Dinner at Brew

I forgot to include this in my post before…but I gotta tell ya’ll about the really, really great brew pub Connie found us for dinner last night. It’s named Brew and is in Chesterfield, VA right on the main drag. They have about 30 or so beers on tap and almost none of them you’ve ever heard of before. After Connie got back from her day trip to to the DC area to met her students yesterday we went out for dinner last night. The web site for Brew is http://www.brewgastropub.com and I can highly recommend them if you’re in the area.

We started with a Breckenridge Vanilla Porter for Neil and a glass of Terapin Tree Hugger Ale for Connie. Both were excellent; the porter dark and smooth with just a hint of vanilla and the Ale was nice and tasty as well. After that we sampled a couple of cream stouts…Bell’s Double Cream Stout and Left Hand Milk Stout…the Cream Stout won out after we tasted both of them and we had a glass of that as well. Our third round (hey, they were only 12 oz. beers) we went back to the Breckenridge Vanilla Stout as it was the tastiest of the bunch (although none of them were bad).

For dinner Connie had a Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich with fresh cut fries and Neil ordered a stout burger which has bacon, crispy onion strips, sharp cheddar and cranberry sauce. Unfortunately…they screwed up and brought him an IPA burger instead which has mozzarella, tomato, pickles, and aioli. He didn’t notice at first because the burger was really good but about 3/4 of the way through said to himself “this was supposed to have bacon on it”. Sure enough, turns out the waiter had punched the wrong thing into the ordering system so he got the burger for half off instead. For a side he had fried sweet potato straws…which were really good…along with some home made BBQ sauce.

The whole bill for 6 beers and two sandwiches was only 34 bucks or 41 with tip…quite reasonable for the quality of both the food and beers.

We’re glad she found it…the Vanilla Porter was the best beer we’ve had in months and the food was also outstanding even though it was the wrong burger.

Cyas.

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Cold Harbor Battlefield Trip

Today’s Fun Stuff© was a short drive about 20 miles over to the Cold Harbor Battlefield over on the east side of Richmond. This was the site of 2 battles during the Civil War. The first one was in 1862 during what has become known as the Seven Days Battles. Since Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy the Union troops knew that if they could capture the city it would most likely end the war; so in the spring of 1862 the Union army conducted a five month campaign trying to take the city. They landed at the southern of the Chesapeake peninsula and advanced northwest toward Richmond then turned west towards the city. During the first big battle east of the city the Confederate commander was wounded and replaced by Robert E. Lee. Lee then led a series of counterattacks known as the Seven Days Battles that forced the Federal army to the south and then east away from Richmond which resulted in the failure of the campaign. The heaviest fighting during the battle took place on June 27 when Confederate troops repeatedly assaulted the Union lines near Gaines Mill about a mile or two from Cold Harbor (the town is named after the Cold Harbor Ale House which was the an early bar in the area). Total Union and Confederate casualties were over 15,000 for this one day…largely due to the fact that the trench warfare of the later Civll War hadn’t been invented yet…at this point in the war the battles still consisted of lines of troops facing each other in the field and not of one line assaulting the other which was in a defensive position. After the Seven Days Battle…which was largely a victory for the Confederate side as it kept Richmond from being occupied…the retention of Fort Darling by the South on the bluffs overlooking the James River meant that Richmond was protected from waterborne assault for the duration of the war.

In the spring of 1864 the Union again decided to try and capture Richmond…but this time instead of approaching from the coast to the east they crossed the James River northwest of the city about 120 miles almost directly west of Spotsylvania. There then commenced a series of running battles in which the Union forces tried to get to Richmond and they kept being blocked by Confederate forces in a leapfrog pattern towards the southeast until they were east or Richmond near Cold Harbor…very near to the site of the previous battle at Gaines Mill.

The first battle was in early May and is known as the Battle in the Wilderness…we previously visited that area a couple of years ago during our test RV trip before we decided to go full-time. The Wilderness is literally in the woods today and was actually woods back then…we were amazed back then by the fact that for many portions of the battle there were Union and Confederate troops within several hundred yards of each other with neither being aware of the presence of the other. The battle was fought as a large number of small skirmishes which eventually resulted in General Grant taking his Army of the Potomac southeast to try and get around the Confederate forces. Here’s a map of the 1864 Campaign; the Wilderness  battle took place May 5-7 at the northwest corner of the map. Confederate forces are in red, Union in blue.

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Following the Wilderness…Grant repositioned to the south and there were a series of further battles at Spotsylvania, Hanover Junction and Mechanicsville before the largest battles of the campaign at Cold Harbor…this was the site we visited today. At Cold Harbor the Confederate forces had dug in along a seven mile stretch of earthen trench works to block the Union advance; today’s 1 mile hike through the battlefield was largely a trip through the remains of these defense works…which are just about the best preserved battle trenches we have seen on our travels.

One thing that is inaccurate about the pictures from today though…back during the war the wooded areas were largely non existent and all of the land the battle took place in was rolling farmland with open fields.

Our tour started near the center of the Confederate lines near the site where Gear’s battalion of artillery was setup. This 8 pounder is very similar to those that were setup here and looks out over a portion of the battlefield that was left in it’s original state of pastureland. The shot of the fieldpiece is looking north along the general line of the Confederate fortifications…the next image of the area the Union troops attacked through is a 90 degree right turn right after the shot of the artillery. You can’t see it very well in the picture; but the far side of the field is about a quarter mile away and the valley in the middle between the Confederate lines where we are standing and the Union lines to the east is about 30 or 40 feet deep.

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From this point we crossed the field to the tree line on the far side using the mown path on the right side of the frame then entered the woods behind the Union lines. We then turned to the left and meandered through the lines that part of the battle was fought in. Today these are all in the woods. The well preserved entrenchments that are depicted at the end of the post are a quarter mile or so to the left along the Confederate lines from where this was taken, they are in the background out of sight in the shot of the field piece.

The first set of trenches we encountered are in the photo below…although they have largely eroded. You can just see the remnants of the trench running from upper right to lower left. These are located just about 200 feet into the woods at the end of the mown path in the field photo above.

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Continuing on around the open field in the woods towards the left rear side of the field picture above (trying to give you some sort of feeling for the layout of the area with these references to the field picture) we crossed some more badly eroded trenches

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before coming across the best preserved area of them. By this time we had completed about 3/4 of a large counter clockwise circle around the open field from the photo back after the field piece shot and are about 1/4 mile north of the location of the field piece. From this location we went another 100 yards or so and then got this panoramic view of the well preserved trenches and area towards the Union lines.

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Referring to the picture above…and remember that none of this had any trees 150 years ago. This is about a 90 degree field of view…on the far right you’re looking south towards where the field piece is displayed, it would easily be visible except for the trees. Looking left in the image by the time you get over to the large tree near the left side you’re looking almost due east towards the Union lines…you can just make out the area of their lines about at the horizon level in the distance. With none of the trees in place, and with the Union lines being maybe 100 feet lower than the Confederate lines at this point the Union forces were facing a seriously dangerous charge across open lines towards thousands of entrenched Confederate troops with artillery support…which meant they would be slaughtered if they attacked.

Here is another shot from behind the Confederate trenches looking towards the open field and Union lines. The field you see in the rear is the same open field previously viewed from the field position which is just out of the frame to the right here.

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Nonetheless; on June 2 the Union forces tried a small attack against a gap in the Confederate lines a little to the north of this location. They were partially successful in that they captured a portion of the trench system before being driven back by Confederate reinforcements. This partial success led General Grant to try a large scale attack on June 3 as he was emboldened by his near success…but it was not quite at this point where he decided to attack. The actual attack took place further to the north from this part of the lines maybe a quarter mile or so.

For this part of the tour we hopped into the car and drove over to the area of the Confederate lines where the attack was centered. Here’s a view from immediately behind the Confederate fortifications looking east.

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You can’t really tell it from these shots but these berms are about 10 feet high and the land generally falls off about 20 or so feet by the time you get to the far side of the field. If you can see the small white car a little bit left of center here…that’s the center of the Union lines and the next shot shows the view from that perspective looking west.

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Sorry there’s not a convenient car for this last shot taken from the Union side of the line…but the previous shot was taken from just about the center of this shot looking west back toward the Confederate trenches. Remember that all of this was open pastureland and farmland 150 years ago and the Union forces attacked across about a 500 yard cleared area going uphill towards the Confederate lines. The attack started about 0600 on June 3 when General Grant sent 3 Corps ahead across a 3 mile front centered at this location. As one can guess…attacking across open ground toward entrenched forces supported by artillery required extreme courage…but they were slaughtered nonetheless. By the time the attack failed and Union forces retreated to their fortifications immediately behind where this shot was taken from (sorry, no shots of the Union trenches but they were similar to the Confederate ones except are almost entirely eroded away) at 1200 they lost almost 6,000 men.

This was the last of the major skirmishes at Cold Harbor; the troops on both sides occupied their trenches until June 12 at which point General Grant leapfrogged to the south again. They crossed the James River and were again stymied on the east side of Petersburg from being able to attack Richmond which is directly north of Petersburg.

Unfortunately for General Lee…although successful in defending Richmond…General Grant’s arrival at Petersburg was the beginning of the end of the war. Once he was entrenched east of Petersburg, he had both the port of Hopewell on the James River available for resupply, rearming, and reinforcements and over the next several months just had a stalemate with General Lee while growing a more powerful army. He kept attacking and eventually occupied Petersburg in March 1865 and then Richmond in April. At this point…Lee’s outnumbered and outgunned army started a retreat northwest along the James River in an attempt to join forces with General Johnston’s army. He was harried up the James River by Grant’s forces and eventually cut off and surrendered at Appomattox in April 1865…thus ending the war as General Lee’s army was the last remaining Confederate force.

So…that’s the end of today’s history lesson. From being on the ground one can see how difficult the fighting was in this part of Virginia during the war…and visiting the various battle sites gives you a much better perspective on the battles and overall war progress then reading about it in dry history texts. There are several other battlefields from the time here in the Richmond area…we’re out of time now but will visit some more of them on our next visit here to see their human kids.

Tomorrow is laundry and seeing those human kids as well as packing for our departure. Saturday we’re off to Fairfax for Neil’s eye appointment then back here to pick up the house and head off on our two day drive to Sevierville TN for the RV-Dreams Rally.

Cyas.

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Hike at Dutch Gap Conservation Area

We had a really good hike yesterday. After breakfast and coffee we lazed around until almost noon then headed out about 15 miles east to the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. This is a wildlife management area that is bordered on one side by a state park that has some reconstructed Indian dwellings in it and on the other side by a Virginia Power generating plant and the James River. For part of the hike we were hiking along just below the dike that surrounds the fly ash pit for the power plant…this is where the dump the ash from the coal burning facility. While walking along the dike at the beginning of the hike we got to talking about the coal cars we saw on the way past the plant to the conservation area and got to wondering how much coal a generating station like this one used…so today Neil did some rough engineering calculations for the plant after googling to see what it’s generating capacity was. Turns out it’s the largest single generating station owned by Dominion Power and produces 1650 MW of power (about 12 percent of the Dominion total) of which about 1200 MW or so is coal fired with the remaining being oil/natural gas fired. After another quick google to figure out the number of BTUs in a ton of coal, how much coal fit in a railroad car, and the conversion factor from MW to BTU/hour…he figured on a plant efficiency of about 20 percent and crunched the numbers…coming up with about 180 railroad car loads of coal per day assuming continuous maximum power operation. We watched some dump trucks hauling off the ash as we finished the hike and counted 4 truck loads in about 10 or 11 minutes…some more quick guesswork calculations on total ash per day gave him a pretty good feeling about his estimate. So the answer is a large coal station uses about 180 railroad cars of coal per day give or take a couple of dozen…he knew when he started that it would only be a guess since minor variations in efficiency and the other numbers in the calculation  make a difference. We were really only interested in an order of magnitude sort of answer anyway so 180 is an in the ballpark number. Ok, enough engineering talk…back to hike talk.

After parking at the state park visitor center we had a picnic before we set out on what turned out to be almost 5.2 miles of hiking. Luckily it was all pretty flat and reasonably graded so it wasn’t hard hiking…well, except for this bridge we had to walk over that creaked under us and gave Connie the heebie jeebies. Neil tried to tell her that the load limit for the bridge was 1.5 tons and while she might be a couple pounds more than optimum she was nowhere near 1.5 tons…but it didn’t make her feel any better. He then tried to tell her it was just the bridge deck (wooden boards) shifting slightly in their brackets but she didn’t like that either.

Anyhoo…shortly after we started we spotted a mockingbird (didn’t bother with a picture of it), then a couple of geese and a bird of prey of some sort…we can’t decide if it is an Osprey or an immature Red Tailed Hawk…the pattern looks more like that of an Osprey but the colors are off for that and more closely resemble the Red Tailed…but it wasn’t really close enough to get a decent enough picture for an exact identification. If I had to guess I would guess it was more likely to be an Osprey since we saw several other Ospreys while we were on the hike. We also got a shot of what we think is a female Baltimore Oriole…but again didn’t have a good enough shot to really be sure.

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We turned of of the dike path into the woods and across the dikes surrounding all the ponds and then crossed the aforementioned scary bridge. Looking back Neil spotted another Osprey (we’re sure about this one as we got out the big lens for better pictures) so we got a few nice photos of it.

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Here’s a shot of the path we walked on…almost all of it was like this…followed by a couple shots of one of the lakes as well as a sunk boat in an area known as the graveyard. We have no idea why there are a bunch of sunk boats in the lake.

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Finally, right towards the end of the hike (just before we turned back down the path next to the dike to return to the parking lot) we spotted another set of 4 geese that were nicely grouped for a photo.

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We also heard and spotted a total of 4 Prothonotary Warblers which are fairly common in wetland areas but are usually pretty hard to actually spot as they hide in the grass and foliage. Unfortunately…although we did spot them we were not able to get a picture as they were mostly obscured by foliage even the couple that were within 10 feet of us. So, I found a picture of one on the internet for you.

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They’re really brightly colored and one would think they would be easy to spot but they’re only 4 or 5 inches long and like to stay close to the ground in grass/twigs/shrubs and they’re just hard to see. We were happy to spot them even though we got no pictures.

Afterwards we came home and had a shower then ate leftover chicken and sweet taters from our dinner with Bryan and Jen on Sunday…then watched TV until bedtime. This morning we decided to go up and dump our gray tank as it was full and it’s supposed to rain later. That killed a couple of hours by the time we stowed a bit, disconnected utilities, drove up and dumped and then parked/reconnected everything. After that it was lunch and Connie’s doing some work…trying to get the IT guys at the college to make her ‘upgraded’ Windows 7 laptop work and connect as well as the old XP one did.

Chili for dinner, and tomorrow Connie is driving up to the college to meet more students…Neil will pay bills and such while she’s gone. We’ve got another hike planned for Thursday and then laundry on Friday and head out for the rally in Sevierville on Saturday.

Cyas.

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Hanging out in Chesterfield VA

We’ve had a pretty uneventful week so far here at site 103, Pocahontas State Park Campground in Chesterfield VA. After arriving here last Monday following a short 2 hour drive…we then spent another hour and a half or so trying to flush our gray tank enough to get whatever is stuck to the side causing our level indicator to read inaccurately unstuck. We had dumped and flushed a couple times before we left Bull Run and traveled with 25 or so gallons in the tank along with some Calgon hoping the sloshing would help clean the tank sides.

That scrub and another half a dozen full and partial flushes made some improvement in the problem…Neil will give it a try next week when we’re at Sevierville for the rally and see if he can get it sorted out the rest of the way.

Anyway…Connie was pretty busy working last week, it rained 2 days, and we did laundry one day…not to mention it was pretty cool, damp, and overcast most of the week…so we didn’t do much fun. We did get out to Rockwood Park nearby on Friday and had a nice 2.5 mile hike out and around a private lake and through the woods. We could hear plenty of birds around us but were only able to get photos of a few…most of them were what we have come to refer to as “taunting birds”…they just sit in the trees and make noise just to taunt you since they know you can’t actually see them. Luck was on our side slightly though…as most of the trees don’t really have many leaves yet so we were able to spot some chickadees…although the little varmints would never stay still long enough to focus and get a picture while simultaneously being close enough to not be just a dot in the picture and not obscured by branches. 

Anyway; a few photos we did get…the first two are of the Bluebells up at Bull Run Park…they’re supposed to be the big draw for flora in the park and the Bluebell Walk was held the weekend we were there but none of them had bloomed for the walk. We spotted a patch of them in a (sorta) sunlit area on the way out and got a couple of pics.

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Proceeding ahead with the shots from our Rockwood Park hike we spotted a group of cormorants on some pilings out in the private lake

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followed by some turtles sunning themselves out on the logs near the shore…Neil had to crawl out a bit on a fallen log to get this shot but at least he didn’t have to get out over the water.

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Heading away from the lake we spotted a blooming dogwood…the flowers are known as the Wounds of Christ from back in the middle ages…the flower sort of forms a cross with dark areas out at the tips of the petals for the wounds and the stamens forming a crown of thorns in the center. The wikipedia page also claims that dogwoods were much larger back in the day and that the crucifix was made from a dogwood…but we’re calling BS on that one as we’ve never heard of a dogwood being that large and there isn’t any justification given for this claim.

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Heading further in the woods we spotted a male Scarlet Tanager chasing a female…it is breeding season ya’ know…and they kept flitting around us. We got one halfway decent picture of them when they landed in a tree overhead but otherwise we could hear them and see them but not close enough or unblocked by trees enough for a shot (we didn’t have the big lens anyway).

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Finally we spotted a gray squirrel who posed nicely for us on top of a log.

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We also heard (and briefly saw as he flew overhead…well, Neil saw him anyway but Connie didn’t turn around fast enough) a Pileated Woodpecker (that’s the Woody Woodpecker kind…although the actual call doesn’t sound anything like Woody does). Didn’t get a picture of it though as it was a 2 second glimpse overhead…barely long enough to identify it.

Saturday was a pretty nice day but Connie had to work on an article for ASCLS Today so she did that and Neil went on a bike ride. Sunday was Easter and was a beautiful day…we sat outside in the chair for awhile and then the human kids (and beagle Betty) came over for dinner…we had grilled chicken with some Italian dressing/mustard/BBQ sauce/honey sauce that Neil made up. After that we had some brownies with pecans, butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips in them and salted caramel topping…both were a hit all around. The kids left around 2100 since Jen had to go back to work tomorrow and then we just watched TV until bedtime.

Today we’re off for another hike…again it’s a beautiful sunshiny day so hopefully we’ll get some good shots along the way.

Cyas.

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Day Trip to Philly, Organ Concert, and Travel to Midlothian

Just a short post to catch ya’ll up. 

We headed out from Bull Run on our 3 hour trip to Philadelphia for the Saint Saëns concert about 1100 on Saturday morning…having routed ourselves around the really, really boring drive up 95 (and coincidentally around the 8 bucks worth of tolls we would have paid on that route)…anyway, we arrived at the Comfort Inn near the airport about 1500. After a quick nap, shower, and getting dressed we headed off for dinner. Our original destination was a Ted’s around the corner from the concert hall but it turned out to be closed so after parking in the garage across the street from the Kimmel Center we headed to a nearby Fado’s Irish Pub instead. Fado’s is a chain but it’s sort of upscale. We had 2 beers each…started with a Guinness and a Smithwicks and then had a Newcastle Brown Ale each. Along with that we had some Jalapeño Cream Cheese Puffs and then some mini burgers…topping it off with a great brownie with ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce and whipped cream. After that we headed across to the concert hall for the concert.

The first half of the concert was the Prokofiev Violin Concerto #2 and the Casella Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente…neither of which did a thing for us. They were well played but didn’t turn us on much. The faster parts of the Casella were pretty decent but the slower movements didn’t seem to really go anywhere…and the Prolofiev didn’t have much of a melody to follow, it just seemed like disjointed playing. After intermission we had the Saint Saëns and it was pretty wonderful. After the lack of upper register in Charleston a week back this organ was truly well voiced…and both the soloist and the conductor believed in giving the organ the leading role in the symphony (it is named Organ after all)…so they really let it rip. The conductor kept the tempo in the finale down a bit slower and more majestic (we prefer it that way) and I’m pretty sure that (as Scotty used to say)…he gave it all she’s got at the end. Truly magnificent performance.

Here’s a nice shot of the organ pipes. The soloist sits right below the large set of pipes you can see and there are another two smaller sets to his right and left behind the seats you can see under the pipes. Pretty impressive organ loft we said…and played to perfection as well.

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After the concert we headed home but got stuck up in the aftermath of both a Phillies game and the Frozen Four NCAA Hockey Championship…Connie got pretty aggravated by the traffic but we kept at it and eventually got through the backup and to the hotel where we went to sleep pretty quickly.

Sunday morning we got up, hit a church right close to the hotel for Mass then headed home, arriving about 1300 after a couple of errand stops on the way.

Monday we got up, packed and hitched and hit the road about 1100 for the 130 mile trip down to Midlothian to see their human kids…we’re parked in site 103 at Pocahontas State Park Campground. We had to stop by the dump station on the way in for about an hour and flush our tanks several times trying to get whatever was stuck to the side and screwing up our level indicators loose…we think we accomplished that. One thing we forgot was the Pocahontas has no sewer connections at the sites…so we’ll be walking 100 yards to the bathhouse to take showers. We left BAT hitched up just in case we end up having to go and dump partway through our stay…Connie’s sort of bummed about that. Next time we come here we’ll have to see if we can find a full hookup campground instead. Here’s a shot of our site this morning…taken in the rain.

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Today we headed over to Bryan and Jenn’s…she’s off on spring break with her mom and he’s at work but we’re doing laundry and Connie is working while we wait. They’re coming over for dinner tomorrow and we’ll have a nice meal with them.

That’s about it…hopefully we’ll figure out some fun stuff to do at least a couple of days while we are here…Connie has more work to do and Neil needs to do a drop off and pick up from the storage location near here as well.

Cyas.

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Hanging Out in Northern VA

Well, I gotta admit we haven’t done much since our arrival here in Centerville VA. After our second travel day from Selma NC to Centerville VA on Saturday…we got parked and setup in site 124 here at Bull Run Regional Park. Sunday we had dinner with some old work buddies of Neil’s and hashed out all the problems of the DoD over beer and Mexican food at Uncle Julio’s Mexican Cafe.

Monday Connie worked all day and it was raining so Neil just stayed home. Wednesday was errand day…we visited Cassaday and Company and met with our financial advisor Nick, picked up some stuff we needed and that was about it. Thursday was a nice day so while Connie was off getting hair and nails done Neil went on a bike ride. Tomorrow we’re heading into downtown DC to pick up some Euros and British Pounds for our upcoming Ireland/Northern Ireland trip…we’ll get more cash when we get to each country from ATMs but didn’t want to hit the ground with no cash money at all.

Saturday we’re off to Philadelphia for a Saint Saëns concert with our return on Sunday afternoon…then Monday we’re off to Midlothian to see Bryan for a couple of weeks. He’s got lots of packages we ordered as well as some mail for us to pickup…and has offered to let us be his college students and let us do laundry…score!!

Here’s a shot of our site #124. It’s a little uneven but we got leveled so life is good. No satellite TV though…the trees are in the way and even though the satellite controller says we have visibility the DirectTV receiver says we have no satellites. We up the the batwing antenna but don’t have real good signals on it either as we are pretty far out from the antennas being in the western suburbs…so our channel selection is limited but we’re handling that fine.

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Along the interwebs this week Neil found a couple of pictures he thought ya’ll might enjoy. First up is some fireman who have jury rigged something that just clearly isn’t going to work…I can guarantee that the train wheels won’t roll up and over the hose they have crossing the tracks.

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He also found this picture of an owl…it’s hard to tell whether the owl is actually the same color as the tree or whether somebody photoshopped it. Heck, it’s actually hard to determine that it’s actually an owl and not just some sort of projection on the tree. He’s looked at it several times and can’t make up his mind whether it’s real or not.

There are a couple of owls that are primarily gray in color…but nope that are this specific shade and pattern…and you can’t see either eyes or ears…so he’s really not sure either way. What do you think?

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That’s about it…not really doing much this week…we mostly came here for Connie to visit the college and meet students and to park the house while we drove up to Philadelphia for the concert on Saturday.

Cyas.

 

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Travel Day to Selma NC

Had a really great travel day today. Got up at 0600 and had coffee and some cereal for breakfast then started getting ready to move at 0800. We hitched, stowed, retracted, dumped and were on the road by bat 0920. A short trip of about 5 miles to I-26 W for 33 miles and then onto 95 N for 225 miles into NC then off the highway at exit 98. A short 3/4 mile later we were at RVacation RV Park a few minutes before 1500. This is a popular spot as we saw at least six rigs pull in between our arrival and 1520 when we were safely parked in our site H3. After checking in we pulled maybe 70 yards around the dumpster and then straight into the site. Nice full hookup 50 amp amp site…wide and easy peazy to pull into. Will be a nice exit in the morning.
We didn’t get hot and sweaty today…so we decided no shower was necessary…so all we hooked up was power. No water or sewer, didn’t unhitch since it’s just overnight and just put the jacks down enough to keep the house from rocking.
It’s a bit windy but the satellite TV locked right on and the park wifi is good so we are good.
Dinner. Will either be crab ravioli (hey, it’s Lent for another coupla weeks) or we might look for a place to get a bite. We are sitting here having a Murphy’s Stout.
Tomorrow it’s another 260 mile day straight up 95. We exit at Quantico Marine Base and head west across Prince William County to Bull Run Regional park where we will be for 9 days.
CYAs. Here’s a shot of our site…we would definitely stay here again.

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