Across the country to Key West and up to New Brunswick, Canada Summer 20010 by Rick Swallow Page 3Day 15 (Monday June 28) Continued on this morning to Marathon and the Jolly Roger RV Park, a town on the Overseas Highway about 40 miles from Key West. I chose this park because of its PA affiliation as well as their WiFi. Took a walk about a quarter mile to the "DolphinResearch Center". Hmmmm. Yup. Turns out this is where some scenes (and dolphins) from the original "Flipper" movie were produced. Nice Mahi meal next door at the "The Wreck Bar and Grill"
Day 16 (Tuesday June 29) A long and pleasant drive south on Hwy 1, the "Overseas Highway" to Key West. Visited Fort Zachary Taylor and then drove around the city a bit to locate the Southernmost point in the US. Key West is full of very narrow streets, many of them one-way, and it is almost impossible to find parking for a large vehicle, so after a bit of dodging pedestrians (and there were many) and a variety of other types of vehicles... I left for the drive back to Marathon where I spent the night back at the Jolly Roger.
Day 17 (Wednesday June 30) Headed North for the Breezeway RV park in Sebastian, FL, just south of Melbourne, to meet up with an old High School chum, Dick O'Donnell, for a quick hello and catch-up breakfast conversation.
Day 18 (Thursday July 1) Met Dick for breakfast and long and pleasant chat at a Waffle House. I sure do like their Fiesta Omeletes with Jalepenos. Waffle house is a chain, such as iHop, found throughout the east and south, but not found in CA. Like Subway, they are at virtually every freeway exit.
Then I headed northwest to once again spend the night at Lake City and the Oaks and Pines RV park. What a lucky choice. They put me back in the exact same spot I had used on June 24. For days I had been mourning the loss of my beloved pocked knife somewhere on the trip, but I didn't know where. Tonight, when walking back from the shower, I looked down at the ground in the grass just in front of the RV and there was my knife! Talk about a stroke of luck. I really like that knife, it having been given to me by a close Arizonan friend, Bob Moore. Talk about serendipity
Day 19 (Friday July 2) Headed North this morning to Chattanooga, TN, to spend a couple of days with an old Navy buddy, Kim Donald Buehler, who flew 3rd seat with me on my crew (Viet Nam Cruise on Yankee Station in Gulf of Tonkin). I pulled into Kim's about 8 p.m., once again, my GPS guiding me right to his door! Day 20 (Saturday July 3) I accompanied Kim and Buzz (a new friend--buddy of Kim's) to a "4th of July parade" (yep, on the 3rd) in Dunlap, TN. The really small town atmosphere and parade reminded me of my old home town in MA. We parked in the yard of another of Kim's friends, Jim Jones, who is a serious winemaker. The pictures are of his winemaking shop in his back yard. We did a wine tasting of many different types wines. Following the parade we were invited to spend the afternoon at the home of Debbie and David Adams, a lovely abode on Signal Mountain (near Chattanooga).
Before meeting up with Kim's main squeeze, Faith, at "Mom's" place for supper, he took us for a short spin in the ridges above Chatanooga for a bird's eye view of the Tennesee River Gorge system.
Day 21 (Sunday July 4) Kim, Buzz and I went over to Faith's home and helped her with a little yard work after which she rewarded us with a delicious meal and delicious wine.
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