Arlington


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I managed to have a free afternoon while visiting Washington D.C. so I decided to walk over to see Arlington cemetery. A couple of points, One- it’s a fairly long walk from downtown to Arlington, Two- it’s a huge place when you get there and a long way up to the top of the hill. I probably would have been well served to ride the metro to the Arlington station and take advantage of the shuttles the drive around the cemetery. My feet were pretty sore the next day. It felt right somehow to walk slowly and quietly without the throng of people that were bustling about most places I went, though so I persevered.

One advantage of walking quietly was that Arlington is a surprisingly good place to do some bird watching.

 

Since it was spring time there were plenty of things in bloom as well.

The rest of the pictures are here https://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/DCVirginia/Arlington/

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Sully plantation and Air and Space


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When visiting Washington D.C. one thing that was on my to do list was to see the Air and Space Museum. Turns out there are two locations, one near downtown D.C and one out by Dulles airport. The one out by the airport is the larger more impressive collection so I headed out there. On the way I spotted signs for the Sully plantation so I stopped to check it out. Turned out it was a nice place to walk around and see some of the local wildlife as well as a few historical buildings. Then it was on to the Areo planes!

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As advertised the place was huge and one could spend an enormous amount of time checking out all the displays. I spent the afternoon taking pictures and really had a good time. You can check out the rest of the pictures https://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/DCVirginia/Sully-plantation-and-Air-and-Space-Museum/

 

Susanville and Reno


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hawk near Susanville

I was fortunate enough to get another trip up North while the weather was still warm. I did some hiking north of Susanville then headed south to witness the bright lights of Reno.

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I had some fun when I noticed these streetlights lined up with a mural on a parking garage.


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One thing I thought was interesting was how the classic Reno sign has been updated while still retaining its signature look:


You can see the rest of the pictures I took here:https://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/California/Susanville-and-Reno-2018/

It was a fun trip and I really enjoyed taking pictures and comparing how the area has changed.

Hiking the packsaddle trail


img_4739-x3Since one of my friends got introduced to backpacking this summer, I suggested a hike up to packsaddle cave would be a good chance for her to try out her hiking poles. One of her friends was able to join us for the hike and We picked a good day for it as the weather was very pleasant. Of course the steep trail soon had us wishing it was a little cooler but overall it was a great day for a hike and the cave was nice and cool.

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We had a great dinner at the brewhouse in Kernville. You can check out the rest of the pictures here: https://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/California/Packsaddle-trail/

Return to Huntington


I joined my parents for another trip to Huntington. My Dad was attending the Succulent symposium, while my Mom and I would just browse the gardens. We did return to the conference to meet one of the Guest speakers and his wife as they were visiting from Lesotho! Dad wore his Basotho hat for the occasion.

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The drive down was uneventful though google’s directions did manage to take us on a route we hadn’t tried before. It was a lovely day to stroll around and check out the gardens.

Mom and I had lunch at the Chinese garden where the food was excellent as always and the ambiance is hard to beat.

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