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Travel Biography

2014
May in Katy TX and
Feb in St. Croix
2013
Nov - Bermuda
June 3 Disney cruise with third granddaughter
Jan Caribbean Cruise including Grenada and Bonaire
2012 - Australia with my second granddaughter

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Travel Biography

* Born : Baltimore MD - 1937 Of course not yet a grandmother !!
* Parents: :Father from Silver Cliff, Colorado, professor of Anatomy in medical school. Mother born in Henderson, NC and brought up in Milbourne PA.
Went camping through the western states at age 10.

* Went to
Europe with family at age 12 .

* College : Oberlin in Ohio - degree zoology
* Married :High School sweetheart, USNA graduate.

* 20 years as Navy wife, living in Pensacola FL, New Iberia, LA, Norfolk VA, Monterey CA, Key West FL, Folcroft, PA Greene in western RI, and southern MD .

* 1961-1971 Four Children (still not a grandmother yet but my mom was - see her 1965 trip report starting in New York)

* Coached age group swim teams and was Co-DC of local pony club

* Taught :middle school science for 7 years

* :Worked for a state OSHA in consultation and compliance for 14 years -became a Certified Industrial Hygienist

* First grandchild born in 1980. Youngest grandchild of 11 born in 2005.

* Traveled outside the US to Germany, France, Spain, Portugual, Italy (1964), Gibralter, Tangiers (1992), Victoria, British Columbia (1994), Bermuda (1995), Costa Rica, Barbados (1996), the Virgin Islands (twice 1997), Belize, Cozumel (1998), and Toronto Canada.

For Bermuda, Barbados, Costa Rica and Belize, pages on individual locations (with links) are on the main page usually under General Tips. Many of these pages are the only ones at that location. The Bahamas and states on the ICW where I have a lot of pages on relatively obscure locations are the same.

* Retired :Feb 2000.
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On my USA page I have
lighthouse information and I review chain restaurants and hotels.

Individual listings by state for my State- Maryland (including a lot of lighthouse pictures) and also for Virginia North Carolina South Carolina and Florida

Traveling by Sailboat Fall 2000

In 1998, we bought a sailboat. We did some trips in the Chesapeake in 1999 and 2000 Starting from Ridge

We cruised down the Intercoastal Waterway in 2000-01 including a trip to the Bahamas

Each completed segment references the next stop.

2000, Nov 1 to Mill Creek Reedville
Nov. 2 Deltaville
Nov. 3 Chisman Creek
Nov. 4-6 Ft. Monroe, Hampton
Nov 7 Mile 0 of the ICW at Norfolk
Nov 8 Dismal Swamp
Nov 8-10 Elizabeth City
Nov 10 Alligator River Mile 102 Anchorage
Nov 11 Belhaven
2000, Nov12 - Whitaker Creek Oriental
2000, Nov 13 Anchored Town Creek Beaufort
2000, Nov 14 Mile Hammock Bay
2000, Nov 15 Wrightsville Beach
2000, Nov 16-18 Bald Head
2000, Nov 18 Dock Holiday's N. Myrtle Beach
2000, Nov 19 Rockpile & Rain to Murrells Inlet
2000, Nov 20 ICW - Shrimp Boat Bumper McClellanville
2000, Nov 21 to Patriot Point
2000, Nov 22-27 Thanksgiving
2000, Novr 28 South past Charleston
2000, Nov 28 ICW Dawho River Marshes at Mile 501
2000, Nov 29-30 Dataw Island
2000, Dec 1 - Outdoor Resorts Hilton Head
2000, Dec 2 Herb River (Thunderbolt)
2000, Dec 3 Kilkenny Creek
2000, Dec 4 -anchoring at Little St Simons Island
2000, Dec 5 A Rock Crunching Exit from Jekyll Island GA
2000, Dec 6 St Mary's River Fernandina Beach, FL
2000, Dec 7 Fort George River Anchorage
2000, Dec 8 St Augustine
2000, Dec 9 Power Boats & Golf at Palm Coast
2000, Dec 10 Disaster in Port Orange
2000, Dec 11 Refuge in New Smyrna Beach
2000, Dec 12 Titusville
2000, Dec 13 Merritt Island
2000, Dec 14 Stinky Melbourne
2000, Dec 15 Fort Pierce
2000, Dec 16 buggy Frenchman's Marina Juno Beach
2000, Dec 17 20 bridges Lighthouse Pt
2000, Dec 18 Bad start Ft Lauderdale
2000, Dec 20 Expensive Miami Beach
2000, Dec 21 off and on to 2001 March 10 on a mooring

WInter and Spring 2001

2001, January 1-6 Marathon
2001, January 7-25 Key West and Ft. Taylor
2001, January 25-31 Dry Tortugas
2001, Feb 1-2 Stock Island
2001, Feb 2-4 Scare in the Keys
2001, Feb 15-21 Crossing the Gulf Stream to stay in Bimini, Bahamas
2001- Feb 22 trip to Lucaya
2001 Feb 23-25 stay at Lucaya
2001 Feb 26-leaving Lucaya
2001-Feb 26-March 10 on a mooring

2001-March 10-12 offshore Government Cut to Lake Worth (and stay at Riviera Beach)
2001 March 12-14 offshore to Ft. Pierce
2001 March 14-15 Melbourne (anchored out)
2001 March 15-16 Titusville
2001 March 16-17 Daytona Beach
2001 March 17-21 St. Augustine
2001 March 21-22 Jacksonville Beach
2001 March 22-24 Fernandina Beach
2001 March 24-25 Lanier Island, GA
2001 March 25-26 Wahoo River anchorage
2001 March 26-27 Thunderbolt, GA
2001 March 27-28 Beaufort SC
2001 March 28-Apr 3 Buzzard's Roost, John's Island SC
2001 Apr 3-4 Isle of Palms, SC
2001 Apr 4-5 Georgetown SC
2001 Apr 5-6 Wacca Wachi Marina in Murrell's Inlet SC
2001- Apr 6-7 Little River SC
2001 Apr 7-8 offshore to Bald Head Island
2001 Apr 8-9 Hampstead
2001 Apr 9-10 Swansboro NC
2001 Apr 10-11 Oriental NC
2001 Apr 11-12 Dowry Creek (Belhaven NC)
2001 Apr 12-13 Alligator River Marina
2001 Apr 13-14 Coinjock
April 14-15, 2001 Norfolk VA
April 15-16, 2001 Bloxom's Corner, VA (suburb of Hampton)
April 16-19, 2001 Taking refuge in Cook's Landing, Perrin, VA
April 19-20, 2001 Kilmarnock, VA (no narrative)
April 20, 2001 home at last

Traveling by Sailboat Fall 2001

These were the first trips I wrote up on VT because the 2001-2002 trip was the first time I made extensive use of a digital camera photos and because I kept a detailed expense spreadsheet.

1) October 23, 2001 Wynne, MD (home marina)
2)October 24 - 27, 2001 weathered in at Kilmarnock, VA
3) October 28, 2001 Gloucester Pt, VA
4) October 29, 2001 Norfolk, VA
5) October 30, 2001 Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor's Center
6)October 31-November 1, 2001 Elizabeth City, NC
7) November 2-3, 2001 Alligator River, NC
8) November 4-5, 2001 Belhaven NC
9) November 6, 2001 - Oriental, NC
10) November 7, 2001 Swansboro, NC
11) November 8, 2001 Hampstead, NC
12) November 9, 2001 Southport, NC
13) November 10, 2001 Barefoot Landing, SC
14) November 11, 2001 Georgetown, SC
15) November 12, 2001 Sullivan's Island SC,
Here, our friends went home for Thanksgiving and we visited with our son for several days.

16) November 16, 2001 Johns Island SC (Greater Charleston)
17) November 17, 2001 Beaufort, SC
18) November 18, 2001 Thunderbolt, GA
19) November 19, 2001 Wahoo River, GA (anchored)
20) November 20, 2001 Jekyll Island, GA
21) November 21-23, 2001 Fernandina Beach, FL (Thanksgiving)
22) November 24, 2001 Jacksonville Beach, FL
23) November 25-26, 2001 St. Augustine, FL
24) November 27-30, 2001 Daytona Beach, FL visiting with friends
25) December 1-4, 2001 Titusville, FL (waiting for the space shuttle to go off but it was delayed too long so we left without seeing it)
26) December 5, 2001 Melbourne, FL (anchored - watched the space shuttle shot)
27) December 6-9, 2001 Ft. Pierce, FL (waiting for good weather to go offshore)
28) December 10-18, 2001 Miami, FL (visit with daughter)
29) December 19-20, 2001 the Florida Keys to Marathon, FL
30) December 21, 2001 Boca Chica, FL (near Key West).

That takes us to the end of 2001. We spent Christmas and New Years here, and got our new 2002 customs sticker for the boat.

In 2002, we left Boca Chica. Jan 6-8, 2002, for Little Torch Key FL (Newfound Harbor)
Jan. 9-15, 2002 to Marathon FL
Jan. 16-19, 2002 staging for the Bahamas to go to Bimini . and on Jan. 20-21, 2002, crossed the Grand Bahama Bank Jan. 22-23, 2002 Fraziers Hog Cay (Berry Islands).

Traveling by Sailboat Continued in '02

Nassau - Jan 25-29.
Part 5a Approach
Part 5b Nassau
Part 5c Nassau Harbour Bridges to
Part 5d Atlantis Aquarium
Part 6 Jan 30 - Feb 6, 2002 "Before the Heart Attack" takes us to the
Exumas - Allan's, Normans, Highborne, and Shroud Cays

Feb. 6, 2002 sailed to Nassau -airlifted to Miami, Feb. 8, 2002 - had an angioplasty.

Part 7a After the Heart Attack covers recovery in Miami Feb 9-24, 2002
Part 7b We flew back to the Bahamas Miami (from the air) .
Part 8a Feb 25, 2002 is returning to the boat - the Bahamas from the air
Part 8b Feb 25-March 2, 2002 Nasssau and
Part 8c Coral Harbour
March 3, 2002 we sailed to Chub Cay in the Berry Islands
March 6, 2002,we had a scarey bumpy trip to Lucaya
March 10, 2002 - we went West End (Grand Bahama)
March 12, 2002 - re-entered the US at Ft. Pierce

We returned -
March 14, 2002 - Melbourne
March 15, 2002 - Titusville
March 16, 2002 - Daytona
March 17-19, 2002 - St. Augustine
March 20, 2002 - Jacksonville
March 21-22, 2002 - Fernandina
March 23, 2002 - Jekyll Island
March 24, 2002 - anchored in the Wahoo River
March 25, 2002 - Thunderbolt
March 26, 2002 - Beaufort SC
March 27, 2002 - John's Island, SC
March 28-April 3, 2002 - Charleston SC (visiting son and grandchildren) the Aquarium and - Ft. Sumter
April 4, 2002 - Isle of Palms, SC
April 5, 2002 - Georgetown SC
April 6, 2002- Murrell's Inlet SC (visiting Brookgreen Gardens) part 1 and part 2
April 7, 2002 - Myrtle Beach SC
April 8, 2002 - Southport NC
April 9, 2002 - Hampstead NC
April 10, 2002 - Swansboro NC
April 11, 2002 - Oriental NC
April 12, 2002 - Belhaven NC
April 13, 2002 - Alligator River NC
April 14, 2002 - Coinjock VA
April 15, 2002 - Norfolk VA
April 16, 2002 - White Plains VA (Stingray Point at Windmill Resort)
April 17, 2002 home at last.

Additional pictures of the boat are at

RosalieAnn

Grandchildren

There is a tradition in the family of doing 4 generation pictures. My mom has two 4 generation pictures of herself as a baby with her mom, one with her grandfather and his mom (shown here), and one with her grandmother and her mom. I have one with my mom, my grandmother, and my great grandfather. My oldest daughter has one with me, my mom and my grandfather.

I've tried to get 4 generation pictures with my mom, and each of my 11 grandchildren. In 2009, my 4 children were between 38 and 48 years old. My grandchildren ranged in age from 29 to 4 years old.

Below is The Latest Four Generations picture. The grandchild in the picture is the next to youngest one and is now in third grade.

Ancestor portraits are at Family Portraits

July 2002, we took a trip to England to visit our oldest daughter who was there on a three year job exchange.

2002-July 18 -Transit strike -Landed at Gatwick. Thursday July 18 to Friday July 19 Big Bus tour.

2002-July 20 (Saturday) British Museum and the London Eye

2002-July 21(Sunday) Greenwich

2002-July 22 (Monday) Took the tube to meet our daughter and she took us to
Salisbury, Stonehenge and Avebury before going to her house in Cheltenham
2002-July 23 (Tuesday) Went to Bath with our grandson.
2002-July 24 (Wednesday) Visited Wales - Llangollen and the aqueduct at Trevor Also stopped at Iron Bridge

2002-July 25 (Thursday) the Canal Museum in Gloucester in preparation for...
2002-July 26 (Friday) We started a narrow boat cruise in Dunhampstead which is so small that it isn't on VT so it is under Droitwich. We continued on July 27, 28 and 29 to Tibberton and Worcester
2002-July 29 (Monday) We stopped off in Bourton on the Water on the way back to Cheltenham

2002-July 30 (Tuesday) We rested, packed and then July31st (Wednesday) flew home arriving 2002-August 1 (Thursday).

October 2002 -Joined Virtual Tourist

October 2002 -Joined Virtual Tourist
We didn't go down the ICW in the fall of 2002. We visited our son in Summerville for Thanksgiving, and for the final trip in 2002 (and the first one in 2003) we visited our Miami daughter at her mountain vacation cabin in NC at Christmas.

We did our last trip down the ICW in 2003

Oct 30 - Ridge, MD
Oct 31 - anchored Gwynn Island in Piankatank R.

NOTE: From here on, the travelogues linked but there is no room for all the links here.

2003, Nov 1 - Portsmouth, VA
Nov 2-3 Elizabeth City,
Nov 4 Albemarle Sound
Nov 5-6 Dowry Creek
Nov 7 Oriental
Nov 8-9 Swansboro
Nov 10 Hampstead
Nov 11 Wrightsville Beach & Southport, NC
Nov 12 Sunset Beach and North Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov 13 Pine Island Cut (3 travelogues) to Socastee (3 travelogues) down the Waccamaw to Georgetown SC
2003 Nov 14-20 Visting Summerville from Mt. Pleasant
2003 Nov 21-22 Offshore to the St. Mary's River

2003, Nov 22-23 - Amelia Island FL
2003, Nov 24 - Jacksonville Beach FL
2003. Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving in St. Augustine FL
2003, Nov 28-29 Daytona Beach FL
2003, Nov 30 - Titusville FL
2003, Dec. 2 -Down the Indian River to anchor near Melbourne FL
2003, Dec 3 -4 Ft. Pierce, FL
2003, Dec 5-6 Offshore to Miami
2003, Dec 6 -12 Miami FL
2003, Dec 13-14 - Key Largo and Indian Key mooring
Winter Marathon, FL

2004, March 21 - Indian Key
March 22 - anchored late Key Biscayne
March 23-30 - Miami, FL
March 31-April 1- offshore
April 2 Ft. Pierce, FL
Apr 3 - Vero Beach, FL
Apr 4-5 Cocoa, FL
Apr 5 Titusville,
Apr 6 Daytona,
Apr 7 St. Augustine,
Apr 8 Jax Beach, FL
Apr 9 St. Mary's, GA
Apr 10-11 overnight to Charleston
Apr 11-18 Mt. Pleasant SC, Summerville & Ft. Moultrie
2004, Apr 19-20 Overnight to Southport, NC
Apr 21- Masonboro NC
Apr 22 - Ran aground in Wrightsville Beach
Apr 23-27 - Swansboro to Alligator R.
Apr 28-30 - Norfolk & Portsmouth VA
May 1 - Kilmarnock & Dallas TX area (Frisco)

2004 Subsequent Trips

May 31, 2004 I returned from a trip to Oberlin College OH (starting at Sideling Hill Hancock MD for my 45th reunion.

By boat in August & October.

Nov 14 -21 Bermuda.

Nov 26th 2004, car trip via Virginia Beach to
Nov 28-Dec 4 Duck, and to Ocracoke.
Dec 10 to 17th New Orleans, New Iberia

2005

Jan 7-14 Titusville
Jan 14-21 Ormond Beach and DeLand
Jan 24-28 Everglades and
Jan 29-Feb 17 the Florida Keys & Ft. Myers, to Jacksonville to
Feb 19-26 Hilton Head
March 5-12 Atlantic Beach
March 12-15 Fort Story

Cruise 2005, Oct 23-Nov 5 from Philadelphia to Miami via San Juan, St. Thomas USVI, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba

Winter 2005-2006 Road trip: December to Charleston, SC; Fort Walton Beach, FL; Talladega and Gulf Shores AL; Santo Domingo, DR; Orlando, Eglin AFB, Pensacola, Montgomery and Frisco TX, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Branson, MO, TN and KY.

Dec 11, 2006 to Jan 4, 2007 - Maasdam
Norfolk, Bahamas, St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts, San Juan, Norfolk, Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba,Curacao, Barbados, Dominica, St. Thomas, Bahamas, Ft. Lauderdale and by rental car to. Jupiter FL, GA, and home

2007
May 29, - 2nd grandson to NJ, NYC, Ellis Island), Ireland, London
Labor Day cruise
Nov-Grandeur of the Seas cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda, St. Maartin, Curacao, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Cozumel - ending Tampa
Dec-NCL Pearl to Samana, Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

2008
New Years in Panama City,FL, Frisco TX via Baton Rouge and Shreveport St. Louis area.
March Barcelona, to Venice with 3rd grandson
July and August 2008 to NC Potomac and CT granddaughter's wedding
Nov 3 - Left for cruise Panama Canal to Lima, Peru

2009
June . Baltic cruise (VT meeting) with my 2nd granddaughter

2010
June Yellowstone & Hawaii with 4th grandson
Caribbean cruise with Montserrat

2011
Jan Caribbean/Bahamas cruise
Drive Feb Dallas via Key West
Alaskan May Cruise
Bermuda Nov Bahamas Cruise

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