09.12.16 Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

imagesMonday, September 12, 2016 – On Friday we set out to look for some 1/2 inch clear scotch tape, go to the Family Amusement park and eat at CiCi’s pizza with one of our discount coupons.

We went to five different stores and finally found it at a store I’ve never heard of A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts. Everyone has 3/4 inch tape but no one had it until we went there. After looking through this store Roy has proclaimed it his favorite “Trinkets and Trash (that’s what he calls Hobby Lobby)” store!

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Somewhere in between going from store to store I looked up directions to the amusement park on my phone. I found out that they didn’t open until 6 pm that day which was several hours away. We were disappointed but went on to CiCi’s pizza to eat before we thought we’d just head back to our RV. We’d seen Broadway at the Beach advertised and talked about it, deciding to go check it out instead of going home.

Wow! It turned out to be really cool! This is an aerial view of the area. It is a little similar to Barefoot Landing in the way it’s laid out with water all around. They are about 25 minutes away from each other in different cities.

Here’s some of the things we saw while strolling around the Broadway. Their amusement park rides did not look Rosalyn friendly so we passed on those!

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Just the marshmallows from Lucky Charms – $12.99 a box…………20160909_161834

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So Roy said this is where I was made! Don’tcha know he’d be dead if he really said that. He did insist that I be the one to pose in front of the store, hmmmmmm… This turned out to be a really cool store. I was so tempted to get the brain ice cube maker! 20160909_164103 20160909_164247 20160909_164317 20160909_164524 20160909_165225 20160909_165817 20160909_170125

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Base of a giant centuries old redwood tree. 20160909_172304 20160909_172749 20160909_173005 20160909_173035 20160909_173125 20160909_173131 20160909_173335 20160909_173409 20160909_173503

We’ve been out and about in this area several times during the week. There must be a mini golf course on each block. They are not small ones, but are mega sized with giant objects all around the courses. Each usually has some form of waterfall as part of the course! Lots and lots of opportunity here for children and adults to be entertained. Several crab restaurants all up and down the main highways.

The first photo is how Roy made time pass quicker while we were waiting at the RV service center for Dora to get fixed up!

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We will be here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina until Tuesday morning. We have enjoyed our time here a lot! Tuesday we will travel to a Boondockers Welcome couple’s home in Shelby, NC where we’ll stay for a week. We are hoping to meet up with my boss Deborah who I have worked with for several months. She and her husband Aaron live in a nearby town. We’ve never met in person so this will be a treat!

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09.07.17 Washington, DC – Part 3 – The City and its Buildings

commencement-4 Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – One thing quite apparent when touring Washington, DC was the powerful look of the buildings, the lack of skyscrapers and how well laid out the city is.  You’ll see in the photos that follow the strong look I described in their use of granite, marble and other strong stones.

Washington DC is unlike any other city we’ve been to.  It is obviously a city where much power resides!  I felt particularly safe while there.

I will be sharing below information I found on the planning of the city and its architecture.   In between that information will be some of the massive buildings we oohed and aahed at during our tour.  We’ll start with homes around the Washington DC area and then on to buildings

 

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Serene Anderson House facadeCity plan

Washington’s visionary planner was Pierre-Charles L’Enfant, a French army engineer who fought in the American Revolution. Two factors strongly influenced L’Enfant’s imagination as he planned the capital city: his understanding of 18th-century Baroque landscape architecture and his familiarity with the city of Paris and the grounds of Versailles. L’Enfant adapted the city’s formal plan to the area’s natural topography, carefully selecting important sites for principal buildings on the basis of the order of their importance, beginning with the U.S. Capitol building, which he placed on a high ridge. He then symbolically linked it, by way of Pennsylvania Avenue, to the presidential palace (the White House), on a slightly lower ridge.

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Placing the Capitol at the centre of the street plan, L’Enfant drew surveyors’ lines through the building to the points of the compass, thereby separating the city into four sections: Northwest (the largest quadrant), Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest. Three of the four surveyors’ lines became streets: North Capitol, East Capitol, and South Capitol streets. The fourth dividing line stretches west from the Capitol along the middle of the Mall to the Potomac River.

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Washington’s streets are organized in a scheme of broad diagonal avenues overlain on a grid of wide north-south- and east-west-trending streets. Thus, an orderly web of wide tree-lined avenues creates great vistas and leads both to powerful focal points and open public spaces. The intersections of two or three diagonal avenues are punctuated with landscaped circles and squares, while their intersections with grid streets create triangular and trapezoidal lots and parks, resulting in interesting streetscapes.
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Streets running north-south are numbered, and streets running east-west are lettered. There are two sets of numbered streets and two sets of lettered streets. One set of numbered streets commences to the east of the Capitol, and the other starts to the west. The two corresponding sets of lettered streets begin to the north and to the south of the Capitol. Each street’s name is followed by the abbreviation of the quadrant in which it is located (e.g., 1st Street NW or A Street SE). There are no J, X, Y, or Z streets, and the two B Streets were renamed Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue. A number of diagonal avenues are named for U.S. states.

20160819_123853 20160819_123348 20160819_121704 20160819_121047 20160819_112546 20160819_112526  Height restrictions for buildings in Washington were enacted by Congress as early as 1899 because of concerns over the fire safety and aesthetics of tall buildings, and the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 assured the city’s horizontal landscape. According to the act, no building in Washington may be taller than 130 feet, though along certain portions of Pennsylvania Avenue certain structures are allowed to extend an additional 30 feet (9 metres). Office buildings may be no wider than the street on which they are built plus 20 feet, and most of them are about 120 feet wide. Thus, D.C. lacks the characteristic skyscrapers found in other large U.S. cities. Moreover, as the city has expanded, it has spread out rather than up, with residential and low-rise commercial areas having been replaced by rows of homogeneous boxlike office buildings.

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A tradition of conservatism also is evident in the architectural design of many of Washington’s private and government buildings.

That wraps up all three parts of our blog posts about Washington, DC.  We walked as much as we physically could on the hot sunny day we were there.  I would love to go back there on a cool, cloudy day so we could walk around and see more!

Roy and I are at Triple T which is a big rig and motor home service center.  Yesterday we had Dora’s transmission checked out and found it needed a new shift selector pad (a terribly expensive part) needed replacing and they took care of it!  We spent the night in their parking lot so we’d be ready at 7 am for them to replace the bearings and the seals in Dora’s front end.  Our extended warranty runs out this November so we’re having anything that is wrong checked out. We hope to be back at Briarcliffe RV Resort this evening and plan to do some fun stuff the rest of the week.  Myrtle Beach is a really nice place and we want to explore it more!

If you missed Parts 1 and 2 here are links to them:

Part 1 Washington DC

Part 2 Washington DC

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09.04.16 Sunday afternoon fun at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Sunday, September 4, 2016 – Sunday afternoon we decided to do some exploring.  The map of our RV resort shows a back way to an area known as Barefoot Landing here in Myrtle Beach, SC.  We set out exploring our park and Barefoot Landing.

Barefoot Landing is  North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina’s premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination  As their website says:

Set along the Intracoastal Waterway and featuring a 27 acre lake, Barefoot Landing combines breathtaking scenery with an outstanding selection of places to enjoy day and night. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a quaint Southern shopping village.

It was beautiful and sunny out today and we certainly got in some great exercising walking around the whole place.  I did some granddaughter shopping and found a cool Myrtle Beach refrigerator magnet.  I have a magnet from every big place we’ve visited.  When we are off the road I look at the magnets and remember all the places we’ve seen.

Here are some photos from along the way to Barefoot Landing and while walking around inside it!  They are not clickable to enlarge except the one above on the left.

Dora’s parking site at Briarcliffe RV Resort, #63

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I really like this set up next to their RV.  Hoping Roy can do something like this for us when we get back home to Amite, LA!20160904_142815 20160904_142811 The entrance to Barefoot Landing from our park 20160904_142715

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You could buy fish food here on the walkway

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The cool misting area we always love to come across.  Oddly enough no one as sitting by it.  I stood next to it a while and it was quite nice!

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Roy’s had his crocs for almost 10 years and the bottoms were slick making them dangerous for him to wear many places we explore.  Found a shop today with his size and a good color so here’s his new crocs!!20160904_131629 20160904_125722 20160904_125626 20160904_125621 20160904_124820

Beautiful boats lined the waterways and were cruising down the waterways as we strolled by.20160904_124713 20160904_124454 20160904_124334 20160904_124244
That brings us back to our RV where we’re settled down for the evening.  Roy boiled some store bought peanuts and we’re enjoying those and watermelon this Sunday evening! We haven’t made any plans for this second week here except that on Tuesday we will be spending the day at a local Allison Transmission service center having Dora’s transmission checked out and worked on.

Roy replaced our external surge protector with a built in surge protector yesterday.  He’s going to write about that soon, I hope!

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