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|Bee Lab and Florida Museum|
Went to Gainesville for the opening of the bee lab today seeing as my name is permanently on the wall. The red of the Apalahcee Beekeepers sign is the observation hive room.
Also went to the Florida Museum while I was there since its a few buildings away. The have a nice butterfly area.
On the way back there were two accidents. West bound car on fire stopped traffic just a mile short of an east bound wreck that blocked both lanes and diverted all traffic on that side of the interstate. It was weird to have our lane stopped but nothing on the other side at all.|
Stopped at Andersonville on my way north to the eclipse. I was there maybe 25 years ago but dont remember anything but the line of graves stones. Thats at the cemetery. Forgot the earth works and partial reconstruction of thr walls. They have also built a POW museum since then.
Wandered around the little town of Lake Placid on Sat while waiting to start a network conversion for work. Town has some 43 murals, the American Clown Museum and old railroad depot. Two hours later back to the hotel because thats all there here.
|Day 7-9: Jamestowne, friends, reunion|
Yes Jamestowne with the stupid e at the end. Not the touristed up place next door the actual National Park of the real site. There are two forts on the site parts of the reconstructed original one and on top of that a Confederate earthwork.
Spent the night in Raleigh with Roberto and his kids. Went to the family reunion in Kinston the next day at 1pm. Left there at 3:30 and drove straight to Jacksonville. The first Krystals you hit coming south is just outside Brunswick.
On Monday came home.
Starting to put up the photos from vacation. All the light houses are now up. They are extras, side effects of being on the coast. The only one I went in was the Bodie Island light. Couldnt go on the balcony because of the 30+ mph winds. The Cape Hatteras Light was the same but I knew the wind had closed the balcony and didnt climb it.|
Rolled the jeep just past I-10/75 and just short of the westbound rest area. Hit water and hydroplaned, spun, hit the side and rolled completely over. Jeep landed on drivers door. Had to cut the seat belt with a knife to get out it wouldn't unlatch. Nice people gave e a ride back to Tallahassee after dealing with the FHP and tow truck.|
Left Wednesday at noon for North Carolina. Got to Fayettevillee about 10pm, stopped there for the night. Next morning it had snowed. Drove the rest of the 2 hours in drizzling rain that froze and crusted all over the front of the jeep. Got to Aunt Carolyns, sent on to Tinas. Funeral was mostly indoors because of the rain. Lunch afterwards at Tinas with all of Carolyns descendants (I count 20 with spouses), Dad, Shayla, Uncle Dallas and Sandra. Emma Lee (Grandmas sister) and Glenda came by later. Talked for several hours about genealogy and got a lot of info.
Next day got up and had breakfast at the store at Pleasant Hill. Went across the street to the church and identified some of the graves of relatives. Did the First battle of Kinston geocachees up 258 to Kinston. Did #1-7, 9 and 11. Skipped 8 because I had no sheet for it and didnt have time to solve the thing and get #12. Went to the Neuse and its replica before driving to Raleigh for dinner with Roberto and his kids.
Ended just north of Florence, SC. Drove home the next day. 1521 miles, $261 in gas.
I appear to have lost my GPS along the way. Had it since 2001. Needed a ew one but not right now. Ipod worked on the way up, then first thing on the way back decided it needed to be restored again.
Geocaches info: A=1, B=2, C=6, D=6, E=5, F=3, G=3, I=5, J=0.
|There is no river|
I stopped where the St. Marks river is crossed by US 27 yesterday just to see what was there on the way back from the feed store. There is no river. A few shallow pools exist under the bridge, but there is no flow, the channel is muddy but has no water. Scared some small wild pigs off. |
|Colchester and Home|
Put up the last photos of Colchester and I'm back home now.|
|Thetford, Stonehenge and Portsmouth|
Yesterday was kind of an off day. Didnt go anywhere, just walked around the local town of Thetford. It goes back to the Iron Age, has connections to the Iceni tribe (Boudicca's tribe), was raided by the vikings, had a Norman castle and was the birthplace of Thomas Paine. New Years day was a lot of driving, first to Stonehenge then Portsmouth. Stonehenge itself was better than expected, its in the middle of an empty plain on the hill and the fence is outside the area you can walk in. You still cant touch it but at least it wasnt closed off like I thought it would be. Portsmouth was a lot of time wasted, we got there to late and took to long to eat. Only got to see one of the three ships the HMS Victory. Forgot to take the geocache coords so didnt look for them despite being at the Round and Square towers.
|Cambridge and Greenwich|
Started very late Monday. Walked around Cambridge for only an hour before it got dark. Took a few photos of the outsides of buildings. Tuesday started very earlier. Heavy frost. Took the train from Ely to Greenwich. Saw the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, 2 geocaches (after I relized the coords were West not East). One the way back took a few photos of London from south bank of Thames and stopped at Platform 9 and three quarters on the way home (photo of mom).
|England Day 1-3|
Darkness is a real problem here. Its starts at 4pm. Cant see much in a day. Went to Bury St. Edmunds the first day, saw the ruins of the Abbey. Day 2 was mostly driving to Newcastle with a stop at Durham Cathederal. Burial site of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Several views from the tower and 2 Harry Potter related photos (a false wall and a courtyard used in the film). Day 3 was Hadrians wall, Housesteads Fort on the wall, a geocache nearby, and Vindolanda a fort further back with civilian buildings nearby.
|Stuck in NY|
Ive been stuck in NY for two weeks now. Stuck because its just to cold to even think about going outside most the time. It rarely gets above freezing, and then it rains. Thankfully shutting down Giuliani has occupied most my time. That was until today. Not a single request until 5:02pm (2 minutes after the movie I went to started). So this afternoon once it got to 40 I went to the
and then tried to go on a tour of the UN but it is close don weekend Jan and Feb. Went to the movies. Glad it wasnt my money but a gift card someone gave me because Cloverfield sucked. Its all shot with a video camera, even when it becomes unrealistc and they kill the idiot with the camera. The people have to be the stupidest people on earth. When the military tells you they are losing to the Godzilla monster in NYC you dont go into NYC on the off chance some girl is alive trying to find her. Even not being from NY the locations didnt make sense. The group clearly made it to the Brooklyn side of the bridge before it collapsed. Then suddenly they are at Spring St which is nowhere near the bridge.
|New York Week 1: Ft. Hamilton and AMNH|
Saturday rode the subway way out to the Narrows to Ft. Hamilton. After some hassle at the gate where the Army thought the museum was closed, and the sleeping cop that didnt help, I got in after calling and confirming they were open. Then they didnt even bother to metal detect me. There isnt much left of the fort, the entire sea face has been removed. Only the land face and capponier. The museum is relatively new and takes up the whole small capponier.
Came back to Manhattan and after stopping at work went to the American Museum of Natural History. Didnt see it all, mostly just saw the dinosaurs.
I will have to go back for all the special exhibits and several floors.
|New York Week 1: North Central Park|
Had to work too much the rest of the week till Friday. Tried a few geocaches again this time in Northern Central Park. The Ubercache I gave up on, though it was starting to get dark particularly in the North Woods where it was. Then went after the highest point cache. Scared some people who thought my gps was a gun. Found the cache site, a block house on the hill but it was too dark to see the plaque or even find the plaque for that matter. Walked down the entire length of Central Park past Columbus circle, and into Times Square. Took a Grey line tour around before going home.|
|New York Week 1: Time Square|
Tuesday left work even later, so it was already dark. Went down to see Times Square. Found a camera bag and had shish kabobs for dinner. Then wandered around the area while exchanging emails with Mark (who is in South Korea). Got down to Grand Central before getting tired and heading home.|
|New York Week 1: Central Park South|
Monday after work rode the subway out to Columbus Circle and went looking for some geocaches in South Central Park. Got there pretty late and only got to look briefly for one which I didnt find. Batteries in the GPS were pretty low too. |
|Brooklyn and Chinatown|
Bought a new camera Thursday before trying to sleep. After working all Friday night (10:30pm to about noon), we ate at Grimaldis Coal oven pizzaria in Brooklyn. I decided to look a third time for the Bridge cache with no luck. Then walked across Brooklyn the long way for another cache in Ft. Greene Park, down the heights promenade, through the center past the borugh hall. Found it, and watched a stomp show in the park.
Took a train back to this side of the river, go off on the Lower East side and walked back to the apt via Chinatown. Put up photos of the trip, and some of the apt and city in general
|Gone last week|
Spent last week in D.C. for a third Presidential campaign. They made use take Sunday off so Jason and I went to the new Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy) out by Dulles. Jason took a lot of pictures. Its a large hanger, big enough for hundreds of planes and big ones, Enterprise, the Enola Gay and the world speed record holder SR-71.
After dropping Jason off at the airport stopped at the Theodore Roosevelt memorial, a nice plaza in the woods, really in the woods. Good quotes too: Conservation means development as much as it does protection. Down the parkyway from it stopped at Ft. Marcy, another Civil War earthwork. This one built to defend Chain Bridge. Then drove down to Fredericksburg to see Bridget and Garron.
I finally got the photos of of D.C. from the weekend of the flash card from my camera. The camera itself is dead. It just wont power on.
I spent Saturday afternoon in the Natural History and Air and Space Museums. Sunday I did the Zoo, then walked to the National Cathedral and back to a metro. There are no photos of Sunday the camera was dead. I would have had more time to look but I was working 10pm to 6am over the weekend and had to sleep sometime.