or at least that was the question of the hour. Scotland has chosen to remain a part of the larger United Kingdom which is something of a surprise. Several years ago, Jackie and I had the opportunity to visit Scotland and it was while en route to the Isle of Mann which led to the ferry to the Isle of Iona that we passed this castle. Iona is the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland.
Jackie and I felt a strange kinship with Scotland, a familiarity with which we weren’t familiar. Sounds strange as I say it, more like if We had been placed there by other circumstances in life we should have felt quite at home. We look forward to another time and another visit someday.
All photographs are available upon request.
The Gerald Desmond bridge is slated for demolition with the next two years. Soon to be replaced by a bridge design found in Boston. This iconic and highly used bridge, strangely enough, holds a boatload of memories for anyone in the area who has ever traveled to San Pedro , ports o call or gone on a cruise.
I first became introduced to Desmond on a hot august day, traveling its path to my new home at the ripe age of 18. By the hospitality and expense of the U.S Navy, I became familiar with the roller coaster ride of the Desmond, each time either a sense of relief going into town or dread, going to the base.
My fondest memory was December 22, 1970. Crossing once again as I had so many times before, window down in Jackie’s truck (a good friend at the time), wind in my hair as I dangerously leaned out the window tossing my military hat to the depths below. Well, that’s the way I like to remember it.
Or how about the time Jackie (my good friend remember) and I crossed over to Mc Clouds ring works to pick out her rings for our future wedding. Oh, Desmond, you are a road well traveled and the holder of many memories.
I guess a picture is worth a thousand words.
Desmond Down Under will be for sale along with a few other photos. >
Next months post will explain in more detail.
bicycle means simplicity and simplicity means happiness
Slick bike shops are easy to come by, but every once in a while a shop with a sense of character, history and soul comes your way.
At least at first glance it could seem chaotic, but underneath the illusion of chaos there appears a quiet serenity and simplicity.
All these parts…for one thing…your bike!
A type of synergy vortexing into one place (could also be a new word).
I first experienced it in the Navy. At seventeen, 286 of us sailed half way around the world and it was the first time that I had been in a place where land was not to be seen. Reliance and teamwork become code for survival and theses pictures are reminders of our need for one another.