18 May 2011

Now what has she been up to?

We went on vacation.
I had two posts set up so that I could publish them periodically while we were gone (I do not want to advertise that I am not at home) however, due to unforeseen circumstances that I will explain later on, I could not access the blogger.com site. Once we returned, I published them.
This was quite a trip we were gone 12 days.
I plan on doing one post for each day in order so here goes with day one.
 This landmark is the first hint (of course you will have to guess where we went).
It is not our final destination, but it did several hours to get there.
Isn't it pretty in the evening light?
We had a very long layover here, if you know where this is, it will give you a hint as to our final destination.
This airport is home to the Bob Hope USO .
Are you familiar with the USO? USO stands for United Service Organizations. It was originally a combination of different volunteer organizations who wanted to do something for our troops at the beginning of World War II. It is still a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to serving our troops, even the retired ones like me. 
The picture is from a poster hanging on their wall. It is titled "Willie Gillis goes to the USO" and it is by Norman Rockwell. Did I mention it took awhile to get there? We had to leave for Augusta airport at 4:00 am and we were tired. 
Modern USO volunteers with sandwiches and goodies. They even made cheese enchiladas with chili for my Sweet Husband. The Bob Hope USO has showers, a nap room, blankets and pillows, snacks, wi-fi and computers. Some USO's are simpler, I remember the USO at Charleston as being one room. I flew from there while I was still on active duty, they did have sandwiches and coffee for us while we waited for a late flight. I also used the USO at Philadelphia as a young Airman on my way to my first overseas assignment. They provided a safe place for me to rest in between long flights.  
This picture shows a framed collection of military insignia donated by military members in thanks for the USO's support (as well as more goodies).
They have video games, including "Guitar Hero". 
Magazines, Newspapers, Nice TV, and the coke in the machine is free. 
 Framed patch collection. Some of these bring back memories.
 My traveling companion on one of their big comfy couches. He is the best!
This is your final hint as to our destination. Remember the Bob Hope USO is on the way.
The journey was day one. Day two started in the air around 2:15 am. When we arrived we were introduced to the other members of our group and taken to lunch (Time changes were involved).
Does this feast give you any clues?
More on day two soon.
Today is the third anniversary of my first post. Some of you have been my friends for almost that long.
Life is good.


  1. I haven't got a clue where you went but so far it sure looks like you had a good time! 12 days away ~ good for you!

    I start holidays on Friday and have off until the end of the month. I think I will only travel as far as my backyard. Those weeds must be tamed. ;)

    xo Catherine

  2. i dunno either but it looks like a fun trip...good scenery, great food and a wonderful traveling companion...

  3. Fantastic!! And what a wonderful place to stay in!!! Er... I have no idea where you are going to but this sounds like a great trip!!! Love that Rockwell art! Take care

  4. I don't know where you are, either, but I've also not had a chance to travel much in the U.S.

    It looks like you had a great start to your holidays, though!


  5. Hmmmmmmm, that's not enough clues, could be Alaska, could be Hawaii, could be not!

  6. Happy blogoversary dear Kat.;))
    Love all your interesting picture particularly the collections.;))
    I have no idea of your destination though, but I am glad you had a great time.;)
    And yes I agree, life is good.;))


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