Cruising on Last Dance

This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore and provides a means of communication for friends and family. Exploration and adventure have been synonymous with boats and water for centuries. The joy of adventures shared while exploring new places and meeting new people has built a strong bond for Glen and Jill. Last Dance is the platform for the exploration.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, 354 - 430

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." The Wind in the Willows, 1908, Kenneth Grahame, 1859 - 1932

"I've never believed speed and ease are conductive to living fully, becoming aware, or deepening memory, a tripod of urges to stabilize and lend meaning to life." River Horse: a log book of a boat across America, 1999, William Least Heat-Moon,1939 -

The Great Loop -- The current adventure is a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, cruising north up the east coast through New York into Canada, across the Great Lakes to Chicago, navigating multiple river systems south to Mobile, along the Gulf coast to the Florida Keys and back to St. Augustine. This trip by boat is commonly referred to as the Great Loop. Progress and current location are indicated by the red line on the map to the right. It was titled the Traceless Path in recognition of a German sailor we met in St. Augustine who published booklets of his travels with hand-drawn, detailed maps describing his travels across the water as the Traceless Path.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Washington, DC: Facts, Remembered, Memorialized

Monuments have been constructed along the National Mall to remind us of important people and events in our history.  They do bring one closer to a historical person or event.  Some are placed so that they may be seen from many vantage points.  And, all seem more spectacular when viewed among the cherry blossoms.

Washington Monument across the Tidal Basin

Washington Monument from the FDR Memorial

Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin

Jefferson Memorial from the National Mall near the Washington Monument

When one stands in the larger-than-life presence of a Thomas Jefferson, and is reminded of the words he spoke to explain his philosophy, the wisdom applied to the struggles of the time becomes clear.

When one stands before the Lincoln statue, the reminders of his devotion to equality and the challenges he faced reverberate throughout the body and soul.  One is also reminded of others who have stood on the steps in front of this statue.

The Vietnam Wall created an atmosphere that could be felt as people silently walk along the wall looking at the 58,267 names of those who died in this war.

The black granite is highly polished, bringing the reflection of the viewer into the wall surface, making them a part of the memorial.

This monument is personal to many who visit.  They trace the names of loved ones and friends lost in this war.

Near the wall is a sculpture commemorating women’s role in the Vietnam War.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt monument is one of the more recent and uses different strategies to communicate with the viewer.  There is an area for each of his four presidential terms with various depictions of the era.  There is a water feature that may signify turbulent or calm times.  There are sculptures of people of the time and quotes from the President’s speeches.  The below sculpture of men standing in a bread line during the depression next to a related FDR quote seems to still relate today.  It would be good if our elected representative up the hill would walk down and read this quote daily.  Maybe their decisions would be more compassionate.


Mekana84_7 said...

Happy Birthday Dr. Moore! I hope that you are having the best one this year. You deserve it!

Miss you!

Bluff Dwellers said...

Hope you're enjoying the Rideau. We met MV Sanderling at Grenadier Island on Tuesday and were delighted to hear that you had enjoyed the Old English Pub. We had a nice trip to Brockville and are nearly back to the bridge on our way home. All the best - Colleen and Paul