Saturday, April 19, 2014

Here we go again–April 6

We were supposed to have a day of rest on the 6th.  Ha!  We can never have too much rest.  Baltimore was pretty close so why not pay a visit to Ft. McHenry, birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner.

It was a beautiful day and a moving experience.  Well worth the trip.

Fort McHenry

After a very good film about the fight to win our freedom from the British once again in the War of 1812, the movie backdrop opened and revealed this picture with us all standing and singing The Star Spangled Banner. Wow!  It made chills go up our spines.  04-06-14 Ft McHenry 02This is the statue standing in front of the windows of Francis Scott Key.Many good displays.04-06-14 Ft McHenry 0404-06-14 Ft McHenry 0604-06-14 Ft McHenry 0704-06-14 Ft McHenry 09A view of the harbor from the fort.04-06-14 Ft McHenry 1204-06-14 Ft McHenry 15The fort is well preserved.04-06-14 Ft McHenry 1604-06-14 Ft McHenry 1704-06-14 Ft McHenry 1904-06-14 Ft McHenry 2004-06-14 Ft McHenry 2204-06-14 Ft McHenry 2304-06-14 Ft McHenry 2704-06-14 Ft McHenry 2804-06-14 Ft McHenry 3104-06-14 Ft McHenry 3304-06-14 Ft McHenry 3504-06-14 Ft McHenry 36

After Baltimore, and with half a day left, why not travel to the OTHER side of DC to the Smithsonian Museum of Aeronautics housed at Dulles Air Force Base.  What a hoot getting too and from this museum.  Lousy signs and lousy traffic.  Oh well.  Very well worth.  Why they have two aeronautical museums, I don’t know!

Those spires in the background are the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church.  I had to go to Google Maps satellite version to find out.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 002

Smithsonian Museum of Aeronautics housed at Dulles Air Force Base

Inside the museum is just fantastic, of course!04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 00304-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 004This was the main reason for our trip out here.  Ross was dying to see this plane.  Have to admit, it was cool.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 00504-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 00804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01104-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01204-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 013And more motors…04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01404-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 02704-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 02904-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 03204-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 03404-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 03604-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 041The space shuttle – HUGE!04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 04404-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 045Some of those infamous tiles.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 04804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 05004-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 05704-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 05804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 067Another HUGE plane the Concordia.  Amazing the size and number of planes in here.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 06804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 07104-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 06904-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 07504-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 079The real Enola Gay that bombed Hiroshima.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 08204-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 08604-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 09004-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 094

Lots of historic artifacts here and yes, go see it!

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Here we go again–April 6

We were supposed to have a day of rest on the 6th.  Ha!  We can never have too much rest.  Baltimore was pretty close so why not pay a visit to Ft. McHenry, birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner.

It was a beautiful day and a moving experience.  Well worth the trip.

Fort McHenry

After a very good film about the fight to win our freedom from the British once again in the War of 1812, the movie backdrop opened and revealed this picture with us all standing and singing The Star Spangled Banner. Wow!  It made chills go up our spines.  04-06-14 Ft McHenry 02This is the statue standing in front of the windows of Francis Scott Key.Many good displays.04-06-14 Ft McHenry 0404-06-14 Ft McHenry 0604-06-14 Ft McHenry 0704-06-14 Ft McHenry 09A view of the harbor from the fort.04-06-14 Ft McHenry 1204-06-14 Ft McHenry 15The fort is well preserved.04-06-14 Ft McHenry 1604-06-14 Ft McHenry 1704-06-14 Ft McHenry 1904-06-14 Ft McHenry 2004-06-14 Ft McHenry 2204-06-14 Ft McHenry 2304-06-14 Ft McHenry 2704-06-14 Ft McHenry 2804-06-14 Ft McHenry 3104-06-14 Ft McHenry 3304-06-14 Ft McHenry 3504-06-14 Ft McHenry 36

After Baltimore, and with half a day left, why not travel to the OTHER side of DC to the Smithsonian Museum of Aeronautics housed at Dulles Air Force Base.  What a hoot getting too and from this museum.  Lousy signs and lousy traffic.  Oh well.  Very well worth.  Why they have two aeronautical museums, I don’t know!

Those spires in the background are the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church.  I had to go to Google Maps satellite version to find out.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 002

Smithsonian Museum of Aeronautics housed at Dulles Air Force Base

Inside the museum is just fantastic, of course!04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 00304-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 004This was the main reason for our trip out here.  Ross was dying to see this plane.  Have to admit, it was cool.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 00504-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 00804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01104-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01204-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 013And more motors…04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01404-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 01804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 02704-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 02904-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 03204-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 03404-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 03604-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 041The space shuttle – HUGE!04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 04404-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 045Some of those infamous tiles.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 04804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 05004-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 05704-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 05804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 067Another HUGE plane the Concordia.  Amazing the size and number of planes in here.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 06804-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 07104-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 06904-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 07504-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 079The real Enola Gay that bombed Hiroshima.04-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 08204-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 08604-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 09004-06-14 Smithsonian at Dulles 094

Lots of historic artifacts here and yes, go see it!

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