United States

Travel dates:

15/03/2019 - 19/03/2019

Trip Description:

This was a quick home to visit my Dad and his wife, who live in Queensbury, NY. What a great visit and nice to see them settled into their new home, with solar panels being the latest completed project. At 78, my Dad is alert, energetic and still inspired and curious. I hope I am that energetic in 30 years. After Landing in ALB and spending a day, or two with my Dad exploring the towns of Lake George and Bolton Landing, I drove down to NYC to have lunch and visit with one of my best travel friends, Paige Miller. She showed me around her neighbourhood of Chelsea, including the Highline and then downtown to see the New World Trade Center. While beautifully done, the memorial did not extract from me the poignancy that most memorials have in my life. Any tragedy has long since been built over with the new construction. <br /> <br /> After dropping Paige off at the airport for her trip to Portugal, I drove 95 down to DC. I stayed the night in Georgetown- taking the time to drive around the Capital, the Senate, Washington memorial and along the Potomac before checking into my hotel. I must confess, DC is one of my all-time favourite cities. I love everything about it, which is probably good because I will be buried there when the time comes. The next morning, I visited my late husband at Arlington National Cemetary. He died while on Active Duty in 2011 and it had been several years since I had been back. I thought I would be ok this time. After all, almost 8 years have passed. But I was a wreck. I spent a couple of hours at the grave, before finally feeling peace wash over me and that was my cue to leave. I'm always glad I go. It regrounds me so that I can be motivated to live in my current life. After my visit, I drove back up 95 to my Dad's, enjoyed a lovely meal with him and then returned home the following day.

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