This morning Carl called to see if I was available for a visit. Due to the Austin City Limits Festival this week end, I suggested that we meet somewhere else. We decided to meet in Fredericksburg at the Visitor Center.
However, when I arrived at the Visitor Center, there was not a single parking space in their lot. I called Carl to make arrangements for another meeting place. We settled on Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn. I went on to the restaurant to wait for him. The drive from Houston took him longer than he had anticipated, so it was after 2:00 o’clock by the time we were seated for lunch.
It hadn’t occurred to me that it would be so crowded. I know that Fredericksburg is a popular tourist destination and that week ends are especially crowded but what I didn’t know was that there was also a big Oktoberfest today at the Markt Platz.
I had asked the hostess at the restaurant for recommendations on parking places. The one she told us about was easy to find and it had plenty of space. However, it was a very long walk to the National Museum of the Pacific War. At least the weather was mild, so it was pleasant enough. We certainly got our exercise today.
The original section of The National Museum of the Pacific War is in what was a hotel built by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’ grandfather, an emigrant from Germany. Fleet Admiral Nimitz served as CinCPAC, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet during World War II.
An eight-foot bronze sculpture of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was placed in the Nimitz Platz on Main Street between the Command Post and the Nimitz Hotel. The statue was sculpted by Rip Caswell of Troutdale, Oregon, and was commissioned by the Navy Order of the United States.
We didn’t have time to see the entire museum but we did visit the Plaza of the Presidents and the George H. W. Bush Gallery. The Plaza is dedicated to the ten Presidents who had served in the military during World War II. The Bush Gallery is 33,000 square feet of exhibit space and houses most of the museum’s exhibited collections. The largest exhibits include one of the five Japanese midget subs used at Pearl Harbor, a B-25 bomber from the “Jimmy” Doolittle Raid, Wildcat Fighter, Japanese Float Plane, Admiral’s Barge, Japanese Val Dive Bomber and Atomic bomb casing. There is some live footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. (www.pacificwarmuseum.org)
To get to the Plaza and Bush Gallery we walked through the Memorial Courtyard where there are over 1800 plaques dedicated to those who served in the Pacific during WWII. The courtyard walkway is made with bricks honoring those who have served during times of war and peace.
We enjoyed our visit. Maybe some other time we can meet there on a week day to do more exploring. It would take a full day to really see and read everything in the museum.
Back in Austin, I was totally in awe of beautiful sunset colors all around but especially to the north over Austin. There was part of a large rainbow with the orange clouds. WOW! I stopped to feed Sweet Pea and just had to take a few shots from the station before taking care of business.