The Terezin Hungarian small fortress was built in the late 18th century as a fortress to protect Bohemia. Peaceful looking Terezin today belies it’s recent tragic history. From 1940-1945, the Terezin small fortress was used as a police prison by the Prague Gestapo, and the town of Terzin was transformed into a concentration camp. When you visit this historic World War II site you learn of the thousands who died in the deplorable prison and the more than 140,000 Jewish prisoners transported from Terezin to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. This prison was a “working” prison which meant everyone had to work hard. If you couldn’t work you were transported to Auschwitz. This meant most of the transporters were women and children. Many of the prisoners who remained at Terezin died as well, mainly due to disease spread by lice, such as typhus. Visiting here is an extremely sobering experience.
so very, very tired but I wanted to post a few pics to let my loved ones know all is well. Other than getting here, it was an amazing day. Please bare with me. I’m still trying to learn how to navigate my blog from myIPad. I fell asleep twice at dinner tonight and once at whiskey tasting. I’m posting only pics taken with my iPad. These
pics are unedited. I already have stories to tell in time. Love to all Diana and Dean.
My original thought was to try and find Webber Lake, a place were my father had camped as a boy and where he had taken his family to camp years later as a grown man. I knew Webber Lake had been purchased by a private party and you couldn’t get in there anymore but recently I heard it was re-opening to the public. As it turns out, it won’t re-open to the public until next year. So, detour to Independence Lake a short dirt road drive just off of Hwy 89 outside of Truckee, CA. Read about it here ->http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/nevada/placesweprotect/independence-lake.xml
With our picnic lunch in hand daddy and I trekked up the small ridge that overlooked the lake. The smell of pine was in the air and the air was cold and it was threatening to rain. We had the entire lake to ourselves. We worked fast to get out our ham sandwiches and corn chips. We decided lunch was going to be a quick deal because the wind created a chill factor that made lingering pretty uncomfortable. We managed to last long enough to eat and swill down a beer. We took our time driving back out and the weather was warmer once we got away from the lake. Daddy was having a great time exploring and he kept saying, “I think I’ve been here before.” I reminded him that he had, many times and I said, “See, you haven’t forgotten everything.” He just smiled and picked up a big granite rock to take home. (Click once on image to enlarge for full view)