Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Arrival West Point USMA Round Pond Campground

24 APRIL 2018

Said good by to the great staff at Bethany Beach Delaware National Guard Campground with some cookies I baked for them.

We finally got some neighbors last night there. We really liked this campground and especially location. Of all the coastal towns nearby, we like Bethany Beach the best..small, less congested and convenient for shopping.

Our drive to USMA at West Point,NY and Round Pond Campground was around 5 hours with stops. Not one of our favorite drives especially Garden State Parkway thru NJ with traffic. Turnpike was OK with several gas and food stops.

C-10

Round Pond


This is our 4th stay here and has bittersweet memories from our stay in May of 2013 as that is when our sweet Destiny passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Still carry her ashes with us.

Rain is predicted for most of our stay, so guess we will pretty much stay close to campground. Good time to catch up on those prolonged chores. John has much to do with his website. We went to Costco in Nanuet for tires for the Malibu. They do not have size and frankly they did not seem very helpful..seems to be an attitude in this area. Did some shopping in the store and just did not get a feeling of friendly atmosphere. Sure a lot different than down South and out West.

For some reason cannot access iPhoto and am now using Photos. John tried to transfer to new backup and to laptop, but that did not work. He thinks there may be a bad file. Fortunately most of the photos are on a DVD. It is just the inconvenience of not being able to open and reference. I really think the ghost came with us from Redmond as other issues have arisen. Seems when one issue gets resolved another one occurs. We are going to try Costco again when we get to Massachusetts.

This will probably be my last entry until we get to Scituate, MA on the 1st.

Thanks to all who sent me Birthday greetings..77 and counting the next 23.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Kalmar Nyckel & Fort Christina

22 April 2018

Another trip up to Wilmington area to visit the Kalmar Nyckel Ship and site of Fort Christina.

The Kalmar Nyckel today is a replica of the original ship built in 1625 and rebuilt at Wilmington in 1997 through efforts of many, many volunteers. The original ship served as the flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden establishing Fort Christina,the first permanent settlement in the Delaware Valley. She made a total of 4 round trip crossings. She was a gun armed merchant vessel known as a Dutch  Pinnace. After being deactivated from the Swedish Navy, she was sold to a private investor. It is thought she was sunk in the North Sea while fighting for the Dutch against the English in 1652.

Museum



Captain's Quarters

Captain's Quarters






The replica serves as a classroom, a venue for diplomatic, recreational and other functions. From April -October she offers sailing for the public such as day and pirate sails.

Stepping aboard takes you back in time and just imagining the reconstruction today, what a wonderful job..well done. One would think it is the original ship.

We then walked around Fort Christina park and the monument which commemorates the landing of the first Swedish settlers to America. The monument was designed by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles and given by the people of Sweden to America.










Monument





Another nice day and glad we decided to do the visit.

Wild Horses of Chincoteague Island, VA

21 April 2018

I had always wanted to see the wild horses on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in VA. So today was a sunny day with little wind and somewhat warmer. The drive took us over to 113 to 13 to 175 around 70 miles.

We drove to the Assateague Island Seashore for a picnic then back to the area that has viewing of the horses with a circular walking trail in the forest. Unfortunately did not see many of the horses, but my day was made when we spotted a darling fawn enjoying lunch. As we continued on our walk, met up with it again. She seemed undisturbed and continued her lunch.






Think if you want to see the horses, you have to take one of the tour boats that get you closer to the beach and marshes where they roam and feed.





The wild horses of Assateague Island are descendents of domesticated animals brought to the island over 300 years ago.They are tough enough to survive the heat, insects, stormy weather and poor quality of food found.

Captured photo of Woodpecker and Egret.




Upon leaving the area we stopped at The Island Creamery for some homemade ice cream..delicious. Seems to be the most  popular ice cream parlor on the island.

A very nice day.

New Castle,DE

20 April 2018

A last minute decision after leaving the Mobility Museum to drive into New Castle DE to find the site of Fort Casimir and Courthouse.

New Castle was settled in 1651 by the Dutch West India Company. The area was named Fort Casimir. The colony was seized by the Swedes in 1654 and the following year retaken by the Dutch. In 1664, the English seized the colony and changed the name to New Castle and made it the capital of their Delaware Colony. The Dutch regained the town in 1673, but it was returned to England the next year.

New Castle remained the county seat until after the Civil War when that status was transferred to Wilmington. Many of the buildings of New Castle remain as they were in the colonial and Federal periods. Cobblestone streets still exist.




Courthouse



Map of Historic Area




This was also the landing place of William Penn in 1682.



There are no remains of Fort Casimir (1651-1680) only several markers. It has been known by several names. When captured by the Swedish in 1654 they named it Fort Trefalddighet. When the Dutch recaptured it in 1655, they renamed it Fort New Amstel. It was also known as Fort Trinity.



Site of Fort Casimir


Tour of Battery 519 at Fort Miles & Dover AFB Mobility Museum

20 April 2018

We returned to Fort Miles today in order to tour the renewal of Battery 519 which is planned to be one of the largest coast artillery museums in the country..a work in progress. The Battery is under going extensive restoration with much done as of our visit.


Battery 519 
Model of Observation Tower

Replica of Plotting Room

Plotting Room Replica


Plotting Room


12" gun

Another View

Searchl


The battery was completed in 1943 with 2 12" guns were emplaced and retained until 1948. Thanks to many volunteers, the Battery is almost completely restored.

The Battery tour is only open on Friday and Saturday at 11AM and 2PM at a cost of $5. Well worth it. This is the first battery in all our visits to different ones that has a very extensive restoration.

After touring the Battery we drove up to Dover AFB to visit the Air Mobility Command Museum which is off base. You take exit 91 off Hwy 1. While there we got a tour of a C-5, C-141B and C-141A. Son, Darin when he was stationed at MCGuire AFB was a load master on the C-141-B so had to get my picture inside. He, also, flew on the C-5 when he was in the reserves.


C-5

Inside C-5

C-141B


Inside C-141B
C-141A