A Chance Encounter

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From the Road
by Grant Doyle

I’ve been showing groups around DC for um-m-m-m a long time (over 20 years). I’ve experienced some pretty cool things in all that time but the coolest thing just happened on my last tour. I was with the Alachua County Safety Patrols from Gainesville, FL this week. We had eleven buses on tour. Close to 500 people (fifth grade students with their parents and teachers) there from Friday night until Tuesday morning. I was with Lt. Jenkins and Sgt. Cooper from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. We were at the World War II Memorial on Saturday morning. It was the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy. There was a ceremony planned for the WWII veterans Honor Flight setting up. There must have been 200 WWII vets there and another 300 people milling around the memorial. As I approached the memorial I saw a man sitting on a stool surrounded by military personnel. I recognized him as former congressman Bob Dole. I stopped to watch the “goings on”. Then the military personnel stepped away from the Congressman and I saw an opportunity to step in. I stuck out my hand and shook his. I thanked him for his time on Capitol Hill and his military service. Then he looked at me and said, “what about you?” I said, “US Navy 1968-1970” Then he asked me if I had a camera. I wasn’t going to be “that guy” and ask him for a photo op but since he did the asking………… I told him that I did have a camera. He waived to his aide and said, “take our picture”. The congressman was awarded 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a combat “V” for valor during World War II. It was an honor to be standing next to him on that day.

GRANT WITH BOB DOLE

Keeping it fresh

GRANT-EDUCATIONAL TOURS

From the Road
by Grant Doyle

We have been hard at it since August.  Everyone around here is running at warp speed trying to keep up with the demand.  I’ve been working on some new areas that teachers have requested tours to.  Chattanoota, TN, Little Rock, AR  are a couple of cities that are very interesting and surprising.  I enjoy exploring new areas for tours.  It keeps us fresh.  Continue reading

As the Tour Season Ends…

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by Grant Doyle

The travel season for schools is officially ended.  I feel like I’ve been running at a sprint for months and now the pace has slowed to a casual stroll.  That’s ok because like the song goes, “I can’t run at that pace very long”.  But even though the student travel season has ended that doesn’t mean we do.  Au contraire, mes amis.  I’ve been on the road personally.  When the tours stop I like to take some time for myself and slow down.

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On the Road with Yulee Elementary

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by Grant Doyle

Just got back from DC where I was showing a group of Safety Patrols from Yulee Elementary School and their chaperones around.  There was 22 students and 19 adults.  We went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis and did a guided tour of the academy.  It rained while we were there but everyone was prepared.  It was raining on and off the first touring day so we tried to keep inside touring the operative. Continue reading

On the Road with Carver Middle

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by Grant Doyle

Traveling with Carver Middle School from Leesburg, Fl was great.  The first day was a misty rain but nothing that stopped us from touring.  The next days we caught the best weather.  The temps in the mornings were in the mid 40’s and reached the high 60’s by the afternoon.  Bright sunshine came with those temps.  That makes great touring weather.  Continue reading

On the Road with River Springs Middle

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From the Road
by Grant Doyle

The group met me on Pennsylvania Ave and we hit the ground running.  They came in to DC from a snow filled tour day in Philly.  It’s a crazy weather pattern for this time of year.  Mr. Sarro and his experienced chaperones made the trip easy considering the crowds in DC this time of year.  Some places were feeling the effects of the sequester.  Continue reading

On the Road with Glades Day School

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From the Road
by Grant Doyle

Glades Day School comes to DC with the hopes of snow in the forecast.  They weren’t disappointed this time.  Although it didn’t last long it did snow for them.  Unfortunately it also rained for a short time.  It was pretty cold for this time of year up there but they were ready for it.  Mrs. McDermott always produces a great group of students and parent chaperones for the tour.  We went to Getteysburg one day and had a great tour of the Battlefield with an excellent guide.  The sequester is forcing some places to close earlier than they would normally so that squeezed the time a bit but all in all we managed to work it all out and enjoyed a very good time in DC. 

 Mrs. McDermott organizing a group pix on a cold afternoon

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White House stop on a cool morning.

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