2019 – Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails – Gloucester, VA


We last visited Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails, Gloucester, VA in 2013 and we were looking forward to this return visit. The campground didn’t disappoint and we had another nice stay. Really, not much has changed since my previous review, so I’ll just post a few more photos and let them speak for themselves.

The previous review is here.

I will mention that we were disappointed that the hot tub was out of order this visit. Also, there was some kind of electrical failure that impacted a couple of sections of the park, including the one we were in. We decided to leave a couple of days early rather than just change campsites.

All in all we enjoyed this second visit to Chesapeake Bay and recommend it.


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2019 – Sightseeing: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, VA


The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, VA is a great place to refresh your memory and learn about the formation of our nation. Inside the Museum are galleries with dioramas, written and archeological information about the era, and movies and other multi-media telling the stories of both the Americans and the British during the struggle for freedom. I enjoyed the interactive exhibits and the videos. I especially liked the theater where I felt I was in the battle itself with smoke in the air and the feeling of the concussion of canon blasts.

Outside, we visited the Continental Army encampment with costumed soldiers and women who talked about their daily lives. We saw musket demonstrations and the firing of a cannon. We also toured a Revolution-Era farm with docents in costumes who talked to us about life on the farm. There is a farmhouse with separate kitchen, a tobacco barn with tobacco hanging in the rafters, and slave quarters.

We enjoyed our visit to the American Revolution Museum and came away with a greater appreciation for our heritage of freedom.


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2019 – Sightseeing Battleship Wisconsin, Norfolk, VA


We had a beautiful day for our tour of the USS Wisconsin, at Norfolk, VA. She was commissioned April 16, 1944 and served until September 30, 1991 – the last serving American Battleship. This historic ship served in World War II, Korea and Desert Storm. We did the self guided tour. The main deck immediately caught my eye because it was so smooth and clean. A volunteer told me that when it was teak wood laid on the steel deck. The weapons area was interesting especially the 16 inch guns and the missile decks. Several of the missiles that were fired at the beginning of Desert Storm were fired from those positions. I liked seeing the officers country and crew berthing; also the Galley and Mess. One thing that the older Battleships had was a designated head (toilet) for women who were visiting as there were no women assigned to this ship. The Wisconsin was an amazing floating city with all the spiritual, physical and medical needs of the men taken care of onboard.


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