Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg, By the River cg

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

1.       Thursday, March 14 .   This morning we left our campground around 8:30 am and headed back into Fredericksburg to stop and park at the visitor center and visit the Museum of the Pacific and the village.   There is free parking at the visitor center and in the early morning you can park your RV there but by the time we left around 2 there were no spots available for any RV's to fit it.  The village is a resort area and since this is one of the spring break destinations it gets crowded.

    The National Museum of the Pacific War is a must see – huge located in three buildings and the displays, layout and films were excellent.  The layout is so well done.   The George Bush Gallery follows the war from the beginning of the conflict to the signing of the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.  Little sections are set up to go island hopping and follow the battles in the Pacific.  The displays include jeeps, airplanes, tanks, etc   There is so much history here and especially the decision to use the atomic bomb which was approved by England and Russia.  I did not realize that when the Emperor said he was going to surrender some of his guard secretly killed some of their top military leaders because they feared that they would not stop fighting until death.  We spent almost three hours in this museum and could have spent a day.

  The second part of the museum was two blocks down the street and it is the Pacific Combat Zone.  Here they show you Bombers, PT boats, vehicles used in the war and the strategies of the war and techniques used by the Marines.  This is a guided tour on the hour and George and I went but the guide was not good and so boring.  It was to last over an hour and the first thirty minutes could have been done in ten minutes so we left.  We have never left a tour before but it was so boring and when George thinks the guy was terrible he was terrible!

    The third building was the first for the museum and this was the Admiral Nimitz Museum in the Nimitz Hotel that his family built, owned and where he grew up.  They have restored the building to look like the hotel did as a steamboat.  This building is on Main Street and has displays that give information about the village of Fredericksburg and the history on the Nimitz Family.  The second part of the museum is dedicated to the long and successful Naval career of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz the Naval Commander of the Pacific Fleet.  Not bad for a boy who skipped his senior year in high school to be tutored by two people in the subjects he knew nothing about to get ready for the military exam to get into Annapolis.  He didn’t even know where Annapolis was.  When the Admiral was honored after the war these two people (one was the librarian in the village) came to Washington where he honored them for their help and assistance.

   We walked the streets of Fredericksburg after.  This is a resort village in the hill country that was settled by German farmers in 1846.  The village was designed like many of the German villages in Germany with a large Main Street that followed the town creek.  There are many quaint shops, restaurants (many with German food), wineries, and breweries, plenty of ice cream, candy and fudge shops.  Nice town.  We ate at the Silver something (I have a picture of it) with outside and inside seating and a musician playing his guitar.  We went into many of the local vineyards shops but they were expensive for tasting and the wines were not cheap.  Not much room in our RV for bottles and we were afraid the wine would never last until we got home.

   Around 2 we headed south on route 16 to another hill country village (no longer a little village)Kerrville.  We stayed at the By the River RV Park and campground.  I reviewed the campground below but the Guadalupe River in the back of our site was beautiful and it was so peaceful.  Still not hot enough to go tubing.  The weather is different we are having hot afternoons in the 80’s and cool evenings and cold mornings but the sun is out and no clouds.  We leave for San Antonio tomorrow morning for a three day stay.

   Thursday, March 14  By The River, Kerrville, TX    This park cost us $18 with Passport America and they have RV sites and really nice tent sites many sitting on the Guadalupe River.  We had a back in site on the river with full hookups, cable, Wi-Fi, laundry, clubhouse, fishing, bird watching, inner tube floating, swimming in the river at your own risk, picnic areas, nature walks and a pool.  Check in was fast, friendly, easy and very informative.  You follow a golf cart to your site.  The RV sites are right next to each other and it seems there are a number of snowbirds here and most will be leaving by April 1.  We did enjoy the campground especially walking along the Guadalupe River.
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most of the trip.

Today, I finally had time to go to your Camping Blog and I read the whole thing.
I found it very interesting. Keep up the "good work".

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