On The Road With Fastfreta...Back To California

One of the Smithsonian Buildings?
One of the Smithsonian Buildings?

Washington DC...The Smithsonian

I'm finally on my way back to California, for awhile. Anyway as usual I have to go through Washington, DC. This time I decided to do something different. So I went to the Smithsonian. I was so impressed with what I saw, which wasn't very much, because I didn't have much time. There are 19 Museums and Galleries that make up the Smithsonian, however I only visited two. I wanted to see the Hope Diamond, and The First Ladies Dresses. So that is what I photographed, also a few fossils along the way. I hope you enjoy my pictorial explanation.

I was so fascinated with the natural stones, and gems that the earth produces, which explains why there are so many pictures. At every turn I was floored, I just couldn't stop photographing each display. All I could think of was, "this beauty is actually growing right under our very feet. All before man can get in, and change their makeup." Please enjoy them vicariously through my efforts.

The Smithsonian and other pictures of Washington, DC

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Smithsonian groundsMe on the Smithsonian groundsMy new "friend" who shall remain nameless, (don't know her name)The Castle at the SmithsonianShrine for James Smitheson, the founder of the SmithsonianInside the Castle, visitor center of the SmithsonianThe grounds of the SmithsonianCan't remember whose this is, but this is an inaugural gown of another first lady???Another view of Michelle Obama's gownMichelle Obama's inaugural outfitThe inaugural jewelryThis was a film being shown in the vicinity of the inaugural outfit, dedicating the outfitNancy Regan's inaugural gown
Smithsonian grounds
Smithsonian grounds
Me on the Smithsonian grounds
Me on the Smithsonian grounds
My new "friend" who shall remain nameless, (don't know her name)
My new "friend" who shall remain nameless, (don't know her name)
The Castle at the Smithsonian
The Castle at the Smithsonian
Shrine for James Smitheson, the founder of the Smithsonian
Shrine for James Smitheson, the founder of the Smithsonian
Inside the Castle, visitor center of the Smithsonian
Inside the Castle, visitor center of the Smithsonian
The grounds of the Smithsonian
The grounds of the Smithsonian
Can't remember whose this is, but this is an inaugural gown of another first lady
Can't remember whose this is, but this is an inaugural gown of another first lady
???
???
Another view of Michelle Obama's gown
Another view of Michelle Obama's gown
Michelle Obama's inaugural outfit
Michelle Obama's inaugural outfit
The inaugural jewelry
The inaugural jewelry
This was a film being shown in the vicinity of the inaugural outfit, dedicating the outfit
This was a film being shown in the vicinity of the inaugural outfit, dedicating the outfit
Nancy Regan's inaugural gown
Nancy Regan's inaugural gown

Chicago Again

Okay, now I'm in Chicago again. This time the weather has changed, but not too drastic, that is to me. But you wouldn't know it by the way Chicagoans dressed. Take a look at the photos. Get this, I was dressed the way I was all across the country, "capris, sandals, etc. I was actually the only person I saw dressed that way. Now I'm normally cold most of the time. Even though this day was a little nippy, It wasn't cold, so I don't understand the mindset of the Chicago residents. I need to go back and check the temperature for that day, but believe me it wasn't that cold. Maybe later that day it was scheduled to get really cold. I actually got a little warm walking to and from Union Station. Sorry Chicago, I guess I've lived in California too long. Because September is still shorts and sandals weather here. I'm actually afraid to go through Chicago in the winter, from all the cold weather stories I've heard. Anyway the photos I took verifies my story about the dress of the day.

Oh, another thing, living in California made me forget that water comes in other colors, LOL! See the green water in the photo, I'm glad to see this, and those muddy streams we passed on our way across country. This is truly an educational trip. Remember, back when I was in Oklahoma, and learned that the cows don't go in every night. See I told you, I am getting an education. I'm so fascinated with everything I'm learning, that I want to continue doing this for awhile. I mean traveling across country.

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On the train for two days

Because I'm an outside person, I'm dreading these two days. I actually like being able to stop over in the different cities, never mind the fact that I've been through some more than once. Just to get out, and explore is so much fun.

Now on to my adventure, as such, these two days. What I did was take a truck load of pictures. I made "friends" with several people those two days. Two of which were two very nice young men.

One being Brian, whom I sat with in the observation/lounge car for hours. We became fast friends, because he, like I had no fear of strangers. Brian turned out to be one of the most interesting people I've met on the journey, probably because we spent many hours together. He introduced me, through pictures, to his lovely wife and beautiful daughter. I even eavesdropped on a couple of their conversations, which I found to be heartwarming. Brian was on his way to a conference for City Assessors, and although he had loads of work to do, he took his precious time and entertained me, (the old lady on the train), LOL! Thanks, Brian. Of course we had similar interest, the landscape and terrain through which we traveled.

Speaking of terrain, some of the rock formations of New Mexico were too fascinating to pass up, although in hindsight I don't know what in the world they are, interesting nevertheless, but unknown. Not just the terrain, but the sheer awesomeness of the scenery, the highways, the various and sundry dwellings, all made for a most interesting leg of my journey. I hope you enjoy the pictures the way I enjoyed seeing it firsthand.



Two Hour Layover in New Mexico

This was a very needed detraining, I was beginning to get claustrophobic. We were free to roam about for awhile, so I took the opportunity to explore. My first stop was to this very nice restaurant close to the depot. The name was Tucanos, a Brazilian restaurant. If you ever find yourself anywhere near there, please stop and eat. Not only was the food nice, but the ambiance, and service, was superb.

Next, I roamed around close to the depot and took a few pictures. I didn't stray too far, because I was doing this solo, I say this because my family reads these and they're always worried about me being alone.

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Two beautiful young ladies of the wait staff, at Tucanos, Albuquerque, NMTucanos, restaurant, in Albuquerque, New MexicoTevana, Brazilian restaurant, Albuquerque, NMTucanos restaurant insideManager, Tucanos, restaurant, Albuquerque, NMWait staff, TucanosWait Staff, TucanosTrain depot NMRestaurant entranceTrain depot
Two beautiful young ladies of the wait staff, at Tucanos, Albuquerque, NM
Two beautiful young ladies of the wait staff, at Tucanos, Albuquerque, NM
Tucanos, restaurant, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tucanos, restaurant, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tevana, Brazilian restaurant, Albuquerque, NM
Tevana, Brazilian restaurant, Albuquerque, NM
Tucanos restaurant inside
Tucanos restaurant inside
Manager, Tucanos, restaurant, Albuquerque, NM
Manager, Tucanos, restaurant, Albuquerque, NM
Wait staff, Tucanos
Wait staff, Tucanos
Wait Staff, Tucanos
Wait Staff, Tucanos
Train depot NM
Train depot NM
Restaurant entrance
Restaurant entrance
Train depot
Train depot

Okay, so I don't know why I took some of these pictures, they seemed interesting at the time, so just sit back and enjoy them!

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Propeller for a wind turbinewind turbine propellerNew Mexico TerrainTrain stop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, didn't know there was such a town, huh, neither did I.Las Vegas, NMJust great sceneryMini canyons of New MexicoLooks like a volcanic mountain to meAnother, what appears to be a volcanic mountain in New MexicoThe front of the train I was riding onThe front of the train I was riding on, this was a scene all of the photographers were trying to get, and we finally did.Our trainLonghorn steerLooks like New Mexico is crumblingA house built in the hillsides of New Mexicobetter pic of the hillside houseEven better pic of the hillside houseStill more pics of hillside house, okay, that's itAnother house on the hillside somewhere in New MexicoSomeone staked a claim on atop a mountainWhat appears to be New Mexico crumblingNew Mexico crumbling againWell to me it was interesting!I don't remember, looks like water off in the distanceInteresting, huh? At the time I thought it wasThat's just how close we came to this mountainclose call, right next to the mountainNever mind I liked itSeemed interesting at the timeOkay, okay, so, I was just snapping awayBrianPower plant, I guess!Looks like a nuclear power plant in New MexicoMy" train friend" BrianBrian, my "train friend"I know you can't tell what this is, but it is coal pushing up from the ground.vague picture of coal being pushed up from the ground in New MexicoLook a little harder, at the coal coming up from the groundMore coal picsOkay, so I got carried away, but this was fascinating to me.Another rising coal picOkay, this is it.
Propeller for a wind turbine
Propeller for a wind turbine
wind turbine propeller
wind turbine propeller
New Mexico Terrain
New Mexico Terrain
Train stop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, didn't know there was such a town, huh, neither did I.
Train stop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, didn't know there was such a town, huh, neither did I.
Las Vegas, NM
Las Vegas, NM
Just great scenery
Just great scenery
Mini canyons of New Mexico
Mini canyons of New Mexico
Looks like a volcanic mountain to me
Looks like a volcanic mountain to me
Another, what appears to be a volcanic mountain in New Mexico
Another, what appears to be a volcanic mountain in New Mexico
The front of the train I was riding on
The front of the train I was riding on
The front of the train I was riding on, this was a scene all of the photographers were trying to get, and we finally did.
The front of the train I was riding on, this was a scene all of the photographers were trying to get, and we finally did.
Our train
Our train
Longhorn steer
Longhorn steer
Looks like New Mexico is crumbling
Looks like New Mexico is crumbling
A house built in the hillsides of New Mexico
A house built in the hillsides of New Mexico
better pic of the hillside house
better pic of the hillside house
Even better pic of the hillside house
Even better pic of the hillside house
Still more pics of hillside house, okay, that's it
Still more pics of hillside house, okay, that's it
Another house on the hillside somewhere in New Mexico
Another house on the hillside somewhere in New Mexico
Someone staked a claim on atop a mountain
Someone staked a claim on atop a mountain
What appears to be New Mexico crumbling
What appears to be New Mexico crumbling
New Mexico crumbling again
New Mexico crumbling again
Well to me it was interesting!
Well to me it was interesting!
I don't remember, looks like water off in the distance
I don't remember, looks like water off in the distance
Interesting, huh? At the time I thought it was
Interesting, huh? At the time I thought it was
That's just how close we came to this mountain
That's just how close we came to this mountain
close call, right next to the mountain
close call, right next to the mountain
Never mind I liked it
Never mind I liked it
Seemed interesting at the time
Seemed interesting at the time
Okay, okay, so, I was just snapping away
Okay, okay, so, I was just snapping away
Brian
Brian
Power plant, I guess!
Power plant, I guess!
Looks like a nuclear power plant in New Mexico
Looks like a nuclear power plant in New Mexico
My" train friend" Brian
My" train friend" Brian
Brian, my "train friend"
Brian, my "train friend"
I know you can't tell what this is, but it is coal pushing up from the ground.
I know you can't tell what this is, but it is coal pushing up from the ground.
vague picture of coal being pushed up from the ground in New Mexico
vague picture of coal being pushed up from the ground in New Mexico
Look a little harder, at the coal coming up from the ground
Look a little harder, at the coal coming up from the ground
More coal pics
More coal pics
Okay, so I got carried away, but this was fascinating to me.
Okay, so I got carried away, but this was fascinating to me.
Another rising coal pic
Another rising coal pic
Okay, this is it.
Okay, this is it.

Conclusion

Well, this is it for now. stay tuned more to come, I'm still on the road.

If you find this interesting, tell someone, send them over to follow me in my new life journey.

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Comments 21 comments

Lalin St Juste 4 years ago

Love this!! So curious about what inspired these travels...


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

That was quick, thanks Lalin, for taking an interest. I found myself in an unencumbered state, i.e. I lost my home to foreclosure, (and being homeless), so I decided to fulfill a childhood dream. So here I am, and really enjoying the ride.


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melpor 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Good hub Fastfreta, but you missed one important site in Washington. The new statue of Martin Luther King. I know you said you didn't have time. Anyway I hope you see it next time you are in Washington.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Those pictures were taken on another of my trips through Washington, DC. I went through 4 times. The photos are on the hub chronicling my trip to Pittsburgh, go take a look. Thank you very much melpor, maybe I should put it on this one too. Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. Please come back, or better still follow my adventures.


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

I am glad you let me come along with you. The way you write it that is exactly how it feels. Thsoe sceneries must have been awesome to see. Glad you got a good time in spite of all. Take care.


dj 4 years ago

Pure enjoyment, There is just so much too see of creation.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Hello, hello, I'm glad you're enjoying this series. I have much more to come. I'm presently in Southern California, but will be going back to Atlanta, Ga, real soon.

I agree dj, so much to see and so little time to see it in.

Thank you both for stopping and leaving comments, hope to see you again.


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

My God, Freta, Are you ever coming home again? I love your travelogue hubs. But when the trip is over, are you gonna run out of things to write about? I hope not.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Seeing as how I don't have a home right now, I am home for the moment.(Smile)! Right now, home is where ever I am at the moment. So right now I'm in Loma Linda, California, next month I'll probably be back in Atlanta. So for now where ever I am is home. Oh I would love to call Southern California home again, but that just might not be in the cards at this point. Anyway, I'm enjoying the journey as long as it lasts.

You're so sweet alekhouse, I hope I can still find something to write about, but you're on the right track, because right now I don't seem to have anything on my mind at this point but this adventure. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep up with me. Stay tuned, as I always say, there's more to come.


Wooded 4 years ago

New Mexico is really beautiful. I wouldn't mind one of those hillside homes! Thanks so much for sharing your trip!


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

Yeah! California and welcome back Freda! Great pictures and great hub, I am so glad that you are seeing the sights and having fun doing it. Have a safe journey and lots of laughs along the way! Voted up, useful and beautiful!


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Veronica Allen 4 years ago from Georgia

Another great trip! Yay Fast Freta! I love the pictures.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Wooded, I did find the New Mexico landscape to be very beautiful, and interesting.

Hey there, Chatkath, glad to be back, even if only for a while. I am indeed having fun so far.

Thanks Veronica, for a while there I thought I was putting up too many pictures.

Thank you all so much for stopping and taking the time to read and comment. Hope to see you all again, real soon.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Those pictures of New Mexico are awesome! What an adventure, seeing the whole USA like that. I've been reading a lot of your travel hubs and have enjoyed every one. Hope you like Southern California - a beautiful place. I really liked the Anza Borrego Desert out there.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

What, the Hope diamond didn't impress you, LOL! Just kidding, the New Mexico pics do seem to draw the most interest. I kinda thought they were interesting too. Actually I took many more of them, but I couldn't upload them all, that would have just been too much. Anyway, thank you very much Dolores, as I always say stay tuned, more to come.

Oh, by the way, Southern California has been my home for over 40 years, however, I'm writing about it from a little different prospective. Again thank you very much for following my adventure, you're a doll.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

I have been waiting on this for a few weeks now. In the windy city! I do love the pics of the city. New Mexico, nothing against your travels, I do not enjoy. I do not like the desert. I have been through there a few times. But I know your home is Southern California, so no offense.:) I really do hope you find and accomplish everything you need, physically and mentally my dear Freta. I like the green of the east coast, especially rain. When I moved to the desert, very little rain. I missed it and I hated the weather. I then came back home to West Virginia. You should take a trip to the mountains to see the colors. Best time of the year. You have your fans in your heart Freta, always. We look forward to your next chapter.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

You know thelyricwriter, I didn't do the east coast justice. I do agree I did see some of the most beautiful scenery there, and I took pics, I guess when I was choosing the ones to use I passed over them. But I promise I will make up for it when I come back through. My plans hopefully will take me through MN, NY and back down to Atlanta, I hope it will not be too late to take great shots then.

Thanks thelyricswriter, for reminding me, and thanks for stopping. As I always stay tuned, more to come.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

I am just wondering how you are Freat. I worry about you sometimes, I just can't help to. Keep me posted. I have learned in travel, everywhere is beautiful. Home will always be home. I would love to see NY. Do take some pictures. I will be awaiting.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

I'm doing remarkably well, thank you for asking, you're too sweet. That really touched my heart. I'm having a difficult time getting out of California, but that was to be expected, seeing as how I've spent so many years of my life here. Stay tuned for more postings as I go along.


kada94566 4 years ago

Hi Freda, What a fun trip. I've only read "Back to California", love it. I'll for sure get back to you. I've seen those big wind propellers on trucks. What a trip,those things are gigantic. Good pictures too.

My son drives a big rig and I go along a couple of times a year. Love seeing the countryside. If I was younger, I would be a trucker.

Kay


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi kay, glad you did read this one. I hope you get around to reading more, so you can see just how truly fun it is. Oh, I wish I could ride along in a rig someday. I have an old friend that drives one, but I've never had the privilege of riding along with her, maybe one day. Thank you so much for taking time to read this one article, hope you can read the others. I'll be seeing you on the "Pages."

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