Macon, Jackson, and Transylvania Counties, North Carolina
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|Macon, Jackson, Transylvania Counties are 3rd, 4th, & 5th from the bottom left, click to enlarge|
I feel personal growth from the experiences of seven days while vacationing in three North Carolina counties where I'd never before been. As a person my age and native of this state, I'd never ventured into these mountain counties of the Tar Heel State.
Transylvania County is a four-hour drive from my home in Forsyth County where I live in a suburb of Winston-Salem. My wife and I time-shared a condo in Sapphire Valley near Cashiers for a week and spent every day exploring and sightseeing the mountains, streams, waterfalls, national and state parks, and other scenic places. We were joined for 3 days and 2 nights by friends from Winston-Salem. The couple along with us enjoyed immensely the time and places.
I plan to explain and show pictures over the next few weeks about why this area is special and a desirable place to vacation.
Have a good week!
|WWII Veteran SSG George Browder at Veterans Day Parade in Warsaw, North Carolina in 2005|
|SSG George Browder at the WWII Memorial in DC, 2006|
|Horses and riders from Escondido|
|Another View of Border Patrol in Coronado Parade|
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|Onboard the USS Midway|
Have you wondered about the South Vietnamese people who escaped from Saigon when North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the walls and gates on April 30, 1975? You may remember the news footage of helicopters lifting people from the rooftop at 22 Gia Long Street and taking them to the USS Midway offshore in the South China Sea. The ship added 4,000 people that day. It became so crowded on the carrier that many Huey helicopters were pushed overboard after their last flight to make room for the people.
On April 30, 2010 the 35th anniversary celebration took place on the USS Midway that is now a museum in the San Diego Bay. Watch this short video clip of people whose lives were saved 35 years ago. Click here.
My wife, daughter, and I toured the aircraft carrier museum when we vacationed recently. I salute all men and women who serve or served in the Navy. See some of my pictures below.
Have a good week!
|Inside the top bridge of the island|
|F-4 Phantom, I loved the sight of these jets when they delivered air support to us fighting on the ground in Vietnam in 1966.|
|A View of the Flight Deck|
|The docent (retired Navy) in the yellow cap explained ship operations.|