2015 was a year much like 2014 in regards to my hobby of visiting historical sites. In the few years before that starting around 2009 each year I took at least one week long trip devoted to visiting historical and/ or presidential sites.
But just like 2014 no such trip happened in 2015. But I was able to work in a lot of little stuff here and there that added up to a pretty decent year.
January and February were brutal. It was an incredibly cold winter, and my primary goal at that time was to get through to February 27. That's the day we left for a week long Disney trip in Florida.
It was a really nice trip and a lot of fun! My nephew went with us on the long journey to Orlando. Once in Orlando we picked up my parents at the airport.
But on the way down I got to indulge a little bit in this hobby. We went a little bit out-of-the-way and our first stop of the trip was the gravesite of Vice President William Rufus King in Selma, Alabama.
VP Kings gravesite
To set the stage you'll need to understand that we just suffered through a really bad winter of pretty consistent subzero and single-digit temperatures when we had left on this trip. By the time we got to Tuskegee it was sunny and 60°. The feeling of walking around the campus in our T-shirts was absolutely amazing! Not to mention that it's an absolutely beautiful campus.
Not far from Carver here's the grave of Booker T. Washington
presidential stuff to note in our time at Disney with the exception of course of the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom
I've always felt a little bad about how early on in this hobby my time in Springfield Illinois was cut so short. We were on our way back from Texas and we kind of just wanted to get home back in 2009. So we swung by the tomb and then made a brief stop at Lincoln's house before leaving town.
Ever sense I wanted to take a couple days and take in all the Lincoln sites properly. As the 150th anniversary was approaching I knew that there was going to be a re-created funeral train and reenactment of Lincoln's funeral on the first weekend of May. I wasn't able to make it that weekend but as Memorial Day Weekend approached I was able to make it work for the holiday weekend.
Oak ridge cemetery receiving vault, where Lincoln's body was held during the construction of the tomb
In July my wife and I both had vacation. We were leaving that week open considering different possibilities. As the week approach we were really busy at work and we hadnt made any definite plans so I went ahead and worked Monday and Tuesday of that week. We decided to make a day trip to Put in Bay on Lake Erie, just my wife and I. Then we decided to go visit my sister-in-law in southern Ohio towards the weekend. While down there taking in the outdoor drama Tecumseh
Earlier that day I met up with Pat (who is in the picture to the left) at Garfields home as we took the first tour of the day. This was the second time I met up with Pat, the first time was when I was swinging through Buffalo back in 2012 on my way home from the East Coast. We met up and talked for a little bit at Millard Fillmore's gravesite.
After the house tour we met up again at the tomb for the ceremony. At the tomb we were accompanied by 2 other members of a Facebook group devoted to presidential sites: Mark and Amy.
Mark has the goal of visiting every Presidents gravesite. I've talked with him online many times the last couple of years and so it was nice to finally meet him in person.
I met Amy through the Facebook group four or five years ago. Finally meeting her was a long time coming. We all hung out during the ceremony and talked for a little while after. At which point Mark headed home.
The other three of us on our way out got this picture taken. Years ago when we first met Amy she didn't have a lot of pictures of her at various presidential sites so a lot of us would take an "Amy was here " sign with us when we visited different sites, and take pictures with the sign at the sites. So when the time finally came to meet her in person I decided to bring an "Amy is here "sign. Which explains why she's holding the sign.
After we took the picture, the three of us along with my wife and Amy's boyfriend went out to eat. So we all met up at a German place and had a pretty nice meal, chatting about our trip stories throughout. It was a much needed time away.
As far as this hobby goes that's about it for 2015.
I have a lot of optimism for 2016. Not sure if I'll be able to do any big trips. But I just took a new job that I hope will create more opportunities for the future. Anyways I am excited to see how the next few months unfold. Until next time........