Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today In History 9/28/1781 The Battle of Yorktown Begins

MQTlogoa Continental Army Encampment at Yorktown Victory Center


“The life of a Revolutionary War soldier is vividly portrayed in a re-created Continental Army encampment. Historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of American soldiers during the last year of the war, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies.” READ MORE 

Linda and Sara getting their orders from George Washington himself.


“SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.” “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine



“When Washington assumed command, the Continental Army truly was not even an army. Rather, it was a loosely and poorly coordinated band of militias and citizen-soldiers under control of the individual states.” READ MORE 


Time to ‘RALLY” the troops and “fire” the cannon.





F.Y.I.::: As many as 150,000 men fought as part of the Continental Army over the course of the Revolutionary War. However, there were never nearly that many serving at the same time. The largest the army was at one time was around 17,000 soldiers.



Medicine and Disease: During the Revolutionary War more soldiers died from disease than from combat. Soldiers had a poor diet, worn out clothes, damp shelters, and lived in unsanitary conditions. Diseases such as smallpox and typhus killed thousands of soldiers.


OK::::::: ONE BAD JOKE::::::::::

What is the difference between George Washington, Richard Nixon, and your mother-in-law?
Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth and your mother-in-law doesn't know the difference.


The above photo is from the Yorktown Battlefield.





How old were the soldiers? The soldiers were of all ages from young boys to old men. The majority of the soldiers, however, were ages 18-24.


This is how the cooking was done::: How do you like that oven/cook stove…  The diet of a Continental soldier during the winter of 1776 was made up of allotted rations that consisted mainly of salt meats like beef and pork, along with bread or biscuits. Check out the Victory Center on Pinterest


An upcoming post we will do a walkabout a The 1780s Virginia farm ..


At the re-created site, which includes a dwelling, separate kitchen, tobacco barn, crop field and fenced garden, historical interpreters demonstrate the seasonal cycle of work that characterized lower- to middle-class farm life in southeastern Virginia.”

DSC_0065 Thanks for stopping by: Linda and I hope you enjoyed your visit..

Map picture

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wandering with our T&B Trailer to Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan (In This Post We will check out “Leland's Historic Fishtown”)

MQTlogoa This was the longest trip we have been on with our trailer (1100 miles r.t.)&( seven days six nights) and I’m glad to say everything went well. We did trade in the old Trailblazer for a better tow vehicle (Silverado 1500 Chevy truck).


The first night on the road we stayed at Fort Custer Recreation Area. All I can say is, “Wow...besides a mosquito family reunion this place was amazing.” The next day we arrived at  Sleeping Bear Dunes-Platte River Campground. These two photos show site 311 in loop three.


Platte River Campground is located in the southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. ... It is within walking distance of the Platte River and a short walk or drive away from the Lake Michigan shore. The Platte River Campground is one of the nicest campgrounds Linda and I have stayed.  On to Fishtown…….



Fishtown is a quaint old fishing pier/village that supports an eclectic mix of shops offering all kinds of interesting wares and foods.



Linda and i were more interested in ice cream rather than smoked fish.



Maybe the Manitou Islands for another trip.



Welcome to the older a classic setting


Fishtown is one of the last genuine links to an industry that shaped coastal Michigan. Weather-beaten fishing shanties and small shops lining the mouth of the Leland River. 




Click on the above photo for slide show at the Fishtown Preservation Society.

DSC_0223 Looks like a good place to check out some fishing charters.

DSC_0225 Linda and I had a great visit to Fishtown in Leland Michigan. Hope you enjoyed the post. Next time a hike on the dunes… OH MY

DSC_0118 Have a great day……A Quality Time Day…MQTlogoa………

Wandering with our T&B Trailer to Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan (In This Post We will check out “Leland's Historic Fishtown”)

Friday, September 02, 2016

A Virtual Hike on the Hemlock Gorge Trail at Mohican State Park in the Beautiful State of Ohio

MQTlogoa On a recent camping trip to Mohican State Park Linda and I had the chance to hike the Hemlock Gorge Trail.


We were camping with our T&B QMax trailer. Notice how we were easily able to turn our trailer around so we faced my sister and her husbands trailer on the right. Have to have those EZ Up canopies… Time to hit the trail….



Yes.. 3 miles to the covered bridge making it a 6mile round trip hike….(my legs hurt LOL)…One good point there is very little elevation change..

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Trail starts out wide and level..

100_0214 Hiking from Campground A to Campground B the river is on your left..

100_0215 Tube launch area which Linda used a little later…



“The 1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest are outstanding in their beauty and offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cottages provide luxurious accommodations.”


Notice one of the rental cottages on the other side of the river…

Find other facilities on map

Many Many years ago I lived about twenty miles from Mohican State Park.



Trail narrows and gets a little rougher. Linda and I met a young woman running the trail. Linda observed that Liz must be sure footed. Liz said, “I’m from the little town of Glacier Washington at the foot of Mt. Baker. No problem running the trail here.” Liz is visiting Ohio, hopefully some day Linda and I will visit the Mt. Baker area in Washington State.


“The Mohican River is a principal tributary of the Walhonding River, about 40 miles (64 km) long, in north-central Ohio in the United States. Via the Walhonding, Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 999 square miles (2,587 km²).”


Just follow the whit blazes……




100_0249 We are getting close to the end of the trail. Relief is in sight..

100_0250 Yea………


Linda and I  definitely give Mohican State Park two thumbs up for viewing and hiking. Notice:: it says to call 911 in and emergency.. No cell coverage on this trail …sorry…



The Lyons Falls trail starts on the other side of the bridge…. Linda and I hiked that trail the next day. The Class B campground at this end of the Hemlock Gorge trail seemed very nice for tent camping and was not crowded at all.


River view from the middle of the bridge. I hear there is some good fishing on this part of the river.

100_0294 Linda and I say, “Thanks for stopping by and we hope you are able to get out into the great outdoors and do a little hiking.”