Tag Archives: Geography

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

The Columbia Island Marina

The Columbia Island Marina

Pink Granite Monolith with Washington Monument

Pink Granite Monolith with Washington Monument

Bob looks up at the planes flying overhead from Regan National Airport while at the LBJ Memorial Grove

Bob looks up at the planes flying overhead from Regan National Airport while at the LBJ Memorial Grove

Scaffolding on the Washington Monument while they repair damage from the August 2012 earthquake

Scaffolding on the Washington Monument while they repair damage from the August 2012 earthquake

Across the Potomac can see the Lincoln Memorial and the new Peace Center

Across the Potomac can see the Lincoln Memorial and the new Peace Center

Lots of ligustrum hedges in the Memorial Grove.  They are in full bloom.  I really hate the smell.

Lots of ligustrum hedges in the Memorial Grove. They are in full bloom. I really hate the smell.

Map of Boundary Channel and Columbia Island

Map of Boundary Channel and Columbia Island

Airplanes fly overhead

Airplanes fly overhead

The Pentagon is on one side of the Park and the Parkway on the other

The Pentagon is on one side of the Park and the Parkway on the other

Bob on the bridge crossing Boundary Channel

Bob on the bridge crossing Boundary Channel

Sign for LBJ park

Sign for LBJ park

Last night Bob and I stopped at the Lyndon Johnson Memorial Grove.  I had been there once before to watch fourth of July fireworks launched from the grounds of the Washington Monument but that was around 1978.  Ever since then I thought I had been to Lady Byrd Johnson Park but I was wrong.  The two parks adjoin each other on the opposite side of the Potomac River between the Pentagon and the West Potomac Park which butts up against the Tidal Basin.  From LBJ Memorial Grove Park you have nice views of the monuments in DC as well as Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon.  I can see why the Johnsons stopped there to look out on the city whenever they returned from Texas to Washington.  I am sure when they were living in Washington all the tall buildings beyond the Jefferson and the Lincoln memorials were not there and the view was better than it is today.  While not tall enough to totally obstruct views they certainly give it a cluttered feeling.

We parked in the lot overlooking the Pentagon and used the walking bridge across Boundary Channel to access the park.  So, in effect we parked in Virginia and walked into DC.

Geography

If you have been following since I set up the blog back in October you know that one of my primary goals is to share my upcoming trip to South Africa with my students.   Children study many topics in elementary school including geography.

Bob (Mr. Gibson) is a cartographer and studied geography in college and then earned an advanced degree in cartography.  He is going to South Africa to meet with other geographers and talk about cartography.    They will be working on standardizing mapping so everyone around the world can easily understand anyone else’s maps.

Cartography is the making of maps or charts.  Geography is the science dealing with the earth’s surfaces and the interrealations with other aspects of the world’s surface.  Geographic information is the data that goes into making a map.  You can look up lengthier and more detailed definitions on-line at dictionary.reference.com    Once you understand the meanings of the words cartography and geography you may want to add them to your Daily Five Word Work.