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On Location Series #11–Fort Washington Park

This was a delightful day.  My little one and I explore Fort Washington Park which was the namesake of its location in Fort Washington, MD.    Fort Washington, established near the community of Fort Washington, Maryland, was for many decades the only defensive fort protecting Washington D.C. The original fort, overlooking the Potomac River, was built in 1809.  It was originally called  Fort Warburton but was renamed in 1808.  During the War of 1812, the fort was demolished by its own garrison during a British advance.

As of today, this historic fort is maintained by the National Park Service.  It was initially constructed in 1824. It is a stone structure with a reliable cannon directed down the Potomac River. The fort was largely remodeled in the 1840s and 1890s. The Fort was turned over to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1946 after its last military personnel left.

Now with that bit of history out of the way, here are some videos and pictures of our time in the park.  Our visit took place on November 3, 2018.  I hope you will enjoy this brief On Location Series—

oh again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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On Location Series #9 US Virgin Islands (part III)

The continuing journey around the island was enjoyable. As you can see from the first set of pictures, the location of St. Thomas was again, vastly beautiful. We ate lunch at the top of a resort overlooking the bay. The name of the resort escapes me but I spoke on it from the last entry. The voyage up top by the lift that overlooks the Coastal Bay. That was where I tasted the famous “Bushwacker” drink in which I can say with confidence that their island rum was the center of it. It was strong and I am glad I didn’t drive. My stamina was strong for drinking hard liquor but who would want to chance driving eh? 

Not me.

The rest of the pictures took this journey to St. Johns Island. St. Johns is an island were businesses, major franchises were non-existent. This island had very few grocery stores, I only counted two and they were half the size of your local CVS or Walgreens. The children on the island go to school on St. Thomas and another thing to note—close to half of the island is owned by the National Park Service of the United States. You will see more of my adventure in another part of this series.

This day, in particular, it was Labor Day and we were the front center of its annual parade. We saw young children participating, performing their routine and doing a marvelous job in my opinion. We saw other inhabits of the island showcasing their own respective enthusiasm. It ended at a local fair where local vendors who sold jewellery, food and other items unique to the island. A car show was present along with the 80s’ R&B playing in the background. Unfortunately, I did not take any photos are shot videos of the car show. I was awaiting our food and the preparation took too long for my liking. 

Overall it was very insightful, viewing the residents’ interactions amongst themselves. Several times being called a Yankee due to living on the mainland. I somewhat felt like an outsider but other respects I didn’t. They spoke to me as my brothers and sisters back home do. I saw a majority of the townsfolks, on St. Johns and St. Thomas who looks like me and it felt relaxing that I didn’t have to act differently. I didn’t have to reserve myself among non-black due to the stereotypical notion of a violent black man from the system of white supremacy. I hope this system of racism will be destroyed one day as the old guard are dying off from old age and some would hope from influences. 

Any note, I have enjoyed the stay and will venture more into the US Virgin Islands.

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On Location Series #8–Rosaryville State Park

Rosaryville State Park, a hidden gem in Clinton, MD.  This August 18, 2018, On Location venture, started off a little dissuading at first.  The upkeep of the park was less desirable as portions showed overgrown grass and much-needed parking lots repair.  The nuance of well-kept picnic grounds compared to other places showed greatly that certain areas were much cared for than others.

It was also the location of Mount Airy Manson which was elegant.  The grounds were splendid to the eye as I saw greenhouses and ground root cellars for vegetation purpose.  The history of the park was apparent to the owners of the mansion and the numerous items scattered throughout the landscape (It is one of the oldest Maryland mansions connected to the Calvert family, the Lords Proprietor of colonial Maryland).  A tobacco barn, an old cannon cart I discovered through my trek in the woods.  This was a huge park and it kept so much mystery that I will allow you guys, to journey through my pictures and videos.  Even some pictures that held a hidden, even darker meaning behind them.

Just a show of what is among us in the least of places, closets to our homesteads as it allows the heart to dance in sync with the mind.  Now that I got your attention for understanding…,

It is time to commence.

(Videos directly below)