05-JUL-13: 4th of July Mission

Fourth of July Mission over the San Fernando Valley!

4th of July Mission (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

4th of July Mission (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Heading back to Van Nuys Airport.

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27-MAY-13: San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!  We had perfect weather all weekend long: sunny and warm with a nice breeze so it wasn’t too hot.

The view out my front door this evening:

San Fernando Valley Sunset  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday Night – Shabbat Dinner

On The Menu: Steak, Wild Salmon, Crudite’ (celery and cucumber with ranch dressing), Steamed Broccoli and Carrots, Corn on the Cob, Challah, and Haagen-Daaz Ice Cream for dessert.  And I did the cooking!

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday Morning – Meeting at the Corner Bakery (you can call it work, because it was)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Great meeting!  Then back home to get ready for the party:

Saturday Evening – Party on the Patio!  It’s National Wine Day!

Saturday Wine Party!  National Wine Day is May 25th! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday Wine Party! National Wine Day May 25th! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Falafel, chicken skewers, chicken and turkey meat for pita sandwiches, pita bread, hummus, tabouli, carrots, cucumber salad, tahini, green salad, olives, etc….

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

OOOOOOHHHH….Cake.  And brownies from Sweet Lady Jane Bakery too.

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chillin’ by the pool on Sunday afternoon.

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside

Poolside. (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday night Breakfast for Dinner:

Cinnamon French Toast w/ butter & maple syrup with turkey bacon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Cinnamon French Toast w/ butter & maple syrup with turkey bacon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Getting some sun and waiting to BBQ. Happy Monday!

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Monday Night BBQ Time!  On the Menu: Chicken, corn, tzatziki, veggies from the garden, bread and wine.

BBQ

BBQ Time!  Party on the patio again!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

BBQ

BBQ Time! Chicken, corn on the cob, tzatziki, veggies from the garden, bread and wine (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It was a beautiful weekend!

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08-APR-13: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington D.C.

http://www.ushmm.org

“For the dead and the living we must bear witness”

Holocaust Remembrance Day is today: Monday, April 8, 2013.

Holocaust  Museum - Washington D.C.

Hall of Photographs at the Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington D.C.

“NEVER AGAIN!”  Days of Remembrance, April 7–14, 2013

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is April 7–14, 2013

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.  Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values.  The Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide.  And they are encouraged to act, cultivating a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens so that they will respond to the monumental challenges that confront our world.  Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 30 million visitors, including more than 9 million school children and 91 heads of state. Today 90 percent of the Museum’s visitors are not Jewish, and the museum’s website, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, on average receives visits from over 100 different countries daily.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Eternal Flame - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

“Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life.  And you shall make them known to your children, and to your children’s children.”

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum http://www.ushmm.org

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126

Phone: (202) 488-0400  TTY: (202) 488-0406

MAR-13: National Mall – Washington D.C.

Springtime in D.C. – Have you been to our nation’s capitol?

The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool from Washington Monument:

National Mall - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

National Mall – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool were designed by Henry Bacon, and following the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922, the Pool construction was finished in 1923.  Located at the base of the Lincoln Memorial’s steps, the Reflecting Pool area has been the site of many historic events.  It is approximately 2,029 feet long (over a third of a mile) and 167 feet wide. It has a depth of approximately 18 inches on the sides and 30 inches in the center. It holds approximately 6,750,000 U.S. gallons of water.  Depending on the viewer’s vantage point, it dramatically reflects the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall’s trees, and/or the expansive sky.

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21-MAR-13: Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool

The Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool – National Mall, Washington D.C.

Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C.

The 555-foot, 5-1/8″ marble obelisk was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington’s military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. He led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation’s first president under the Constitution.  Construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84.  The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc72.htm

The Washington Monument was closed for repairs from damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, but is now open again!

Washington Monument National Park Homepage: http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

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15-MAR-13: Lincoln Memorial

“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.” ~ Brutus

Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C. (photos copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C. (photos copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

“Let your military measures be strong enough to repel the invader and keep the peace, and not so strong as to unnecessarily harrass and persecute the people.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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