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Boondocking Reality #1

One must have water!   Part of boondocking (which is cheaper than upscale campgrounds) is giving up electricity and water.   Fortunately our campsite is near a water faucet. Jim came up with a clever way to funnel the water into the water inlet of the camper.  Jim figures that he carried 108 pounds of water on the water faucet to the camper. That is his work out for the day and now a much deserved refreshing adult beverage!  And later –

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Kaelin helping hold the make shift funnel.

a nice warm shower.

A Boondocking We Will Go

After much preparation we are off to Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs for a much needed spring break. We will be practicing boondocking some more to prep us for the long summer trip.   We created checklist which should hopefully have prevented many forgotten items. Except for the tiny bungee cords to hold together the canoe tiedowns.  They are flapping noisily against the roof of the truck.   Wal-Mart here we come – again!

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Northward Bound this Summer

I said we had a plan!  And what an adventurous plan it is.  At this writing our summer will consist of approximately 3500 miles, at least 12 reserved campgrounds, hiking, swimming, canoeing, train riding (and dinner in a train car, if Lesa gets her way) and of course lots of campfires and marshmallows.  I will be in Photography Heaven if the sites are true to reality.

Our first stop will be Acadia National Park in Maine.  We will be staying at Acadia for a week.  According to the following site, we will have more than enough to see and do.  Besides, this is a beautiful site even if you don’t get to travel there.  Check out the photograph gallery.  Breathtaking!

http://www.acadiamagic.com/

We will be staying at Seawall Campground http://www.acadiamagic.com/seawall-campground.html , on the southwest end of the Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is on the other side of the island, but a little distance won’t keep us from heading over for a Maine Lobster meal! And, oh, all the things to see and do between Seawall and Bar Harbor. So exciting.

Next stop……….Covered Bridge Campground in Conway, New Hamshire.

Arlington Cemetary: A Humbling Experience

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My father is a 20 year veteran of the United States Army.  He is a veteran of both the Korean and the Vietnam wars, doing several tours in each.  I feel extremely proud of my father and proud of all the men and women that have and do serve our country.  Many of these brave men and women and their families are not as lucky as I am.  My father came home.

We were very blessed to visit Arlington Cemetery.  While there we saw Kennedy’s Eternal Flame and burial site.  We also trekked up the hill to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  A must see at this part of the cemetery is the changing of the guard, a remarkable and humbling experience.  The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, rain, sleet, snow or as in the day we visited – sweltering heat.

The pictures I took cannot possibly do justice to the immense size of this place.  They cannot come even close to replicating the feeling one has when realizing just how many men, women and even children are buried here.  (Wives and children can be buried with their husbands/fathers.)  For those men and women that gave their lives for our freedom – Thank You!

NOTE:  There is a lot of walking to see this expansive cemetery.  Wear comfortable shoes, hats and sunscreen (for summer), and definitely take water with you.  Many of the sections are on hills and walking  can be difficult.  In the end, though, you won’t regret the discomfort.

Rules for Visiting Washington DC (summertime)

Rule no. 1:  Wear sunscreen.

Rule no. 2:  Wear a hat.

Rule no. 3:  Take the Metro.  Buy a SmartCard.  Yes it seems very safe, people are very nice and it is fairly clean.  Much cheaper and more flexible than a tour bus.

Rule no. 4.  Make sure your camera battery and phone battery are charged each day.  I must have taken a thousand photos, I kid you not!

Rule no. 5.  Realize you will be doing the tourist thing all day long.  It is tiring, but oh so worth it.  It also means eating out a lot!

Chillin' at the Zoo.  The misters were great.
Chillin’ at the Zoo. The misters were great.

Rule no. 6.  Because you will be at it all day long, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Also bring bottles of water with you.  I cannot emphasize this last enough.  Very easy to get dehydrated.

With that being said, we are leaving DC tomorrow and heading to Williamsburg.  I haven’t been there since I was 10 and I am so excited.

Photos from the National Air and Space Museum

Below are just a few photos from our visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.  This is a must  see if you are in DC.  Very well organized, taking the visitor from the very beginnings of humanities’ place in the Universe to the most modern examples of human space exploration.  We spent our time in awe and totally enjoyed every minute of the visit.  Well worth the time. 

Tomorrow the National Museum of Natural History.

Jim fell in love with this one.  Found it to be quite interesting.
Antartic Plane.  Jim fell in love with this one. Found it to be quite interesting.
I fell in love with the chrome on this plane.  What remarkable shine and smoothness.
Howard Hughes plane.  I fell in love with the chrome on this plane. What remarkable shine and smoothness.
Even the Navy is represented at the Museum.
All Hands On Deck.  Even the Navy is represented at the Museum.
Apparently this was one of the types of planes used in the Indiana Jones movies.
Since our wedding was based on Indiana Jones.  Apparently this was one of the types of planes used in the Indiana Jones movies.
From Wright Brothers to Drones.  We have come a long way.
From Wright Brothers to Drones. We have come a long way.
One of the planes Amelia Earhart flew.  Very beautiful.
One of the planes Amelia Earhart flew. Very beautiful.
The plane is the original plane the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, NC.  I went there as a child and have been fascinated with planes since.
The plane is the original plane the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, NC. I went there as a child and have been fascinated with planes since.
Only 5 of these bikes exist.  Quite beautiful workmanship.
The Wright Brothers started off with bicycles not planes.  Only 5 of these bikes exist. Quite beautiful workmanship.
Many exhibits show how man has visited space.  It was quite amazing.
Many exhibits show how man has visited space. It was quite amazing.
We ate lunch at the biggest McD's we have ever seen.  Also the most expensive.
We ate lunch at the biggest McD’s we have ever seen. Also the most expensive.
Jim was explaining about the Sputnik satellite.
In Awe.  Jim was explaining about the Sputnik satellite.