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An Anniversary, a Graduation and a Funeral

Several short trips


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 A Marine graduation, and B2B on Pride & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

In spite of the fact that I had a long recovery from pneumonia after our cruise to Alaska, we had two more major trips and a couple of minor ones in 2011. An Anniversary, a Graduation, a Funeral and dinner with famiy

In June, we drove up to Princeton for my sister's 50th wedding anniversary.

24 June 2011

We went through Philadelphia
large_100_1963.JPGBen Franklin

Ben Franklin

Gen George McClellan

Gen George McClellan

Macy's

Macy's

Checked into the hotel

Checked into the hotel

Supper with family

Supper with family

25 June 2011

Checked out of the hotel

Checked out of the hotel


Went to the church where they renewed their vows and then to the reception
Celebration cake

Celebration cake

Wedding and bridesmaid dresses

Wedding and bridesmaid dresses


And drove back home
Bob washing the windshield when he got gas

Bob washing the windshield when he got gas


In September we drove down to Parris Island to see our grandson graduate from basic training.

21 September 2011

We left on Wednesday morning about 10. Bob said to leave about 10 as we were going as far as Fayetteville which I figured was about a 6 hour drive. So about 9:30, he came up to where I was finishing up on the computer and complained that I wasn't ready. I did indeed not have my dress or shoes on. He wanted to turn off the water, which I do not know why he wanted to do that as we were only going to be gone for 4 days. But it was no use arguing with him about it. So I hurried up to finish in the bathroom.

We actually did leave a little after 10. I had the GPS set to take us to Fayetteville --- BUT it didn't take into account that the Allen's Fresh bridge on MD 234 was out or the sinkhole on US 301 in La Plata. Bob was adamant that we would NOT go up 234 to Trinity Church Rd which is the official detour. The GPS gave us heck trying to get us to go back to 234.
Bel Alton motel

Bel Alton motel


We took MD 6, and then Bob allowed the GPS to send him down Bel Alton-Newtown Rd to US 301 which also avoided the sinkhole area. We were approaching the Gov. Nice bridge (all the signs just call it the "Nice Bridge" which I think is hilarious) by about 11:10. Here we found that construction on the bridge made the traffic only one way - but we lucked out and didn't have to stop as the traffic was going our way when we got there.

I fell asleep (I brought a pillow so I wouldn't get such a crick in my neck) and woke up just about the time we got to Bowling Green because Bob wanted to know where we should eat lunch. But we had already passed everything before I-95 and it was still a little early. We passed Kings Dominion about 12:10, and finally stopped in Ashland at about 12:15. Bob told me to pick and I picked Perkins,
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but Bob wasn't happy with Perkins as he said there was nothing on the menu he wanted to eat. He finally ordered
Chicken mini burgers

Chicken mini burgers


but he said he should have just had chicken soup and a salad. I had
Potato pancakes with bacon

Potato pancakes with bacon


way to the bathrooms

way to the bathrooms


The weather was cloudy with rain or sometimes downpours on and off. For some reason the GPS took us right through the middle of Richmond which was only about five miles shorter. Here again there was construction. I napped some more. Bob had a very peaceful drive without me talking to him all the time.

We got to Fayetteville by about 1630 and got gas. Here there was sticker shock - gas was $3.599 a gallon - much more expensive than at home. The car got 36 mpg. We checked into the Hampton Inn and got a very nice room
Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn


with a handicapped shower with a seat in it.
seat in the shower

seat in the shower


There was also a small fridge and microwave neither of which we had a chance to use.I had looked up the local cemeteries and there were two across the street, so we drove over there and I took some photos, but the cemeteries were almost completely documented, and I was being eaten up by mosquitoes. Some of the mosquitoes sneaked back into the car with me. So I just got some photos of those who died after 2008, and also a better photo of the cemetery sign.
Judson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery

Judson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery


After that we went to eat. There were two non-fast food places and we couldn't see where one of them (Ruby Tuesday) was. So we went to Shoney's.
Shoneys

Shoneys


There was a deal where two people could eat for $10.99 so we decided to do that. Bob had two choices - liver and onions and chicken tenders, and he decided on the chicken.
Chicken tenders

Chicken tenders


I didn't see anything I liked so I settled on the Half-O-Pound ground beef patty which I thought would be a hamburger type thing. But it turned out to be a big lump of gray meat.
My half pound of ground beef

My half pound of ground beef


I got rice so I wouldn't get gravy with it. I think I would have been better with the chicken. We saw where Ruby Tuesday was on the way back to the hotel
Bob unlocking the motel room door

Bob unlocking the motel room door


I called our son and talked to him. He was still at home and would be leaving to go to the Hampton Inn later. I spent some time one the computer uploading the cemetery pictures, and then went to bed.

Tomorrow we are going to Parris Island and hope to take our grandson and family to lunch. We intend to leave about 9 as I figure we have about a four hour drive

Thursday Sept 22

I washed my hair and finished up on the computer. At breakfast they had cranberry juice, and I had a hard boiled egg and a muffin. Bob had yogurt and cereal. They did have breakfast sandwiches but I couldn't stand in line to get one and then wait for them to cook. The same for the waffles.
Our breakfasts

Our breakfasts


We got underway about 8:45. We stopped at the border rest stop at 11:45 for Bob to use the bathroom and he remarked that all the vending machines were behind bars - you had to reach through to put your money in and take the product out. He said it was to keep people from robbing them.

I talked to our son and he said his phone was about out of charge. I called him when we were entering the base and he said they were at Navy Federal Credit Union. We had no problem getting on the base and the 100% ID check was extremely cursory. Our son said that they stopped him and searched him - maybe because he had three women/girls - his wife, his daughter and his son's girlfriend. We got to where they were about 12:45.
Parent's day in the rain - L-R, Bob, grandson with his girlfriend, and our son

Parent's day in the rain - L-R, Bob, grandson with his girlfriend, and our son


Our grandson couldn't go off the base,
Grandson

Grandson


so we walked over to Backyard Burgers which was mobbed. Bob and our son and grandson went to order the food and get the drinks.
Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

Apple cobbler

Apple cobbler


I thought from the color that I had lemonade, but it turned out to be root beer which was a surprise, although I do like root beer. They brought our order, but forgot our daughter-in-law's salad,

Granddaughter and daughter-in-law

Granddaughter and daughter-in-law


so our son had to go back and get it. They had brought a huge chocolate chip cookie cake with frosting that said Congratulations and had the marine corps insignia.
Cookie cake

Cookie cake


We walked back to the cars and then we convoyed down to where our grandson thought there might be a lighthouse, but it was an observation tower for the firing range.
Tower

Tower


He had just 5 minutes to get back to his unit

so we continued on without them. The Beaufort front and rear range lights are long gone, but the oil house is still there on the base and the marines spent $50K restoring it so we thought we might be able to find it. I had the coordinates in the GPS. It took us down past the golf course and then the GPS suddenly pointed at a 90 degree angle to the left and said "Start off road navigation"....Nothing there but dense forest.

We drove on a little bit and found an unpaved track that went back at an acute angle toward the area where the off road navigation had started so we bounced along through the mud puddles. We found a clearing with some buildings and vehicles but nothing on the other side. We kept on going and found a road which had some deer standing there watching us. Eventually we ended up at an abandoned airstrip.

Our son said that he thought they supplied the materials for our grandson's barracks (which are new) because they dropped materials at the air strip for some building. In any case we did not know if we could get out somewhere on the edge of the airstrip (we could have), so we went back the way we had come. We were leaving the base about 1500. Then Bob took the first right instead of the second one and we went up US 21 all the way into town instead of going up SC 280
Bathroom selfie

Bathroom selfie


We checked into the Sleep Inn about 3:15, and they gave us directions to the graduation the next day and a coupon for a free appetizer at Gilligan's which was next door. We had a nice room, although the shower (which was big and square) did not have a seat in it. We talked to our son and decided that we would meet at Gilligans at 5:30 as there was a reception for families of graduates there from 6 to 8 and we were afraid that we wouldn't be able to get a table if we waited.
Outside of Gilligans

Outside of Gilligans


I thought I might be able to take the scooter over, but Bob said that the sidewalks had curbs so we drove. We had the shrimp dip appetizer and then Bob and the girls had the she crab soup, and Bob also had steamed shrimp and raw oysters. Oysters

Oysters


I had the stuffed salmon

I had the stuffed salmon


Our table was by the window and we saw some young raccoons climbing around in trees outside.
Raccoon in tree outside

Raccoon in tree outside


Then a guy came in and gave us a talk about what we should be doing tomorrow. He said to leave the hotel by 0530 so as to get a good seat at the graduation.

Friday Sept 23

We got up early and had breakfast. The cranberry juice cocktail was extremely sweet, and I just had a bagel in addition. We left the hotel early but not by 0530. We were
Entering the base 7:50

Entering the base 7:50


No problem. We found a handicapped parking place near the bleachers. The weather looked like it was clearing, so Bob put the scooter together and we started over toward the set of bleachers for our grandsons unit.
Bob's picture

Bob's picture


My picture from the scooter

My picture from the scooter


Just as we got there, there was an announcement that graduation would be in the all weather building. So we turned around. Everyone streamed out of the bleachers and I scootered among them over to the building. I was told to go in the side door as the door I was attempting to enter had all steps.

We found a place for the scooter beside some folding chairs and Bob sat beside me. Then someone came and cleared out the non-handicapped people from those seats. Our son and daughter-in-law came and sat with us, but the girls stayed up in the stands.
Band

Band


First a band came in and played a Sousa march. Then they played the Stars and Stripes Forever and the piccolo player had a solo. I tried to record some of it with my camera, but it didn't come out. The graduating Marines marched in
Grandson's unit

Grandson's unit


and then there was a program with an invocation, the Star Spangled Banner, the address by the commander, and various acknowledgements, and during this we could hear the rain just pouring down outside and were grateful that the ceremony was moved indoors.
Daughter-in-law, grandson and son

Daughter-in-law, grandson and son

Bob and me and our grandson

Bob and me and our grandson

Grandson with bunk

Grandson with bunk

Grandson in the laundry

Grandson in the laundry


The ceremony was over about 9:45 and our grandson was allowed to go home with his folks. We managed to leave between rain showers (the showers washed all the mud off the car from the preceding day) and we went back to our car and disassembled and packed away the scooter. Then we waited. For about a hour. Bob read the paper which I had picked up at the motel.

Finally about 10:45, Bob turned away from the traffic and went down around the edge of the parking lot to the entrance where cars were actually moving, and we left and headed back to Fayetteville.

We stopped to get gas at the Marine Air Station which had gas at $3.229. We followed the track back to I-95 on the GPS, stopping at the Jackson Family Cemetery where I meant to take some photos, but when we turned in, we found another cemetery back of it called the Pilgrim Fort Cemetery and so we took photos there instead. Then it started to rain, and we left.

We stopped in Waltersboro about 1230 for lunch and the first place was the Long Horn Steak House,
Long Horn Steakhouse

Long Horn Steakhouse

Buffet

Buffet


which was mostly a buffet and which had a busload of people there. The people were from Jacksonville FL and they were returning from a trip to the Amish Country of PA. The buffet was not very appealing and it is usually not a good deal for us as we don't eat that much, so we tried to order actual food. This proved to be a problem. Bob ordered chili and they were out. So eventually we both had a
Pulled pork sandwich

Pulled pork sandwich


and then he had a
Brownie sundae

Brownie sundae


and I had
Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie


Service was very slow and lunch took us an hour.

We got back to Fayetteville about 1630, and the gas was now less expensive, but still more than we had paid in Beaufort or at home. This time they gave us a different room and it had a bathtub with a shower instead of a shower with a seat.
Bathroom selfie

Bathroom selfie

Tub shower

Tub shower


We had dinner at the other non-fast food restaurant which was Ruby Tuesday and the dinner was good and the service was quick. We had the lobster specials that they have Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I had the
Lobster mac & cheese

Lobster mac & cheese


and snap peas, and Bob had the
Bob's seafood trio

Bob's seafood trio


Bob's salad bar

Bob's salad bar

.
Bob went to bed early as we had started the day early.

Saturday Sept 24
Bob got up and got dressed and had breakfast before I was awake. I finally managed to get organized, and got my breakfast while Bob checked out. I got some cranberry juice and a bagel and picked up two nice green bananas for breakfast at home, and ate in the car.
Granola crunch

Granola crunch


This time the GPS routed us on I-295 around Petersburg/Richmond. We stopped in Hopewell and got gas, and had lunch at Pizza Hut.
Salad buffet

Salad buffet


Bob had a
Bob's Personal Pan Pizza - cheese

Bob's Personal Pan Pizza - cheese


and I had
2 pizza rollers

2 pizza rollers

Hershey's Chocolate Dunkers

Hershey's Chocolate Dunkers


It was quicker than yesterday at the Lone Star. From here it was same-old-same-old until we got home. Except that they weren't doing any construction on the Nice Bridge on Saturday.
234 detour - last turn to get home

234 detour - last turn to get home

Tuesday 25 October 2011

In October we drove to Hagerstown for the funeral of my oldest daughters' sister-in-law. The viewing was Tuesday. We drove across the Solomon's bridge
Solomons from Bridge

Solomons from Bridge


and went up through Calvert County. The leaves have turned beautiful colors.
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Fall colors


We stopped at Rip's to eat lunch.

Rip's

Rip's

This is the oldest and non-chain restaurant in the area and it is on the other side of the
highway from most of the chains and a little farther south. Their website says: Established in 1947, Rip's has been serving up the best local Maryland cuisine for over 50 years. We proudly serve the best fresh local seafood, hand cut choice steaks, tender prime rib... In addition to Rip's restaurant (which serves breakfast most days and a Sunday Brunch Buffet in addition to the usual lunch and dinner), there is a motel, a campground and a liquor store. The restaurant itself is a long low building with a series of different rooms containing booths or tables. This makes it popular for monthly dinner or lunch meetings. The rooms are set up like a racetrack. On one side is a room with tables and that is called the Paddock. On the other side there are booths which are set up like horse stalls. We stopped for lunch October 2011, and I had the Crab pie appetizer $8.99

Crab pie appetizer $8.99


and the soup of the day which was
Chicken corn soup $3.25.

Chicken corn soup $3.25.


Bob had the soup & sandwich $6.99 a tuna salad sandwich and
Maryland crab soup

Maryland crab soup



We went to the viewing,
Family photo at the viewing

Family photo at the viewing


and then
Checked into the Hampton Inn

Checked into the Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn


We ate dinner at Denny's where they were going to celebrate Halloween with a children's costume party (according to the sign out front. Denny's

Denny's


Bob got
Chicken strips

Chicken strips


and he is happy at Denny's because he can get a real milkshake made from ice cream and milk.
A real milkshake at Denny's for dinner

A real milkshake at Denny's for dinner


None of those artificial soft serve ice cream things. I had a Taco salad

Taco salad

Strawberry pan pups

Strawberry pan pups


I have liked taco salads ever since one of the chains (Wendy's?) would give you a salad and chili to put on top of it.

26 October 2011

Hampton Inn sink faucet

Hampton Inn sink faucet

Breakfast

Breakfast


Then Wednesday we went to the funeral.
Family gathers for the funeral

Family gathers for the funeral


casket

casket


Afterwards I looked around the cemetery to get some photos that had been requested for FindAGrave. A lot of the markers were flat and you couldn't see the names until you were standing right in front of them, so I was on my scooter looking along the edges and Bob was walking around in the middle of a big field of markers. He said the camera would not take the photos that he wanted it to take. We did manage to find quite a number of requests.
Cemetery

Cemetery


We drove on home
Downtown Hagerstown

Downtown Hagerstown


Architectural details in Hagerstown

Architectural details in Hagerstown

Bob waiting for me at the door of Burger King

Bob waiting for me at the door of Burger King

Sliders

Sliders

Sundae

Sundae


(it rained pitchforks on the way).
Chicken salad sandwich

Chicken salad sandwich

Apple slices

Apple slices


Bob turned off the furnace and water heater before we left and he forgot to turn the water heater back on so he thought we didn't have hot water.

Thursday 27 October 2011

On Thursday I had to be up early to do the physical therapy at 10. Bob was still in bed when I left. He went and picked up prescriptions for me and took them in to be filled when he went to the commissary. Then we drove up to Rips in Bowie
100_2684.JPGFall colors - driving to Rips

Fall colors - driving to Rips

Rose at Rips

Rose at Rips


to meet our daughter and son-in-law for dinner.
100_2696.JPGyoungest daughter and son-in-law looking goofy

youngest daughter and son-in-law looking goofy


The three of us had the crabcake special with two sides. I had stewed tomatoes as a side and cream of crab soup
Crab cake with two sides special (with stewed tomatoes)

Crab cake with two sides special (with stewed tomatoes)


Cream of crab soup

Cream of crab soup


and I was amused to see that my son-in-law had the beets which was what I had last time I had dinner there.

Bob had a half rack of ribs Half rack of ribs

Half rack of ribs


We wanted to have bread pudding for dessert, but we were too full.
Desserts

Desserts

And then in November we boarded the Carnival Pride for the

Bermuda Triangle Cruise to Bermuda

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I have been meaning to ask what is the FindAGrave you have mentioned several times?

by hennaonthetrek

FindAGrave is a cemetery documentation database that is on-line. Volunteers take photos of the gravestones and enter the photos and information in the database. That preserves the information so that people doing genealogical research can see the information - in case of vandalism or weathering or reuse of the grave which might erase the information. And they don't have to travel to the cemetery to see the information. I'm one of the volunteers - I've taken over 35,000 photos for the database.

by greatgrandmaR

Oh, that's deft! I don't know if we have anything in similar here..My grandad made an genealogical research about our family but he died few years ago so I can't ask him how he did it..

by hennaonthetrek

FindAGrave is a worldwide organization - I have done cemeteries in the Netherlands, in Russia, in England, in Costa Rica, and in many of the Caribbean islands. I've been a member for 15 years - I joined about the same time as I joined VT

by greatgrandmaR

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