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July 18, 1812  Slow-Motion Race for Survival

Launched in 1794 and named by George Washington, USS Constitution was one of 6 three masted, heavy frigates built for the United States Navy. Her hull was made of the wood from 2,000 Georgia live oak trees, and built in the Edmund Hartt shipyard of Boston, Massachusetts. 531 more words


For Father’s Day, today’s blog post is about my dad.  Actually, I’m going to start with this photo of my dad, my grandfather, and my great grandfather…..all Schmidts. 779 more words

Episode 22: Old Ironsides

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The early months of the War of 1812 served up a relentless drumbeat of bad news for the United States: our untrained and ill-equipped forces, fighting a war they were unprepared for in the first place, suffered reverse after reverse on the battlefield. 329 more words


El Paso, Texas

Well, by now we have become intimately acquainted with El Paso.  For a while there, I thought we were relocating to this border city.

We arrived late afternoon, having driven through yet another day of dust storms.   792 more words

Winter Trip 2017