Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Goodby Sweet Destiny

29 May 2013

"Everything originates from the seed of Determination"


Today was a very sad day for us. We agonized over that heartfelt decision about Destiny. She has lost her quality of life in mobility and health. For the past 6 days she has suffered from constant diarrhea, no appetite and clearly in pain. When we arrived at the Flannery Animal Hospital, we were in tears knowing that we had made the decision. After conferring with the Vet we asked that we could spend some time with her and remain until the end. Even as I write this, I am in tears. Destiny was truly a blessing in our lives for the past 12 years. So full of spirit, love, patience and quick to learn. We gave her our final hugs, kisses and words of love then said goodby as she entered into a peaceful heaven.
We requested that she be cremated as with our other 3 dogs and ashes sent to us for later scattering.

Many of you know how Destiny came into our lives, but will recap as it is a special story.

It was on 25 May 2001that I saw her story on NWCN, a station in Seattle. The story showed her playing at PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) in Lynnwood WA. She had been hit by a train and was found in a railroad tunnel in Everett WA after someone had left her and her litter mate there.
She was rescued by animal control officers who said she had been on the tracks for several days staring forlornly at her dead litter mate.

Veterinarians at PAWS fought to save her life as she was suffering from trauma, damage to her head,
 skull, eye,back and one of her legs was crushed. Still she survived. Her right rear leg had to be amputated. They named her Destiny as they felt she was destined to live a happy life and wonderful life.

I knew she belonged in our home with our Golden Retriever Sam.We had just lost our Black Lab Rupert. So after several phone calls to PAWS, Sam and I drove to Lynnwood and adopted Destiny.
In order to adopt her, it had to be proven that she and Sam were compatible. So on 30 May 2001, Destiny was welcomed into our home.

She also had bowel incontinence, but after diet and acupuncture that was healed.

Destiny has been the most gentle of dogs, qualified for nursing and assisted livings visits, enjoyed quality time in the mornings in bed with us while we had our coffee, played with the grandkids, eager for petting and attention. She was a good traveler as we started traveling in our motorhome in 2009.
She has left her mark in 44 states and on may historic fort sites. Enjoyed walks in the park.
Going By By
Enjoying the Beach with Dad

So Relaxing

With Mom

Think I'll Drive

You are so missed and we loved you.

Last Walk with Dad

Thank you to all you sent messages of consolation.

You have now crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge making friends with other animals, frolicking and at peace.


Fort Meade to West Point

28 May 2013

Awoke to a very rainy day. Destiny is still very ill with diarrhea. We have over 300 miles for today's trip. We cannot go thru the Baltimore Tunnel due to propane tank so had to do the bypass. We had rain the entire trip and when we arrived at Round Pond Recreation area which is the campground for the USMA in West Point, it was very foggy. This is our second time here and the campground is set around a pond in a mountainous area. We do have access to commissary and exchange. Satellite is only available in a few spots and Verizon MiFi card very slow if at all.

Before leaving Fort Meade did get my deer picture. They seem friendly and like to pose. TeeHee.
Campground Visitors Fort Meade, MD

We are going to take Destiny to Vet tomorrow, the same one we saw last year in New Windsor.
We have a big decision to make as her health is failing.

We have bear warnings, so maybe I will get a bear photo.
Round Pond Site C13

Family of Geese

Aren't They Cute?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dinner with Diane and Walter

22 May 2013

We drove to the home in Rockville, MD to visit with our good friends Diane and Walter whom we met last year in Florida at KARS NASA RV  Park and later at Pelican Roost at Mayport Naval station.

Walter is retired Navy and Diane retired OR nurse. A lovely couple that we have been fortunate to befriend during our travels.

After enjoying wine and appetizers at their home, they took us to dinner at Clydes in Rockville. Quite an experience as you feel you are dining in an Adirondack exclusive hunting lodge. Clyde's is part of an exclusive reataurant group that re-created several restaurants in the Maryland and D.C. area with differing themes.
John with Diane and Walter

Amy with Diane & Walter

John, Amy & Diane

This particular restaurant is call Tower Oaks Lodge. The interior decor features many art pieces, items, memorabilia on display in the 20,000 sq ft interior. www.clydes.com

The hallway leading to the Great Room where we dined features a vast collection of fishing flies designed by Ray Bergman. Lining the foyer walls is a series of Native American Portraits from the collection of Thomas McKenney. The Great Room is the heart of the Lodge. It is a 200 year old timber barn that was relocated from Vermont. Massive stone fireplaces anchor each end. The windows offer vistas of the natural preserve where deer, fox and other wildlife abound. Unfortunately did not see any tonight. I could go on and on, but you really need to visit to gain the full appreciation of the lodge.

The Great Room

The Tack Room

Wish They Were Real

Enjoying Our Entree

One of Many Fishing Flies

Before dinner, John, Walter and Diane downed 2 dozen oysters of different varieties while I enjoyed my bloodymary. I am not a fan of oysters.
Walter Waiting for the Oysters

At the Bar

Oyster Menu

For dinner John and I had crab cakes,Diane had soft shelled crabs and Walter had scallops.

It was all so delicious and we thank you for taking us here. Next time it is our treat.

It was delightful seeing you again and hope you decide to meet us at Nellis this winter.

Take care dear friends.

Congressional Cemetery

22 May 2013

John wanted to visit several fort sites that were built during the Civil War and just contain markers and remains of earthworks. Forts Stanton, Grebel and Totten.  Honestly don't know how he finds these as they were located in very questionable neighborhoods. Felt very unsafe and he is walking around looking for photo ops. I stayed in car with windows up and getting the vapors. Try to rein him in sometime, but to no avail.

Anyway, we finally made it the Congressional Cemetery as he wanted to photo some tombstones for his site.

The cemetery was established in 1807 and is the final resting place for over 700 Union and Confederate Soldiers as well the burial site for local residents who contributed to the history of the area. It is also home to over165 cenotaphs which honor members of Congress who died in office during the first decades of our history. The cemetery today holds more than 55,000 individuals in 30,000 sites marked by 14,000 headstones. The Federal government owns 800 sites.
Partial View

View of Cenotaphs

Chapel

The Public Vault built in 1832 stored the bodies of government officials before burial. Such notables as presidents Adams, Harrison and Taylor were residents as well as Dolly Madison who was interred there for two years while funds were being raised for her re-interment at Montpelier. Her body was then transferred to the Causten family vault across the path for six years before funds were raised.
Public Vault

There is an Indian Monument erected to remind us that we all live in unity.

Signage explaining the Indian Monument


Monument

The Arsenal Disaster Monument was erected over the graves of 16 victims of the Washington Arsenal explosion in 1864.
Arsenal Monument

www.congressionalcemetery.org

The cemetery is located on the west bank of the Anacostia River at 1801 E Street Washington DC.
It is maintained mostly by volunteers.

Fort Lesley j McNair

21 May 2013

After visiting Fort Myer we went over to Fort McNair, an Army post located on the tip of Greenleaf Point that lies on a peninsula at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in D.C.
Parade Ground Fort McNair

View of Potomac Channel

View of Washington Monument with Scaffolding
Officer's Club

Officer's Residence


Officer's Residence

It has been an army post for more than 200 years established in 1791. An arsenal first occupied the site and defenses built;however, this did not halt the British in 1814. In 1826 the first federal penitentiary was established. The conspirators accused of Lincoln's assassination were imprisoned and  four were hanged here including Mary Surratt. In 1857 a hospital was built next to the penitentiary. In 1881 the arsenal was closed and the post transferred to the Quartermaster Corps.

A general hospital predecessor to Walter Reed was located here from 1898 to 1909. Maj Walter Reed lived on the post while doing his research on the cause of yellow fever. He died in 1902 after appendectomy caused peritonitis.
Plaque to Walter Reed

Home Where Walter Reed Resided

Fort McNair is part of the Fort Myer community and is home of the National Defense University as well as the official residence of the US Army's vice chief of staff.
Defense College

The United States Army Center of Military History is also located at the fort.

Roosevelt Hall that houses National War College is an immense building in the Beaux Arts style.
Roosevelt Hall

The setting of the fort is very scenic and serene.

Fort Myer,VA

21 May 2013

After taking Destiny to be boarded, we headed down the Baltimore/Washington Thruway to Fort Myer adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.
Officer's Club

Housing

More housing

Barracks

Fort Myer by Army standards is a small base that has no ranges or field training. It is home to the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the oldest in the US Army. It is now a joint base with the marines Henderson Hall.
The history of Fort Myer can be traced to the Civil War when it was called Fort Whipple named in honor of General Amiel Whipple. The name was later changed to Fort Myer after General Albert Myer in 1881. Since the 1940's is it home to the US Army's elite ceremonial units including the US Army Band and the Old Guard.

 Several flights by Orville Wright took place here in 1908 and 1909 making it the sight of the first flight on a military installation as well the location of the first aviation fatality when LT Thomas Selfridge was killed on a demonstration flight with Orville.

Buried on the grounds is "Black Jack", the riderless horse in the state funerals of MacArthur, Kennedy,Hoover and Johnson.  He was came to Ft Myer from Fort Reno OK in 1952. He was the last of the quartermaster issued horses branded with the Armies US brand on the left shoulder. He was in service 24 years until 1976. A large percentage of military burials in Arlington originate from the Old Post Chapel. In fact when we were there a funeral procession with the Old Guard was taking place.
Plaque to Black Jack

Burial Site of Black Jack

We were also able to visit the stables where the horses who carry the caisson are stabled. There are some 53 horses and up to 8 funerals a day are taking place. The stables are spotless. A new man on the team must undergo rigorous training. He must care for the horses,learn to ride at the erect posture of a solemn military position.  Six of the horses pull a flag draped coffin on a black caisson carrying a fallen comrade to the final resting place in Arlington. The horses are matched grey or black and paired into three teams. The riderless horse is led behind the Caisson

The Old Guard Museum was closed due to relocation. This would have been very interesting to visit.


Stables

What a Beauty

Caisson

Caisson


Tack Room

One of the Stables



Saying Hello to Elvira