[CATEGORIES: Travel, WWII, Veterans.]
I’m not posting everyday on this trip. Trust me. I know this. Really. These pix are mainly for the benefit of those that hang out at the Timberwolves Facebook site and couldn’t attend the reunion.
I am excited to hear that the attendee count is not the previously reported 132 but more likely close to 170, with about 40 of them WWII veterans and/or spouses. (WWII spouses are ‘veterans’ too.) If I get a more accurate count I’ll let you know. (I know I can count the vets Sunday morning when they sit together for the memorial service.)
Today is bus tour day to Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail road parallel to I-25. They should call these reunions the Timberwolves Travel Tours as we do and see a lot in addition to honoring WWII vets and the meaning of freedom.
While we’re waiting to board the bus local TV Channel 7 interviews some of the vets:
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On the Turquoise Trail we pass a lot of rolling countryside as well as the artsy little town of Madrid (pronounced a very un-Spanishlike MAD-rid, not Mah-DRID).
In Santa Fe we stop at the La Fonda Hotel for breaks and then go to the Loretto Chapel with its highly unusual spiral staircase and mysterious story thereof:
Next we go to the San Miguel Church, the oldest church structure in the U.S. (When did those pilgrims arrive ‘back east’? Jamestown 1607, I guess.) A few of us head on for a quick look at the state capitol building.
Some of us return to the La Fonda Hotel to have lunch, then a short bus ride takes us to the Bataan Museum. The museum outdoor display references the fact that New Mexico contributed many anti-aircraft units in WWII and many New Mexicans were involved in the Bataan Death March.
After a drowsy ride back to Albuquerque some of us attend the organized dinner at a local Italian restaurant. The guitarist is outstanding!
Back at the hotel the day and evening concludes with a bit of camaraderie at ‘The Foxhole’. No pictures. Top Secret. Ciao for now.