Vanessa, Izze and I headed to D.C. (My hometown indeed) to visit my son Zach and his lady and we took Izze’s pal Henry along as well. On Wednesday we all headed into DC proper from Arlington to do a little sightseeing.

It was a relatively warm day but the freezing temperatures of the previous week left the reflecting pond frozen.

Henry and Izze walk where I skated as a kid

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Back in the 50’s you could park between the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pond put your skates on and get to it.

Reflecting indeed…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

The ice was there, but the air temperature was in the 50’s.

The gang at Lincoln’s feet

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Past the Vietnam Memorial, around the reflecting pond and past the Lincoln Memorial is the Korean War Memorial.

These landmarks just never get old!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It just couldn’t have been a nicer day to be a tourist at the Nation’s Capitol.

Next stop the Martin Luther King monument.

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

After hiking around the better part of the afternoon we got back to the car just in time to beat the parking police.

Then it was dinner time at El Secreto de Rosita. Superb!

Waiting for the main course!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Beauty and The Beast

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Then Nessa and the Young People went snowboarding up in Pennsylvania and Zach and I hung out. Then home to Athens County where we now await New Year along with everyone else.

A lovely sojourn!


  1. Comment made on January 1, 2023 by Chappy

    Jorma, happy new year to you and your family and John H. and the FPR team!

  2. Comment made on January 1, 2023 by BrendanC

    Happy New Year Jorma Kaukonen and friends of.
    I’d give my entry for V.K. restaurant photo balloon caption contest, but yours would be tough to top, what with points for brevity and self deprecating humor (or irony, if beast is sphinx riddle with your mind scheming to solve same, and beauty is…). Btw; did you beat a parking cop, or beat a parking cop?

    Highway song lyrics and music symbols here.

  3. Comment made on January 1, 2023 by Joey Hudoklin

    Very happy for you and family Jorma.
    My wife Amy bought me the Jorma/ Janis album and to our surprise, it was signed! That’s thrilling, however the music is fabulous. Like you say, youz gize were pretty good. Your style has certainly evolved. Different phrasing. Looking forward to seeing you in Pontre Vedre w/ Bromberg. I have friends in Jacksonville. We will make it a long Frisbee weekend. Happy New Year!

  4. Comment made on January 1, 2023 by Ed

    Awesome, Jorma. I live in the town where I grew up and there’s nothing like hiking with my sons in the woods I first hiked 60 years ago. A VERY Happy New Year to you and all of yours, and everyone else out there. Great group of people.

  5. Comment made on January 1, 2023 by Philip Nola

    Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2023!

  6. Comment made on December 31, 2022 by Bob S

    When all is said and done, there’s nothing quite like family!

    Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2023!


  7. Comment made on December 31, 2022 by carey georgas

    That looks as perfect a sojourn as could possibly be. Lovely people, meaningful places and safe passage. Happy New Year one and all!

  8. Comment made on December 31, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    What an awesome way to close out the year. Those monuments are indeed impressive. The last time I was there with the family we caught the Woody Guthrie 100 birthday show at the Kennedy Center. Truly an American experience. Hope to see you one day get the medal of honor. Have a joyous New Year (and take that new bike out)

  9. Comment made on December 31, 2022 by Joe K

    Very nice place to spend time with your family. As you know walking around DC from museum to museum gives everyone a chance to discuss what you have just seen. We have done this with our children when they were young. Years later I had the chance to do it again when my son was in HS & playing in a AAU basketball showcase. After games one day we went to the museum of American history, Lincoln memorial & Arlington National Cemetery . My son & another teammate started quizzing each other as we walked thru. Both went on to major in American history in college.

    Happy New Year & a safe one too

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