Today I went to Annapolis, Maryland with Bev. I haven't had a chance to practiced using my GPS, so I was trying to figure it out while Bev drove. Annapolis was nice, but I expected that it would be easy to find the US Naval Academy. I had fond memories of watching "Men of Annapolis" on television in the 1950's. Well we were driving around and finally I was able to use the GPS to navigate to the Academy. Success! It wasn't far, but we just didn't happen to get on the right streets. What a very nice campus. We walked around town and did some people watching too. The midshipmen were walking by as Bev and I sat at an outdoor cafe by the water. Their must have been a special function because the cadets were in full uniforms and had dates wearing formal dresses. I didn't realize Annapolis was also a historic and quaint town - and the capitol of Maryland. The State House is pictured on one of the new quarter coins. It was an enjoyable day, and I was happy to have visited this famous town. Back to Silver Springs for the night, then I leave to West Virginia tomorrow then on to check out where my ancestors traveled in the Shenandoah Valley. Below are some photos from Annapolis.
THE STORY OF THIS DREAM TRIP
This blog is a reprint of my internet journal from 2001 to 2002 in which I documented my "vagabond" solo journey in a Chevy Conversion Van tracing my roots. I not only traced their paths and found their homes and final resting places, but I did extensive genealogical research in court houses, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies, cemeteries, and talked to the local people. I traveled with a laptop to upload my notes and photos, and use e-mail. It was a fantastic journey which lasted two years. I had no other home except my van to sleep in...just a bed and video player. My household goods were put into storage for two years. My mail was delivered to me at general delivery when I phoned "MailBox, etc." and told them where to send it. At night I stayed in campgrounds, motels, friends' backyards, friends' homes, and those of the few living relations I've tracked down. As I traveled I collected so much genealogy information, that I had to get rid of items that I had originally thought essential to my travels (like a microwave oven). Between ancestral sites, I visited any tourist sites I could find and got to know alot about the USA. This was a trip of a lifetime and I'm still sorting through all the wonderful memories, photos and invaluable genealogical data I found. I will post to this blog as I can - one or a few days at a time of that journey from 2001 to 2002