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Oct 21, 2017 - Last Day

The 69th Reunion of the 87th ID drew to a close on Saturday. It was a full day with an interesting and entertaining talk by George Patton Waters, the grandson of Gen. George Patton commander of the 3rd Army when the 87th was attached. His father, Gen. John Waters who married Patton's daughter, was taken prisoner in Tunisia in 1943 leading Patton to set up the controversial Task Force Baum to break him out of the POW camp in Germany. "Pat" brought memorabilia like Patton's boots, his father's fatigue shirt complete with a bullet hole where...

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2017 Autumn Outing

Oct 20, 2017 - Visit to Fort Jackson

On Friday we visited Ft. Jackson. The visit started off with a beautiful memorial service in the post chapel. The service was led by an Army Chaplain and had an Army Color Guard. Each memorial service includes a reading of the names of the 87th veterans that have died since the last reunion. This year was a long list. Fewer and fewer vets are attending the reunions. This year we had 13. Our plans are to continue to until there are no more who can attend. After the memorial service, we had lunch at the NCO club. The group was welcomed to the...

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2017 Autumn Outing

Oct 19, 2017 - Welcome to Columbia

The 87th IDLA Reunion is being held at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. Downtown is quite a bit different from what I remember the last time I visited. Columbia is the closest city to Ft. Jackson, the primary Basic Combat Training facility for the US Army. In the spring and summer of 1970, I attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Jackson. The young members of the 87th ID spent time on Ft. Jackson also in 1944 before participating in the Tennessee Maneuvers to prepare for war in Europe and again just prior to...

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Oct 18, 2017 - A Few Days in South Carolina

We drove down to Lexington, SC, just outside of Columbia, last Wednesday and spent the night at the Barnyard. An RV park we've stayed at a number of time before. It's located at a large flea market. We couldn't get a site there for the weekend because of the State Fair. I had to make reservations for the rest of the week end at Sesquicentennial State Park on the northeast side of Columbia. The park is located in a wooded area near a lake. The only complaints I have is the interior roads in the campground are pretty narrow, rough, and...

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May 22, 2017 - Getting there - Day 1

I had my itinerary all laid out. From St. Pete to Savannah GA River Walk for lunch at Tubby's Seafood balcony then on to Columbia SC for the night with dinner at Lizzard's Thicket. That all went according to plan. It started raining as we left Savannah and that was pretty much the deal all the way to Columbia. Guess the southeast is getting rain for the next few days. Savannah was interesting - a lot of history there! Will need to go back sometime to really take an in depth look. We saw a river boat, lots of restaurants, bars, local art,...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Asheville, NC to West Columbia, SC

April 29, 2017 Glad we will be returning to Asheville as a part of our visiting GSMNP and driving the Blue Ridge Highway. The trip to Columbia, SC via Hwy 26 was uneventful with more of the lush forested vistas. Decidedly warmer today and much more humid, in the low 90’s. Diesel gas was $2.09 per gallon! Around noon we saw a Costco and stopped for lunch and found herb de Provence prepared lamb shanks. CA wine prices were under $10. We checked into the Barnyard RV Park and were told we got the last spot. Lots of nice RV’s and a clean...

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May 9, 2015 - State Qualifer

The Seneca HS pole vaulting season has been a great one with Drake making it to the State Qualifer. So proud he has proven his skill to get to this point. The cheerleading team consisted of myself, his mother, his little sis, his girlfriend and a good friend. No track and field event is complete without the hot sun but thankful for the tropical storm named Ana to provide clouds and slightly cooler temperatures for all the participants and all the proud family and friends as they cheer on all and no meet is complete on a hot day without...

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State Qualifer

Apr 6, 2015 - A capital Capitol

Columbia, SC The Riverbanks Botanical Gardens is a 170-acre zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located along the Saluda River. It was super nice. The garden section included Asian Garden, Bog Garden, Collection Garden, Dry Garden, Rose Garden, Shade Garden, Walled Garden, and a woodland walk that led us to the Saluda Mill Ruins on the banks of the river. It was the 1st water-powered textile mill in South Carolina. It was built of local granite and completed around 1830. Slaves chiseled out huge blocks of granite with hand tools - an...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Terra Firma

Columbia, SC We left behind the beaches (sand gnats), swamps, marshes, bridges to a multitude of islands, and causeways creating a foundation where there had been none to reach firm ground again. We are 114 miles inland and north where spring is later to arrive and the humidity is tons lower. We were going to spend the afternoon at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens and three other mansions. We did not realize that they would be closed because of Easter so we walked through the historic district, checked out the mansions, and took...

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May 21, 2014 - Goodbye To Columbia

From Mr. Z’s RV Park – Gilbert, SC Seems we just arrived to Mr. Z’s backyard but lo’ and behold two weeks have come to an end. Tomorrow we will amble over to North Carolina and already be visiting our 3rd new state of these travels. We have made several posts on what we’ve seen and where we’ve gone while in the Columbia area but there always seems to be a bit more to share. With the camera never but a reach away when we are out and about visiting new places seems there are always pics left over. They don’t seem to ever fit the theme of the...

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Home Sweet RV - 2014

May 20, 2014 - Another Military Museum Visit

From Mr. Z’s RV Park – Gilbert, SC We went to our second military corps museum since beginning our 2014 travels today. We drove onto Fort Jackson Army Base and toured the Chaplain Corps Museum. Established in 1957 it chronicles the history of the corps and its men and women who spiritually and militarily have served the Army through its Chaplain Corps. Walking through the museum is like walking through history of the corps as the exhibits are chronologically laid out……conflict to conflict, war to war. It tells the story of the Chaplain...

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Home Sweet RV - 2014

May 19, 2014 - The Historic Horseshoe

From Mr. Z’s RV Park – Gilbert, SC Today we took a leisurely walk around the historic Horseshoe, the original campus of the University of South Carolina. Within the Horseshoe’s four city block area are ten buildings from the early 19th century that have been restored to their antebellum appearance and today are used as living quarters, classrooms and faculty offices. An eleventh building is a museum built at the closed end of the horseshoe pattern on the site of the original president’s house c. 1807……….McKissick Museum. The year was 1801...

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Home Sweet RV - 2014

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