We left with a vague idea of where
we wanted to go and what we wanted to see, and a Google map full of pushpins marking
anything and everything, that after 30 seconds of research, sounded like it
might be interesting.
We came back with lots of amazing experiences and about a million photos. So many things exceeded expectations.
This is the original planning map. Blue
indicates something we didn’t get around to. We updated a pushpin to green if we went there. Yellow marks a shul. A tent icon marks a place to camp. Knife and spoon is Costco, Trader Joe's, or restaurant (just a few). Bicyclist or hiker icon - self explanatory. Etc.
This map shows what we did.
And this shows just Florida, where we spent 12 weeks.
There were lots of surprising connections between various parts of our trip. Some examples:
1. We expected Forrest
Gump trivia in Savannah GA as well as in Beaufort SC. But then there was an
unexpected reference in NC - signs for republican Lt. Gov Dan Forest’s
gubernatorial campaign: “Run” ”Forest” “Run”.
2. At Monticello VA, we learned about how Uriah Levy, first Jewish Commodore of the United States Navy, saved
Jefferson’s Monticello. Later, in Savannah GA, we learned how (long story
short) in 1733, 5 months after Savannah was founded by James Oglethorpe, a boat of 41 Jews including 34 Portuguese
Marranos, landed at Savannah. It was during an epidemic, and the colony’s
doctor had died. Oglethorpe originally was not going to
allow the Jews to land, but when he found out there was a doctor, Dr. Diego (Samuel) Nunes, on board, the colony policy of “No Jews Allowed” became “Welcome Jews!”
between the two is that Dr. Samuel Nunes was the
great grandfather of Uriah Levy.
3. The really cool connection
between the Kennedy Space Center and the Wright brothers was pointed out to us at
Kitty Hawk by ranger Amiee Ginnever. “Orville Wright lived long enough to learn
of Yeager’s breaking the sound barrier. Also, Neil Armstrong, on the Apollo 11
mission, took fragments of the Wright brothers' 1903 flyer took to the moon and back.”
Here is Ranger Amiee holding up the famous photo of the first powered flight on the field where the flight took place, with the markers showing how far the first four flights went.
From the slideshow in the visitor center
Bob taking flight at the monument,
Assisting Orville (or was it Wilbur? I always get them mixed up) on the first flight,
And doing stunts on the first flight
Kennedy Space Center
Beam me up, Scotty
Here's a tie in from another trip. This was on our way home from New Mexico last June, taken on I 70 in Indiana, near New Lisbon, birthplace of Wilbur.