“Located on the Virginia Peninsula, Williamsburg is in the northern part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It is bordered by James City County and York County.
Williamsburg was founded in 1632 as Middle Plantation as a fortified settlement on high ground between the James and York rivers. The city served as the capital of the Colony of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 and was the center of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution,” per the popular site Wikipedia.
Williamsburg was our second stop along the Chesapeake History Sail. Frank and I had a great time walking this incredibly well restored town. My favorite part was listening to the costumed employees who engagingly recount the history by sharing their “personal” stories as if they were still living in the 18th century.
We had one exceptionally talented young woman who discussed “current events” as we ambled along the street. She pointed out homes of former residents as if they still lived in the houses and “gossiped” about what they were doing. She spoke about voting rights (privileges) that were restricted to white, male, property owners over 21 years of age and delivered the information as if she were outraged that she had as much vested as others but had not right to vote.
Having history told as a conversation as we walked the street allowed me to absorb the information while observing the beauty of the area. History is literally brought to life here and I would have loved to spend several days exploring Williamsburg and participating in all of the demonstrations!
Frank reaches in to gage the temperature of the ice house.
We were surprised to learn that back in the 1700’s ice houses existed for the wealthier colonists. Apparently, during the winter, ice was harvested from frozen rivers, lakes or ponds and stored in an underground area, packed in straw and cloth. We were told that the ice lasted well into summer! I received conflicting information about if the ice was used in drinks or just to chill bottles and such. Perhaps it depended on where the ice was harvested and how clean that water source was.
Awww – they made me think of Hunter and Clayton.
Little boys and their guns! It doesn’t matter what era, the fascination exists! I spotted these two little boys absorbed with their “pop guns” in their world of make believe and I was reminded of my own two sons. Of course I had to snap a picture!
Speaking of “little boys”…. actually, Frank has a picture of himself in the stockade from a family vacation to Williamsburg when he was about 11 years old. I had to get this picture for his mom.
No English Colony would be complete without a hedge maze! These gardens were popular in England between the 16th and 18th century and any young girl who reads historical romance novels will probably be familiar with this concept. Though a bit small, the hedge maze in Williamsburg was fun to see and walk.
But the real surprise we received at the gardens was bumping into some friends from Texas! We had no idea the Sullivan Family was nearby, but we ran into them at Williamsburg. So of course, we invited them to visit us on LIB.
Plans were hatched and the Sullivans agreed to join us for an afternoon sail and dinner on LIB. This is the first time Trinity and Arwyn had ever sailed and we loved having the chance to introduce them to it.
Sullivans and Stiches with Captain front and center.
Our afternoon sail involved tacking up the York River which was pretty choppy especially since our wind angle was only about 40 degrees. We tacked several times to move upwind and that gave the girls the opportunity to feel like real sailors by working the jib sheets.
I’m not sure they loved the motion of the boat while we were going upwind, but once we turned to sail back and LIB was on a broad reach, the boat motion improved and the Sullivan Family got a taste of why sailing is fun!
Orthodontist and former patients smile for the camera.
Trinity and Arwyn are the first former orthodontic patients we have had on board Let It Be. We spent many an hour teaching friends and patients how to wakeboard behind our ski boat, but this is the first time we have had the chance to share sailing with any of Frank’s patients. I can’t think of two nicer or more game girls to kick off the experience!
Trinity and Captain explored a bit on the SUP.
Once anchored back in Sara Creek, the SUPs were launched and some of the crew went for a sunset paddle. Captain refused to be left behind. She was certain Trinity wanted her company!
We are extremely flattered that the Sullivans were willing to take some of their family vacation time and spend it with us on LIB. We truly enjoyed catching up with them, hearing about their impressive taekwondo accomplishments, learning what is current in triathlons in Coppell and discussing the latest news from our former hometown.
We had a wonderful time sharing our new lifestyle with friends from our Coppell life. Thank you Sullivan Family for including us in your vacation time!
We have reluctantly left the beautiful state of Colorado and returned to Texas. Don’t get me wrong, we love Texas and it is a fabulous place to live, but Durango in the summer is heavenly!
The whole time we were in Durango, we were amazed that summer could be such a mild event. We had forgotten that there are places where the weather is cool enough to spend the whole day outside. In fact, I would guess that 90 percent of the time we were in Durango, we ate our lunchtime meal outside, without air conditioning or misters and without sweating! That was pretty great.
Since the weather was so mild, we also found we could hike or bike any time of the day. No need to set an alarm and get our exercise in before 8 am to avoid the heat!
While in Colorado our list of activities included biking, hiking, kayaking on the Animas River, 4-wheeling, horse back riding, tennis, white water rafting, visiting ancient cliff dwellings, catching up with friends who left Coppell years ago (shout out to Gail and Scott!) and fly fishing. As if that wasn’t enough, our sons joined us for 10 fabulous days! Guess you can tell we had a blast.
I have already shared some pictures, but here are a few more photos…
Dry and dusty at Phil’s World
Streams are found on so many trails.
Suited up for white water rafting on the Royal Gorge.
Yes, that path on the right is the bike trail…. beautiful!
The wild flowers were stunning especially with the mountains in the background!
MG and friends went 4-wheeling up to the continental divide.
Frank’s daily transportation.
Nothing proves it was a fun trail like a bike full of mud!
The crew is a bit cleaner at the beginning of a ride.
Thanks Durango, for an awesome visit. Walking or riding our bikes almost everywhere we wanted to go was so fun and we simply loved spending August in temperatures that never surpassed 90 degrees!
Let It Be, we have not forgotten you…Frank will be there in a matter of days!
T minus less than 30 days for Mary Grace….