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2004 Vacation:  
Phippsburg MA   &    Wash DC
Doc E.  Riojas, Lourdes Tolentino, & Alex Tolentino

                       Visted with Jake & Jean Rhinebolt   and   Capt. Larry & Judy Bailey                                                              

On June 10th 2004 we flew Southwest Airlines to Manchester N.H. and Jake and Jean were waiting for us at the airport.  We drove to Phippsburg MA which was about two hours with one pit stop for eating.  We departed Jake's cabin on the 14th of June. They drove us to pick up AMTRAK at Portland MA.  We arrived in Boston MASS about noon.  We left our bags at our hotela and took the MTA downtown.  We boarded a Freedom Trail Trolley and saw Boston.  We got off at the USS Constitution and picked up a later trolley.  Next day we took AMTRAK to Washington DC.   Capt Larry Bailey (SEAL) was waiting for us at Union Station.  We took the Train to Huntington Station, the end of the line, where Larry had his auto.  We drove to his house and spent the next two days there.  On our last day, we rented a room two blocks from Union Station in DC and on the 19th of June we took the train to Baltimore BWA station and the free shuttle to the airport.   We arrived in Pearland TX about 1800 hours on a Southwest Flight.

It was a great vacation because I had not seen Jake and Jean since about 1969 at one of those SEAL Team TWO picnics.    Jake and Jean have aged very gracefully and keep themselves in great shape by going to the YMC every morning a 0500 hours to do their swimming. I saw Larry last year down at Ft. Pierce, so I knew what he looked like.  Mrs. Judy Bailey, I did not know her, but she is a beautiful lady and most kind.

Who would like to put up with us at their house next year?   I don't eat much, will entertain ourselves alone quite well, one thing though:  we snore at night.

We arrived at 1630 hours.  It was too late for the below decks tour.   The USS Constitution has to sail at least once a year to remain a U.S.Navy commissioned vessel.  I did not know that! "El Panson!" My digital camera ran out of battery. These are scanned 35mm photos with a disposable camera.
Alex Tolentino, Lourdes Tolentino and Erasmo Riojas
They were working on this mast, notice heavy equipment.

Jake Rhinebolt's License Plates

This is business class, it was worth the few bucks to have all this leg room on AMTRAK.  Next time we will bring our own food. Alex showing us that he found his ID card.

Interesting Facts About The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Sentinels of the Third United States infantry Regiment "Old Guard"

          Do you know any of these facts?

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignity.

2.   How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds, for the same reason as above.

           Why are his gloves wet? 

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rivle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, shy not?

No, he carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5 10" and 6 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30"


Lourdes Tolentino

Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

Lourdes Tolentino

Lourdes Tolentino
  Jake's boat house
  We ate all the Lobster we could handle.    Alex killed this squirrel with BB rifle


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