June was a hot month in 2005 over much
of the right 2/3s of the
country. My route back to Chicago went through temps in the mid
I took the back roads through the hills of CT and NY to the Hudson
and took a side trip to West Point. I got past the main gate when
former Marine serving as a gate security guard noticed my service on
ID card. I cruised the campus looking for places I recognized from
photographs my Dad had taken while attending in the '30s.
I had lunch at a familiar spot overlooking the river. But I was
not to take photographs while on base. Thank you, terrorists,
for that additional deprivation!
I then headed out for the back roads of NW NJ along the Delaware
Recreation Area and crossed the Delaware River into eastern PA. I
the route that led through the Pennsylvania Dutch country in
County ("Witness"). As long as I was moving, the breeze
would keep me
from overheating. It was a lower humidity heat so it was tolerable.
I made my way down through Hagerstown and Frederick in MD, to
VA, and over towards Ashburn, VA where a good friend from my Marine
days lived. Dan was in his twilight tour with the FAA at Dulles and
preparing to retire.
While in the area, I toured a few sights in DC.
Arlington National Cemetery, The Jolly Silver Giant sinking into
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport:
(the Children in Space Program) ; )