Monday, October 3, 2016

 Monday, October 3

Just leaving Tybee Island Georgia. Tybee Island is a year-round beach community for the most part. But it's also home to the Tybee Island lighthouse which in its present iteration dating back to 1867  is one of the oldest light houses in the country. It was originally built in 1736. They've done a great job restoring in preserving all of it including the keepers cottage and the assistant keepers cottage Saturday. There are  178 steps to the top of the lighthouse. I did the first 25 and that was enough.

I'm now on my way to Beaufort South Carolina. Which means Temple Beaufort is going to Beaufort.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday, October 3

Am in Savannah Georgia. I did not realize that Savannah is one of the busiest ports. We saw a huge container ship sailing up The river to the port yesterday.

 Savannah's twomain industries are shipping and tourism. The city is almost  defined  by the large number of parks or squares that you find. The trees are unbelievably beautiful. Many many live oaks with Spanish moss hanging from every limb. There are statues in every square.  There is a Polasky Square, and Oglethorpe Square, and many other figures of historical significance. The older houses and homes are magnificent. One very interesting one was the house that was used in the movie midnight in the garden of good and evil.
It's Monday, October 3. Today would have been my mother's 99th birthday. However I lost her over 51 years ago at age 48. How tragic.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

 Thursday, September 22

Just left Cincinnati area after spending four days in there with my wonderful cousin.

I was fortunate enough to get enough of a tour of Cincinnati to get a feel for it. Several interesting things there

First, the underground railroad freedom Center which is devoted to primarily the underground railroad was used during the Civil War for slaves to get to freedom in the north from the south. And I think it was somewhere between 30 and 100,000 that came through Cincinnati

I also came across some streets are named after names that I recognized and could not understand  why they were named after the people that they are. The first one was John James Audubon who is the natural listed many of you may recognize his name particularly well known for his paintings of birds which are exquisite. If you're not familiar with him if you Google him you'll see some of those painting  which are just terrific. I found out that he spent the last year's of his life living in the Cincinnati area and serving as a naturalist at one of the museums there.

The next name was Ezzard Charles. I immediately recognized him as a one time heavyweight champion of the world . Charles spent about 10 years of his life or maybe the last end of his life in Cincinnati. The third one was Dave  Cowens. He's a Hall of Fame basketball player that Bonnie and I saw play in Honolulu in 1969 I think it was. He then went on to have a distinguished career mostly with the Boston Celtics. So I looked him up and found out it it was Newport Kentucky where he went through high school. And then went to the University of Florida. Newport is right next to Fort Thomas where I was staying ,so saith the muse

Saturday, September 17, 2016

 Saturday, September 17 about noon

Spent about 36 hours in the St. Louis area visiting with relatives from Bonnie side of the family. Nice to see them.

 However Thursday night after arriving there just about the time I was retiring for the night I started feeling feverish and developing the chills. That led to a very unrestful night. I didn't take anything that night  nor did I even take my temperature. However Friday morning my temperature was 100.3 which is a little high. So I took three aspirin and within an hour or so my temperature had dropped to a normal range . I also was able to nap during the day so that by evening time I felt normal again.

That put me back on the road driving through downtown St. Louis where I was able to see and take a picture of the famous St. Louis arch . And now I'm onthe outskirtsof Indianapolis heading toward Cincinnati.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sept 14/15

leaving Fayetteville/Springdale area this morning.  intend to stop at Crystal Bridges  in Bentonville.  It is listed as one of those 'must see' places.

travel yesterday was subject to a couple of ferocious rainstorms....hard enough to impair visibility.....ah well

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Houston to Dallas

uneventful day driving to Dallas EXCEPT  for  the south bound traffic.....freeway construction closed a section and all vehicles had to go off at an off ramp to a stop least a 3mile backup with hundreds of 18 wheelers dwarfing all the cars in the line....glad I was going north