16 July 1992 Thursday. We flew from Brussels to Washington Dulles, arriving mid afternoon. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Fairfax City, and watched the Presidential debates on TV. Ross Perot was very popular, with his emphasis on out of control Federal budgets and the national debt. Almost twenty years later this issue is still the top of the national debate, as nothing has been done to reduce spending and tax equitably.
17 - 19 July 1992 Friday through Sunday. We drove to Virginia Beach to visit Linda's brother Marlan, sister in law Arlene and their kids Ashley and Rhett. We went to the beach near Dam Neck, used by military families, as both Marlan and Arlene were Navy. We also toured Norfolk sights and the last day visited Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg. At each of there locations we saw how the early settlers lived, with demonstrations of cooking, farming, glassblowing, and other early crafts.
20 July Monday. We drove to Woodbridge and had lunch at the Outback Steakhouse with Steve, Kay, and their boys, Steve Jr and David. Will had salvaged a tiny sword from his drink, and when the waitress walked by he stabbed her in
the rear end. She was about to react when she saw who had done it. She took it well, much to our embarassment. We had a good time visiting with them at their home before heading north to Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania we drove to Mahaffey and stopped at a gas station to ask directions how to get to Mount Zion CHurch where my Dad was burried. Amazingly, this tiny gas station has a Chrysler Viper on display. We got our direcrtions and visited the grave for a few minutes and then drove by the house he had been born before heading west to New Castle.
21 - 30 July 1992 Tuesday through Thursday. We spent the week in New Castle, not only to visit Linda's Mom, sister Melody, and brother Jon, but also aunts and uncles and cousins, and with our friends Buz and Kathy. We went to Sea World south of Cleveland OH, saw a Pirates baseball game and some of the sights in Pittsburgh, and went to Pymatuning Lake where Linda and her family went fishing every summer vacation.
31 July 1992 Friday. We said our farewells and drove to Allegany State Park in southwestern
Inside a house in Jamestown VA
Linda, Will, Tamara, and Rosanna
New York, another park where Linda and her family camped and fished every summer. We drove around the park to see the campground where they camped, and where they fished, etc. That night we stayed at a motel in Salamanca.
1 August 1992 Saturday. We drove Route 17 and then Interstate 84 across southern New York to Newtown, CT where we visited Uncle Tom and Aunt Zee and met up with my Mom and sister Sue and brother in law Rob with their kids Brendan and Alyssa, who would be joining us for our trip to New England. We had a great albeit short visit.
2 August 1992 Sunday. We drove Newtown to Rockport, Massachusetts, a quintessential New England seacoast town on Glouchester peninsula north of Boston. We has a seafood lunch there, and then continued to Boothbay Harbor where we would camp for two nights. First we stopped at Walmart to buy a tent and sleeping bags, the cost of which was probably less than staying in a motel, and assurred us of some fun and adventure. We then went to our campground by mid afternoon. Our spot was right on a stream; a perfect setting. Mom,
Linda, and the kids set up the tent while I videoed everyone. I'm not sure how helpful the kids were, but they sure looked busy. After camp was set up we rented a canoe and paddled down to where the stream met the ocean. Paddling back turned out to be quite and exercize. That evening we had hot dogs and marshmellows around the campfire. We turned in and I told the kids bear stories to put them to sleep. I probably should have picked a sheep to be more effective.
3 August 1992 Monday. We drove into Boothbay Harbor, which is a typical tourist overrun New England coastal town. After walking around the town and having lunch, we headed out to the uncrowded coastline and looked for various sea creatures and shells. By late afternoon we returned to camp to prepare dinner and the evening activities.
4 - 6 August 1992 Tuesday through Thursday. After breaking camp, and donating our tent and shipping our sleeping bags to Brussels, we drove the 120 miles to Bar Harbor, where we had reserved rooms at a bed and breakfast for three nights.
After lunch we drove through Acadia National Park
to the top of Mount Cadillac, which is where the sun first touches the United States. We stopped at Sand Beach and other sights along the way. We returned to Bar Harbor for a late afternoon cruise of Frenchman Bay. We sailed in a whaling scooner, and had to opportunity to hoist the sails had we wanted to. The captain told us all about the history of the area and about whaling. We also saw seals and other wildlife. We returned to Bar Harbor for dinner and card games at our B&B.
The next day we returned to Sand Beach for the kids to swim, or rather to run into the water and run out immediately as the water was very cold. The entertained themselves by building sand castles. I took a hike to the rocky hill at one end of the beach to get the scenic view of the whole cove. We returned to Bar Harbor for lunch and then took another cruise of the bay; this time on a lobster boat. Again, we had the complete explanation of a lobsterman's life and how they bring up the lobster pots and measure the lobster to make sure it
is within the legal limits to keep size-wise. After we strolled around the town and watched as a cruise ship docked.
The last day we drove all the way around Acadia National Park, stopping at a light house and various villages tucked in coves along the rugged seacoast.
7 August 1992 Friday. While Mom went with Rob, Sue, and kids as far as Nyack on their way back to Florida, we drove to the L.L. Bean factory outlet store for some shopping; to Kennebukport, the Bush's summer home; and on to Newport, Rhode Island to see the summer mansions of the late 19th century social elite. Newport is also a yachting capital, so there was much to see and do. The couple of mansions we visited were very gilded. We then continued to Hyannis Port where we checked into a motel near the beach on Long Island Sound. The kids had a late afternoon swim before dinner.
8 August 1992 Saturday. We droved through quaint Cape Cod towns to Provincetown, and then backtracked a bit to the Cape Cod National Seashore. It was a bit foggy when we arrived. However, we were patient and eventually the fog
disipated. We spent the rest of the day at the beach. This is one of the more beautiful beaches in the United States, with a majestic lighthouse on the bluffs looking out to sea. By late afternoon we drove back to Hyannis Port via Chatham and a bunch more quaint villages. Cape Cod is one of our favorite corners of America.
9 August 1992 Sunday. We drove to Mystic, Connecticut to visit the seaport. We saw many more demonstrations; the most interesting of which was on board an original whaler that had sailed to south seas in search of whales. We learned that it took then two to five years to find, kill, and process enough whale oil to fill up all their vats before returning home. We then stopped at the New London Naval Base to visit the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine. Then we continued to Nyack, New York to reconnect with Mom. She had prepared a pcinic dinner which we ate at a local park.
10 August 1992 Monday. We said good bye to Mom and returned to Washington, DC in time to return our rental car and catch our late afternoon flight
back to Brussels.
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