Monday, August 31, 2015

8/29/15 - Milford, VA

Today we stopped at a historical road sign that told about the house where James Madison was born.  It is no longer there.  We drove to George Washington’s birthplace.  His birthplace house is no longer there.  The park service has built a colonial home and has made a working farm there.  The original house site is outlined with stone so you can see the floor plan.  There is also a 1/10 scale version of the Washington Monument in D.C.  Down the road is the Washington family cemetery.  George Washington’s grandfather and father are buried there.  They used to be in separate graves and in 1930 they were dug up and then reentered into one grave.  

I read that Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond wasn’t open on Monday and Tuesday so we drove there to take a tour.  Maggie L. Walker was an African American educator and businesswoman.  She was the first female bank president to charter a bank in the U.S.  We went on a tour of her house and then we went to Richmond Battlefield Visitor’s center that is in the old Tredegar Iron Works ruins.  This plant manufactured trains, cannons, and ammunition for the south  during the civil war.  We watched a movie and looked at the exhibits.  We stopped at Legend Brewing before returning to the Casita.

8/28/15 - Milford, VA

Jim fixed breakfast sandwiches for us this morning.  We bought some lamb chorizo near Bisbee, Arizona in February at a farmer’s market.  I thawed it, made patties out of it and cooked it.  Jim used it in the breakfast sandwiches.  It was very good!
Then we drove to Prince William Forest Park.  Jim wouldn’t get out of the car.  He read about the park having a problem with ticks and ever since he contracted Ehrlichiosis on one of our other trips from the Lone Star Tick he stays away from any possibility of being bitten again.  They have a campground here but we won’t be staying.  A few miles down the road is Quantico and the National Marine Museum.  We went there and saw the exhibits.  They had a piece of the Pentagon that was blown off by the 9/11 hijacked plane, and a beam from the World Trade Center.  They also had the original flag that was raised on top of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.  On the way back to camp we stopped at Battlefield Brewing, Spencer Devon Brewing, Blue & Gray Brewing, and Maltese Brewing.  We had Subway sandwiches for supper tonight.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

8/27/15 - Milford, VA

The McDonalds in Milford has sausage McGriddles for $1.00 so we went there for breakfast this morning.  Then we set out for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park.  On the way we stopped at the Jackson Shrine.   It is part of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields Memorial National Historic Park.  This is where Stonewall Jackson died after he was wounded by friendly fire in the Battle of the Wilderness.   We went on a tour of the house and saw Jackson's deathbed.  Then we drove to Manassas National Battlefield Park and walked a few of the trails.  We saw the Stonewall Jackson monument and the memorial to General Barnard Elliot Bee who coined the nickname “Stonewall” for Jackson.  It was time for rush hour and we were really near DC so we went to (Little) Badwolf Brewing, Heritage Brewing, and (Big) Badwolf Brewing to wait out the traffic.  We also visited the local homebrew shop, Jay’s. We got back to the Casita around 9 and I fixed supper.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8/26/15 - Milford, VA

We left the DC area today and drove into Virginia.  Jim’s glad to be out of DC because of the roads.  Nothing is straight, they have some double traffic circles with as many as 9 streets radiating from them, and the roads will beat you to death.  We had to cross a toll bridge that cost us $12.00, the most we have paid so far on this trip. We got a camp site in Milford north of Richmond.  Today we stayed at camp and washed four loads of laundry.

8/25/15 - Clinton, MD

Jim wanted to go to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum out by Dulles airport today.  So we headed out there.  On the way we stopped back by Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts National Site.  A few days ago when we went by there the Beach Boys were performing and we couldn’t get near it.  Today they are setting up for Santana to perform tonight.  This venue is like our Miller Outdoor Theatre but it has an upper section with seats also.  The hill is a little smaller than ours.  

The Air & Space museum was stuffed with historic aircraft including the Enola Gay B-29 that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima and the space shuttle Discovery.  They also had a Lockheed SR-71 stealth reconnaissance aircraft, the world's fastest manned air breathing aircraft.  Jim was surprised to see a Mighty Mouse missile there.  When he was in college he worked a couple of summers at an army ammunition plant in Kansas making propellant for these missiles. 

Then we went to the National Firearms Museum at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA.  They have an amazing collection of weapons there, including beautifully engraved pistols and shotguns.  They also had an exhibit of weapons used in Hollywood movies, and a "vampire pistol" which was in a coffin shaped case and included silver bullets, a vial of holy water, a mirror, and a small stake.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

8/24/15 - Clinton, MD

Jim drove again today.  We went to Rock Creek Park – Old Stone House in Georgetown. This is the oldest house in DC and is the only pre-revolutionary war building still standing in DC.  Then we went to Mary McLeod Bethune Council House.  She was an American educator and civil rights leader.  Then we went to Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.  He was an abolitionist, social reformer, orator, writer and statesman.  After resting at the Casita for a while we went to the American Legion and Jim updated the blog using their WIFI.