Rising Sun Tavern

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Before the days of motels at every freeway exit and the comforts of traveling in your own RV, anyone on a journey away from home had limited choices of where to spend the night. If money was tight and the weather was […]

Mary Washington

 Posted by at 1:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 292017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We all know a lot about George Washington, the Father of Our Country, but how much do you know about his mother, Mary Washington? Would she be called the Grandmother of Our Country? Born November 30, 1708, in Lancaster County, Virginia, Mary […]

Goodbye Virginia

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062014
 

After five weeks exploring Virginia, it’s time to reluctantly move on. But there is no doubt in our minds that we’ll be back again and again. This trip we confined our visit to the state’s Middle Peninsula, what locals call the Rivah Country, on the western side of Chesapeake Bay. There is so much to […]

Colonial Williamsburg

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032014
 

When I mentioned a while back that Colonial Williamsburg would not provide us with media passes to do a story on the place, blog readers Ron and Verdis Knight offered us a couple of free tickets they had acquired at some event. So Thursday we went to check it out. I have to say, I […]

Two Great Attractions

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 302014
 

Whenever we are going to a new area I spend a lot of time researching places to visit that will be of interest to Gypsy Journal readers and making contact with the various attractions to arrange visits. Here in southern Virginia there are so many great places to choose from that we could be on […]

Kidney Kidnappers

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222014
 

Congratulations to Bryan Carbonnell, this week’s winner of the Gypsy Journal drawing for an audiobook of the Journals of Jacob and Hyde by my friend Randall Morris. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon! When we checked in here at the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails a week ago the ranger had warned us that […]

Sep 202014
 

Yesterday we drove to Richmond to play tourist and walked in the footsteps of three well known figures from the past in this wonderful old city that is so steeped in history. Occupied for centuries by native peoples, the first European settlers came to what is now Richmond in the late 17th Century. It became […]

Day Trip To Gloucester

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212012
 

We set out from Harbor View Campground about 10 AM and drove about 65 miles south to the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails preserve near Gloucester, Virginia to introduce Greg and Jan to one of our favorite campgrounds in this part of the country. We stayed there a couple of years ago and really liked it, […]

Oct 202012
 

We planned to go play tourist with Greg and Jan yesterday and had agreed to leave Harbor View Campground at 10 AM. But it started raining sometime in the wee hours of the morning and it really came down for two or three hours. When the alarm went off a little before 8 AM it […]

Full House

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192012
 

After our long day on the road Wednesday and getting to bed really late, we slept in yesterday morning. A few moments after we did get up the campground’s maintenance man knocked on our door to tell us that the water was going to be off longer than expected, and if we needed to top […]