From Pocahontas to Kiddiwampas

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Virginia Beach KOA

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Sunday, July 6, 2008

It was a day for American History starting with Pocahontas.  We drove 60 miles in the PT to the Jamestown Settlement which took us three hours due to traffic.  The exhibit started with an half hour movie enacting the lives of those who came and founded the colony of Virginia and what was to become the beginning of our nation. The kids enjoyed the movie and wished it was longer.  Then we moved into a museum where they have artifacts they have found from the actual archaeological sight.  As interesting as that was, we went on to the "living history museum" enactment of how people lived in those days.  They had recreated an Indian village where Pocahontas was from.  They had a Caucasian man who was wearing glasses along with a blond woman dressed in Indian clothes showing the kids how to grind corn and tan hides.  The kids weren't buying it - who could blame them.  Has anyone heard of contacts and a wig?  Anyway, they also had some recreated ships docked in the river that showed the actual size and features the vessels would have had that sailed into Chesapeake Bay that fateful day in 1607.  The biggest area was the Fort where they had several people about doing different fare.  There was a woman baking bread in one of the homes and a man showing the kids how to fire a musket.  There were plenty of people buzzing about but Clark found his own activity.  A bird decided to poop on him.  He was covered on his face and glasses.  He found some tissue and a restroom to clean up before he pondered the question how many people actually get hit by bird droppings?  The rest of the family had never been hit by bird poop yet this was Clark's third time.  Out of all the people milling about, he still was the one who got hit!   Overall, the Settlement was painstakingly accurate and done well. The kids enjoyed themselves.Then we went over to the archaeological sight where they are currently excavating and area.  When they find buildings in the excavation, they make sure they change the Settlement where the enactment is done, to accurately depict the Fort as was then.  They have moved the church, the magazine, the storage and just recently another building they had just built a year ago.  There was a lot of information regarding John Smith and others like Bacon who tried to burn the town down.  Though the Fort itself was not successful, the town of Jamestown was.  One of the things they did for profit was glass blowing.  They had on sight an area where the old Glass House was and then a recreated one that is operational for demonstrations and they sell the goods that they  would have back in the day.

We scurried off to make it to Yorktown, the sight where the Revolutionary War was won.  We enjoyed our drive along the Bay amongst the lush green forest.  It was very peaceful and hard to imagine that we were indeed within city limits.  When we arrived in Yorktown, the heavens decided to open up and rain cats and dogs.  Unfortunately this closed "Yorktown Settlement", another living history museum.  Since we were armed with umbrellas, Audrey thought it would be a good idea to escort the stranded souls out to their cars, so we did! It was funny to see the reactions of the folks to such a random act of kindness.  A few flat out refused!  Anyway,  we were able to drive through the village of Yorktown as well as look over the battlefield with the help of a pamphlet.  Clark was disappointed and hoped for a return to both attractions if time in this area permitted.

First things first when we returned to Kamp; Where's Ryan, the 14 year old with the mustache? After the kids left on that mission, we discovered that the water fairies had been there!  The awning over our slide out had collapsed and the inside carpet was soaked.  We had a few moments between rain storms to mop up and pull in the slide out until we fixed the awning.  Then another storm started up and we had rain coming through the seal of the windshield, we had to use the jacks to position the bus at an angle great enough for the rain to run off the other direction.  We looked like we had a flat tire the bus was so kiddiwampas. We weren't the only ones with this problem as there were a few people that we heard about that lost their entire awnings.  We called the kids in from the infamous Ryan, the 14 year old with the mustache.  They were a little sad but had said their good byes.  We put on the snorkel gear and went to bed hoping for the best.  
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