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 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!


Diane-Sage said...

Toasting you back and I am so happy that both of you had a grand time. I know the feeling about wanting to meet everyone...LOL...well maybe not everyone! *giggle*

HermitJim said...

Hey Diane-Sage...
It wold be nice to have a giant get-together someday! Cooking out and visiting with one cool would that be?

Something to think about, that's for sure!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

It would be fun to be able to travel around the world to meet You all. I´m just waiting for that lottery winning first :-) :-)

I´ll start Googeling then!
Have a great day now!

Rae said...

It truly would be wonderful to meet all our online friends. I am certain I would enjoy the time spent with you. You are a dear friend - forgive me for being such an lackadaisical one in getting around to commenting though.

I am glad to hear you had a good visit with Minerva. That is an awesome monument. Way too high for me - my fear of heights would have me in a panic looking down from that far up.

Ben in Texas said...

Raising my cuppa in salute to you sir!! Spreading Texas history to those Down Under!! Good job as tour guide!!
It's always interesting to meet some fellow bloggers huh? I know there are several I would like to meet, ( you are at the top of that list )

Now you can get your feet back to earth and make up a fresh pot and let's sit out side and swat skeeters on the porch

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One
I always knew you would be a great tour guide, and I am sure Minerva had a grand time meeting you. Hope the rest of her visit in the States goes as well.
Did you know that after you click the picture you can click again and it will open full screen size? Your pictures are fantastic.
Meeting everyone would be wonderful. Especially you my Special Friend

Mechanic in Illinois said...

Have a happy and safe time taking in all the sites. Thanks for another great lesson.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad to hear all about your visit with Minerva, HJ. Isn't it a wonderful experience sharing with a "friend" who will now be even more special because you two have met. Yes. it would be lovely to be able to meet online friends in person. We are hoping to be able to do that one day with some blog friends, as many as possible i nterms of time. Also exnjoyed the shots from way up...

Tatersmama said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful visit, and I'm sure that Minerva will be heading home with her head and heart full of wonderful memories...

Wouldn't it be lovely to actually be able to do a "get-togther" with blogging friends some day? Once I get home to California, you just name the time and place, and I'll be there!

Anonymous said...

So glad you both enjoyed the visit.
And thank you for the pictures.


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