My goodness what a surprise this morning!!!! The pair of low quarter hiking shoes that have been in use for five years were needing new insoles. While taking out the old ones, the original inside first layer came out also. These shoes have been ok but not really right during all that time. The label on the tongue said 9.5 EEEE, which was the correct size at that time. Stamped on the inner lining under the finish lining was 9 EE. That is more what they have felt like all along, too small. My guess has been that my feet were just failing in my older age. They are now in the garbage can over by the tree.
Just before Washington was in my rearview mirror, a new pair of 10 EEEE mid top boots were purchased because my feet seem to have widened and lengthened a little more. This morning they were worn on a walk without any extra insert padding. After a couple of miles here in the park, my feet were not hurting at all. By the end of the day, my feet were still not hurting. So it looks like for the last five years have been stupidity on my part causing my feet to hurt. The old boots felt fine when put on, so there was no suspicion they were sized wrong. That little size difference really made a lot of misery for my feet.
A call to Old Friend Bob resulted in meeting him for lunch at a little town on I-10 named Comfort. Good was the thought, a good time for pictures. When the Truck pulled in to park in Comfort, there was not camera on board. Upon returning to the Castle, there was the camera waiting for me on the couch. RATZZ Now a trip back to Comfort someday is needed for covering the town. A walk around town showed that it will make a few good blog entries.
Late this evening, a walkabout in the old section of Fredericksburg resulted in some teaser pictures for my readers. The Nimitz museum was closed. In 2001 a visit to me museum proved very worthwhile. There is a huge expansion going on now. When that is finished it will be time for another visit to the museum.
Outside are some exhibits behind a fence. What you are about to see was taken through the fence. Form the looks of the base, this was a deck gun from a naval vessel.
Next to it was this contraption that looks like it is for launching torpedoes. That is just my guess from the looks of the doors on the back of the tubes.
Then nearby was this tower from a ship. It was very tall with a sign telling you to Do Not Climb. It is too skinny for an old fat man anyway. My fat body would register as an earthquake if it fell from this tower.
A very promising exhibit is one to look like a submarine surfacing. The conning tower is back left in this picture. The bow of the sub is coming out of the dirt. Look at the retaining wall shaped like ocean waves. This should be very nice when it is finished.
At the other end is the memorial to some of the USA presidents. It was there before in 2001, but certainly looks different now.
And make it a nice finish to the day, we have a picture of a rose taken at the Visitors Center while walking to the Nimitz museum.
A fine picture of a rose is a great way to finish a day of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.