Saturday, September 20, 2014

O Say Can You See ...

September 14, 1814
Fort McHenry

Imagine the harbor  filled with British warships.
Francis Scott Key is on an American cutter in the harbor.
He watches the bombardment.
Smoke, rain and fog as cannons fire onto the night.

...The rockets red glare ...
 
Guns fall silent at dawn.
The fog lifts at 9 a.m.
Inspired he writes a poem. "Defence of Fort M'Henry" was published in the Baltimore Patriot on September 20, 1814.  Soon, the lyrics appeared in other newspapers and its popularity began.
The rest is history.
Today visitors to the Fort can participate in the folding of the colors.
 To honor
 To inspire
To protect
... O long may it wave.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gone

 8:46 a.m. 
American Airline’s Flight 11 strike of the North Tower

9:03 a.m. 
United Airline’s Flight 175 strike of the South Tower

9:37 a.m.  
American Airline’s Flight 77 strike of the Pentagon

 
10:03 a.m. 
United Airline's Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, PA.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Surf's Up

Two great weeks at OBX, but no internet. Good surf the first week with crystal clear water about 80 degrees.
Good even me to surf.
When the surf was too broken for boards the boys body surfed for hours.
Several days were red flagged for swimming but the wind was terrific for kites.
This guy has quite the pull and we flew at Kitty Hawk dunes too.
Then we got out the stunt kite.
Two lines control the stunts.
We had two sizes.
 Mostly we just relaxed.
And watched the world go by.
I. Love. The. Beach.

Then we got home. Pulled into the drive and tried to reverse the van to unload. Uh Oh. No reverse! we were so lucky to get in the drive. The van went off to the transmission specialists today.