52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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33. Paths and or Trails (Week 4)

“The picks and mauls are silent now at Government Island.  Gone are the muscled laborers who quarried the rock.  Gone, too, are the masted ships that carried it north.  Government Island is quiet now overgrown with oaks and maples and sticker bushes.  Only the silent stones say that this was once the nation’s most famous quarry.”

    ~ Jim Hall, Journalist, July 6, 1992;  The Free-Lance-Star ~

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My grandson was given a fishing pole by his younger brother on his 3rd birthday, so  the next day an outing was planned to put it to use.  After we parked at Government Island in Stafford County, Va, we walked the trail to Aquia Creek.

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The trip was a success.  The boys learned how to bait a hook with a live worm …

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And how to net a fish once it is caught …

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But fishing can only hold toddlers’ attention for so long and they were off exploring the trail again.

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I learned quite a bit about this site from signs posted at the entry.  Government Island is a 17-acre historic site. Stone was quarried from this site as early as 1694 for use as architectural trim in Colonial America. The quarry’s fine-grained sandstone was called Aguia stone, due to its location along the Aquia Creek, or freestone, for its ability to be freely carved without splitting. The stone from this quarry was a desirable building material for its composition as well as its beautiful white color. The federal government bought this island in 1791 for the purpose of constructing the President’s house (later known as the White House) and the United States Capitol.  Government Island sandstone was also used for door and window trim, foundations, grave markers, churches, plantation homes, and other prominent buildings.  Extensive quantities of freestone were extracted from this site from 1791 through the 1820’s.   George Mason and George Washington were two of the quarry’s most prominent clients.  Government Island is now a Stafford County park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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35. Rocky Waterscapes (Week 1)

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”  ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

 

We enjoyed the adventure of riding on the auto train from Florida to Virginia.  We saw many small towns and railroad yards, as well as numerous lakes and rivers.  I believe this river was somewhere near Richmond VA.

 

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A3. I Saw it on Vacation (Week 52)

 

 

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“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.”

 

 

I’m going to finish the 2013-2014 52 Week Photo Challenge with a photo of us embarking on our summer vacation today.  The photo challenge has been an adventure in itself.  As I look back on all of the posts, I see that it is a chronicle of the past year.  All of us participating have shared a bit of ourselves with each other.  Thank you for what you’ve shared;  the stories with the photos have been educating, amusing, and food for thought.

This is the dining car on our Auto Train. The Auto Train is an 855 mile long scheduled train service for passengers and automobiles operating between Sanford FL and Lorton VA. We put our motorcycles on it for the first leg of our vacation. This service is the only one of its kind in the U.S.