After a lot of digging, shoveling and help from neighbor Tom and his tractor, our steep incline was cleared by Friday evening and we could all get off the hill. I was very pleased having been stuck in the house for two days and on Saturday I was elated to be able to keep to my plans of a tour around the Cryptologic Museum near Fort Meade, MD. I met the group early and was pleased to catch up with some old friends. We all huddled in the glass lobby, steaming up the windows as we waited for the doors to be unlocked.
The museum opened in 1993 and is crammed full of machinery and devices spanning a couple of hundred years used for decoding and coding messages. Our tour guide was a retired NSA employee who was a mine of information. He walked us through explaining about devices used during the Cold War, about supercomputers, cracking codes and famous people, one of whom was Gary Powers, shot down in a CIA U2 spy plane by Russians and held captive for 2 years before being swapped for a Russian spy. He then tested aircraft for Lockheed Martin and eventually wound down by becoming a helicopter weather reporter. But unfortunately in this job, and not during his eventful career, was where he perished. his helicopter crashed because he forgot to fill it up with fuel after a longer than usual report the day before.
Here's an interesting little video with some Navajo spoken in it.
After our tour, we drove to the Recon field to see some planes that were used during the war.