Monday, February 27, 2012

ANGLICO 61st B-day party prep

I'm getting pretty excited to be getting ready to attend the 61st ANGLICO birthday party at Camp Pendelton.  A few little turns have made getting ready a bit more difficult that I had first imagined.  Being that this affair is for the 'young breed' we've been asked to bring photos of our time together.  Finding, sorting, organizing, scanning and editing those has been a bit of a good / bad thing.  Many familiar faces but the names have escaped me.  I remember the nick names but the real names I'm not sure I really knew in the first place.  Military uses your last name in almost all incidences so that makes it difficult sometimes.  There were also some not so good memories that kept surfacing.

Then of course you'd know I'm updating all of my electronic gear.  Some of it whether I wanted to or not.  Seems like while trying to update my GPS I first needed to update my computer operating system.  Then of course I didn't remember my password for the GPS so I had to reset that.  Then because it has been a long time since I updated and backed up my GPS I figured it would be a good idea to do that also.

While I am excited to do this adventure. It is one of those things that I keep wondering which gear I should pack up.  I want to make sure I get some good photos of everyone.  Like any photographer I tend to be a little obsessed with how my photos turn out.  I have sort of an agenda and that tells me that I'll be shooting indoors a lot.  The issue there is I'm not sure how far away I'll be, either indoors or outdoors.
I'm trying to keep the weight down because I'll be the only one carrying all my camera equipment.  I've started putting things together just to make sure that it is there.

All in all I think this will be a good trip.  There are supposed to be a couple of Marines that survived Iwo Jima, and a Korean War Vet also so we'll have quite a bit of history covered.  Will be great to meet and shake the hands of some of those vets.
Semper Fi
Travel well, travel safe.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1st ANGLICO 61st Birthday

I have the honor to be able to attend 1st ANGLICO's 61st Birthday.  I will also be allowed to bring my camera gear along. Sweet!!!  Should be fun to see how the 'New Breed' does their thing.  These young men have been doing a great job in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unfortunately with some casualties.
I had the honor of serving with 1st ANGLICO Sub Unit 1 2nd ROK Marines Blue Dragon Brigade in Quang Ngai Provence in 1967.  Met some great people, good memories and not so great.
I'm already getting things together and thinking about what I need to bring.
As a Squid I expect to get a little ribbing for not being a true "Marine" but it is all of the process.
It will be an honor to meet with these new warriors.  I'm happy to have the privilege to meet them along with some of my old comrades.
Semper Fi.
Fair winds and following seas.
Travel safe, travel smart.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Theresienwiese, München

I know that Oktoberfest is quite a way away yet.  However if you are in München and want to visit Theresienwiese where Oktoberfest is held then it is a quite simple way to get there.
When I stay in München I am a little to the north of town.  I take the S-Bahn to Hackerbrücke.  I know that you can go to the Hauptbahnhof and take the U-Bahn U4 or U5 and get off quite close to Theresienwiese but from Hackerbrücke you are only about a half a mile away.  You'll have to climb the steps up, once you reach the street turn left heading towards the restaurant Il Castagno.  Just past the restaurant is a footpath called Kurt Härtel Passage.  Follow this until you reach either Theresienhöhe or Martin-Greif Str.  These will take you to Bavariaring which is the road around Theresiewiese.

 This is a big park during most of the year.  During Oktoberfest it is filled with rides and the beer tents.  Otherwise the only structure you'll find there is the statue of Bavaria.  During the summer months it is possible to climb inside, for a fee.

To the left is a photo of Theresienwiese.  Near the right edge just below center you'll see the statue Bavaria.  This will give you an idea of the size of how large this park is.  If you were to follow more to the right you'd be able to see the Kongresshalle and the Transportation Museum.  From this view St. Paul's church would be behind the camera.

If you come from the train station you will see St. Paul's church to your left.  Here is a link to the church in German  There are some great panoramic views of the church in this link.

If you are interested in transportation then the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum.  I spent the better part of a day wandering around this museum.  There are lots of lockers to secure your goods.  You'll need to remember that you'll get your money back once you open the locker again.
There is a small gift shop if you are interested in picking up souvenirs.
There is also a small snack shop that served pretty good food.  Restroom facilities were though out the museum.
There were lots of interesting car, motorcycle and train displays.  There are lots of interactive displays for both young and old so be prepared.
You are permitted to take photos there without using a tripod and for private use only.  Any other types of photos you will need to contact their Press Office.  A link is provided in the link below.

If you are interested in the Flea Market then directly across from the Verkehrsmuseum is a building called Kongresshalle.  Some Sundays you will find a Flohmarkt being hosted there usually opening around noon.

I have had the opportunity to spend time here twice.  Once during Oktoberfest and once during winter.  I enjoyed myself both times.  During Oktoberfest I just enjoyed being there.  It was the first time I was there as an adult.  In the winter I just enjoyed the space and watched people with their kids playing in the snow.  Plus I discovered many other side attractions as I mentioned in this piece.

Travel safe travel smart