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Road Trip To York PA. A Side Trip to Washington DC Day 2 Part 3 (AKA Hamilton Tour)

06-26-2021

Robbie and I had a great morning on our Washington DC/Hamilton tour. We saw lots of things and walked lots of miles. We were exhausted, but we still had lots more to see. We went back to the hotel to freshen up and rest for a while. We planned to take the car and park either by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial or the Jefferson Memorial. This would save us quite a bit of walking. First we drove to a Safeway to pick up a few supplies. From there we drove to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The parking area there was full, so we drove to the Jefferson Memorial. The parking area there is larger and had lots of spaces left. Since it was after hours, we didn’t need pay the kiosk for parking! The Jefferson and MLK memorials are basically on opposite sides of the Tidal Basin. We walked all of the way around the Tidal Basin, we started with the MLK Memorial.

Continuing around the Tidal Basin we came to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. This is a memorial that you don’t hear too much about. I was thinking that it must be fairly new, it’s actually been there since 1997. The memorial is really quite impressive. It covers a 7.5 acre area consisting of four sections, representing each of FDR’s four terms as president. Each area has lots of stone work and water features. There are statues depicting the depression and other prominent points of his presidency. There is a statue of FDR with his faithful companion Fala by his side.

Continuing around the Tidal Basin we arrived at a stop on our Hamilton tour, the Thomas Jefferson memorial. The memorial was undergoing a partial renovation but we were able to enter to see the Jefferson statue. We were able to get a nice sunset view of the Washington Monument from the portico, also on the Hamilton tour.

We had enough time to visit two more locations. We got back in the car and moved to the MLK parking area, everyone there had left by this time. We were heading to the Lincoln Memorial, on the way we wanted to stop at the Korean War Veterans memorial. Robbie’s father is a Korean War Veteran. It’s a pretty impressive memorial with a life size bronze platoon in formation crossing rice paddies. The lighting at night make the soldiers look pretty spooky. We were disappointed to see that the memorial was undergoing a total restoration; we were not able to see it in all of its glory. We did visit the memorial a few years ago on our last visit to DC. We continued on to the Lincoln Memorial, probably everyone’s favorite memorial. I always remember visiting it when I was a kid. We climbed the steps to see the huge statue of Lincoln. We like to walk around the to the back to view the Potomac River. There is always the awesome view of the National Mall and the Washington Monument. It is even better at night.

My little Fujifilm X100V was working out great! It was very easy to carry around and I was traveling much lighter. I normally only carry one camera and one lens anyway, but it was much lighter. I got some really nice twilight images. For the twilight images, I was using my monopod. With my big Nikon, I would have needed to use my tripod. In DC, you can’t use tripods in the monuments.

We made our way back to the car and then to the hotel. We had a very long day! We ended up logging 30,000 steps, over 13 miles!

The next morning we had a long 12 hour drive back to Florida. We took turns driving, had a nice lunch stop, and several stops for gas. We made it home around midnight.


Road Trip to York PA. A Side Trip to Washington DC.

06-25-2021

Robbie and I had a great time in York PA visiting the family. It was awesome seeing everyone again. We missed them a lot! It’s always nice getting back to York. Hopefully it wont be so long until we get back again. It was time to say goodbye and head back home. It’s a really long drive back to Florida. To break it up a little, we planned a side trip to Washington DC. One of Robbie’s favorite cities. On our way from Florida to York we stopped at Mount Vernon. By the time we arrived it was too late to take a tour. We decided that we would stop at Mount Vernon again on our way to Washington. This time we arrived with plenty of time to take a tour. Due to covid restrictions they were limiting the number of people allow to take a tour of the inside of George Washington’s mansion. Although we could still walk around the grounds and see the farm and the mansion from the outside, they had reached the limit for tours of the inside of the mansion for the day. The admission to Mt. Vernon is fairly expensive. Since we could not see the inside of the mansion, we decided not to take a tour. There is a nice restaurant there next to the gift shop so we had a good lunch before heading into Washington.

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We had booked a room in downtown DC at the Holiday Inn. It was just three blocks from the National Mall, just behind the Air and Space Museum. This was a great location, most of the things we wanted to see were within walking distance. Our rate included come and go parking privileges for the parking garage, very important when visiting DC by car. The hotel was really nice, our room was on the top floor. The room was fairly large and had a sitting area with a sofa. There was also a refrigerator that we made good use of. Along with a view of the inner courtyard we could just see the top of capital dome from our window. There was a rooftop pool, but due to covid, it was closed.

I wanted to see how my new little Fujifilm X100V performed for travel photography. The X100V is a very small camera and easy to carry around. Although it is a small camera, it has all of the features and capabilities of a larger camera, with one, well, two exceptions. The X100V has a the smaller C size sensor (lots of big DSLR cameras have C sized sensors too, so not much of an issue) and a fixed 23mm focal length lens, equivalent to a 35mm focal length lens on my full frame size sensor Nikon (sensor size affects the focal length). I normally use a 24-70mm zoom lens on my Nikon. So the 35mm equivalent focal length lens on the X100V is in the middle of the range that I’m used to using. I was eager to see how being tied to the fixed 35mm (equivalent) focal length would affect my photography. There was still lots of daylight left, so I thought I would walk around and take some photos. When I photograph a place like Washington DC, if I have time, I like to walk around and sort of just follow my nose. I usually have a few things that I want to photograph, but I like to keep things loose. I like to also be able to photograph things that I find along the way. Here, my main targets were the Capitol building and the Washington Monument. If I found something along the way, all the better. I walked a few blocks from the hotel on the way to the Capitol building and found the National Museum of the American Indian. This museum has some really nice architecture. I was having a great time photographing it. This museum was not on my list of places to photograph. Not having a strict itinerary allowed me to spend some time on a found place. Tomorrow will be much different, we have a larger list of places to see, so I won’t have as much time for found places.

After photographing the American Indian Museum, I made my way towards the Capitol Building. It was a really nice evening for a walk through the Nation’s Capital. It was disheartening to see the security fencing around the Capitol Building. The reason why it needed to be there in the first place is even more disheartening. Area closed is not something you want to see around your Capitol. That aside, the Capitol Building was looking very majestic as usual. Thankfully the security fencing has since been removed.

I walked all the way around the Capitol Reflecting Pool then started down the National Mall. There was not a large number of people on the Mall. The people who were on the Mall had been taking part in many activities. They were sitting in the grass relaxing and enjoying the beautiful evening. People were walking, taking in the sights, like me. They were playing games and having fun. Bike riders and rental electric scooter riders were zipping up and down the Mall. A Segway tour passed by. There were people sitting on benches just watching the world go by. It was a great evening to be on the Mall. I was treated to a colorful sunset as I approached the Washington Monument.

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On my way back to the hotel I stumbled onto the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. The garden is a beautifully landscaped brick walkway between Jefferson Drive and Independence Avenue. It’s part of the gardens surrounding the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building, the prominent 1800s redbrick building along the National Mall. The Air and Space Museum was undergoing a renovation and had construction fencing around parts of it. I poked my camera through the fence and I was able to get a photo of the Delta Solar sculpture. Just a block from the hotel I passed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial with a nice view of the Capital Building. I had fun walking around the Nations Capital taking photos. I was very happy with the performance of my little Fujifilm X100V. Occasionally I needed to reposition myself to frame an image. With my 24-70mm I would have been able to simply zoom. For the most part thought I was working well with the fixed focal length. The camera was really nice to carry around, I felt very light and free. I just had the small camera, with an extra battery and lens cloth in my pocket.


Road Trip to York PA. Happy Father’s Day!

06-20-2021

Our road trip to York PA happened to be over Father’s Day. My son had planned to go to the Father’s Day brunch at Troegs Brewery in Hershey PA with his family. They invited us to come too. We thought that sounded like a good idea, so we decided that we would go too. My daughter Nicole and her family came along as well. My mom came along with us, but my dad decided to stay home. The brunch was great, plus you got to have a good beer with brunch. The best part though was being with the family!

You can’t go to Hershey PA and not do the Hershey’s chocolate tour at Hershey’s Chocolate World! Hershey’s Chocolate World is a huge store with every type of Hershey’s chocolate known to man, in every package size you can imagine. The chocolate tour is an amusement style ride through a simulated factory. Along the way you learn all about the making of Hershey’s chocolate, from cocoa bean to Hershey’s Kiss. Hershey started this simulated chocolate tour many years ago in place of an actual factory tour.

Ryan and Shana have moved to a different house since the last time that we visited York. After Hershey, we stopped by to see the new house. My brother Brian and his wife Theresa picked up some lunch to have with dad. After visiting with the kids at Ryan’s we went back to my parent’s house to spend some time with my brother and his wife. It was amazing spending time with my kids and my father on Father’s Day! I have not been able to do that for many years. It was one of the best Father’s Day ever!


Road Trip to York PA. Hanging out at Mom and Dad’s

06-19-2021

After mom and dad’s anniversary dinner at Primanti Brothers we all went back to their house. My son Ryan and his wife Shana own White Rose Hobbies in West York. Ryan had to work at the hobby shop and was not able to join us for dinner. We were waiting for him to join us at mom and dad’s house.

My son-in-law, Ronnie and his boys, Colin and Conner brought their remote control cars. They were playing with them out in front of the house. They were having fun, until a bad collision happened. One of the cars suffered a broken suspension part. Luckily, Ryan had not arrived yet, this meant that White Rose Hobbies was still open! So Ronnie was off to the hobby shop for parts.

While we were waiting for Ryan and now Ronnie, the grand kids, Brooke, Colton, Colin and Conner broke out their devices. When Ronnie returned with the part. He not only had a new suspension part to replace the broken one. He also had all new upgraded suspensions for both cars! I think the guy at the hobby shop saw him coming! Ronnie started working on the cars, when Ryan arrived he helped install the new parts.

We’ve really missed seeing everyone. It was great to hang out with them and spend some time together!


Road Trip to York. Happy 62nd Anniversary Mom and Dad!

06-19-2021

While we were in York this past June, my mother and father, Roy and Linda Thoman, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary! It was really great to be with them for their anniversary with the family that they started. We all went to Primanti Brothers restaurant in York. Primanti Brothers is from Pittsburgh. Their specialty is a huge sandwich your choice of meat with coleslaw and french fries on the sandwich between two thick slices of bread.

It was really great to be with the family again! We love you all! Happy anniversary mom and dad, we love you!


Road Trip To York PA, A Visit To The Farmers’ Market

Our second day on the road from Lumberton NC to York PA went well, we didn’t run into too much traffic, a little but it wasn’t too bad. We did plan a small side trip but that didn’t work out so well. We wanted to stop at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It took longer to get there than we thought it would. We didn’t arrive at Mount Vernon until after 4pm. Mount Vernon unfortunately closes at 5pm. There was not enough time to have a proper visit. So we took a spin around the gift shop and had a small break and got back on the road. We did a drive through Washington DC to take a quick look around and then headed to York. We arrived at my parents house around sunset. We stayed with them while we were in York. It was awesome to see them after being away for so long!

The next morning we wanted to take a drive around York to see the old and the new. Just to see what had changed and what had not. York has two farmers’ markets downtown. I would have like to have seen both of them but we only got to visit the Penn Market on where else, Market street. I always enjoy visiting farmers’ markets where ever we go. I enjoy the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the hustle and bustle. I think my fascination with farmers’ markets was born here at this market. My grandma Peggy lived just around the corner. Grandma Peggy lived alone and did not drive, but both markets were just a short walk from her apartment. There were no grocery stores close by so between the markets and the 5 and dime store, this is where grandma did her shopping. When my brother and I were young boys, grandma would take us to the market. She would grab her wheeled market basket and off we would go to the market. Two things I remember getting at the market were caramel cake and sugar cookies. This could also be where my sweet tooth was born. The caramel cake was very unique. It was a regular two layer cake with a very yummy caramel flavored butter cream frosting. The frosting was a weird brown color. To someone who was not familiar, it probably didn’t look too appetizing. But it was amazingly good! The sugar cookies were not really cookies. Although they were large for cookies, they were really a small cake that sort of looked like a big cookie. They were a round, sweet yellow cake with a sprinkle of coarse sugar on top. Very yummy dunked in milk, tea, or coffee. I think they are a Pennsylvania Dutch thing. My mom and dad now live close to a farm store that used to have a booth at the market. They still have the sugar cookies! I always enjoyed our trips to the market. Just going downtown when I was a kid was always a good time. I will always remember the wonderful smell of peanuts being roasted at the news stand. I don’t get this sloppy, wet Florida/southern boiled peanut thing. I was happy to see that the market was still open, but it was disappointing that it was only half full. I remember it being jam packed full of vendors and people. Market day was always a busy day for the farmers as well as the customers. We picked up some York county strawberries. York county strawberries are the best!


Road Trip To York PA. A Side Trip to Tybee Island Lighthouse

My family lives in York PA. Robbie and I hadn’t seen them for a long time. We were planning a trip north for a visit in the spring of 2020. Due to the Covid 19 outbreak, we needed to postpone our trip to York. Fast forward to spring of 2021. Vaccines are available and things are starting to get back to normal. My wife Robbie and I both got the vaccine. My mom and dad also both got the vaccine. So our trip to York was back on! We were looking forward to seeing my mom, dad, kids and grand-kids.

We usually get a flight into Baltimore, but for this trip it just worked out better to drive our car from Titusville FL to York PA. So this past June we loaded up the car and headed north. We reserved a room in Lumberton NC, about halfway to York, for the first night. Sitting in the car for hours and hours is not fun. To give our butts a break, we planned a side trip to see the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Tybee Island is just east of Savannah GA and about halfway to Lumberton. Robbie and I enjoy visiting lighthouses, and we hadn’t been to this one. It’s always nice to visit a new lighthouse. Tybee Island is a nice little Georgia beach town. The lighthouse didn’t seem that big, there are 178 steps. We have not climbed very many steps or anything else lately. By the time we huffed and puffed our way to the top, we felt every step! The view at the top was worth it! We enjoyed visiting the Tybee Island Lighthouse and it was a nice distraction from our long road trip.


Abandoned

I have always liked old abandoned places. I have seen some excellent images of abandoned places. One of my classmates from college did a portfolio on abandoned places. It was really good; I was very jealous. As I remember, none of the places in the portfolio were local. Anyway, I always have my eye out for a really cool abandoned place. The other day I stopped to check out an old abandoned building. I got some nice photos, but I wasn’t happy with the images from that day. I stopped by the building a second time. It had rained the night before. There was a huge puddle of water covering the floor. The floor was totally dry the first time I had stopped. The puddle of water created some amazing reflections. I can’t pass up photographing a good reflection, no matter where it is.

I was using my Fujifilm X100V. The X100V works really well in low light situations, like the inside of old abandoned buildings. It also has a flip out LCD screen. I was able to flip the screen out and hold the camera really low, just above the surface of the water. The low camera angle enhances the reflections. This was a really cool abandoned place. Keeping my eye out for the next one.