Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
For the last three weeks I have been on a vacation...a road trip. I figured we could just go away and leave the real world behind. It has worked really well especially in Gettysburg where our room had no TV. It worked really well until yesterday. The real world found us. More specifically, the real world found me. And I want to be very careful with this because it is not about me. Not even close.
I had just boarded the subway in Boston when I received a message on my phone from a friend back in Phoenix. An officer I had hired had been killed in the line of duty. His name is Travis Murphy. He has left behind a wife and two very small children.
In the 21 years that I was a Phoenix Police Officer, I will tell you that my happiest years were spent hiring others to be police officers. I think because I had just completed the worst years of my career and it was so refreshing to interact with these eager kids who were so excited to get their careers started. They reminded my of why I decided to do the job and each of them holds a special place in my heart. That is why this breaks my heart.
I have tried to find the words to adequately pay tribute to someone who gives so unselfishly of himself and words that could diminish the pain his family feels right now. I just can't find them....probably because they just don't exist. So, for now, an Irish Blessing I found will have to do. Yes, an Irish blessing....because with a name like Murphy what better blessing could there be......
May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
When the shadows fall
You do not walk alone.
My deepest prayers and condolences to his family.
Rest in peace dear man.....
Monday, May 24, 2010
On our third day in Gettysburg, we headed down to another Civil War battlefield. We went to the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. It wasn't raining but it was overcast and cold! Yuck! It was, however, a beautiful drive now there. Like I said before, if I wasn't so aware of the winter weather in this part of the country, I'd probably live here. But I know that snow pretty much sucks!
I really don't want to rehash the whole battlefield story so I'm pretty much just going to post some photos. An interesting tidbit that I did pick up from this visit....Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, was a nurse at this battlefield during the civil war. Here are a few photos. What can I say?? It's just a beautiful area. Sad that there is such a bloody history here. These first two photos say as much :(
In this photo is the Bloody Lane. It is named so because of the massive casualties here.
Here are a few other photos of the battlefield and various landmarks on the field.
Next stop was Harper's Ferry......
After a very disappointing trip to the Hershey factory (more on that later) and a couple of wineries, we headed back to the battlefield. Just so you know, it rained all day the first day and all day the second day....and I was cold. Very cold and very tired. So I was that thrilled about a second visit but there were places we had not seen.
The first place we went to was the Cashtown Inn. The Cashtown Inn was where the Confederate generals stayed on their way to Gettysburg. It is an operating bed and breakfast and a restaurant. We were hoping to at least dine there during one of our nights, however, it was closed while we were in town. My husband, who is a big Ghost Hunter fan, especially wanted to see this place. He actually wanted to stay there. Anyways, we headed out to Cashtown and took some photos of the Inn. It was actually a little easier since there was no one there.
We next went to the Gettysburg Cemetery where President Lincoln made the Gettysburg Address. Of course there is a monument where the Address was made. The thing I found interesting about this is that there was much debate in the day about whether it was a worthy speech that would even be remembered....hmmmm...seems like things haven't changed over the years.
The last location we visited was the Sachs Bridge. Another one of the those haunted sites Russell loves ;) It was actually quite a picturesque location. Snapped a couple of photos there too (of course!).
That was day two in Gettysburg. The next day we drove down to Maryland and visited the Antietam Battlesite and Harper's Ferry (actually that's in West Virginia)
Sunday, May 23, 2010
After walking around for a while, we planted ourselves in the bar (go figure!). That in itself was very interesting. For one thing, there are a lot of regulars who sit there at that bar. I did get a good chuckle out of the guy who kept returning to the bar for his foo-foo frozen strawberry margarita. I would really have taken him for a whiskey shooter. LOL. As for me .....Since I was at Churchill Downs, I had to have a mint julep. And I had it in a 2010 Kentucky Derby glass :)
Friday, May 21, 2010
I will say I do love Kentucky. It's is a very beautiful state and there is so much history there. I really wish we would have planned for more than two days!! For our first day, we headed to the Mammoth Caves. It was rainy and humid as we drove down. When we arrived at the caves, we decided to take one of the shorter tours. It was an hour and fifteen minutes. Outside of the caves, it was roughly 70 degrees and 100% humidity....inside the cave it was 54 degrees. We could feel the cool air quickly as we approached the cave. Here is the entrance to the cave.
By the time our tour had been completed, it had started raining outside. And, wow, did it make a difference!! We went from 54 degrees to really awful humidity. You could really feel it coming out of the cave!! This was really disappointing because I wanted to take photos along the path we walked. It really was so beautiful. However, because of the humidity this was how my photos turned out.
Hmmm.....not very good!! We look very misty. And I don't know if photoshop will work.
After this, we were on our way to Louisville and my first taste of bourbon.....
Anyone who knows my husband knows he is a big Chicago Cubs fan. Soooo, when we went to Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals play the Houston Astros....well he just couldn't bring himself to root for them. Just couldn't do it. And imagine his reaction when I went and got this.....
I think his response was "What the F***!!!!!" LOL! I don't harbor any ill will against the Cardinals ( I reserve that energy for the Yankees and the Giants!)....so I had no problem with this.
The game we attended was a day game and there was a threat of thunderstorms. Luckily they never materialized but it sure was humid. I did take my usual walkabout of the stadium to take photos and such. I made one observation while I was here that I felt necessary to share with Russell....
Budweiser is the beer of choice here. You know...just in case he was confused ;)
The stadium was really pretty cool. What I found interesting about it was that you could not see it on the skyline of the city. It's kind of sunken down into the ground and you just walk up on it. Interesting. Here are a few photos from my walkabout.
Oh, and in case anyone is wondering....the Cardinals lost. And Russell was very happy!