Saturday, July 10, 2010
The View From The Top...!
Well, it's actually not the top...but it's as far up in the San Jacinto monument as we were allowed!
The observation deck is about 489 feet above the ground. That, my friends, is a long way up!
Minerva is taking a break here as she watches a short little movie about the battle itself. Believe me, after all the walking we had done...any reason for a short sit down was welcomed!
That board we are standing in front of contains a world of information about the monument itself. Quite a piece of building and engineering, to say the least! The star on the very top is built in such a way, that the five points of the star are visible no matter what angle you look at it from.
You really should Google the San Jacinto monument someday and look at all the information of the size and building process. It's actually taller than the Washington monument, if I'm not mistaken!
Here is a picture from one of the windows of the observation deck, looking down on the Battlegrounds and the river! That dark spot in the center is the Battleship Texas! If you click on the picture, you should get a better look at it!
This is another picture taken from the other side of the monument, looking out onto the battleground! Staggering when you consider just what took place here, believe me! All in all, this was a very educational trip for me...as I had forgotten so much (if I even was ever taught it in the first place!) and to revisit the monument and battlegrounds, to read the documents and letters, to watch the movie "Texas Forever"...this all makes for a totally new outlook on this bit of Texas history!
Minerva leaves this morning for California (by way of Denver) to visit with some friends there, before flying back home to New Zealand! She's logging in a ton of miles in travel, that's for sure!
I've known Minerva online for a number of years, but meeting her in person was a true blessing! I wish I could meet all my net friends in a face to face! Being able to sit and talk with a long time net friend in person is a very special feeling!
So, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside for a bit. We are toasting to all our far away friends, as well as those that are close! Our wishes for safe travels, healthy days and peaceful nights.
Peace to one and all!