EXIT of the DAY: Hear this right....HERE!
EXIT 52 ab I-95n To: NC 24, Fayetteville near Fort Bragg, NC
As you drive north past Fayetteville we kindly suggest that you should reconsider. Consider taking the upcoming Interstate 95 Business route back to Fayetteville and spend an hour or two checking out these 2 unique sites. One is peaceful and the other is about peacemakers.
If you are into plants and horticulture, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden offers a peaceful interlude.
It conserves and displays plant species and the plant communities of the nearby Cape Fear River basin. The 80 acre garden contains nature trails, a natural rock amphitheater, steep ravines with unusual plants, and a varied riparian terrain ranging from pine forest through hardwood hills to river banks. And yes in case you were wondering, riparian terrain means “riverside terrain”.
The Botanical Gardens have numerous educational programs at the Gardens that will help you, well, grow.
Then there is the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation. I call it the Museum of Kick Ass. Not surprisingly this so-called Foundation has a military acronym. In military parlance it's called ASOMF. Which is pretty much what it records: Ass Off My Gun Fella.
Ok, I admit. Not the best acronym. But frankly, I barely know what an acronym is either.
What I do know is the museum’s emphasis is on United States military history with special emphasis on the Army Airborne and Special Operations Forces. They are the guys and gals who save ammo by killing you in one shot. And as witnessed in movies like Black Hawk Down they tend to wipe out small armies even as they rarely take cover from hoards of shooters with remarkably poor aim.
Speaking of Black Hawk Down, in October 2013 the Ass Off My Gun Museum opened the "Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu Exhibit." The exhibit features immersive dioramas and artifacts from the battle including the wreckage of Super 6-1, the first Black Hawk helicopter shot down during the battle.
The downing of the Blackhawk is widely considered to be a turning point in the battle and is chronicled in the book by Mark Bowden and movie “Black Hawk Down” produced by Ridley Scott.
So there are your yin and yang arguments for revisiting Fayetteville. Visit the museum of kick ass or stroll along a garden. Either way, what’s your hurry?
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