200 years ago, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves that lived in these cabins:
Most slave cabins were made of wood or other flimsy materials, and haven’t survived. But these cabins were built of brick, and can be seen today at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. We were able to go in a few of them, and they are all very tiny and don’t have much in the way of ventilation. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to live in one.
Vantage, in central Washington, is where Interstate 90 crosses the Columbia. It is also the site of Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, which features these Native American petroglyphs:
Petroglyphs are a form of rock art created by carving into the rock, like making an engraving. They were often used by local people to denote an important landmark or place, like a ford or a fishing hole. These glyphs were likely carved by the Wanapaum tribe, who lived in the area around the Columbia, but the Wanapaums made them elsewhere, and the glyphs were moved to the spot pictured later, when the area became a state park. It’s too bad they were moved, but their new location makes for some spectacular views.
The BT Tower is a tall structure in the Fitzrovia neighborhood of London that supports antennas and satellite dishes for telecommunications, radio, and television. “BT” stands for British Telecom, and the tower features a “BT” logo near the top:
When we visited London in the summer of 2011, we stayed in a flat that was just a block away from the Tower.
We didn’t realize that would be the case when we reserved the flat, but it was a happy discovery, because we found that, no matter where we were in London, we could see the BT Tower, and we knew that was where “home” was. It was very comforting; we never felt completely lost, even in large, bustling London.
It’s a very distinctive and slightly futuristic looking structure, particularly compared with the multitude of more historic buildings that make up most of the London skyline:
And besides, having a tall, futuristic-looking structure to mark “home” is pretty much the norm for us.
When we visited Coney Island in the summer of 2010, we found the Wonder Wheel:
I *loved* the neon sign – the little gondolas appear to move! – and I’m so glad we stayed until dark to see it in all its lit-up glory.
The Wheel itself was a pretty generic Ferris Wheel, and we decided not to ride it. But if we went again, I would consider taking a ride.
During our recent visit to Fort Casey, we saw some lovely sunsets, and had some great cooperation from the moon:
We’ve featured the Colonel’s House before, but the dusk and the moon, along with the Olympic Mountains and Admiralty Inlet, make for a very interesting re-visit.