Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Getting to Union Station (since I didn't really expect it to look like it does) was quite an adventure, but with the aid of our trusted friend "greenie" we were finally able to make our way to the parking garage at Union Station. We saw a LOT of downtown Washington DC before we saw the sign that got as to the parking garage. There is definitely LOTS of traffic in DC, and not much parking!
Union Station is amazing - three levels, a city all it's own. Shops, restaurants, and one extremely beautiful building! We found our way to the Main Hall, and the Old Town Trolley ticket booth, got our ticket and had to wait about 30 minutes for the tour to begin. Mike and poki filled the time with picture taking - we SHOULD have eaten supper but didn't!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22
Thursday, May 22
Thursday, May 22
After our visit to the light house, we went down to the boardwalk to stroll and people watch. Had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Trump Taj Mahal, and then walked out on the Steel Pier - amusement park.
We're back at the room now for a rest, before going out for the evening. Still want to leave some of my money at a casino! smile!
Tomorrow we head down the south shore to Wildwood.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
TUESDAY, May 20, 2008
This memorial was built on the top of the FAMOUS hill in Kill Devil Hills (not Kitty Hawk) in the Outer Banks where the Wright Brothers flew their plane into history in 1903. Just getting their plane to the top of this hill was a real feat - poki and Mike had a little trouble with the percent of incline, and we were walking on a PAVED sidewalk. Can't imagine what it was like on a native covered sand dune as it must have been in 1903. Quite a feat in many respects.
This lighthouse is just south of Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I will post a story later about the Fresnel lens that is in this light, and the Civil War era trip that it took.
Old Cape Henry - we climbed it!
New Cape Henry
In North Carolina
Currituck Beach - we climbed it!
Bodie Island - closed to climbing
Cape Hatteras - TOO WINDY TO CLIMB! Gusts to 50 mph and NPS closed the platform!
Ocracoke - closed to climbing
Oak Island - closed to climbing
Old Baldy - from a distance (only accessible by boat)
Tybee Island - we climbed it1
Cockspur Island - from a distance (only accessible by boat)
Savannah Harbor Light - a brass light in Emmett Park, downtown Savannah
Pictures will follow - they are now loaded on "greenie!"
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
At 10:30 a.m., we took NC ferry to Cedar Island. The ferry ride took 2 + hours. Then we drove along what is called the "Crystal Coast" and arrived at Wilmington about 5:00 p.m.
Tomorrow, we plan on a lighthouse and a swamp garden before arriving in Charleston, South Carolina for tomorrow night!
Talk to you tomorrow - maybe! poki
Our day began at a highly recommended cafe, not far from the hotel restaurant. My seafood omelet was great, the wait staff was not! But we were determined not to let it affect our day.
After breakfast we headed out to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, only to discover that the weather was preventing visitors from stepping out onto the view platform of the lighthouse. (The winds were blowing with gusts to 50 mph, so it probably would not have been a good idea) NPS said we could climb the light - 268 steps - but we chose not to, since we couldn't see anything but the inside of the tower when we got to the top! I guess I will have to leave that challenge for another day! We did watch an amazing film about the even more amazing feat of MOVING the light house a half mile in land (it happened in 1999)
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 18 - drive to Elizabeth City, NC via Williamsburg VA, Newport News, VA, Hampton VA, Virginia Beach, VA (two lighthouses between Hampton and Virginia Beach, Portsmouth VA (lightship, old town) then spend the night in Elizabeth City NC
Monday, May 19 - drive to Buxton, NC on the Outer Banks, via Corolla (lighthouse), Kitty Hawk (Wright Bros Memorial Museum), Nags Head (lighthouse), Cape Hatteras National Seashore and lighthouse.
Tuesday, May 20 - ferry and drive to Ocracoke NC - via Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC ferry to Ocracoke Island (lighthouse, sunset cruise on schooner Windfall)