June 18, 2013

It wasn’t living history; it was a history I lived through—the integration of Central High in Little Rock, 1957. I remember watching it on TV, and our tour guide brought the reality back today as we toured the school.

Central High is still a functioning school, proud of their academic and sports achievements and recognizes those nine students who bravely walked the steps to change history. Our guide, a National Park Ranger, brought history to life as she described what those young students went through to help bring about desegregation. The National Park service has a small museum and gas station for visitors. Both Richard and I left the tour and school in awe of those nine children. I’m posting some photos of the school. You can feel the history.

Not historic, but on a lighter topic, is Larry’s Pizza, recommended by our trolley driver. I have never been to an eatery like this. You walk in, pay, and go through the salad and pizza buffet line. Once seated and enjoying your thin crust pizza, staff members come out and shout out the type of pizza they are carrying. They bring it fresh and hot to your table. You take a slice or two; I would recommend one slice because another staff member will be coming around with another pizza you might like to try.

If that’s not enough, they have a variety of combinations (Some I’ve never heard of nor would want to try.), and will bring out a special for you if you ask. I asked for plain sausage. Oh, and you can have dessert right there. I ate a slice of chocolate/peanut butter pizza and a slice of custard pizza! I could do that because today is my birthday. It is okay to pig out on your birthday, isn’t it? We left there, happy and stuffed.

Last night I tried to capture a sunset, but as usual, it was not an unusual sunset. But, I did get some good river shots. I also learned a lesson: Always return your camera to average settings after experimenting. Some of today’s shots were taken with my white balance on “shade.” Hopefully I can do something with them in PE9.

Tomorrow, we are off to Memphis where we may be experience a little bit of history of the musical kind.

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