Wednesday, November 4, 2015

East Coast Trip 2015, Part 2: ME to FL

It was a little difficult to leave the coast of Maine. We were enjoying the scenery and cool weather. Besides, the trees were not in full color yet! But we had more places to visit and people to see. We had decided long ago that we wanted to revisit Lancaster County where we had lived for 5 months in 2007-2008. So we headed south down I-95, except when trying to avoid the cities, which we learned is nearly impossible.

But there were some picturesque coastal towns along the way.

I surprised myself by being able to navigate the city of Lancaster after all those years. This is Soldiers and Sailors Monument (1874) in Penn Square, downtown Lancaster.

Lancaster Central Market was started on this location in 1730. It's like a farmers market three days per week all year. You can find just about anything here.

And then there is the Bird in Hand Farmers Market with mostly Amish produce, meats, flowers and handcrafts.

And north of Lancaster in the little town or Lititz, where I worked, is our favorite chocolate manufacturer, Wilbur. Their products are more like European chocolates than good ole American Hersheys. We had to buy some Wilbur Buds (the size of Hershey Kisses but different shape).

After leaving Lancaster we skirted Baltimore and DC to continue south. It was a long day but we made it to southern NC.

One of the highlights of the whole trip was visiting My uncle Lyman who is 98 and going strong. He lives in a senior apartment in Hilton Head, SC, and my cousin, Nona, works at the same complex.

After lunch with Uncle Lyman we saw our only "wild" alligator sunning next to a pond in the senior complex.

Our RV park/marina in Hilton Head was very luxurious and right on the water. Our site was next to one of the 2 pools and we took advantage of it!

Next stop was Savannah. We took a trolley tour and saw many beautiful houses and historical sites. I enjoyed how the old part of the city was laid out to create neighborhoods. And I had read "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" which was mentioned frequently by the tour guide. Also saw the bench where Forrest Gump talked about life and chocolates.


Halfway down the Atlantic coast of Florida we found a nice park with beautiful sunrises.

We visited several beaches from Cocoa Beach to North Beach.

We crossed to the gulf side to attend Living the RV Dream Rally south of Tampa. We learned a lot from more experienced RVers and saw some new electronics to make our lives easier.

Visited Siesta Beach which was voted the #1 beach in the US. It certainly was wide with very fine white sand.

To be continued...

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