2012 October

I know this entry is REALLY, REALLY late being posted. I sat down several times to get it done, and was sidetracked by all that has been going on in November & December, as well as just enjoying Austin & Fort Worth!! Oh well, better late than never, right?!

October 1

We left Boulder, CO for Austin, TX and traveled via Abilene, Kansas. It really wasn’t too far out of the way and we really wanted to add to our list of presidential museums visited. Anyone know which of our presidents grew up in Abilene, KS?? If you said Eisenhower, you were right! It was well worth the trip, as all of our visits to the presidential museums have been.

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 1
Entering the complex
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Ike’s boyhood home

The Eisenhowers lived in this house from 1898 until mother Ida died in 1946.  It is located on its original site and contains furniture and items left by Mrs. Eisenhower.

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This table was used by General Eisenhower and other Allied commanders during planning sessions for Operation Overlord.  On May 8, 1955 the table was presented to President Eisenhower to commemorate the tenth anniversary of VE Day.

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 701942 Cadillac Staff Car

When it was retired from service in 1956 it registered nearly 200,000 miles and was using its third engine.

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A “typical” 1950 home

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 79A showcase of Eisenhower’s many accomplishments

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 87“There is no victory in any war, except through our imagination, through our dedication, and through our work to avoid it.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 91This is the final resting place of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, and their first-born son, Doud Dwight.

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10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 94Seems Eisenhower had it right way back then…

One of the highlights of the Eisenhower center was the display of artwork titled “War and Peace” done by a woman named Shin-Hee Chin.  A native of South Korea and now professor of fine art at a U.S. college, she is recognized as a leader in the world of contemporary fiber arts and is personally connected with Eisenhower and his impact on the Korean peninsula.  Every piece of work you see here is done in some type of fiber or cloth.

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 46This is a portrait of the artist, her mother, and her daughter.

“In the 80-year span covered the causes of war have changed, but the nature of war remains unchanged.  No war is justified, yet, every life is marred in some way by the misfortunes of war.  These three woman have seen times of war and times of peace…”

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 51Here the artist attempts to portray the two sides of Eisenhower –the soldier and the peacemaker.

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 53This piece is titled “Comfort Women” and is a tribute to the thousands of young Korean women, aged 10-18 years, who were forcibly removed from their homes to serve as sex slaves  in Japanese military camps throughout the Japanese involvement in the Asian-Pacific wars.  Each square is actually the photograph of a woman’s face, created in fabric.

10-1-12 KS - Abilene, Eisenhower Library & Museum 55This is titled “38th Parallel” in reference to the latitude line that has divided North and South Korea since the war ended in 1953.  Did you know that the 38th parallel also happens to cross through the state of Kansas, thereby serving not only as a divider but also as a connective thread between America and Korea?

October 2

While in Abilene we found out the there is an Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas (where else would it be?!) so we HAD to make that trip. This side trip was also well worth it, especially if you’re a Wizard of Oz fan.

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10-2-12 KS 7 - Wamego Oz Museum 7This 8 foot tall bust of the Tin Man greets visitors in the lobby of the museum

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10-2-12 KS 17 - Wamego Oz Museum 17Though not the actual shoes used in the movie, these “ruby slippers” were a commemorative gift on the 50th anniversary of the making of the movie

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10-2-12 KS 20 - Wamego Oz Museum 20These flying monkey artifacts were used in the making of the movie.  There are only four of them left in existence and two of them are in this museum.

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10-2-12 KS 26 - Wamego Oz Museum 26The Tin Man’s funnel was filled with compressed air and talcum powder to allow for the special effect during his dance routine.

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10-2-12 KS 36 - Wamego Oz Museum 36These are some more hand and foot prints of the original munchkins that starred in the 1939 production of the Wizard of Oz

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In one of the museum rooms the motion picture was playing

10-2-12 KS 39 - Wamego Oz Museum 39The wicked Witch…

10-2-12 KS 43 - Wamego Oz Museum 43…and the Good Witch

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After Wamego our route took us through Topeka, which was one of the sites where Brown vs. Board of Education was put to the test. We stopped at the National Historic Site there.

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10-2-12 KS 55 - Brown vs. Bd of EdMonroe Elementary School – one of the four segregated elementary schools for African Americans in Topeka – now houses the park visitor center

10-2-12 KS 58 - Brown vs. Bd of EdThe cases consolidated in Brown vs. Board of Education were deliberately drawn from different areas of the country.  Topeka was chosen as the lead case because the African American schools there were essentially equal to white schools, so segregation itself, not equality, would be the issue in question.

10-2-12 KS 60 - Brown vs. Bd of EdDave pauses for a drink of water

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10-2-12 KS 72 - Brown vs. Bd of EdThe day we visited they were filming an interview with the director of the site

October 6

Our route then took us close enough to Arkansas that we decided the Clinton Presidential Museum would be our next detour. We arrived in Little Rock shortly thereafter and spent a full afternoon touring the library and museum. While at the museum we found out that the town in which Bill Clinton spent most of his childhood, Hot Springs, AR, was on our route to Fort Worth. Naturally we planned to stop there. Our route also took us past Clinton’s birthplace, Hope, Arkansas, and we stopped there briefly also.

10-6-12 AR 5 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumClinton’s presidential limo, a 1993 Fleetwood Cadillac, is parked just inside the entrance to the museum.  Clinton’s is the first presidential museum built after 9/11, so it is the first to have extensive security measures in place.  All other museums will eventually be equipped similarly. 

10-6-12 AR 9 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumRemember the night Bill played the sax on the Arsenio Hall Show?

10-6-12 AR 14 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumThe Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, formerly know as the Rock Island Railroad Bridge, was constructed in 1899 by the Choctaw and Memphis Railroad with a lift span added in 1972.  Due to bankruptcy, the bridge was closed in 1980.  The city of Little Rock acquired the bridge in 2001 to complete the eastern loop of the 14-mile Arkansas River Trail.

10-6-12 AR 18 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumA full-scale replica of the White House Cabinet Room utilizes interactive computers

10-6-12 AR 19 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumView from one of the second floor windows of the Clinton Presidential Center showing the beautiful Clinton Presidential Park adjacent to the center

10-6-12 AR 23 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumClinton’s Oval Office

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10-6-12 AR 30 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumModels of the Clinton White House pets, Buddy & Socks

10-6-12 AR 31 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumBill’s saxophone collection

10-6-12 AR 34 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumEaster eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt

10-6-12 AR 36 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumAmong the many gifts on display was one of Lance Armstrong’s jerseys and racing bikes

10-6-12 AR 37 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumA model of Hillary Clinton & Socks along with many other gifts from foreign dignitaries

10-6-12 AR 41 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & MuseumOne of two created for the Millennium Celebration of New Year’s Eve 1999, this Crystal Tree of Light was put on permanent display here in 2004

10-6-12 AR 42 - Little Rock, Clinton Library & Museum

October 7

Our next stop in Little Rock was the Central High School National Historic Site.  In September 1957 this high school became a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights.  Our nation watched as nine African-American teenagers attempted to enter the all-white school only to be turned away by the Arkansas National Guard troops.  The crisis that followed put on trial America’s commitment to its founding principles.  Today the high school still operates as a public school with more than 2400 students in attendance.

10-7-12 AR 8 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic Site

10-7-12 AR 1 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic Site

10-7-12 AR 4 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic Site

10-7-12 AR 10 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic Site(Above) The Magnolia Mobile gas station, situated directly across the street from Central High School, became an impromptu press base from which reporters called in their stories. 

10-7-12 AR 16 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic SiteView of Central High School from across the street

Once named “America’s Most Beautiful High School”, Central High was known for its size (100 classrooms; capacity for more than 2000 students; a huge auditorium and stage) and its beautiful Art Deco blended with Gothic Revival styles.

10-7-12 AR 22 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic SiteDaisy L. Gatson Bates, president of the state chapter of the NAACP at the time, became spokesperson for the students during the crisis

10-7-12 AR 23 - Little Rock Central HS National Historic Site

In the Central High Commemorative Garden, in a park across the street from the school, reflective arches echo the school facade and symbolize triumph over intolerance.  Nine trees and benches honor the nine students.

We left Little Rock and headed for Hot Springs, Arkansas, the town where Bill Clinton spent most of his youth.  Just outside of Hot Springs on top of  Hot Springs Mountain is the Mountain Tower, from which you can see 70-mile views in every direction.  First built in 1877, it rises 216 feet above the ground.

10-7-12 AR 32 - Hot Springs Mountain TowerHot Springs Mountain Tower

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View of Hot Springs, Arkansas from the top level of the Tower

10-7-12 AR 48 - Hot Springs Mountain TowerOn the top level of the Tower are many displays about the town of Hot Springs, its history, and some of its most famous residents, including this newspaper article about a young Bill Clinton

10-7-12 AR 56 - Hot Springs Mountain TowerMore views from the Tower

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10-7-12 AR 64 - Hot Springs Mountain TowerDave pauses during his climb down the Tower stairs

10-7-12 AR 88 - Hot Springs National ParkCongress first protected the hot springs in 1832, and intended for the water to be used

The park is about 55 miles southwest of Little Rock in the ZigZag Mountains on the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains.  The hot springs are located on the lower western side of Hot Springs Mountain.  The restored Fordyce Bathhouse is in the middle of Bathhouse Row and now serves as the National Park Visitor Center.

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Something that has definitely changed since the first hot spring opened is the prices!

10-7-12 AR 85 - Hot Springs National ParkLamar Bathhouse still operates seasonally

10-7-12 AR 90 - Hot Springs National ParkDave collects water from the spring

10-7-12 AR 92 - Hot Springs National ParkIn the 1800’s, springs were considered a practically guaranteed source of safe-to-drink water.  In the early 1900’s  people sipped at almost every seep in Hot Springs National Park.  Today the Park Service provides specific fountains where visitors may collect the water.  Though it does not claim the water is curative, it DOES certify that it is safe to drink!  It dispenses at a lovely 143 degrees.

10-7-12 AR 93 - Hot Springs National ParkBuckstaff & Quapaw Bathhouses are the only bathhouses that are still active and open to the public today

10-7-12 AR 98 - Hot Springs National ParkLooking down Central Avenue – in this photo, most of the original bathhouses are to the right, shops are to the left

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Ozark Bathhouse re-opened as a Museum of Contemporary Art of Hot Springs in the 1960’s

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Historic Arlington Hotel stands at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fountain Street.  Originally opened in 1875, it was razed & rebuilt in 1893.  Parts of this structure were destroyed by fire in 1924, though much of it remains today and is still in use.

10-7-12 AR 114 - Hot Springs National ParkThe Hotel lobby is the original and still looks much like it did in its heyday – except for the Starbucks in the old Writing Room!

10-7-12 AR 117 - Hot SpringsWho does that saxophone player look like??

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10-7-12 AR 124 - Hope, Clinton Birthplace

By the time we arrived in Hope, Arkansas it was well past dark and everything was closed so we only got a glimpse through the windows of the home where Bill Clinton’s birth parents lived at the time of his birth

10-7-12 AR 126 - Hope, Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic SiteThe former Clinton home in Hope is now a National Historic Site

October 9-31

10-9-12 TX - Austin 1We have arrived – Welcome to Austin!

10-12-12 TX - ACL3 EntranceOne of our main reasons for coming to Austin at this time was the music festival held each year in Austin’s Zilker Park – Austin City Limits (ACL for short).  


We bought tickets a year in advance, & they were well worth it!

10-12-12 TX - ACL1 BikesOur plans were to ride our bikes from Mike’s house to the Festival every day – Guess we weren’t the only ones with such a plan!

10-12-12 TX - ACL2 Bikes in treesIt was soooo crowded in the bicycle lot some bike riders got very creative when parking their bikes – Welcome to Zilker Park!

As the weathermen had predicted, Saturday turned out to be a VERY wet, rain soaked day.  But in spite of the downpour and the tons of mud we encountered where once there had been grass, we enjoyed many hours of music.

10-12-12 TX - ACL4 MoonAfter the rain finally stopped, Saturday night’s full moon lit up the sky over the park in Austin

10-13-12 TX - ACL8 Austin skylineSunday was a beautiful (although very MUDDY) day in Zilker Park

10-13-12 TX - ACL9 Dave restingSunday – last day of ACL – and Dave naps on the lawn waiting for the next show to start

10-14-12 TX - ACL13 Austin evening skyline 2A view of the Austin skyline on our last night of ACL

10-20-12 TX - Austin, Dave chopping wood 2Roberta’s son Mike was planning to make some improvements to their home in Austin, so naturally Dave pitched in to help out.  Here Dave is chopping up some old dead trees to use as firewood in the fire pit that Mike plans to build in his backyard, along with a new patio.  Little did Dave know that this was just the beginning of a LOOOONG month of work!!

10-24-12 TX - Austin, Dave with poison ivy bodyUnfortunately, Dave discovered poison ivy in Mike’s backyard! After two days of pure misery, Roberta dragged him, kicking and screaming, to a local doctor.  (He thanked her later!)  He eventually recovered completely (and fearlessly went back to work in the yard.)

And now for November……I promise you won’t have to wait TOOOO long for that update 🙂


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One Response to 2012 October

  1. As a teenager, I visited Eisenhower’s museum before it was completed. I’d love to see it again. I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures of the displays. And, I enjoyed all the pictures of the places you visited in my home state. Thanks, Roberta!

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