Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jamestown Virginia

We spent the afternoon visiting the site of the original Jamestown settlement. We joined 2 tours, one a general history and the second an archeology tour. If you go, we highly recommend the archeology tour.
The only somewhat original bit of the settlement is the church tower, which was built in 1639. Digging continues on a daily basis, with up to 2 million artifacts having been found to date.
There is a reconstruction located in the Living History museum which we did not visit. We were more interested in the true site.
Well worth the visit if you are in the area.

Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fort Sumter

Took a day for a quick visit to  Charleston. First stop was the National Park Fort Sumter museum. From here we took the 1/2hr boat ride to Fort Sumter, located in a highly strategic spot in the bay of Charleston.The US built the island and fort as a result of the war of 1812. Unfortunately in 1860, it was manned by just 80 Union soldiers, with limited supplies.They raised a large flag over the fort to make sure that the folks of Charleston would know they were there. Well the southern gentlemen took offense and the very first shot of the Civil War was fired.

The flag picture below is the original flag that had been raised over the fort. 90% of the brick walls are original. It is worth the trip to the fort.
We saw dolphins playing in the water both going and on the return from the fort. Seemed to also be a good sailing day as you can see on the pictures below.
Charleston has a lots of beautiful old houses to see as you walk around. We had only planned the one day which was not enough. Plan a few days if you go.
















Peacocks in campground

oh I can hear you saying "oh how nice and cute". Well believe me they are anything but nice in a campground. They are very noisy and campers are regularly trying to move them from their sites. They screech LOTS to keep in touch with each other ? Any unusual noise and they screech.  They climb the trees, going up as high as 20 feet up. They have even climbed on our RV roof! What pests!
They are not the docile pretty things we have seen elsewhere.
Not a good campground attraction.