Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Carl waiting for the ferry going to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty from Jersey City, NJ. Was a very warm day with lots and lots of people going via ferry every 30 minutes. Couldn't get a ticket to walk around the pedestal base of "The Lady". Earliest anyone could get the "free tickets" was to reserve them for sometime in November! Amazing to listen to all the people around us and the various languages, etc. Really emphasized the American melting pot.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Went to bottom parking lot to purchase hot dogs, Combos and something to drink.......drove to shady spot in parking lot (about 90 degrees out) to eat our lunch & dessert (apples).
Started the Encampment tour CD stopping when told to do so & listening to the narration before starting again to the next stop........was okay until Carl decided to take a "shortcut".....then had to backtrack via oneway lanes......finally got back on track with the CD (he finally listen to me when I said to stop or turn). Saw several deer near the paths including two fawns.
Anyone coming this way should take the time to visit, there are biking/hiking/walking trails throughout and many people were doing just that.
The recreated cabins (huts) were strategically located and it was amazing to find out just how many people were encamped at Valley Forge though no fighting was actually done there. Over two thousand died while here from disease, poor food, lack of clothing and pneumonia. There were hospitals set up in nearby towns where the ill were taken to get treated (only problem was once there they were stripped of their outer garments which were given to an active soldier, so even once well many could not return to their units because they had only their skivvies!
There were approximately 3000 women & children in the encampment (many officer's wives & children) including Martha Washington in February 1778 when she baked a cake & had troops put on some entertainment for George, which was the first time the US celebrated his birthday!
After completing the tour we headed back to our motel in Exton, PA & the temp had risen to about 92 degrees in the shade. I wore blisters on the soles of my heels so needed to change shoes & put on some low socks to help protect them.
Once back we read (me) and watched some TV before heading out by foot to Cheeseburgers Paradise restaurant near the motel. Carl had their special Pina Colada and I had Mango iced tea. Had their guacamole dip & chips which mixed with the salsa provided for a little more kick to the guacamole proved to be quite good. Both had the cheeseburger paradise with sweet potato chips & dill pickle......very filling and delicious. Walked back to the motel taking a short detour through the shopping center parking lot. Watched the news & weather before turning in for the night.
8/2: Woke up during the night to thunder & rain, seems like it rains every other day so far on this trip, so will do something inside today (maybe laundry). Use this as a relax day before heading out tomorrow for Mt. Tabor, NJ where our friends Jeff & Sharon live with their family to visit then on Tuesday @8 a.m. we will catch the ferry from NJ for the trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (couldn't get tickets to climb up to the torch......the first available tickets are November!).
Friday, July 31, 2009
7/31: appeared to be a sunny day by the time we got up moving for breakfast. Decided to spend the day around Harrisburg after eating at our favorite breakfast place "Cracker Barrel". Wanted to visit the state capital and the National Civil War Museum. Starting to rain, then really rained so good thing we wanted to see the museum. Great museum showing both sides of the Civil War, well worth the 2+ hours we spent reading & watching their displays. Spending the next couple of nights in Exton, PA at Holiday Inn Express. Will check out Valley Forge tomorrow and whatever else catches our fancy...may go check out Hersey, PA as well.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
This was a great trip. Our pilot "Joe" was great and knew all about the island and where the celebraties live including Opra. We flew over her Maui property. Joe set the helecopter down on a cattle ranch on the island where we spent about 20 minutes looking at the area. We shared a bottle of champaign and toasted our anniversary, plus another couple with us was getting married in two days on the island we also toasted their upcoming wedding. We saw the cinder cone craters from about 10 thousand feet and flew all around the island. What a great ride. Shirley really enjoyed the flight especially getting to see the whales, waterfalls & Kona, pineapple & sugar cane plantations. Got a DVD of the ride for "FREE" because the camera in the cockpit wasn't working properly & the 6 of us were all washed out!