Seek by Dave Hileman

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need." Luke 12:31 NLT

 White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

Innovative by Dave Hileman

G. W. Carver, realizing that most of the people who needed education in agricultural methods to make their lives better were unable to travel to Tuskegee, he took the education to them in his Moveable School. What an energetic and clever man. And what a significant difference he made to help lift thousands from subsistence to cash crops. 


Defense by Dave Hileman

Forts are for protection, defense not offense, and Fort Pickens provided an excellent defense for Pensacola Bay until technology made it obsolete. There were many cannon like these bristling along both the sea side and the land side of the fort. On the grounds of the Gulf Island National Seashore, this is one of several forts you can still visit in both Florida and Mississippi. This may be the largest and best preserved of those forts and includes a WWII installation in the middle of the old parade ground. 


Drench by Dave Hileman

Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite is know for its mist and spray. Last spring it was so full that you were getting soaked at a few hundred feet from the bottom. It was glorious, roaring and very wet. 


God's Three Ounce Creation by Dave Hileman

There were Yellow-rumped Warblers everywhere on our walk at the Barataria Preserve, a part of the Jean Layette National Historic Site. 

"My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!" Psalm 108:1 NLT


Unusual by Dave Hileman

In the rows of neat and same sized markers that make up much of the National Cemeteries, I found this oversized tombstone in Chalmette National Cemetery to the memory of John Hancock, Seaman. It was given by his officers and shipmates. I don't recall seeing this in any other cemetery. And there were four or five more as well. Not famous nor officers but a young enlisted seaman. He must have been a great friend and sailor. Moving. 


Second Half (two photos) by Dave Hileman

There are only two buildings associated with the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, the first, yesterday, was the museum to Carver and this house, The Oaks, home to Booker T. Washington, the man who developed the college. Tours are given on a limited schedule. 


Amazing by Dave Hileman

Not the building, nor the display inside but the legacy and industry of G. W. Carver. This former laundry facility is now a museum to the man who helped thousands of people out of poverty and created new industries with his work. Sometimes called the "Peanut Man" because of his scores of important new uses for them his work went well beyond that single plant. This is on the grounds at Tuskegee University in Alabama and, while it is a nice tribute, it is not up to the standards of the National Park Service nor does it do justice to this man's legacy. I hope the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site gets an upgrade equal to the strength of both Carver and B. T. Washington who shepherded the school into a major force. 


Walk among the Spires by Dave Hileman

Bryce Canyon National Park is completely different if you leave the rim and walk a path down into the canyon. 

"You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping." 2 Samuel 22:37 NLT

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Pretty in Pink by Dave Hileman

This is the Malus-Beauregard House on the battle site, Chalmette, of the final battle of the War of 1812 that occurred in 1815. The Americans had an overwhelming victory here against the British. The treaty for the war's end had been negotiated but not signed when the battle occurred so it was not technically after the wars end. The large field is boarded by a National Cemetery and then industrial plants. 


Sentinel of a Different Kind by Dave Hileman

Also along the bay side of the Gulf Island National Seashore is the start of the Florida Trail, a trail that ends in the Everglades and covers over 1300 miles. At this end is a heron rookery where I found this stately example of a Great Blue Heron high in a pine tree. 

"From there it hunts its prey, keeping watch with piercing eyes." Job 39:29 NLT


Coastal Defense by Dave Hileman

Staying with our WWII theme from the last two days, this is a portion of the coastal defense along the Gulf. We are at the Gulf Island National Seashore where toward the Fort Pickens end where there are several of these defensive emplacements. Some are larger than this one but it is so cool to actually see a gun still in place. The bunker is under a dune. It appears that there were two guns, both still here and three anti-aircraft guns (not here) to protect them. I saw four separate batteries and I am sure there were many more. The Gulf was awash with German U-Boats. 


These are what they flew by Dave Hileman

The P-17 (two wings) was an advanced trainer. It was forgiving, to a point, allowing for more combat moves. The yellow Curtis below was a first plane for most pilots regardless of their service. This is the same type of plane George Bush learned it. We were able to see his at the Naval Air Museum in Florida. 


Training WWII Style (2 photos) by Dave Hileman

We visited the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee, Alabama. If you are tracking that is #192 out of 417 sites. The buildings are pretty original and have not been added to, the area looks pretty much as it did the 1942. There were no barracks on site, the airmen bunked at Tuskegee College. The site was isolated for both good and bad reasons, privacy was good, segregation was not. These men not only had to learn to fly, learn combat techniques but also overcome the beliefs that they were not capable of doing either well. Their war record disproved both aspects. The one hanger is kept open and like it appeared, the other is a nice museum. Inspirational site, go see it, read a book, see the movie.


Spires by Dave Hileman

The remarkable formations at Bryce Canyon National Park.

"When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies."  Jeremiah 15:16 NLT

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High Atop Sand Dunes by Dave Hileman

Great view of the pastoral country along Michigan's western shore. This is from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Monument. Many of these dunes are tree covered like this one and those on the left of the photo.

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