S: Our Road Trip 2012
FC: 2012 | GOOD TIMES
1: This was our first ever "half way across the country" road trip. We left home at about 4am with high hopes and a spirit of adventure. | These are pictures of the sunrise we saw as we cleared Dallas and hit the open road for real!
2: First state to drive through before we can rest! The goal was Birmingham Alabama the first day. We still had to drive across Louisiana, and Mississippi, then into Alabama.
3: The thing that amazed this old Texas gal was the beautiful trees all along the road. There were magnolia trees every where that were probably 100 ft tall!
4: Alabama at last!!
5: Time for some fun. food and relaxation!
9: North Carolina at last! Garner tomorrow
11: This is our stop at the Aversboro Coffee Shop. The man in the picture with Sami and me is Bruce. He is the husband of one of the ladies I met on my Scotty blog.
12: Sami spent quite a while chasing squirrels and taking pictures of them. Here she is taking the picture of the butterfly. She had more fun that day!
15: These pictures are from our hotel in Norfolk. This was the private beach for the hotel. The FIRST time Sami had ever seen the ocean!
16: Statue of Neptune on Virginia Beach
18: We | Will | Forget
20: Nothing like being on the beach with a couple of goofy grand-parents
22: The Geico sky writers | To see how fast the Miss Geico is note the airplane flying right above her
24: A WW II Mustang and a modern Raptor flying wing to wing... what a sight to see!
25: The Blue Angels were absolutely amazing! I was surprised that the manuevers that they do are not for the air show alone but are combat manuvers that all the pilots learn.
26: The Coast Guard doing a mock rescue demonstration
29: This is he bed and breakfast we stayed in in Lynchburg. Sami didn't want to leave!
31: Poplar Forrest was Thomas Jefferson's private home. He and his family fled here to escape from British soldiers and avoid capture.
32: The top picture shows how the house looked when they first began looking for the original dig holes in an attempt to recreate the landscape as closely as possible. Below are pictures of the digs that were there when we visited.
33: The small building on the top is one of two octagonal outhouses. There was an identical one on the other side of the house in the same location. The mound of dirt was created when Jefferson had dirt removed behind the house to create the terraced lawn and there was an identical one in the same location on the opposite side of the house. What ever he did to one side of either the house or the yards had to have a balancing item on the opposite side. A little OCD maybe?
37: The Kitchen (opposite)was actually a very modern kitchen because it had built in soup pots in addition to the ovens and the ability to cook over the open fire.
42: This building was the town court house and is now the visitor center.
46: The Silent Witness This little doll was found in the room after the surrender was signed. Therefore, she became known as the silent witness.
48: It was quite unusual to have and indoor kitchen during this time period.
51: The outdoor kitchen.
53: Slave Quarters
54: This was the view from the porch of the mercantile.
58: There were young men dressed as Union soldiers that told about the happenings as if the surrender had been about a month ago. One of them asked us where we were going next and we said Nashville. He said, "Why do you want to go there? There is almost nothing left of it". It was very interesting. They made it seem as if they had really been there.
59: The "Confederate soldier" told Sami the story of the child's footprint in the brick but don't ask her to tell the story because he made her promise not to tell it. He was very good at telling "his story". He was the only one of the 99 young men in his regiment that returned alive. Mr. McLean's son was one of the soldiers that did not return. He is buried on his father's land. The "soldier" told us to go "pay our respects. He actually cried while he was telling the story!
60: The Confederate soldiers trying to get home after the surrender had to have these parole papers to prevent either capture or being arrested as deserters. It took around two years for the news that the war was really over to spread. Also, they had no money and these parole certificates could be used to by passage on trains or stagecoaches and food as well.
61: These are the presses these certificates were printed on in this very room
62: The Inn
65: One tired little girl!
67: After about a 9 hour drive and our second flat tire we were really glad this cool place to eat was in easy walking distance.
68: This was a really amazing restaurant! It was "in" an aquarium! Nothing like eating fish while watching all kinds of fish, sharks, eels and rays swim all around you. The diver went in to feed the fish and it seemed like they knew immediately what he came to do. They swarmed him waiting for a bite.
71: Country Music Hall of Fame
75: They had a special Taylor Swift exhibit on display.
76: C o o t e r s
77: Sami was quite shocked when I told her this is what TV's looked like when I was a girl.
79: They said that Elvis never allowed anyone upstairs so out of respect to his memory no one could go upstairs. The bedroom was his mother's and was downstairs.
84: This is the jungle room. The acoustics were so good in this room because of the shag carpet on the floor and ceiling that Elvis made a recording studio here. The last album he ever made was recorded in this room.
91: This room was amazing! Floor to ceiling awards in a two story tall room. You truly had to be standing there to grasp the immenseness of it. The mind-boggling thing about the 50 million single sales award was that he sold that many over just four years!! and in the late 1950's at that.
92: This is the racquet ball building that Elvis built in the early 70's. The morning of the day he died he was at this piano singing and playing with friends.
99: On this page is the small plane and the picture of the inside of it. Opposite is the inside of the Lisa Marie . The sink is covered in 24 karat gold flakes. The thing that I didn't realize was that Elvis did not drink. The "bar" had Gatorade and bottled water.
100: I have always wanted to drive through this part of the country. I was totally amazed at the beauty of the country side. God gave us a beautiful land to live in. This was my first chance to take a long car trip like this and it was so enjoyable, even if tiring at times. It was great to share so many firsts with Sami, to be the ones that got to take her to see forest, ocean,history, stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast, and not the least get her picture made with Scotty McCreery! In spite of two flat tires which required the purchase of two new tires we were truly blessed on this trip. There was some really severe weather while we were traveling and except for one day it stayed either ahead or behind us. The picture opposite is dark and blurry because we had the "peddle to the medal" hauling toward home! We had just spent hours in Arkansas at almost a dead stand still because of road construction and we were tired and ready to be home!