Sunday, July 30, 2017

The un Cilvil War and also mis-directions.

Little known facts:
…Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
…Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3.
…Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
Back to travels:

Something odd hit my mind as I thought about thinking the Surrender happened in a courthouse.  Years ago on an Eastern US trip we were in New York State. We decided to go to Woodstock, NY and see what all the fuss had been about in an earlier part of our lives.  WE heard and read about it, and since we were near decided to go see Woodstock.

Driving thru the little town we did see many aging Hippies. Lots of tie-dyed clothing, but no signs or indications that something earth shaken had happened here.  We did find a small theater way out in the woods that would seat about 200, but the search was empty.  It was time for dinner so we stopped at a restaurant and Sherry asked the waiter, “Where the big concert had taken place?”

 He smiled real big and said, you are 70 miles from the site. The Woodstock Happening was Held in Bethel Woods, NY.  Yeah we did drive on down to see.  LOL

As to the Uncivil war, I hear some ignorant red-necks, my people, say: “We will win next time!”  God forbid there is ever a next time. A war where brother is against brother, family against family. There are at least 3 graves on the Appalachian Trail of NC boys who fought for the North and were trying to get home for Christmas and were ambushed and killed by their old neighbors.  How sick is that?
 Below is the Appomattox Court House landscape. Beautiful and quiet. It is hard to imagine all the death and maiming in this VA countryside.

I really do not think I am weird.  I had a good feeling knowing that I had stepped on the same steps Grant and Lee had climbed. I stood 6 feet from the actual place Lee signed the surrender. Just me, but I think that is awesome.

Shucks, I feel almost famous.  I once peed where John Wayne peed in Brackettville, Texas.  We visited the full size mock-up of Old San Antonio. It was a movie set where John Wayne filmed the movie, “The Alamo”.  ;-) 

 Virginia offers many points of interest concerning our early American history. And the drives are pleasant.

  We have visited several times but are thinking of going over by Williamsburg again. Then thru Norfolk where we were stationed twice, then crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  I have crossed it several times, but Sherry has not. She wants to give it a shot.  We might just do that.

Nite Shipslog

 1987 Avanti, last productions automobile out of South Bend


betty said...

Years ago we visited Antietam and then a few years later were in Montana where the Battle of Big Littlehorn took place. It was humbling to walk around the site, especially in Montana where they had grave markers where people from George Custer's battalion had lost their lives and where he had lost his life. I think if you were that close to where Woodstock was, you would have to have gone to where it was actually at to see that part of history. I was young at the time and remember just bits and pieces of what was reported in the news about it.


Lisa said...

Sounds like Virginai is a beautiful place. Im learning from you guys that no matter how much you travel or how many places you go, there is always something new to see and learn. I laughed at your John Wayne moment.

Keep on exploring!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I fell in love with that beautiful picture with the flowers. Lots and lots of history in the post. We are following in the footsteps of our forefathers every day. This country was a new frontier and every place we step, some one forged through unknown territory to get to first. Have fun exploring ! Lots to see and even if you've been there before it will look a little different now. Change never stops.

Dar said...

You have become my historian since I will never see the sights you're seeing. I thank you for that. It's exciting and humbling to step where our forefathers have on their way to carving our nation. As for today, it saddens me that our own government is blinded by today's turmoil. Only God can get into their hearts and fix things. Thanks again for the wonderful lessons. I would have paid closer attention in History classes if only we could have toured such places.
love n' hugs from up north~~~~~another beautiful day in our neighborhood.

Mevely317 said...

That had to be a great feeling, walking where others trod before you! What stories those older trees could tell. Silent sentinels.

Tickled that y'all drove the 70 miles to Woodstock! I was such a fuddy-duddy back then, and probably would've cringed at all the MUD! LOL.


tickled you're going to drive across the chesapeake bridge. that's home for me. enjoy.