More Pictures from the Road
by Todd Hatton
A while back, I promised some photos from earlier in our trip (the interesting ones, anyway), so here they are.
This first snapshot is from the balcony of our third floor motel room looking out over the Howard Johnson’s parking lot. Angela said this view reminded her of Darbyshire. My impressions were a bit less profound, but no less impressed.
Now that’s what I call a view.
The next two were taken as we approached Monticello in a cold mist that was really a dense fog, then around back of the house.
Angela and I then trudged through the wet cold to Thomas Jefferson’s resting place.
After we arrived in Washington, one of the first places we visited was the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. I’m sure you’ll recognize the spacecraft in this picture:
And that is the actual U.S.S. Enterprise, the one Roddenberry’s cameras ran past to create the illusion of the starship flying past. Nerd Heaven.
And this one is of Kentucky’s pillar at the Washington Mall’s latest monument, the World War II Memorial:
This photo is one of my favorites from the trip. It’s a view of Washington from President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s gravesite in front of Arlington House. Quite easy to see why, when standing here in October of 1963, Kennedy said that he could stay there forever. And it’s truly fitting that he is buried there today.
The last one is a bit of an oddity. It’s from the Columbus memorial that sits in front of Washington’s Union Station. The sculptures are by prominent artist Lorado Taft, who was commissioned to create these in 1912. On Christoper Columbus’ left is a bearded Caucasian sitting around a stone pillar. Sitting around a similar stone pillar on Columbus’ right is a Native American, one who might be familiar to those of us from Paducah, Kentucky…
Now, compare the above to this picture.
That’s the Chief Paduke monument on Jefferson Street in Paducah. From 1909. Well, if you’re gonna steal, might as well steal from yourself.