Monday, May 31, 2010

For Those Who Served...

Happy Memorial Day! What a time to reflect on those who have served our country...those who came home, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Saturday JJ and I had the privilege of participating in welcoming the 'Nam Knights, a motorcycle club that is a part of Rolling Thunder. This club comes to DC every Memorial Day and rides their cycles by Arlington Cemetery, across the Memorial Bridge into DC and spends time at the Vietnam Memorial, the Wall, and also at the Law Enforcement Memorial. Then the 'Nam Knights cycle out our way and attends a cookout at the American Legion that sponsors our Boy Scout troop. JJ and I and several members of our troop lined the driveway to the Legion and waved our flags and welcomed the bikers as they arrived.

Fire trucks from 2 local departments sent their ladder trucks out to hold the American flag over the driveway.

Very cool.

Here they come...around 150 bikes this year. Down a bit from last year, I understand, but it was still an overwhelming sight and rather loud. Thus the "Rolling Thunder" name.

I cut off JJ's flag in the picture, but he did a good job. It was very bright out!

Our Scout representatives: Cub Scout Jeffrey, committee member Mike, Jesse, JJ, Bryan, and committee member and Cubmaster Jack.

Thanks to all who serve our country and who have served.

Remembering dad, who served 22 years as active duty in the Army and served 1 tour in Korea and 2 tours of Vietnam; all my uncles, who served various branches of the service for various lengths of time, and my father-in-law (still with us today), who served in the Navy.

We will never forget.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

These just arrived for me today...

Aren't they beautiful? Since Eric has been in New Orleans for the past nearly 2 weeks, he arranged for these to come for Mother's Day. They were 3 days late, and they ended up coming on Sunday, of all days! Not sure how he arranged that, but they are worth it!

Look at this rose...just beautiful.

Thanks to my wonderful family!

And here's to my wonderful mother-in-law...I'm off to call her now. And I'm missing my mom so much...I wish she could be here.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Escape from Alcatraz

It's been a while since I've posted always seems to get in the way! I still have tons more pictures from vacation and several other events that have happened, so I'll just move on.

After walking the Golden Gate Bridge, we took an afternoon tour of Alcatraz Prison. We took a ferry from San Fran over to the island.
It was a lovely ride...except for the gull who followed creepily overhead. Was it the ghost of a past inmate? Or just a bird looking to leave a present on some poor unsuspecting tourist's head?

The island looms.

This is the processing area, where all the prisoners were showered, searched, and deloused. We just received our headsets for the audio tour here. Thankfully.

One of the cells. Very dark and small. Ew. And nasty. Ew.

I sure hope this isn't a sign of things to come!

This is "THE" cell...the one where the Great Escape happened. From Escape from Alcatraz. See the hole under the sink? They must have small men...that hole was not very big.

The menu board is still posted from the last day the prison was open. It doesn't look too terrible. Not too sure about stewed fruit, though.

We spent a little time in the recreation yard. The gang looks like they're ready for the firing squad, though!

Here's the view form the recreation yard. How awful it must have been to see this every day and not be able to go there. To hear the sounds of city life and be trapped on the

It was a very interesting tour. The audio portion made the entire trip. If you go to Alcatraz, be sure and get a headset. The tour is narrated by former employees and inmates of Alcatraz. It was very personal.

Onward to Hollyweird!