A Travellerspoint blog

December 2020

Pleasantly surprised by Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Mask wearing was mandatory (apparently even for the statue at the entrance); admission was $40 (but I used my City Pass) so I was surprised at the number of families since this would be an expensive outing

Mask wearing was mandatory (apparently even for the statue at the entrance); admission was $40 (but I used my City Pass) so I was surprised at the number of families since this would be an expensive outing

There's a large Caribbean reef tank in the central atrium of the aquarium and the beluga whales and white-sided dolphins have huge tanks but most of the fish here are in smaller tanks; no whale sharks like in Atlanta

There's a large Caribbean reef tank in the central atrium of the aquarium and the beluga whales and white-sided dolphins have huge tanks but most of the fish here are in smaller tanks; no whale sharks like in Atlanta

I thought the longhorn cowfish might be from Texas but it's a reef fish from the Indian and Pacific Oceans; it's not the right color to be from Texas anyway

I thought the longhorn cowfish might be from Texas but it's a reef fish from the Indian and Pacific Oceans; it's not the right color to be from Texas anyway

Paddlefish have been referred to as primitive fish because they have evolved with few morphological changes since the earliest fossil records of the Early Cretaceous period, 120 to 125 million years ago

Paddlefish have been referred to as primitive fish because they have evolved with few morphological changes since the earliest fossil records of the Early Cretaceous period, 120 to 125 million years ago

When the Shedd Aquarium opened in 1930 it was the first inland aquarium anywhere with permanent displays of both freshwater and saltwater fishes; it was also the largest of the 40 or so public aquariums in the world

When the Shedd Aquarium opened in 1930 it was the first inland aquarium anywhere with permanent displays of both freshwater and saltwater fishes; it was also the largest of the 40 or so public aquariums in the world

The appearance of the mata mata turtle's shell resembles a piece of bark, and its head resembles fallen leaves enabling it to blend into the surrounding vegetation until a fish comes close; the mata mata is native to the Amazon and Orinoco River basins

The appearance of the mata mata turtle's shell resembles a piece of bark, and its head resembles fallen leaves enabling it to blend into the surrounding vegetation until a fish comes close; the mata mata is native to the Amazon and Orinoco River basins

The red-bellied piranha has a popular reputation as a ferocious predator, despite being primarily a scavenger; they live in the warm freshwater drainages of several major rivers including the Amazon, Paraguay, Paraná and Essequibo

The red-bellied piranha has a popular reputation as a ferocious predator, despite being primarily a scavenger; they live in the warm freshwater drainages of several major rivers including the Amazon, Paraguay, Paraná and Essequibo

The Wild Reef exhibit recreates a Philippine coral reef on the Apo Island marine reserve, complete with living coral, multiple species of fish and rays, and a collection of sharks such as sandbar, sawfish, zebra, and blacktip reef sharks

The Wild Reef exhibit recreates a Philippine coral reef on the Apo Island marine reserve, complete with living coral, multiple species of fish and rays, and a collection of sharks such as sandbar, sawfish, zebra, and blacktip reef sharks

The Magellanic penguin is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Patagonia, including Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil; they are endangered and were exhibited with rockhopper penguins

The Magellanic penguin is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Patagonia, including Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil; they are endangered and were exhibited with rockhopper penguins

The redline pufferfish is a species of pufferfish native to the Cross River in Nigeria growing to a length of 14 in; it was unique species like this that made the aquarium so fascinating

The redline pufferfish is a species of pufferfish native to the Cross River in Nigeria growing to a length of 14 in; it was unique species like this that made the aquarium so fascinating

The Fly River turtle is a species of turtle native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea and is sometimes called the pig-nosed turtle; unlike any other freshwater turtle, this endangered species has flippers

The Fly River turtle is a species of turtle native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea and is sometimes called the pig-nosed turtle; unlike any other freshwater turtle, this endangered species has flippers

This scary creature is a Bering wolffish which are found in the Northern Pacific; they can grow to 3 1/2 ft long and weigh 33 lbs although they are quite rare so not much is known about them

This scary creature is a Bering wolffish which are found in the Northern Pacific; they can grow to 3 1/2 ft long and weigh 33 lbs although they are quite rare so not much is known about them

Seahorse; included with admission was a 4D movie and I chose to watch one about sharks that was pretty interesting but perpetuated myths that sharks are scary and dangerous

Seahorse; included with admission was a 4D movie and I chose to watch one about sharks that was pretty interesting but perpetuated myths that sharks are scary and dangerous

Burbot live in large, cold rivers, lakes, and reservoirs including the Great Lakes; for part of the year, the burbot lives under ice, and it requires frigid temperatures to breed

Burbot live in large, cold rivers, lakes, and reservoirs including the Great Lakes; for part of the year, the burbot lives under ice, and it requires frigid temperatures to breed

Japanese sea nettle; the glass glare meant most of my photos didn't turn out well; the aquarium had an Australian lungfish which replaced the last one that died in 2017 which was at least 86 years old (and the oldest fish at any aquarium in the world)

Japanese sea nettle; the glass glare meant most of my photos didn't turn out well; the aquarium had an Australian lungfish which replaced the last one that died in 2017 which was at least 86 years old (and the oldest fish at any aquarium in the world)

A wolf eel differs from true eels, as they have paired gill slits and pectoral fins; native to the Northern Pacific, they possess powerful jaws with which they smash their prey

A wolf eel differs from true eels, as they have paired gill slits and pectoral fins; native to the Northern Pacific, they possess powerful jaws with which they smash their prey

The mandarinfish is one of the most colorful reef fish and very small; I was lucky to observe them in Palau for they are not easily seen due to their bottom-feeding habit and their small size

The mandarinfish is one of the most colorful reef fish and very small; I was lucky to observe them in Palau for they are not easily seen due to their bottom-feeding habit and their small size

The aquarium also had cute sea otters which were entirely too fast to photograph as well as Pacific white-sided dolphins; most of the species were identified but many, like this shrimp, were not

The aquarium also had cute sea otters which were entirely too fast to photograph as well as Pacific white-sided dolphins; most of the species were identified but many, like this shrimp, were not

I stayed at the only hotel in downtown Chicago that has free parking; that meant I could leave my car parked for the duration of my visit and just walk to every sight I wanted to see

I stayed at the only hotel in downtown Chicago that has free parking; that meant I could leave my car parked for the duration of my visit and just walk to every sight I wanted to see

The beluga whale's body size is between that of a dolphin and a true whale, with males growing up to 18 ft long and weighing up to 3,530 lb; the beluga is native to the Arctic with a life span of 70-80 years

The beluga whale's body size is between that of a dolphin and a true whale, with males growing up to 18 ft long and weighing up to 3,530 lb; the beluga is native to the Arctic with a life span of 70-80 years

The weedy seadragon is native to Australia and can reach 45 cm in length; like seahorses, seadragon males are the sex that cares for the developing eggs which it carries for about a month before the hatchlings emerge

The weedy seadragon is native to Australia and can reach 45 cm in length; like seahorses, seadragon males are the sex that cares for the developing eggs which it carries for about a month before the hatchlings emerge

The wattlied jacana can be found in South America east of the Andes and in southern Central America; I was surprised to see birds here but apparently most are unable to survive in the wild for varying reasons

The wattlied jacana can be found in South America east of the Andes and in southern Central America; I was surprised to see birds here but apparently most are unable to survive in the wild for varying reasons

Suckerfish (obviously); from the outside the aquarium doesn't look that large but it was actually much bigger than I expected with several additions to the original structure and great views of Lake Michigan

Suckerfish (obviously); from the outside the aquarium doesn't look that large but it was actually much bigger than I expected with several additions to the original structure and great views of Lake Michigan

This fish does not look happy to be stuck in an aquarium; they do serve an educational purpose and I was encouraged to see all of the kids learning about the species and conservation

This fish does not look happy to be stuck in an aquarium; they do serve an educational purpose and I was encouraged to see all of the kids learning about the species and conservation

Posted by VagabondCowboy 05:21 Comments (0)

Spectacular National Gallery in DC - pt 1

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; this work done at the asylum at St.-Rémy, where Van Gogh had committed himself following a mental breakdown, is among the last self-portraits he made

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; this work done at the asylum at St.-Rémy, where Van Gogh had committed himself following a mental breakdown, is among the last self-portraits he made

The Lighthouse at Honfleur, Georges Seurat, 1886; his meticulous technique of pointillism, less random than Impressionism, enabled Seurat to record appearances more accurately while preserving the fresh, natural qualities he admired in Impressionist works

The Lighthouse at Honfleur, Georges Seurat, 1886; his meticulous technique of pointillism, less random than Impressionism, enabled Seurat to record appearances more accurately while preserving the fresh, natural qualities he admired in Impressionist works

Ginevra de'Benci, Leonardo da Vinci, 1478;  this is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Americas; it was purchased for $5 million in 1967 which was an absolute record price at the time

Ginevra de'Benci, Leonardo da Vinci, 1478; this is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Americas; it was purchased for $5 million in 1967 which was an absolute record price at the time

Thomas Jefferson, Gilbert Stuart, 1821; in addition to Jefferson, the museum had Stuart portraits of Washington, Adams, Monroe and Madison; Stuart's paintings of Washington, Jefferson, and others have served as models for dozens of U.S. postage stamps

Thomas Jefferson, Gilbert Stuart, 1821; in addition to Jefferson, the museum had Stuart portraits of Washington, Adams, Monroe and Madison; Stuart's paintings of Washington, Jefferson, and others have served as models for dozens of U.S. postage stamps

Allies Day, Childe Hassam, 1917; on Fifth Avenue in NYC, the British, French and American flags were displayed prominently during parades honoring America's allies; the artist dedicated this work to the countries coming together to fight for democracy

Allies Day, Childe Hassam, 1917; on Fifth Avenue in NYC, the British, French and American flags were displayed prominently during parades honoring America's allies; the artist dedicated this work to the countries coming together to fight for democracy

The White Girl (Symphony in White, No. 1), James McNeill Whistler, 1862; the artist attended the US Military Academy at West Point in 1851 before moving to London, where he would spend most of the remainder of his life

The White Girl (Symphony in White, No. 1), James McNeill Whistler, 1862; the artist attended the US Military Academy at West Point in 1851 before moving to London, where he would spend most of the remainder of his life

A Young Girl Reading, Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1770; he was one of the foremost French painters in the Rococo style, which was filled with light colors, asymmetrical designs, and curved, natural forms; the East wing of the museum was closed when I visited

A Young Girl Reading, Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1770; he was one of the foremost French painters in the Rococo style, which was filled with light colors, asymmetrical designs, and curved, natural forms; the East wing of the museum was closed when I visited

AMOR, Robert Indiana, 2006; a play on the artist's famous LOVE sculpture, AMOR made its first appearance on a plaza in Madrid in 2006; it's one of 15 or so works in the Gallery's sculpture garden

AMOR, Robert Indiana, 2006; a play on the artist's famous LOVE sculpture, AMOR made its first appearance on a plaza in Madrid in 2006; it's one of 15 or so works in the Gallery's sculpture garden

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Paul Cezanne, 1890; as a young man in Paris, Cézanne had learned his art not only from his Impressionist colleagues but also through studying old masters in the Louvre

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Paul Cezanne, 1890; as a young man in Paris, Cézanne had learned his art not only from his Impressionist colleagues but also through studying old masters in the Louvre

Pont Neuf, Paris, Auguste Renoir, 1872; while his figure paintings are better known, Renoir's landscapes resonate with a vigor and freshness of vision central to the development of Impressionism, most apparent here in his study of the effects of sunlight

Pont Neuf, Paris, Auguste Renoir, 1872; while his figure paintings are better known, Renoir's landscapes resonate with a vigor and freshness of vision central to the development of Impressionism, most apparent here in his study of the effects of sunlight

The Adoration of the Magi, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, 1440; among the greatest Florentine paintings in the world, it hung in the Medici Palace in the 1400s; it's unusual to see two masters collaborate on one piece

The Adoration of the Magi, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, 1440; among the greatest Florentine paintings in the world, it hung in the Medici Palace in the 1400s; it's unusual to see two masters collaborate on one piece

The Dancing Couple, Jan Steen, 1663; the relative chaos and merry mood of his paintings gave rise to the Dutch saying- to run a household like Jan Steen - meaning to have a disorderly house

The Dancing Couple, Jan Steen, 1663; the relative chaos and merry mood of his paintings gave rise to the Dutch saying- to run a household like Jan Steen - meaning to have a disorderly house

The Maas at Dordrecht, Aelbert Cuyp, 1660; in July 1646, a large Dutch transport fleet carrying 30,000 soldiers gathered at Dordrecht in a show of force by the rebel northern provinces—fighting for independence from the Spanish crown

The Maas at Dordrecht, Aelbert Cuyp, 1660; in July 1646, a large Dutch transport fleet carrying 30,000 soldiers gathered at Dordrecht in a show of force by the rebel northern provinces—fighting for independence from the Spanish crown

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, JMW Turner, 1834; this painting was a commissioned work which explains why it doesn't have the dark, foreboding colors of a typical Turner painting; I definitely like the brighter colors better

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, JMW Turner, 1834; this painting was a commissioned work which explains why it doesn't have the dark, foreboding colors of a typical Turner painting; I definitely like the brighter colors better

The Washington Family, Edward Savage, 1796; this work shows George, Martha, a slave and two of Martha's grandchildren (she had 4 children before becoming a widow at 25 and she and George had no children together)

The Washington Family, Edward Savage, 1796; this work shows George, Martha, a slave and two of Martha's grandchildren (she had 4 children before becoming a widow at 25 and she and George had no children together)

Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, 1778; this work depicts the rescue of English boy Brook Watson from a shark attack in Havana, Cuba in 1749; this is the original version of 3 similar paintings

Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, 1778; this work depicts the rescue of English boy Brook Watson from a shark attack in Havana, Cuba in 1749; this is the original version of 3 similar paintings

Shaw Memorial, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1900; acclaimed as the greatest 19th century American sculpture, it commemorates the valiant efforts of Colonel Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, the first Civil War regiment of African Americans in the North

Shaw Memorial, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1900; acclaimed as the greatest 19th century American sculpture, it commemorates the valiant efforts of Colonel Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, the first Civil War regiment of African Americans in the North

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), Winslow Homer, 1876; this piece was exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia; among Homer's finest pieces, it is one of the best-known and most beloved artistic images of life in 19th-century America

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), Winslow Homer, 1876; this piece was exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia; among Homer's finest pieces, it is one of the best-known and most beloved artistic images of life in 19th-century America

The Old Violin, William Michael Harnett, 1886; the Old Violin is one of Harnett's most famous paintings; Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction of the National Gallery

The Old Violin, William Michael Harnett, 1886; the Old Violin is one of Harnett's most famous paintings; Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction of the National Gallery

Spider, Louise Bourgeois, 1997; the artist was the highest paid female sculptor in the 20th century with her Spider pieces; I saw an even larger version at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR

Spider, Louise Bourgeois, 1997; the artist was the highest paid female sculptor in the 20th century with her Spider pieces; I saw an even larger version at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR

Posted by VagabondCowboy 05:45 Comments (0)

Tiny Ouray had Colorado's 2nd largest gold mine

Despite having only 1000 people (the same population as in 1877), Ouray is the county seat and most populous city in Ouray County; Ouray's climate, natural alpine environment, and scenery has earned it the nickname - Switzerland of America

Despite having only 1000 people (the same population as in 1877), Ouray is the county seat and most populous city in Ouray County; Ouray's climate, natural alpine environment, and scenery has earned it the nickname - Switzerland of America

Our hike in Ouray was a loop above the city; Ouray is about an hour by car from Telluride; the entirety of Main Street is registered as a National Historic District with most of the buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century

Our hike in Ouray was a loop above the city; Ouray is about an hour by car from Telluride; the entirety of Main Street is registered as a National Historic District with most of the buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century

The blue spruce is Colorado's state tree; although they make perfect Christmas trees, I think it's preferable to enjoy them in their natural setting

The blue spruce is Colorado's state tree; although they make perfect Christmas trees, I think it's preferable to enjoy them in their natural setting

Although difficult to photograph, Box Canyon Falls is a 285 ft waterfall with quartzite walls that extend almost 100 ft past the falls; in 1968 the film True Grit was filmed in Ouray County

Although difficult to photograph, Box Canyon Falls is a 285 ft waterfall with quartzite walls that extend almost 100 ft past the falls; in 1968 the film True Grit was filmed in Ouray County

Ouray is famous for its hot springs which supply the city's pool complex with hot, odorless, mineral water; while the lap pool is kept around 80 degrees, the other pools are toasty at 106 degrees (even in the winter)

Ouray is famous for its hot springs which supply the city's pool complex with hot, odorless, mineral water; while the lap pool is kept around 80 degrees, the other pools are toasty at 106 degrees (even in the winter)

We didn't see many large animals on our hikes around Telluride but I did spot this shy mule deer in Ouray; Ouray is connected to Silverton and Durango by the Million Dollar Highway, considered one of the most beautiful in Colorado

We didn't see many large animals on our hikes around Telluride but I did spot this shy mule deer in Ouray; Ouray is connected to Silverton and Durango by the Million Dollar Highway, considered one of the most beautiful in Colorado

Cascade Falls in Ouray was barely a trickle since it is sourced primarily from snowmelt; Ayn Rand found inspiration in Ouray to complete the novel Atlas Shrugged

Cascade Falls in Ouray was barely a trickle since it is sourced primarily from snowmelt; Ayn Rand found inspiration in Ouray to complete the novel Atlas Shrugged

This book, by one of my favorite authors, is long but captivating; the main character is a South African private investigator who tries to bring down a complex crime ring

This book, by one of my favorite authors, is long but captivating; the main character is a South African private investigator who tries to bring down a complex crime ring

Posted by VagabondCowboy 05:37 Comments (0)

FDR's Little White House in Warm Springs, GA

FDR bought the Little White House while governor of NY in 1932; he visited 16 times and was here when he died in 1945 from a massive stroke at the age of 63

FDR bought the Little White House while governor of NY in 1932; he visited 16 times and was here when he died in 1945 from a massive stroke at the age of 63

FDR drove this 1938 Ford when he visited Warm Springs; he designed the hand controls from farm equipment allowing him the freedom to drive around the area and meet the locals

FDR drove this 1938 Ford when he visited Warm Springs; he designed the hand controls from farm equipment allowing him the freedom to drive around the area and meet the locals

The natural buoyancy provided by warm waters brought polio victims here for rehabilitation; during his first 100 days in office, FDR spearheaded unprecedented legislation and issued a profusion of executive orders that instituted the New Deal

The natural buoyancy provided by warm waters brought polio victims here for rehabilitation; during his first 100 days in office, FDR spearheaded unprecedented legislation and issued a profusion of executive orders that instituted the New Deal

FDR helped launch the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis which would later become the March of Dimes; the NFIP was instrumental in developing a vaccine for polio

FDR helped launch the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis which would later become the March of Dimes; the NFIP was instrumental in developing a vaccine for polio

FDR started stamp collecting as a child and built a vast collection; Roosevelt is usually rated by scholars among the nation's greatest presidents, after George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

FDR started stamp collecting as a child and built a vast collection; Roosevelt is usually rated by scholars among the nation's greatest presidents, after George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

Built in the late 1800s, the Tally-Ho was used to transport visitors to the Meriwether Inn; FDR bought the inn and this stagecoach was often used in parades until it went on permanent display

Built in the late 1800s, the Tally-Ho was used to transport visitors to the Meriwether Inn; FDR bought the inn and this stagecoach was often used in parades until it went on permanent display

Roosevelt took office in the midst of the Great Depression, the worst economic crisis in U.S. history; after the attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR led the US into WW II but died shortly before the Allied victory

Roosevelt took office in the midst of the Great Depression, the worst economic crisis in U.S. history; after the attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR led the US into WW II but died shortly before the Allied victory

FDR's love of the sea is evident in the living room; FDR died 3 months into his fourth term; he was responsible for creating Social Security, the FDIC, SEC and FCC

FDR's love of the sea is evident in the living room; FDR died 3 months into his fourth term; he was responsible for creating Social Security, the FDIC, SEC and FCC

The Little White House had modern conveniences such as an electric range, toaster and waffle iron; the house is quite small with just 2 bedrooms

The Little White House had modern conveniences such as an electric range, toaster and waffle iron; the house is quite small with just 2 bedrooms

As a memorial to FDR, each state contributed a specimen of native stone which today lines the walkway to the Little White House; FDR was famous for his 30  fireside chats

As a memorial to FDR, each state contributed a specimen of native stone which today lines the walkway to the Little White House; FDR was famous for his 30+ fireside chats

FDR was sitting for this portrait when he collapsed and died; the Roosevelt Memorial is located next to the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC but FDR is buried at his birthplace in Hyde Park, NY

FDR was sitting for this portrait when he collapsed and died; the Roosevelt Memorial is located next to the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC but FDR is buried at his birthplace in Hyde Park, NY

As FDR's body left Warm Springs, this accordion player was performing Going Home; FDR was greatly admired for leading the US out of the Great Depression

As FDR's body left Warm Springs, this accordion player was performing Going Home; FDR was greatly admired for leading the US out of the Great Depression

Posted by VagabondCowboy 06:28 Comments (0)

What to see at Valley Forge National Historical Park

This house, built in 1770, served as General Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge housing as many as 25 people; normally the house is open for tours but was closed due to the pandemic

This house, built in 1770, served as General Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge housing as many as 25 people; normally the house is open for tours but was closed due to the pandemic

The train station was completed in 1911 by the Reading Railroad and was the point of entry to the park for travelers who came by rail through the 1950s from Philadelphia; it now serves as the visitors center for Washington's headquarters

The train station was completed in 1911 by the Reading Railroad and was the point of entry to the park for travelers who came by rail through the 1950s from Philadelphia; it now serves as the visitors center for Washington's headquarters

The Washington Memorial Chapel and National Patriots Bell Tower carillon were completed in 1921 and 1953, respectively; the park's 26 miles of paved trails are very popular with runners

The Washington Memorial Chapel and National Patriots Bell Tower carillon were completed in 1921 and 1953, respectively; the park's 26 miles of paved trails are very popular with runners

Baron von Steuben was a Prussian and later an American military officer often credited with helping the Americans win by teaching the troops at Valley Forge the essentials of military drills, tactics, and discipline

Baron von Steuben was a Prussian and later an American military officer often credited with helping the Americans win by teaching the troops at Valley Forge the essentials of military drills, tactics, and discipline

These huts housed General Washington's guards near his headquarters; they were elite troops and were required to be native-born Americans to protect the General's family, supplies, equipment and papers

These huts housed General Washington's guards near his headquarters; they were elite troops and were required to be native-born Americans to protect the General's family, supplies, equipment and papers

The one lane General Knox Covered Bridge was built in 1865 at a cost of $1179; steel girders were added to reinforce and strengthen it after a fire in 1958

The one lane General Knox Covered Bridge was built in 1865 at a cost of $1179; steel girders were added to reinforce and strengthen it after a fire in 1958

Nathanael Greene emerged from the war with a reputation as General George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer, and is known for his successful command in the southern theater of the war; Greensboro NC is named for him

Nathanael Greene emerged from the war with a reputation as General George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer, and is known for his successful command in the southern theater of the war; Greensboro NC is named for him

The 60 ft tall National Memorial Arch(1917) was built to celebrate the arrival of General Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge; starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed 2,500  American soldiers by the end of February 1778

The 60 ft tall National Memorial Arch(1917) was built to celebrate the arrival of General Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge; starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed 2,500+ American soldiers by the end of February 1778

Valley Forge became the 4th largest city in the colonies during the winter of 1777-78 as 2000 cabins were built to house 12,000 soldiers; located on a large hill, the soldiers had good visibility on all sides

Valley Forge became the 4th largest city in the colonies during the winter of 1777-78 as 2000 cabins were built to house 12,000 soldiers; located on a large hill, the soldiers had good visibility on all sides

Valley Forge, once isolated from Philadelphia 18 miles away, is now surrounded by a dense urban area; traffic around and through the park has been an ongoing problem

Valley Forge, once isolated from Philadelphia 18 miles away, is now surrounded by a dense urban area; traffic around and through the park has been an ongoing problem

This 1908 monument honors General Anthony Wayne who, after the war, became a member of the Pennsylvania Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution; the large visitors center was unfortunately closed due to Covid

This 1908 monument honors General Anthony Wayne who, after the war, became a member of the Pennsylvania Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution; the large visitors center was unfortunately closed due to Covid

Posted by VagabondCowboy 03:51 Comments (0)

(Entries 6 - 10 of 11) Previous « Page 1 [2] 3 » Next