Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall Trip Planning

Hi Everyone.

I miss blogging!  I miss traveling!  I miss you guys!

Still simmering in the sauna that is summer in the Deep South.  70% humidity today.  Yuck!

But I digress.

The Good Deal Bus and I are on hold, just waiting to complete the kitchen renovation project.  It officially kicks off today with the delivery of the new cabinets.  Tomorrow the tearing-out and installation begins.  Then the counter-top templates get made Friday.  We are hoping for, at most, a one-week wait for the counter-top install.  Next is the tile and new light fixtures.  Then ……… I’m off!

Web Photo: Roadtrek on the Blue Ridge Parkway

It’s been so long since I planned my DC – Blue Ridge Parkway trip, I’ve forgotten some of the route and most of the stops.  So this morning, I’ve been reviewing my must-see list.  Here it is:


Appomattox Courthouse – VA

Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania – VA

Manassas – VA


Arlington House – VA

Prince William Forest Park – VA

Ford’s Theatre

FDR Memorial

Constitution Gardens

Korean War Memorial

LBJ Memorial Grove

National Archives

White House Visitors’ Center (I’ve toured the interior but didn’t get my National Park Passport stamp)

National Mall (again, seen these sites but didn’t have a Passport book then) – Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument. 

National Museum of American History

National Gallery

Clara Barton National Historic Site – MD


Skyline Drive

Blue-Ridge Parkway

Carl Sandburg Home - NC

For the DC portion, I plan to stay at Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.  That way, I can take the free shuttle that stops regularly at the campground and drops off at the metro station.  Perfect!

My focus will be the National Archives.  John and I spent maybe an hour there years ago and the experience just whetted my appetite.  I plan to spend some time at the National Gallery as well since it’s been too long between trips. 

I’ll likely move at a brisk pace getting up there, i.e. interstates.  But the way homeward should be leisurely.  I’m excited about the BRP part of the trip because, although we have been that way several times, we always had to keep moving in order to get back to home and office.  Now I can take my time and actually overnight ON the Parkway.  And I’ve never visited during leaf-changing season.

I’m prepping for the Civil War sites by watching the Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary.  I haven't seen all his film and I'm sure it would be hard to pick his best, but this is certainly a top contender.

My great-grandfather, William Oliver Wilson (first row, far left) was a Confederate soldier in the 13th Georgia Cavalry.  Thank goodness he made it!  Despite being shot at, he returned safely home and produced my grandfather 7 years later.  That's my grandfather (second row, far right).  

I've been trying to determine if W.O. Wilson saw any action at my battlefield stops.   

And I started teaching my first class yesterday so Chevy University is officially open for business! 

Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

Trip suggestions, anyone?