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May 18 -23, 2008
Pohick Bay Regional Park on the Potomac River
in the northeastern part of Virginia

USA map showing location of Virginia
plus a visit to a Colonial farm; the quaint city of Occoquan; mountain laurel; The National Museum of the Marine Corps and more!

And a real surprise at the end of this page-

National Museum of The Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Lee at the National Museum of the Marine Corps
National Museum of the Marine Corps
inside the National Museum of the Marine Corps
Once a Marine ... Always A Marine ..... The Proud -- The Few
Lee Duquette - Then and Now
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Lee - the marine
Lee- Once a Marine Always A Marine
Then and Now - Always Amazing

Karen and her friend Helen who lives in Virginia.

Ksren Duquette and her friend Helen Hodges
The two RV Gypsies parked their RV at their new home site.
Virginia welcome sign
AWO at rest
No neighbors nearby. Just the sound of birds and a woodpecker to wake up by. Also the sound of the wind rustling through the many trees.
the two RV Gypsies' newest home for AWO
no neighbors
A trail at Pohick Bay Regional Park led to the Potomac River and a surprise at the end.
The two RV Gypsies at the edge of the Potomac River. No other persons in sight. Very beautiful, quiet scenery!
The two RV Gypsies love with their new lifestyle as RV Gypsies, living in their RV full-time.
A Groundhog - what a surprise!
Then the groundhog ran to his burrow.
Mountain Laurel across from the RV of the two RV Gypsies
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm At Turkey Run demonstrates the life of a poor farm family in northern Virginia prior to the Revolutionary War. The two RV Gypsies entered the farm and stepped back in time to the year 1771 when most of the population of Virginia lived in farms like this. Tobacco was the main cash crops and transactions were done via Barter (exchanging goods) or with tobacco notes. Virginia was still a colony of England under King George III. The staple foods for poor Virginians were corn and ham, supplemented by seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm sign
 step back in time sign
Karen
Karen at the swamp
Below: FOOD & CROPS: Lee relaxed in the doorway at the tobacco house that was once used for curing tobacco & storing crops. The steeply pitched roof provided maximum strength and space for hanging the leaves to cure in the open, airy structure as shown in the photo below. Rye was grown on land too poor for tobacco or wheat. The grain was ground into flour and mixed with wheat and corn for the family's bread. A variety of vegetable crops, herbs and seed beds were grown in the garden. The orchard provided apples for fresh and dried fruit as well as the farm's principal beverage; cider.
 Lee at the tobacco house
 where the tobacco hangs in the tobacco house
ANIMALS: The farm is home to two rare breeds of turkeys: Standard Bronzes and Spanish Blacks. The turkeys help the farm family by eating worms off the tobacco plants, or the worms could destroy the entire farm. A flock of "Dung Hill Fowl" chickens were near the house and they provided eggs and meat for the family. Hogs were kept penned to fatten for slaughter.
The spring is the primary water source for the farm   
spring water
 roosters
 rooster
 roosters
The Red Devon Cattle provide the family with dairy products - milk, butter & cheese
Red Devon Cattle 
 Red Devon Cattle
The wooded land surrounding the farm provided logs for fence rails, building timbers and firewood. The "worm fencing" throughout the farm protects planting areas from roaming domestic and wild animals. The zigzag construction of the split rails makes the fence strong without having to use posts, nails or pegs.
house
worm fencing
Below: The Quaint town of Occoquan - shopping, dining, wine tasting, and very friendly people. Occoquan is a Dogue Indian word meaning "at the end of the water."
river view
Occoquan River
Founded in 1734 as a trading post, this tiny Virginia hamlet hugs the banks of the Occoquan River, providing a picturesque setting for visitors to escape mall and city shopping. Over 100 specialty shops and restaurants line the streets of this well preserved historic town, which stretches for four blocks long and three blocks deep.
Occoquan River Falls
falls
Karen is actually standing at the top of this waterfall by the railing, but can't really be seen in the above photo
another view of the falls
divider bar
Below: Karen - wearing a hooded sweater, a hat and a smile (even though she was very cold) on a picnic on a cool windy day. It is amazing that nobody else was around, just the two RV Gypsies. What a wonderful life!
Karen - picnic on a cold day
mountain laurel & pretty roadways
mountain laurel
trees
go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesNew England area

Buttermilk Falls, Hancock Brook Lake, Mystic Seaport, Six Flags New England, Stratford CT, family and friends of the two RV Gypsies and more.......