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February 13, 2018
National Ranching Heritage Museum from Cat Patches

When we first learned of the existence of the National Ranching Heritage Museum, it seemed moderately interesting. For sure it was something to do. Admission is free, so what the heck?


Lubbock wasn't one of the places we'd yearned to see in our decades of dreaming about this trip. We only ended up here to make some repairs to the RV. When that happened sooner than we expected, we were already signed up for several days at the RV park. The museum was simply a way to pass the time. As it turns out, it was an unexpected ...

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National Ranching Heritage Museum from ... Cat Patches

When we first learned of the existence of the National Ranching Heritage Museum, it seemed moderately interesting. For sure it was something to do. Admission is free, so what the heck?


Lubbock wasn't one of the places we'd yearned to see in our decades of dreaming about this trip. We only ended up here to make some repairs to the RV. When that happened sooner than we expected, we were already signed up for several days at the RV park. The museum was simply a way to pass the time. As it turns out, it was an unexpected ...

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January 26, 2018
The French Quarter from ... Cat Patches

As I believe I mentioned in my previous post, this RV park is also a marina. This is the view from our back window.


There are a number of services offered at this park including a shuttle that runs from the park to the French Quarter, and whoa! Count us in! There's no way we wanted to be driving our fat dually truck on the narrow streets of the French Quarter. We wandered over to the office to purchase our tickets for the shuttle. While there, I took a picture across the marina of this steamboat awaiting repairs.


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The French Quarter from Cat Patches

As I believe I mentioned in my previous post, this RV park is also a marina. This is the view from our back window.


There are a number of services offered at this park including a shuttle that runs from the park to the French Quarter, and whoa! Count us in! There's no way we wanted to be driving our fat dually truck on the narrow streets of the French Quarter. We wandered over to the office to purchase our tickets for the shuttle. While there, I took a picture across the marina of this steamboat awaiting repairs.


To ...

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November 4, 2017
Westover and Berkeley Plantations from ... Cat Patches

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, and we took a drive along Plantation Road to visit Westover. Plantation Road was about 30 minutes from the RV park, and it was a pretty drive.


Along the way we saw signs directing us to about half a dozen different plantations. From my review of the associated websites, I knew that some of them are still private residences, owned by the original families, and that only some were open to the public. At Westover, we were on the honor system as to our $5 admission fee, and we strolled the grounds on ...

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Westover and Berkeley Plantations from Cat Patches

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, and we took a drive along Plantation Road to visit Westover. Plantation Road was about 30 minutes from the RV park, and it was a pretty drive.


Along the way we saw signs directing us to about half a dozen different plantations. From my review of the associated websites, I knew that some of them are still private residences, owned by the original families, and that only some were open to the public. At Westover, we were on the honor system as to our $5 admission fee, and we strolled the grounds on ...

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November 3, 2017
Yorktown from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday saw us visiting Yorktown, which is the third point of the historic triangle here in Williamsburg, Virginia. This was another place where we got confused, because a mile from the Yorktown operated by the National Park Service (the one we wanted to see) is the Yorktown American Revolution Museum operated by the State of Virginia. It's another "living history" museum, and I'm sure it's worth visiting. We, on the other hand, didn't want to pay yet another hefty admission fee. After inquiring inside, we drove an additional mile down the road to the actual Yorktown ...

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Yorktown from Cat Patches

Yesterday saw us visiting Yorktown, which is the third point of the historic triangle here in Williamsburg, Virginia. This was another place where we got confused, because a mile from the Yorktown operated by the National Park Service (the one we wanted to see) is the Yorktown American Revolution Museum operated by the State of Virginia. It's another "living history" museum, and I'm sure it's worth visiting. We, on the other hand, didn't want to pay yet another hefty admission fee. After inquiring inside, we drove an additional mile down the road to the actual Yorktown ...

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November 2, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg from ... Cat Patches

We had such a wonderful day yesterday. Colonial Williamsburg is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The Colonial capital was moved inland to Williamsburg from Jamestown in 1699. Visiting was like returning to the 1770s and reliving the times when our country's future was being debated. We strolled among costumed townfolk as they went about their daily business. A few of the buildings are carefully restored replicas, but most are the original buildings, meticulously maintained.

We started at the visitor center. The price of admission is steep here at $40 each for adults. Children are less, and we ...

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Colonial Williamsburg from Cat Patches

We had such a wonderful day yesterday. Colonial Williamsburg is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The Colonial capital was moved inland to Williamsburg from Jamestown in 1699. Visiting was like returning to the 1770s and reliving the times when our country's future was being debated. We strolled among costumed townfolk as they went about their daily business. A few of the buildings are carefully restored replicas, but most are the original buildings, meticulously maintained.

We started at the visitor center. The price of admission is steep here at $40 each for adults. Children are less, and we ...

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October 24, 2017
A Day in Baltimore, Maryland from ... Cat Patches

Before I tell you about our day in Baltimore, I want to back up just a little and tell you something about the drive into College Park, Maryland, where we are staying for the next several days. As we were leaving French Creek State Park, I looked out the window of the truck and noticed that the leaves were just beginning to change in Pennsylvania. The weather was gorgeous while we were there...sunny and warm.


We passed a few barns along the way.


And it wasn't very long before we passed into Maryland. Sorry for the blur, Maryland ...

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A Day in Baltimore, Maryland from Cat Patches

Before I tell you about our day in Baltimore, I want to back up just a little and tell you something about the drive into College Park, Maryland, where we are staying for the next several days. As we were leaving French Creek State Park, I looked out the window of the truck and noticed that the leaves were just beginning to change in Pennsylvania. The weather was gorgeous while we were there...sunny and warm.


We passed a few barns along the way.


And it wasn't very long before we passed into Maryland. Sorry for the blur, Maryland ...

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October 23, 2017
A Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from ... Cat Patches

As I mentioned in my last post, we spent our second day at French Creek State Park sight-seeing in Philadelphia, a little over an hour's drive away. The traffic was pretty typical city traffic...in a word, awful. It was a good day, however, despite the traffic, and we were glad we went.

It's always a trick finding a place to park our pig of a truck. There was on-street metered parking, but no spaces large enough. After driving several blocks, we noticed a public lot, and just a block on, metered parking where we could fit. Mike ...

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A Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Cat Patches

As I mentioned in my last post, we spent our second day at French Creek State Park sight-seeing in Philadelphia, a little over an hour's drive away. The traffic was pretty typical city traffic...in a word, awful. It was a good day, however, despite the traffic, and we were glad we went.

It's always a trick finding a place to park our pig of a truck. There was on-street metered parking, but no spaces large enough. After driving several blocks, we noticed a public lot, and just a block on, metered parking where we could fit. Mike ...

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October 22, 2017
College Park, Maryland from ... Cat Patches

Hey there! I'm back! Did you miss me? When last we spoke we were headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where we switched out our leaky toilet for a new non-leaking one. The kitties took advantage of Mike's lap in the morning...it's a rare day when they'll share a single lap. More accurately, it's rare for Smitty to share a lap with Sadie.


There were lots of barns along the way, but these next ones were the best of those pictures.



The toilet was such a quick fix, it was all said and done before lunch ...

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College Park, Maryland from Cat Patches

Hey there! I'm back! Did you miss me? When last we spoke we were headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where we switched out our leaky toilet for a new non-leaking one. The kitties took advantage of Mike's lap in the morning...it's a rare day when they'll share a single lap. More accurately, it's rare for Smitty to share a lap with Sadie.


There were lots of barns along the way, but these next ones were the best of those pictures.



The toilet was such a quick fix, it was all said and done before lunch ...

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