Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday...Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestown, and Go-Karts Plus

David took off work today to join in the Westberg adventures.  We started out at the Jamestown Settlement.  We were able to see the old fort dwellings, indian dwellings, replicas of the ships on the James River were available for us to tour around in, watched them load and shoot a musket (which is a gun that they loaded with gun powder and lead ball) and we went through the museum of historic artifacts from the Jamestown area.  Our next stop was the Historic Jamestown site which is managed by the National Park Rangers.  First we watched an interesting movie which clued us in that Pocohontas really didn't marry John Smith, she married a guy named John Rolfe, who was also English.  All these years we have been led astray.  John Smith met Pocohontas when she was 10 years old, so it wouldn't have been possible for her to marry him.  Our park ranger named Kirk gave us an excellent tour of the Historic Jamestown grounds.  It was fun to hear his stories and see how much of the original grounds they were able to uncover and restore.  It was really interesting.  We drove to the end of the Jamestown Island before heading over to Go-Kart Plus.  The kids were very well behaved today, so we rewarded them with a trip to the Go-Kart place.  Grandpa and Grandma didn't want to partake in the activity, so we let the kids enjoy a little time on the go-karts.  Although it was still pretty hot today, we did enjoy a little bit of rain sprinkles throughout the day.  It came down in a very light mist and didn't last very long. 

On the way home, we stopped at the grocery store and picked up some stuff to make tacos for all.  We just finished eating and are preparing our suitcases to leave tomorrow morning.  We are hoping to get on the road by 8:00am tomorrow.  We are still planning to stop somewhere in the middle of our trip.  We don't know exactly where we will be staying, but we will figure it out on the road.  Everyone is still in good spirits and is still enjoying our visit here on the East Coast.  We were able to fit in most of the sites we wanted to see and I think we did a good job arranging our schedule.  It will be nice to get home again (since we are not really looking forward to a 20 hour truck ride), but it was a great visit here in Newport News, VA.  I will update with text along our way home, but I don't think I will post pictures of our drive home.
Wish us a safe drive home!

P.S.  Please note the last picture posted is David and Xiang in the Jamestown church.  Grandma got a picture of them in a church, sitting in the pew!  It made her day!

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