Friday, November 28, 2014

St. Augustine for Thanksgiving? Yes Please!

Last week we were looking for a good place to stop for a few days and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We decided on St. Augustine, Florida, just 250 miles north of our destination for the Month of December. This area sounded perfect for its beaches, history and weather.  

The first two days we were here it poured but on the day before Thanksgiving the weather changed and it has been gorgeous. It is a bit cold for beach weather but it is sunny and beautiful. 

Rhett's Piano Bar
Thanksgiving morning we decided to poke around Old St. Augustine which was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city in the nation. 

We parked in a lot and strolled around the old part of the city.  

There were many beautiful courtyards filled with tropical plants and running fountains. I love the touches of red in this courtyard. 
Restaurant Courtyard and Fountain
The oldest wooden school in the nation is located in this area as well.  

There was one lush, tropical courtyard after another. This fountain caught my eye because the sun was shining down on it.  

There were some beautiful churches in the area as well.  
Grace Methodist Church

Cathedral Basilica 

Plasa de la Constitutucion, the park across from the Basilica is home to an outdoor market said to be where slaves were bought and sold prior to the Civil War. 
There are also many war monuments in the park including this one for the Civil War.

This place caught our eye but sadly it was closed.  

We did spend a few moments at Crucial Coffee. 
We finished off the day with a visit to the Anastasia Island Lighthouse. 
Tomorrow- the beach!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Visit to Bonaventure Cemetery

During our one day stay in Savannah, GA it rained and I mean it rained hard most of the day. By about 3 PM it began to clear up a little so we took advantage of the break and squeezed in a visit to an unexpected place, Bonaventure Cemetery.  

I realize cemeteries aren't everyone's cup of tea but I find them fascinating. This one is very old and was started on an old plantation as a family cemetery back in the 1700s. It isn't in Savannah proper but in a suburb to she south called Thunderbolt. 

Rob and I wandered around the grounds for a while yesterday until it got too dark to take photographs.  It was a bit foggy but I think it added to the atmosphere. I think the Spanish Moss in the trees was perfect for a cemetery as well.
Gracie Watson's resting place
Gracie Watson's plot is one of the most visited in the entire cemetery.  Gracie was just six years old when she died of pneumonia.
Sculpture of Gracie 
About Gracie

There are so many different styles of monuments, some are very old and others are quite new. The cemetery is still accepting burials.

The Sulter Family Plot
Lovely sculpture
This beautiful monument was visible from far away.

Beautiful and ornate fence and posts
The Military Section of the Cemetery

Adler - Grecian Columns
This concludes the cemetery tour portion of our trip. Next time you are in the vicinity of a historic cemetery, give it a look-see.  You might just enjoy your visit.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Little RV Visits Stonehenge... make that Foamhenge

While we were in Virginia we read about a life sized replica of England's famous Stonehenge. Rob and I visited the real Stonehenge years ago on one of his business trips to London. When I read about the replica I had to see it. 

The US version is made from Styrofoam so they call it Foamhenge. The information I found said it was hard to find because the sign had blown down a couple of years ago during a storm. The directions were pretty sketchy but we were successful in finding it and it wasn't disappointing. 

The replica was up on top of a steep hill and the sun was sinking low in the sky. This sign was at the base of the hill. 

Foamhenge from the bottom of the hill

I think parts of the replica have been damaged and removed.  There was a blanket of tiny white pieces of Styrofoam on the ground. I love a good roadside attraction.  

Yesterday we moved to North Carolina. We are staying at a campground in Mt. Airy where we spent a week two years ago on the way to Florida.  It's a great park. It's nice to be in a familiar place sometimes. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Little RV Visits an Animal Safari

I like to peruse the local attractions on the interwebs when we are somewhere for a few days.  You might be surprised by the crazy things there are to see in this country.  

We spent the last three nights in Virginia. Yesterday we braved the frigid temperatures to do a little sightseeing. We went to the Virginia Safari Park, a 180 acre drive through zoo with more than 1,000 animals. The park encourages interaction with the animals by feeding them. You purchase buckets of food and as you drive through the park with your windows down the animals come over and eat from the buckets through the window.  
The Fallow Deer from Europe and Asia were the first to greet us.
They were skittish around the truck but were willing to get over it for the food.

Then these two llama showed up. 
They were quite persistent and ran along side the truck as we moved through the park. 
This ostrich showed up in front of the truck next.  
Then there was this emu with crazy eyes! I had to put the window up because he was creeping me out.

This camel literally ripped the bucket right out of my hands. He doesn't seem remorseful at all, does he?
There were dozens of these beautiful Fallow Deer.

I love these Scotch Highland cattle.  The red one looks so soft.

This camel has a face only his mother could love.  Don't even get me started on that eye booger.

Sir Elk making a silly face.  He was so gentle when he was eating. 

A sweet white llama who wasn't shy in the least.

A bashful Axis Deer from India. She wouldn't come close to the truck. Another shot of her below but closer.

One last shot of our escort through the park!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Recap of the Little RV's Time in Connecticut

We arrived in Connecticut on October 15th and spent exactly 4 weeks at Rob's oldest daughter's home. I like to call it Hilliard Acres. During that time we spent time with Rob's girls and their families.  

We attended the last soccer match of the season for Grand Child #1, Justin.
We had a roof inspection and roof sweeping by our Son-in-law Alex. Thanks Alex!

We got a new mattress! Thanks again to Alex for hoisting that beast upstairs for us because it wouldn't have been pretty without his help.
We hooked this little girl up with a new Minnie Mouse hat.  Her favorite color is pink you know.

We spent some time around Halloween with a werewolf, Superman and Sleeping Beauty. 
Left: Kelly and her boys Justin and Oliver
Right: Meghan and Amelia
Meanwhile our West Coast grandkids also celebrated Halloween. 
Here is Harry Potter (aka Camden)

Clementine as a clementine

My daughter Christina
(Daddy was out of town)
Here's a shot of Grampie and Kelly's three boys.
Rob, Justin, Oliver and little Colton
During our stay Meghan and I worked on Amelia's bedroom. We made a pretty cornice and hung a swag from it. We painted a beautiful princess crown, complete with jewels, above her bed and we made a pretty, striped awning for her window. She loves her new room!
We all had a wonderful visit!