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The End of the Road (for now)

Walt Disney World, FL, October 13, 2012

sunny 85 °F

This is the end of the road for us for now. We are at Walt Disney World Resort and will be staying at their campground, Fort Wilderness, for a while before heading to our winter home at Citrus Ridge. This is where we started this year's adventure and where we will end it. Thanks for coming along with us. Today and tomorrow we are at the Pop Century Resort. Right next to Pop Century is Disney's newest resort, the Art of Animation. This one was not open when we left in the Spring, so we walked over to take a look. It is typically Disney with Cars, Little Mermaid, Nemo and Lion King. We loved it. Since we were here we had to do some Disney stuff so we went to Hollywood Studios, where we work. It was so nice to see some fellow cast members and also to meet some new ones. Studios looks good and is already getting the lights up for the Osborne Family's Spectacle of Lights. Of course dinner at the Earl of Sandwich was in order and the Holiday Sandwich is here! Yum, my favorite :).
Our resort: Pop Century

Our resort: Pop Century

Where we work

Where we work

Art of Animation resort CARS

Art of Animation resort CARS

Cars Resort

Cars Resort

Cool pool!

Cool pool!

Hot air balloon at Dpwntown Disney

Hot air balloon at Dpwntown Disney


We have had another wonderful summer and are thankful to those of you that have followed our blog, yet again. This summer we travelled about 16,600 miles, which is actually a little bit more than last summer! We visited 16 states this year. I have written 151 blog entries with anywhere from 150 to 250 folks visiting that site daily! Thanks again!
Today's weather was perfect, with temps in the mid 80s and much sun.

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A Waiting Game

Daytona Beach, FL, October 12, 2012

sunny 82 °F

We played the waiting game today! At 9 am we had an appointment to bring the camper in because our living room drawer fell out while we were traveling. After we dropped it off we took the truck for an oil change. They found that there was a recall on a part and so it took 2 1/2 hours at the Chevy dealer. At that point the camper dealer told us they were waiting to hear from the manufacturer to see if the drawer mechanism was covered. We went to lunch, I got my hair cut and we walked around the mall. Upon returning to the camper dealer we learned that they were still waiting to hear, so we waited some more. Two hours more, but it was done and covered by 4 pm. Long day. We drove as far as Daytona for the night and are exhausted from doing nothing but waiting around all day. Our Disney friend, Phil, had surgery, and we were very pleased to hear that everything went well and they think they got it all. Hopefully they will be able to head to Florida in a few weeks :)
It was a beautiful, sunny day, high 82°.

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St. Marys, Georgia

St. Marys, GA, 10-11-12

sunny 74 °F

On our continuous journey south we added 200 miles today and stopped in St. Marys, GA. It is a nice little find, and if we had known what was here we would have tried to work in more time here. The town is on the St. Marys River which flows into the ocean. A short ferry ride away is Cumberland Island National Seashore. Unfortunately, the last ferry of the day had already taken off by the time we arrived. Cumberland Island is the largest of Georgia's barrier islands and just teeming with wildlife. Also in St. Marys is Orange Hall, a wonderful example of a Greek Revival Antebellum house. Right now it is under renovation. There is a Naval Submarine Base here and a Submarine Museum downtown that was closed when we got here. We did manage to have a delicious seafood dinner at Lang's, where the seafood is fresh caught and wonderful! A large portion of town belongs to the National Park Service and it is all very well taken care of. The waterfront has many beautiful boats, sailing vessels, fishing boats and pleasure craft. We stopped at the ruins of a Sugar Cane Factory on our way home from dinner and were surprised at how large it was. Now we have a new destination the next time we are in this area. We will be back! We found a nice Passport America campground and a State Park practically across the road that also has camping, so we have options when we return.
Downtown St. Marys

Downtown St. Marys

Neat park

Neat park

Park at waterfront

Park at waterfront

the marina

the marina

Needs a little TLC

Needs a little TLC

Model Sub at Kings Bay Naval Base

Model Sub at Kings Bay Naval Base

Ruins of sugar cane factory.

Ruins of sugar cane factory.


It was a gorgeous day with a high temp of 74° and lots of sunshine. It is nice to be back in the part of the country with abundant sunshine :)

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The 'new' Charleston

Charleston, SC, October 10, 2012

sunny 80 °F

When we go to a place that we have already been I like to go to new places, so that's what we did. First thing this morning we took a bus tour of the city. We have done carriage tours, but the bus tour was more comprehensive. We saw so many churches and museums we were amazed. The Charleston Museum was our next stop. This was the first museum in North America and it started out with artifacts from all over the world. The idea was to introduce all these new items to the people of Charleston. Over the years the focus has changed, and now it is all about Charleston, with a small exhibit of artifacts from the original collections.
Methodist Church in Charleston

Methodist Church in Charleston

Steeple was painted black during Civil War

Steeple was painted black during Civil War

Antebellum home

Antebellum home

Replica of HL Hunley

Replica of HL Hunley

Early funeral coach

Early funeral coach

Clothing display

Clothing display


Lunch today was a great find! We went to the Art Institute where they have culinary students who run a restaurant for the public. For $12 you get a three course meal that includes drinks and tax. There were three choices for each course and they change every two weeks. Our meal was delicious and beautifully presented.
Wow, what a lunch

Wow, what a lunch

Buggy tours of Charleston

Buggy tours of Charleston


After eating we went to the City Market and wandered through it, admiring the wares, especially the Sweetgrass Baskets. We walked down Rainbow Row and ended up at the Battery. There is a free trolley that took us around the city and the next stop was the Joseph Manigault house. The house is a wonderful example of Adam style architecture, or Federal, as we call it in the north. This was a very wealthy family of rice farmers who had a plantation, but came into the city during the summer season.
Manigault Mansion

Manigault Mansion

Inside the Manigault home

Inside the Manigault home

Antebellum home at Battery Park

Antebellum home at Battery Park

The City Market

The City Market

SC Sweetgrass baskets

SC Sweetgrass baskets


Finally we ended up at the Magnolia Cemetery, a very old one where the crew of the confederate submarine, H.L. Hunley were buried. The Hunley was the first combat submarine ever produced that brought down the Union ship, the Hoosatonic. Unfortunately, upon doing this it sunk itself off the coast of Charleston.
HL Hunley crew burial from 2004

HL Hunley crew burial from 2004


What a great day!
This morning was quite chilly, 48, when we headed out, but the temp got up to 80! Abundant sunshine, also.

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A Very (Mt.) Pleasant Day

Mt. Pleasant, SC, October 9, 2012

sunny 66 °F

Mount Pleasant is a great spot to visit and that's where we headed today. There are many plantations in this area and the one we decided upon was Boone Hall. When you turn into the property the first thing you notice is a row of trees. It is called the Avenue of Oaks with 93 live oak trees that make a magnificent entrance to the plantation. On the property is the house, smoke house, row of slave houses, cotton gin and others. The plantation house is the 4th one on the site and it was built in 1936 by the 5th owners of the plantation. The oldest structure is the smokehouse which was built in 175 and is original. There are 9 slave houses in the row that did contain 27 at one time. The plantation started out with trees as its first crop, moving on to indigo, cotton and pecans. Right now they grow many different crops and just added peach trees to the mix. We had a tour of the house and then a coach tour of the grounds. At one time there were over 4000 acres, but the current holding is just over 700. We had a great time and probably could have stayed longer, but we had other places to see.
The 4th Boone Hall

The 4th Boone Hall

Oldest building in SC (smokehouse)

Oldest building in SC (smokehouse)

Slave quarters

Slave quarters


On the way to Boone Hall we passed a National Park Site that we were not familiar with. It is the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. He was a patriot, statesman and framer of the US Constitution. Charles' career of public service began at the young age of 21. This property is part of the original Snee farm owned by Pinckney's family. The National Park Service acquired 28 acres, the only undeveloped portion of the original 1754 purchase, in 1990 and have been excavating ever since. More than 150,000 artifacts have already been removed from the site and many structures have been unearthed.
The Pinckley Home

The Pinckley Home

Pickney was only 22 years old.

Pickney was only 22 years old.


The last thing we did in Mount Pleasant today was quite unusual for me. At the Visitor's Center we found that there is a walking path that goes across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. So we walked all the way up to the top. We didn't realize that it was 2 1/2 miles one way and we didn't have enough money in the meter, so we couldn't go all the way across. the views from the bridge were wonderful and we saw a container ship, barges, tug boats and more while on it.
What a neat bridge.

What a neat bridge.

Hanging on for dear life.

Hanging on for dear life.

We won't jump!

We won't jump!

USS Yorktown, aircraft carrier at Patriot Point

USS Yorktown, aircraft carrier at Patriot Point


The weather started out pretty poorly, but ended up being beautiful with sun and temps in the high 60s.

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