Palm Trees in southern Florida

Friday, August 23, 2019


One of the points on my map of "things not to forget if I go by there" was the graveyard where my great-great grandparents are buried in Ohio.

The "not to forget if I go by" map

It did take some looking but they were found.

My great great grandparents

David Milroy 1814-1850, my great great grandfather is on the left and my great great grandmother, Catherine (Boyd) Milroy 1815-1869 is on the right.

Her dad, my 3G grandfather Robert Boyd 1789-1869, was buried next to his daughter. That was unexpected.

Learning about where I came from made the words "great grand parents" real. 

A "great grand" was something you knew everyone had, no big deal.  Now I have them, they are real people!

It wasn't just me who was looking for past relatives, my wife had some places to check out too!

Krum-Blanding Cemetery
Vergennes Township
Kent County, Michigan

Monday, August 12, 2019

The National Air Force Museum

I wanted to stop & see the Air Force museum at Wright/Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio.  I heard lot of good things about it from different sources.

They were all correct! 

A great museum, free too!   I really don't want to get carried away with airplane pictures, I could!

Space Suit

R-1820 engine, the 1st aircraft engine I worked on
in the Coast Guard

This drone is HUGE!
It's a Global Hawk, RQ-4A  44' long with a wingspan of 115'

A selfie in front of THE Apollo 15 capsule 

President Kennedy had the 1st jet powered Air Force One
This is it.

All the past "Air Force Ones" are on display, you can walk thru them and see how it was.

This is where Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn
in as the 36th President.

We stayed at an Ohio State Park for our Dayton/AF Museum visit, and that was a pleasant stay. The park had a good vibe and leaves a happy feeling when I think of Ohio.

Going north thru the different states, up the middle of the Republic has been good, it freshened the memory I'd had of them. There is a lot of agriculture going on out there!

Just one more airplane picture.....

An HU-16, that was my first aircraft in the Coast Guard

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fort Knox Kentucky

We went & took a look at Fort Knox in Kentucky. The gold depository was what I wanted to see.

The Fort Knox gold is in that building

That's it....

We did go to New Albany, Indiana to tour the Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site. 

The Culbertson Mansion in New Albany Indiana

It's owned & operated by the state of Indiana and it was a great tour! 

We got to see the whole house including the places they were still restoring & the places that had not been touched.

Restoration work in progress
It can only be restored to what is under the old paint
or what it looked like if they had an old photo

The top floor with the wall still covered with
soot from heating with coal back in the day.

Children were seen but not heard and back then, they had some unusual ways to insure obedience..

The "time out room" for the kids

Before this room they locked the kids in a closet....

The door side of the "time out room"

Culbertson, who had the house built, made his money off wholesaling dry goods and he did really well. He built & supported an orphanage, a house for widows, the water purification plant  (after several of his kids died from water borne illnesses), and he built the bridge over the Ohio river where the rapids were, opening up the whole area.

Our tour guide really cared about the house, the history, the restoration & the restoration process. She was good!

Tall rooms!

Fort Knox was ok, we stayed at a military RV park for two nights then we headed north again. 

The next goal was up into Indiana, then into Ohio for a couple of stops.

On the way up we had a brief stop in Milroy, Indiana.

I wanted a picture with the town sign 
Rob Milroy, Milroy Indiana, June 2019

It's part of a collection 

The Milroys in Milroy, Minnesota, some time around
the turn of the century.
Dad, Aurora, Brandy, Gwendolyn (in front) and Ethan