Confusion Reigns, but we Prevail

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Our plan for today was to visit one site in the Nation's Capital.  We headed out for Arlington National Cemetery, via the Hussy's guidance.  It looked good, digitally that is.  Strange route she gave us though.  We ended up on an army base, not once, but twice and had to go through security... weird.  Anyway, I noticed the sign for the Iwo Jima National Monument, so we headed there.  The road looked familiar... we'd already passed it once on our circuitous route. 

The monument is huge and impressed me especially, since I grew up with WWII.  My favorite movie back then was "The Sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne, still a youngster.  We saw it more than once, since we were REALLY into war movies.  Ask me about it sometime and I'll elaborate.  Since then, I've done a one-eighty and don't appreciate anything about war.  But, that's another story.

I took several photos of the Monument and edited them in various ways.  If one strikes your fancy, let me know.  It helps to stimulate what creativity I still retain and gives me some needed inspiration at times.

Just a short distance from Iwo Jima is the Netherlands Carillion.  It was a gift from the Netherlands to the US when Harry Truman was president.  That was the beginning of the idea.  It was constructed later.  One photo tells the story o f how it came about.  The tulips there were amazing... I nearly said the "awesome" word, one of my least favorites.  It would actually work here though.  I got some fine flower shots.

I have been trying to get a few bird shots, but those birds a rather head shy and keep their distance.  We can hear them consistently in the campgrounds and I'll keep tryin'...

We went to lunch at P. Brennan's Pub, an obviously Irish joint, where the fish and chips were truly outstanding.  Our server, Katie, wouldn't be photographed due to "flat hair".  Me, in my current hair-state, can't truly appreciate what that means.  She did a foin job and we enjoyed the banter.

We gave up on the cemetery and headed back to the camp where Lynnie is now doing laundry and I'm typing away.  I appreciate your checking back regularly.  You're all awesome! Jeez that was hard to type...  Come back agin now, ya heah?

  
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