda from this vantage point.
Jefferson's Overlook

Jefferson's Overlook


Once again, the U VA rotunda is under construction.
U VA Rotunda under Renovation

U VA Rotunda under Renovation


These dormitory rooms are original. Although the only heat is a fireplace and the bathrooms are in a separate facility, these are coveted housing granted to only a few specially selected upper classmen.
Historic U VA Dormitory-001

Historic U VA Dormitory-001


U VA Chapel

U VA Chapel

Chapel Windows from the Inside

Chapel Windows from the Inside

Winged Liberty

Winged Liberty

U VA Flag

U VA Flag

Sweatshirts No Maps

Sweatshirts No Maps


I wanted to buy some maps. None of the stores on the pedestrian mall had any. I found my way to the University bookstore assuming they would have plenty. Everyone was surprised. The purchasing manager started on a long discourse about the stores that used to carry maps, where they were located, and how many years they had been closed. I showed my impatience.
Several months ago, my son saw me looking at a paper map and said "You'd better take that thing on Antiques Roadshow!" I couldn't have survived this trip without my GPS, but I still like to see the BIG picture with a paper map.

You can also visit Madison and Monroe's homes, but too many rainy days made me sit in the house and skip these on this trip. I did squeeze in the Mitchie Tavern for lunch – next time, I 'll skip this spot.
Mitchie Tavern

Mitchie Tavern


Visiting Appomattox also gives you pause to dwell on historic events.
Appomattox Courthouse

Appomattox Courthouse


The ranger gives a tour of the house and a talk that brings the surrender to life in a new perspective. I particularly like the slogan "Where the Nation Was Reunified" instead of the "Surrender Site."
Because I forget many of the dates in history, I was not aware that April 8 was the anniversary date of the surrender. There is a huge reenactment that occurs during this time attended by thousands of reenactors and observers. I happened to hang out with some volunteer training. They were receiving an awareness orientation: "You might hear us call this the spot where the nation was reunified, but you must remember there are many people who come to this and still carry the Civil War in their hearts. Under no circumstances should you call this the War of Northern aggression or debate with anyone whether Lee was a bad general nor that Grant was a monster."
I thought that was very interesting volunteer training.
Where the Nation Was Reunified

Where the Nation Was Reunified


Although here was death on the battlefields nearby, there were only two soldiers from the town of Appomattox Court House that died in the Civil War. One of them was the young Meeks man, who actually died of typhus and not in battle.
Lone Grave in Appomattox

Lone Grave in Appomattox


During the gloomy weather, I have been binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix after missing all of the second year while I was on this road trip. Imagine my surprise when I returned home from my trip to Appomattox and watched "Vice President Francis Underwood" treading on the grounds where I had just been. (I didn't bury any ring....I missed the significance of that! What was it?)

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From Savannah to Charlottesville

Two Lane Roads

I left Savannah with only gray skies and drizzle to keep me company. Didn't find much else until I arrived in Mount Airy, North Carolina two nights later.
Two-Lane Roads

Two-Lane Roads


It Still Has 150

It Still Has 150


This Is Dairy Country

This Is Dairy Country

Charge What You Can Get

Charge What You Can Get


I traveled only two lane roads out of Georgia and stayed one night in a Microtel in Anderson, South Carolina. I continued on the same unbeaten path into North Carolina and spent an unrewarding night in Boone although I did use hotel reward points to get a free night. Not sure why I couldn't get motivated about touring these places.
Typical Scene

Typical Scene

Typical Home

Typical Home


The route through SC was even labeled the "Historic Route" and I think
Boone is supposed to be known for its North Carolina mountain charm. Perhaps it was the gloom. I wanted some mountain greenery and swaths of redbud and rhododendron across the mountains.
I followed the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Blue Ridge Valley

Blue Ridge Valley

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Mountains


I exited the parkway to find the Crossnore Weavers.
Room of Looms

Room of Looms

Crossnore Meditation Labyrinth

Crossnore Meditation Labyrinth

I Might Return

I Might Return


There was another large building which I thought was a contemporary art museum. I was going to ask them about the significance of this piece.
Is This a Contemporary Art Gallery

Is This a Contemporary Art Gallery


When I entered, I realized it was a second-hand store selling donations. The only significance was to raise to raise funds for their children's home!.
By the time I got to Mount Airy, NC, birthplace of Andy Griffith, I was ready for a meal and a nice place to stay. I didn't find a good meal, but I did get an excellent chocolate milkshake and a wonderful bed and breakfast, the Sobotta Manor.
Mt Airy or Mayberry USA

Mt Airy or Mayberry USA

Sobato Inn - A Very Fine Place

Sobato Inn - A Very Fine Place


On my way out of Mount Airy the next morning, I stopped in a Food Lion parking to check my GPS route. There was a little dog running all confused around the parking lot and standing in front of moving cars. I kept calling to it, but he would run away. Other people stopped and asked if it were my dog, but no one would help. Finally, someone else stopped and called him; he came running - he just wanted a North Carolina accent. She called her husband, who was no help except to put the dog in the Ol' 95 Chevy. Someone else told me where a vet was located, and we headed there. I stood in line for at least 20 minutes at the vet. Finally, they scanned the dog. Surprise, no chip. I was handed a list of all the animal rescue places in the state of North Carolina and sent on my way.
I remembered the previous evening, my hosts at the Sobotta Manor and I had talked about stray dogs and how she had rescued some. I took that little dog back there and dropped him off. I have not heard what happened.

I headed on to Virginia. I skipped the Blue Ridge Parkway and took the back roads. So remote even the GPS couldn't give them a name or number. The voice just kept saying "go straight," "turn left," "continue for 3 miles," etc.
About 5 hours later, I arrived in Radford, Virginia to stay with ATC members, formerly associated with Radford University.
Myrl and Lorene

Myrl and Lorene


They took me touring to Selu Nature Conservancy and also to an art exhibit at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
The Selu Nature Conservancy has a beautiful reception center with Huichol art, historically built or restored out buildings, many acres used for field study by Radford students, and a delightful short walk to a Little River overlook.
On the Little River

On the Little River


Detail in Selu

Detail in Selu

Huichol Art in the 7-Sided Meeting Room

Huichol Art in the 7-Sided Meeting Room


The Jones couple know their local history. He joined me on a "Find a Grave" hunt. The fine lady who has lived here all her life and also manages the historical cemetery with the graves of Mary Draper Ingles and her descendants. They are also quite interested in art and sculpture. He pointed out his son's monument.
Jones Monument

Jones Monument


They also put me in touch with Charlie Brouwer, a wood sculptor. Charlie so graciously gave me an afternoon tour of his open studio, Out There of 28+ outdoor sculptures mostly made of locust and hemlock. Please check out his link and you will see how lucky I was to have been given a personal tour.
Charlie Brouwer Explaining

Charlie Brouwer Explaining

Charlie Brouwer in His Studio

Charlie Brouwer in His Studio

Charlie Brouwer Meadow View

Charlie Brouwer Meadow View


You can also see more photos in my Travellers Point Gallery. Such a gracious individual. If you are looking for a donation to make, send a check to them for either Christmas for Kids or the Dry Bottom fund, both of which help those in Floyd County, Virginia.

Lucky me - I had another ATC couple, the Lowrences, waiting for me in Floyd, Virginia. These folks (who have done a lot of ATC travel and pet sitting) were equally as gracious, and we attended a Lenten soup supper at their Lutheran church. I would certainly like to spend more time in this charming little town.
Shame on me! I didn't even take any pictures of them or their town.
Leaving Floyd, I stopped at the Taubman Museum of Art, where Charlie's daughter Jennifer Hand had an exhibit. This art museum was a delightful surprise. I might consider a more extended stay in Roanoke.
I Couldn't Get a Selfie

I Couldn't Get a Selfie


Historic Roanoke

Historic Roanoke


Check the Photo Gallery for even more pictures of this two-lane journey through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Now, I have finally arrived at my 10-day pet sitting assignment. I forbid myself to do any touring until I finish my taxes and get my paperwork and computer files in some kind of decent order.
Cat Sit in Charlottesville

Cat Sit in Charlottesville

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Oh, Savannah

Don't You Cry for Me

I'll come from Colorado with my lap harp on my knee.
Waving Girl Statue

Waving Girl Statue


Many years ago, I passed through Savannah and spent a night or two. This time, I booked three nights at a funky little renovated freedman's cottage near Forsyth Park. I could have easily spent a month here. And, perhaps, will do that some other winter.
Good Spot

Good Spot


Full Moon Over Forsyth Park

Full Moon Over Forsyth Park


There is so much to see and do. If you stay in the historic district, you don't need a car. Just fly in and get transported to your VRBO, historic B and B, or any of a number of chain hotels.
You can ride a bike all over the historic area (don't even bother to try and drive to what you want to see) or take the free city bus that drives the circumference of the historic district.
Still a Major Port

Still a Major Port

Statue with Angelou Poem

Statue with Angelou Poem

Sounds of Silence Fountain

Sounds of Silence Fountain

Shinier But Not As Grand As Colorado

Shinier But Not As Grand As Colorado

No He Was My Father

No He Was My Father


Be sure and go to the Massie Heritage Center for a good foundation on the history and architecture of Savannah, Learn about James Oglethorpe's wonderful city plan.
Remember When Cursive Was Taught

Remember When Cursive Was Taught


They have a copy of a supposed 1895 8th grade exam, which will leave you stunned and stumped. I checked on line. Apparently, there is no proof this really was an 8th grade exam. Whew!

In the 1950s, Savannah wanted to "be like Jacksonville, Florida" and began to pave paradise and put up a parking lot. Seven old Savannah ladies saw the light , saved and restored the (Davenport House, and created the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has managed to provide funds for at least 1000 historic restorations.
This One Saved Savannah

This One Saved Savannah


Now, all of Savannah realizes what a treasure this place is. I think it is the finest city I have visited during this road trip. I hope Cuba comes and studies Savannah when the Fidel passes, the embargo is lifted, and it tries to become the next tourist site of the Caribbean.
Even Ol 95 was happy to just sit on the brick street and watch all the Savannah College of Art and Design students walk or ride bikes. Don't miss the SCAD Museum of Modern Art!
Original Cotton Exchange

Original Cotton Exchange

SCAD

SCAD


I Want to Be a Student at SCAD

I Want to Be a Student at SCAD


Even the Kroger store was designed to fit into the historic neighborhood.
Fits into the Urban Area

Fits into the Urban Area


But, of course, Oglethorpe knew what he was doing when he planned all the Squares of the City every few blocks. Spend time reading, knitting, or people watching in all of them.
Another Beautiful Square

Another Beautiful Square

And Another

And Another

Every Building Original to this Square

Every Building Original to this Square


And don't forget to spend time in the Colonial Cemetery.
Colonial Cemetery

Colonial Cemetery


Oh, there is just too much to describe; come and visit to see for yourself.
You can also click on my travel map, enlarge it, click on Savannah to display additional photos taken in this beautiful city.

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Look Who Came to Visit

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Who Am I Waiting For

Who Am I Waiting For


My favorite preteen - well, maybe even the most important person in my life came to stay with me in a VRBO Condo in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
My Favorite Boy

My Favorite Boy


Bazil arrived on Saturday evening. The weather was quite chilly on Sunday, but we took walks on the beach to check out both high and low tide.
Photographing the Photographer

Photographing the Photographer

Photographing the Photographer II

Photographing the Photographer II


Fortunately, there was a music store within boarding and biking distance so Bazil could get in his percussion fix.
At George's Music

At George's Music


He also bought another practice pad so he could drum the time away in the condo.
Bazil broke the tie on the Uno tournament, but I won the only Othello game.
He took time out for a cooking lesson,
Cooking Lesson

Cooking Lesson


We had to have spaghetti to make up for the $85 we spent the night before at the Japanese steak house - but as the Polynesian chef at ourI station asked "Do you see any Japanese in here?"
He also asked several riddles during his banter to keep the children involved. I was able to answer "What's black and white and "read" all over?" Bazil was the only kid at the table who had ever heard of a newspaper because he was the only one with his grandmother!
The chef then asked "What kind of bees give milk?"
Everyone pondered.
Then Bazil shouted out, "I know! Boobies!"
All the adults at the table shrieked. The chef even turned from his sauteing and doubled over.
"Well, that's right, isn't it?" Bazil wondered.
"It's more right than my answer," replied the chef. We never did learn what his answer to the riddle was. Neither did he ask any more riddles.
Preteen Sultry Selfie

Preteen Sultry Selfie


On March 1, it was the first day of lifeguard preparation on the Jacksonville Beach.
Lifeguards Train for Duty

Lifeguards Train for Duty

Too Cold for Guard Duty

Too Cold for Guard Duty


We watched them train by running up and down the beach. The only person on the chairs was Bazil.
Although the next day was warmer, the water was still not swimming weather. However, lifeguards were positioned in the chairs. I think it must have still been training.
Closest We Came to Wading

Closest We Came to Wading


Bazil is the one person who would fly 1500 miles and I am the one grandmother who would pay $1500 to come to the beach and then go to two movies in one day instead of spending it on the beach.
2 Movies on 1 Day

2 Movies on 1 Day


We couldn't decide which one to see, but a review of the schedule proved we could fit in two. Bazil chose Still Alice and Birdman. He agrees with the high 90s Rotten Tomatoes' ratings.
Goodbye Ocean

Goodbye Ocean


Because the Cummer Art Museum was closed on Monday, Bazil missed the Rothko to Richter exhibit.
After Bazil's plan left for frigid Denver, I enjoyed the small exhibit.
A Nice Little Museum

A Nice Little Museum


Knitter that I am, even I am getting bored with this yarn bombing that is going on all over the world.
Enough of the Yarn Bombing

Enough of the Yarn Bombing

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Comparing to Cuba

St Augustine and Fernandina Beach, Florida

I came to St Augustine, Florida about 30 years ago. It was a quiet place where I took a gentle carriage ride around town. Well, it has changed. Because it was the week of Presidents' Day, there were tourist families of four generations. Crowded does not begin to describe it.
Also this is St. A's 450th Anniversary. Activities will continue throughout 2015, so you have plenty of time to get down here for a history tour.
St. A has history so similar to Cuba; I couldn't help but compare many of the sights I saw.

Traffic was definitely a contrast.
Throughout the cities and on rural country roads in Cuba, all motor traffic slowly follows bicyclists at the cyclist's pace until it is safe to pass. Don't count on it here!
Intercoastal Drawbridge in St A

Intercoastal Drawbridge in St A


Cyclists have the right of way to cross the drawbridge over the intercoastal waterway. The drawbridge raises every half hour,
Backed Up Traffic

Backed Up Traffic


so traffic backs up.
There was no way I was going to test motorists' patience after this delay; I politely took the pedestrian walkway and dismounted for them.
By the way, don't take a chance on tying your sweater around your waist when the temperature rises. It can cause a problem.
Watch Your Sweater

Watch Your Sweater


This was not as dangerous as the times I caught my shoe lace!

I don't recall seeing any garages in Cuba.
Two-Tiered Garage

Two-Tiered Garage


This one had an elevator for the race car. I heard someone puttering around in the garage. I hung around hoping s/he would come out and talk to me. Silly me, this is the USA. We don't cotton to strangers lurking around our property.
Ponce de Leon NOT Che

Ponce de Leon NOT Che


Here is the exact spot where Ponce de Leon drank from what he hoped would be the Fountain of Youth.
Will It Work

Will It Work


In Cuba, there is a statue in a plaza that will keep you from growing old if you walk around it three times. However, the guide couldn't remember if we were supposed to walk clockwise or counter clockwise. I walked three times each direction hoping that I could just stay 70 forever.

St A has hundreds of wonderful restaurants. I ate at three. Only one, The Floridian is worth checking out. Oh, I take that back - if you take young children, go to the Santa Maria where they can feed the fish and gulls in the Intercoastal. However, don't order the calamari as I did. I heard on NPR months ago that some Iowa pork processors slice up pig anuses and large intestines and sell it as calamari. Although they say it is generally shipped to Asian countries, I think I found a local purchaser.
Also, skip Nonna's. I found both the food and service deplorable and was sorry I did not eat at the Cuban-American place just down the street from where I sat.
I Should Have Eaten Here

I Should Have Eaten Here


As in Cuba, horse carriages are used.
Not Constructed in Bayamo Cuba

Not Constructed in Bayamo Cuba


If only the embargo would be lifted, the traditional carriage makers in Bayamo could be shipping them here.
Those in St. A were only for tourists and none are used for daily commuting, shopping, or picking up the trash.

This cemetery was as old as those I saw in Cuba.
Burial Place for Non-Catholics

Burial Place for Non-Catholics


The National Cemetery was not as grandiose as those in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. As usual, I found scenes of interest though.
Unknown Indians and an Infant

Unknown Indians and an Infant

Pyramids for Mass Graves of Soldiers

Pyramids for Mass Graves of Soldiers


Neither was there a warning sign on the Cuban entry.
Unsafe Outside These Walls

Unsafe Outside These Walls


Am I safer inside where you can't carry a gun or outside where you can carry?
Now I Am Safe

Now I Am Safe

Because this is the first settlement in North America and was settled by the Spanish, the town has its original plaza with past and current history.
St A Plaza

St A Plaza


After the monarchy was overthrown in Spain, every Spanish settlement built a commemorative column.
A Remaining Spanish Column

A Remaining Spanish Column


When the monarchy was soon restored to power, they decreed that all these columns should be destroyed. St. A refused and the column still stands.

It is obvious to note in the US that the buildings built in the 1900s, the museums, and the parks have much more funding than those in Cuba.
Lichtener Museum

Lichtener Museum

Groomed Park Grounds

Groomed Park Grounds

Groomed Gardens 2

Groomed Gardens 2

At the Fountain

At the Fountain


Waiting for Food

Waiting for Food


Look At Me Look At Me

Look At Me Look At Me


However here in the good old USA where we have plenty, I saw plenty of homeless and vagrants in these fine parks that I did not see in Cuba.
Homeless Drug Users on the Museum Plaza

Homeless Drug Users on the Museum Plaza


Asleep on the Bench

Asleep on the Bench

Here, we have an occasional market - much better stocked and trendy. The musicians get the crowd to dancing and clapping, but it also made me nostalgic for all that Cuban music and dancing.
St A Saturday Market

St A Saturday Market

Musicians

Musicians


None of the small towns in Cuba (even if they are tourist attractions) are as charming and healthy as Fernandino Beach - or, for that matter, any small town in Florida.
Charming Downtown Fernandina Beach Florida

Charming Downtown Fernandina Beach Florida


Nor were most of the churches as grand.
You Saw It in Italy

You Saw It in Italy


This Episcopal church was designed after the cathedral in Florence in memory of a developer's daughter. I can't remember if it was Flagler or some other person of wealth.

The attractions in St A and Fernandino Beach have good information and displays on Florida history. I enjoyed this replica of one of the first campers.
Before Chevy Vans

Before Chevy Vans


And don't miss the docent's presentation at Amelia Island History Museum in Fernandina Beach. I suggest you spend a few days anywhere on Amelia Island also.

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From Coast to Coast

With a Stop at the Kylers

From the Gulf Coast of Florida to the Atlantic Coast is less than a five hour drive, but it was a contrast that could have been five weeks.
Just two days before I left, there was a slight calamity.
Ol 95 Needed Work

Ol 95 Needed Work


I booked a room through AirBnB and waited all day for new brakes, a serpentine belt, and an oil change.
Biding My Time

Biding My Time

Room at DeDe's ABnB

Room at DeDe's ABnB


I also sneaked in a dinner with Jim and Nelda Nichols. As a matter of fact, it was Jim who was so startled by the sound of Ol' 95 Chevy that he urged me to hustle to visit a mechanic.
Jim and Nelda Listening to Bob

Jim and Nelda Listening to Bob


By the next day, it was so hot the beach was unpleasant.
A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach

In Both Direction

In Both Direction

Don't Look Like Cuban Bikes

Don't Look Like Cuban Bikes


After the car was repaired and all my former classmates on the Gulf Coast bid me adieu, I drove across the flat lands of central Florida.
I stopped in Arcadia, Florida and was glad that Kent had decided to take me to Boca Grande for a day trip instead of this suggestion. I guess if you want to antique or go to the rodeo, you might find something to enjoy. I had a hard time even finding lunch.
Cheyenne Would Beg to Differ

Cheyenne Would Beg to Differ


The afternoon trip was an interesting contrast to any other parts of Florida I have visited.
Flat Cattle Country

Flat Cattle Country

Florida Gold

Florida Gold

Here's One They Missed

Here's One They Missed

Off to the Juicer

Off to the Juicer


I decided to loop through Sebring, Florida. In case you are from Whitley County Indiana and are going to be in the area on March 3 2015, I hear there is going to be a reunion for you folks here.
Because the Kenilworth Lodge looked interesting and is listed on the National Historic Register, I decided to spend the night.
Lobby of the Historic Kenilworth Lodge

Lobby of the Historic Kenilworth Lodge

He Wouldn't Let Me Join

He Wouldn't Let Me Join

I Miss Cuban Food

I Miss Cuban Food


You can skip it, unless you just want to satisfy your curiosity as I did.
A short drive the next day took me to Bostwick, Florida - just North of Paletka - where I had been graciously invited to stay by other classmates who I had not seen since 1962.
Susan has been following the route of Ol' 95 Chevy and vowed they would not be caught with candid photos as were the Morsches couple.
smkyler at River House

smkyler at River House


I did manage to sneak one in.
Impromptu

Impromptu


They have rented a house on the St John's river for a month or so. I had told them to pick a place for me to host them for dinner. If you checked either of the links above, you are aware the only place for dinner was at the Kyler's dining room table.
Even the church where Billy Graham gave his first sermon was not sponsoring a fish fry.
Fortunately, Susan prepared a fine meal and the tangerine tree in the side yard provided plenty of fruit. Also, the other CCJHS grads had saved just enough Cuban rum for us to have a nip.
Bounty from the Orchard

Bounty from the Orchard


By the next day, I arrived at the eastern coast of Florida where the high was in the low 50s and the wind MPH matched the temperature.
Cool Weather and Clouds

Cool Weather and Clouds

Florida Atlantic Coast

Florida Atlantic Coast

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Cavorting with Classmates

Again!!!

Recognize these two?
Two Cool Dudes 1961

Two Cool Dudes 1961


If you have not seen them for a few decades, here they are today.
Two Cool Dudes 2015

Two Cool Dudes 2015


After I returned from Cuba, I headed up the Florida Gulf Coast to cavort with some of the 1962 CCJHS class.
My original intent had been to rent a hotel in the Fort Lauderdale area so I could visit with the Muellers, but there were absolutely no rooms available in any hotel within 50 miles. I headed to the Port Charlotte area where the Weeks graciously hosted me for two nights.
Comfort and Contentment

Comfort and Contentment


Who Has the Best Chevy

Who Has the Best Chevy


Kent and Nancy took me on a tour ofBoca Grande.
Beautiful But Not Beach Weather

Beautiful But Not Beach Weather

Kent at Historic Lighthouse Site

Kent at Historic Lighthouse Site

On the Point

On the Point


That evening, the Morsches and Nichols couples joined us for a rollicking evening that started with sipping Cuban rum and ended after margaritas in a Mexican restaurant.
We Miss TwoMuellers

We Miss TwoMuellers

Three Happy Couples

Three Happy Couples


I was scolded for previously logging two candid and unflattering pix of the Morsches couple. I hope they like this one better.

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Back in the USA

Adios. Cuba

I Have Arrived

I Have Arrived


For those of you who subscribe or follow my journey on TravellersPoint instead of Facebook, you will need to log on to another site to read about my trip to Cuba.
http://PcotterlyCubaTour.travellerspoint.com
I think you can see the pictures on the Photo Gallery from any of my travel postings, however.
Be advised - I am rather slow in getting anything posted.
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Flag Over the Fort

Flag Over the Fort


By the way - the trip was fantastic!

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