MEMORIES came flooding back of a holiday of a lifetime to the USA when a friend called Eddie and Kath Whitham thanking them for their postcard which had just arrived from Hawaii – which had been posted 16 years ago!
When Kath and Eddie went on the holiday in 2004 they took in San Diego, New York, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and Alcatraz and then onto Hawaii.
While they were there they sent friends postcards and last week one of their friends Pat Carr rang to say that she had got their card.
When she asked they had enjoyed their holiday in Hawaii they were a little baffled… it was August/ September 2004 when they were in Hawaii!
The card had eventually turned up after almost 16 years!
Eddie said: “Looking carefully at the card it was posted in 2004, almost 16 years to find its way to it’s destination in Warrington!
The card turning up brought memories flooding back for Eddie and Kath.
“We had gone to stay with friends Bob and Shirley Farrimond who had emigrated to the States many years ago. We had driven to many of the destinations and then with our American friends Paul and Melissa McVey we a flew to Hawaii …and that was where the postcard was posted.
“There were many highlights on our Hawaii trip none more than when we were driving down a deserted road when we came across a wrecked airplane with smoke coming from it and suitcases and debris scattered all over the place.
“We ran from the car to see what had happened and were confronted by a smiling security guard who gave us a guided tour of the area and explained that it was the set of the TV show ‘LOST’ which was about to go out on British TV. Next was a visit to the set, or should I say area where the film ‘JURASSIC PARK’ was filmed.
“We also took a helicopter flight in Hawaii and followed the route taken by the Japanese when they raided Pearl Harbour, Oahu. The submerged wreck of the USS Arizona could be seen next to the white memorial. 1177 sailors were killed on the USS Arizona during the raid on 7 December 1941 and a total of 23335 people were killed including civilians during the raid.
“We also went to Ground Zero New York to see the aftermath of 9 -11 and with the firefighters jacket was still hanging on the cross made from girders … a very moving scene.
“We then went to Yosemite National Park where very famous photographer Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984) spent years photographing the area taking with a him huge plate camera. Ansel Adams was a conservationist and photographer and a major advisor to establishing the New York Museum of Modern Art. His work is still rated as some of the best in the world,” added Eddie.