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Photo Gallery–Salado City Garage

Just a test run!  I have been wanting to shoot this garage for a while!  It always turns out that when I am near this place with my gear that the lights are off or the road is blocked off!  Something always stops me!  Well this night I had my G15 and I thought I would stop and try it out!  No tripod so used a dirt mound!  No cable release so used the self-timer!  Had to improvise, adapt, overcome!  Thanks Gunny Highway!

Preface–Ride About

A couple of days late on posting the Ride About photos!  So for that I am sorry!  Lots going on with work and many changes! 

So this is some back story to fill some or most of you in on the Ride About!

What is the Ride About?  The Ride About was a trip I took during the latter part of May of this year, 2013!  It was originally going to be a trip to Ireland for my Walk About but due to some circumstances I had to change my plans.  Well my plans which were very last minute ended up being me packing a couple bags, throwing them on my motorcycle which I call Bonnie and heading out to anywhere!  Anywhere ended up being about 3,500 miles across six states and many towns and road in between!  There might be some maps somewhere!

Why the Ride About?  The Ride About was an opportunity for me to reflect back on my year!  The last year has or was a rough one for me!  The time frame correlated with the one year anniversary of my wife Maranda passing away!  Her birthday was a couple of weeks earlier and that day was pretty rough for me.  I kind of decided on that day that I did not want to be here, there or anywhere in particular, I needed to be somewhere totally different, and that I wanted to be alone and disconnected from everything familiar!   I would like to take this time to apologize for to all the loved ones in my life, I know that some of the things that I do make sense to everyone but these were some things that I needed to do!

As I mentioned earlier I did not have a real plan just some ideas, thoughts really!  I started thinking where I would go, where would I stay, and what I would need.  I mapped out a rough idea of where I would travel and started to map it out a few days before the target date that I had selected to leave.  I did not make any arrangements anywhere to stay I decided that I would find places to stay as I got to the place that I would stay at for the evening!  Crazy I know, so it was drive until the sun went down and then what ever town that I was near that is where I would stay, for the most part that was the plan!

I started to get the list together of things that I needed and things I wanted to take!  The list seemed long and I need to cut back on some stuff, I would be on a motorcycle so my load needed to be small and manageable but also have everything that I needed and wanted to take!  Clothes, camera, tablet, wet gear and the such.  I ended up with a set of saddlebags, my camelbak and a tank bag!  Not to bad for what I was expecting to be about a 10 day trip!

Well now that you have the low down on the what and the why, and I will continue to share my thoughts of my trip over the next days or so and also share the pictures from my trip!

The pictures for this post are from a couple of days before my trip.  Before I headed out for my trip I wanted to have dinner with the kids before I left!  Love them! And thanks kiddos for understanding that I needed to go on this trip!

Link to photos here: Wednesday Night Dinner Before Trip – 15 May 2013


Original Iwo Jima Memorial Monument

The monument is the original full-sized creation of Felix De Welden and was used for the casting of the monument located in Washington, D.C. After completion of the monument in Washington, this sculpture was placed in storage until the early 1980's when it was donated to the Marine Military Academy in Harligen, Texas by its creator. Donations were collected to fund the transport and reassembly of the monument and on 16 April 1982 a ceremony was conducted for the dedication of the monument. The Iwo Jima Museum is located adjacent to the monument and contains many souvenirs, photographs and memorabilia of the famous World War II battle. The grave of Harlon Block, the figure at the base of the flagpole, is located directly behind the monument. Harlon Block was a native of Weslaco, Texas and was a casualty of the battle.