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Photos from Moscow’s Lend/Lease Museum

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Charles discovered these photos taken at the Lend/Lease Museum in Moscow, Russia.









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Museum of the Ozarks Coast Guard Jeep

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John forwarded a link to the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks in Springfield, MO. The site includes a reference to the restoration of a Coast Guard Jeep.

I found this picture of the jeep on Flickr. Most of it is MB, but unclear why the civilian grille was added.


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Overloon Liberty Park Museum in Netherlands

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UPDATE: I thought this was in Belgium, but Charles correct me (thanks!).

Charles shared these pictures from the Overloon Liberty Park Museum in Netherlands. The park contains over 150 vehicles and looks to consist of several different museums. You can see the museum’s location on this map.  Many more photos of the museum are viewable through google images.

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DD Living History Farm in Roxbury, CT

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Marc spotted a photo on Flickr of a modified flat fender. After a little searching, I discovered that the jeep is part of a collection of farm tractors at the DD Living History Farm (Unfortunately, the site doesn’t have too many pictures) in Roxbury, CT. It claims to be one of the largest collections east of the Mississippi. Had we known, we might have tried to get there while in Connecticut. Oh well, we’ll save that for next time!

Here’s the Flickr picture


Here are a few more:


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Mon. June 3rd: Through Russia With Love

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<– Day 30 – Sun. June 2nd: State #49 Was Exciting!  | Trip Overview | Day 32 & 33 – Tues. June 4th & Wed. June 5th: Rudeness at the Parkside Diner –>


The Shelburne Museum was a fun place to visit!

On Monday we traveled from Burlington, Vermont, to Pulaski, New York, via Rome, Poland and Russia!


On Monday we traveled from Burlington, Vermont, to Pulaski, New York.

Ann and I started the day in Burlington, Vermont. As we left our hotel, we decided to wander the streets of Burlington and find some iced black tea. So, we walked over to the nearby walking-mall in downtown Burlington that we’d spotted when we arrived on Sunday evening.

As soon as we stepped onto the plaza, we loved the place. Even on a monday morning with temperatures in the mid-60s, people were milling about. Many restaurants had sitting areas arranged in such a way that it reminded me of the small towns in Eastern Europe I’d visited back in 2003.


This shows the southern half of the outdoor mall.



I spotted this jeep in this long, cool mural on a wall in Burlington, VT.


The mural from one side.


A detail shot.


The mural from the other side.


I guess Burlington fancies itself a ski town?


Outdoor seating for a restaurant.


And what trip to Vermont would be complete without checking out Ben & Jerry’s?

After exploring the city, we eventually found some black tea at a dark, cool coffee shop called Muddy Waters. The tea was good and the atmosphere unique. We followed up the tea with some bagels.

After our walk through Burlington, we were intent on getting into the jeep and driving, because we had about five hours to go. We made it all of fifteen minutes when we spotted a beautiful covered wooden bridge.. Ann immediately wanted to take a picture of it, but we had to figure out how to reach it. As we drove, we discovered several more buildings separated by beautiful landscaping. All were behind a big fence. Eventually it dawned on us we were looking at a museum of some kind.

So, our drive plans immediately changed!


This is the covered bridge we’d spotted from the road.

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Wed. May 15th & Thurs. May 16th: Mixers, Foodies & Heavy Equipment

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<– Day 10 & 11 – Mon. May 13th Rest & Tue. May 14th: Crust, Raisins, and Smoked Pork  | Trip Overview | Day 14 – Fri. May 17th: Day 1 of the Midwest Willys Reunion –>

Wednesday, May 15th: We spent all of Wednesday at Ann’s Great Aunt Alice’s place in Greenville, Ohio.

Thursday May 16th: We drove from Greenville, Ohio, to Hudson, Ohio. Along the way, we made more new friends!


Me and Roger Martin in front of his CJ-2A.

This morning we were back on the road. Our ultimate destination was Hudson


On Thursday we drove from Greenville, Ohio, to Hudson, Ohio.

We began the morning heading to the Kitchen Aide Experience. Having never been, I pictured it as part tour and part museum in the Kitchen Aide factory itself. Instead, it’s a giant Kitchen Aide store where you can buy new or used Kitchen Aide products of every color and kind. Downstairs there are some beautiful refurbed mixers and blenders. Those ‘in the know’ tell us the refurbs are actually better than the new ones. They certainly were better prices.

Next to all the refurb machines in the lower level was a mini-museum. Since Ann assured me we didn’t have room to bring a refurbed 6 quart 575KW mixer with a glass bowl home, I had to make due with the mini-museum. What amazed me most about the museum was how little some of the attachments had changed. Here are a few pics from the museum:

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Mon. May 13th Rest & Tue. May 14th: Crust, Raisins, and Smoked Pork

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<– Day 9 – Sun. May 12th: Tuckered Out? Then Visit a Firehouse   | Trip Overview | Day 12 & 13 – Wed. May 15th & Thurs. May 16th: Mixers, Foodies & Heavy Equipment –>

Monday May 13th:  Instead of trying to squeeze in a long day at the Ford Museum, we decided to take a day off instead, as we have a busy week coming up. So, Monday was a day of rest at Brian’s house in Fenton. Thanks to his hospitality, I was able to finish the 6th draft of the Amber Panels of Konigsburg book.


Tuesday May 14th: Today, we left Michigan for the state of Ohio.


That’s the former Willys Overland Smokestack behind me. As you can see, there isn’t much left of the old Willys plant.


On Tuesday May 14th we drove from Fenton, Michigan, to Ann’s relative’s house in Greenville, Ohio.

We started the morning bidding a fond farewell to Brian, who’d opened his home to us for several days (Thanks!).


Brian and I posing behind his beautiful 1923 Buick. Unfortunately, it was so cold, we couldn’t take it out for a ride.


One of the places Brian recommended we visit before we left was a bakery in Fenton, MI, called CRUST. As soon as I looked up the website and examined their menu, I was hooked. Most of their breads are made with starters rather than commercial baking yeast. So, I HAD to visit the place.

I wasn’t disappointed. Everything looked so good, we walked out of there $37 poorer. I can’t recommend the place highly enough.

After the bakery, we’d planned to head for the Ford Museum. But, at the last minute, we changed our minds. I knew we had to be down in Ohio by dinner time, so I was concerned we’d have to rush through museum. Instead, we had the opportunity to take our time to drive south. It proved to be the right decision.

As we drove south, Ann’s cousin recommended we visit the River Raisin Battlefield National Park in Monroe, MI, from which the War of 1812’s “Remember the Raisin” call-to-action originated. At the battle of River Raisin the Americans thought they’d won, but then the Brits & Indians regrouped and beat the US troops. American’s were shocked by the loss, hence the rallying cry of Remember the Raisin. Ann’s cousin claims that one of the men captured was a distant relative of Ann’s. To capture the feeling of Ann’s relative, I put her behind bars.


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Sat. May 4th: Miracle of America Museum, Polson, MT

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<– Trip Overview | Day 2 – Sun. May 5th: Cowboys, Vistas, and Pirates –>

2013-05-05-miracle-museum1Saturday May 4th, our two month trip begins! We will be on the road until the end of June.

For the first leg of our East Coast trip our principal objective today was to make it to the Miracle of America Museum just south of Polson, MT. We left Pasco at 10am knowing it would take 5 1/2 hours to drive there and a 1/2 hour stop for lunch (we had to stop for some pho at our favorite place in Coeur D’ Alene, ID). Doing the math, we realized we’d arrive at the museum at 4pm, which gave us an hour to look around it before it closed at 5pm. Simple math, yes? . . . Wrong.


Our first day of driving, from Pasco to Livingston, Montana.

The first sign of trouble occurred as we crossed into Montana from Idaho on I-90. I was driving when I spotted a sign that informed us we were Entering Mountain Time Zone. Oh crap! I forgot all about the time change. A quick review of the math meant that we’d arrive at 5pm, just as it closed.

However, there was a caveat. The website indicated that the museum stayed open until 8pm during the summer, but never defined what days were considered summer days. So, as we descended out of the pass towards Missoula, Ann gave the museum a call at 3:30pm and it went like this:

Ann: Hi, how late are you open tonight?
Museum: Depends. Where are you now?
Ann (shocked): We are approaching St. Regis, Montana.
Museum: Ok, I’ll keep the museum open for you. I have some paperwork to do anyway.

With that simple phone call, Gil Mangels volunteered to keep his museum open so we could look around the place all by ourselves! I called at 4:40 to update him and say we wouldn’t be there until 5:15. He said that wouldn’t be a problem.

We finally arrived at 5:20pm, just as the last remaining visitor left. We walked inside and there was Gil ready to take our money ($5 each – BARGAIN!) and explain where everything was. We thanked him for staying open and said we didn’t want to use too much of his time. He said just take your time.

We weren’t there five minutes before we knew we had a problem. There was so much cool stuff to look at that we couldn’t move ourselves along fast enough. Gil and his late wife have done a wonderful job of creating a feast for the eyes. Ann and i were giddy school kids pointing things out to each other, reading stuff, and having a blast. We were there forty five minutes and still hadn’t made it through a 1/4 of the complex yet.

We didn’t want to impost on Gil, so we chose to go to plan B:  See the jeeps real quickly, photograph them, and then return later this summer so we could spend all day looking around the place.

Before we left, we got a chance to spend some time talking with Gil. When we explained about eWillys, Gil explained he grew up on a nearby farm and his parents had an old flattie, but he couldn’t remember the model. He said they did everything with it.

Gil belongs to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and he restored the M-38 below that he proudly displays in one of the rooms. It’s a very nice restoration. It was featured in the MVPA and GIl was kind enough to copy the article for me, but I haven’t had time to go through it yet.

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In addition to the M-38, there are two more M-38A1s, a Slat Grille MB, and a M-151, a Mule, and a Jeepster for visitors to see. There is a Pedal Jeep in the toy section, a few hot wheel-like jeep toys. I also spotted several posters, cards and brochures in the war-related areas.

The Miracle of American museum is a gem. It reminded me of my experience to House on the Rock in Wisconsin, where each corner was a feast for the eyes. But, unlike HOR, there’s a better educational and museum experience. I can see why it’s been called the Smithsonian of the west. There is enough wonder — cool stuff, historic stuff, and odd ball stuff — to keep a whole family entertained. Military buffs, car buffs, farm buffs, motorcycle buffs, history buffs (how about a whole shed of old washing machines?) will love this place. It is worth the trip, especially since you get to talk to the guy who made it happen.

Here’s a bunch of pictures we took:

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CJ-2A Fire Jeep Walk Around Photos at Primeportal

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Marc forwarded a website called Primeportal. It offers photographic walk-arounds of all types of vehicles. Here’s one of a CJ-2A Fire Jeep (though it is listed as a CJ38 fire truck.


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Video: The Closing of the Walter P Chrysler Museum

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This school project about the closing of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum was forwarded by Brian. There’s a really good shot of the WWII jeep exhibit.

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Russell’s Truck Stop in Ende, NM

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Bob sent me an email a few days ago about this jeep he spotted in Endee, New Mexico. The town of Endee is located near the border of New Mexico and Texas on near I-40. The folks on Yelp really like this place.

He wrote, “The wife and I made a weekend trip to Amarillo for a steak at the Country Barn. We spotted this really clean CJ2A at the free car museum at Russell’s truck stop in Endee, NM.”

Russels-truck-stop-enden-nmHere’s another picture I found on Trip Advisor:


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Aerospace Museum of California at McClellan AFB

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Karson took time out from his FEMA/Americorp duties to visit the Aerospace Museum of California, located at the McClellan Air Force Base in McClellan, CA (near Sacramento) on Sunday. (Note: the museum’s website was down at the time I wrote this post).

Naturally, Karson is on constant watch for jeeps — oh the things children must endure to please their parents — and knows to send pictures of jeeps whenever he can. Dutifully, he located two jeeps, one with a Coast Guard theme and the other with a Navy theme. We both thought it ironic that the Coast Guard jeep had Utah license plates, because there wasn’t much coast for it to guard in Utah.

Coast Guard Jeep:




United States Navy Jeep:



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Schwanke Car, Tractor, and Truck Museum Willmar, MN

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Museums

Located fifty miles west of Minneapolis in Willmar, MN, the Schwanke Car, Tractor, and Truck Museum has been open since 1998.  It features the collection of Virgil Schwanke, who has been  collecting vehicles for fifty-five years. He has assembled over 400 units for display, including tractors, cars, trucks, gas engines, gas pumps, signs and more. He recently added a CJ-2A to the museum.


Virgil uses this CJ-2A as a springboard to talk about jeeps during World War II.  You can read more in the museum’s blog post.

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Miracle of America Museum, Polson, MT

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Dan pointed me to the Miracle of America Museum, mentioning there was an old Ford A vehicle mounted to tracks.  The museum is still run by Gil Mangels, who co-founded the museum in 1981 with his wife, who passed away in 2012.  The museum is located 70 miles due north of Missoula. Looks like a fun place to visit.

After looking through the eclectic collection of items, I figured they might have a jeep or two. I found a M-38A1, a possible MB/GPW, and M-151.

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Canadian Military Education Centre Chilliwack, BC, Canada

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UPDATE: Originally published 12/24/2012

The Canadian Military Education Centre museum at Chilliwack, Canada, has three nicely restored jeeps.  Here is a nice set of pictures that shows a number of the vehicles they have:

1942-45 GPW:

1942 MB:

1942 Slat Grill MB:

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Walter P. Chrysler Museum Closing (and Sold)

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A couple days ago I was adding the WPC Museum to my list of places to visit on our upcoming trip to the East Coast next May/June (official announcement in January).  But, then I learned the museum was closing at the end of this year.

However, John forwarded this link indicating the museum has been sold to the Chrysler Group LLC. So, the 67 vehicles won’t be split up just yet.  Unfortunately, the exhibits will only be open on special occasions.  And, despite how ‘special’ my wife thinks I am, I don’t think I’m special enough that they’ll open that for me.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum part 1 – YouTube

Walter P. Chrysler Museum part 2 – YouTube

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Grogan’s War Surplus Jeep

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I ran across a Salt Lake Tribune article that includes this militarized CJ-2A decoration.  The article shares a little bit about Salt Lake Valley’s Grogan’s War Surplus Store.  If you are in Salt Lake and have some time to kill, drop by and get your picture taken with the jeep and send it in to me!  I’m sure I’ll get down there at some point and do that too :-).   The store is located at 5000 S. Redwood Road and marked with a Sergeant Missile at one corner.

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Fantastic Cavern’s Display Jeep

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Hugh unearthed a couple pics of an old cave jeep on display at Fantastic Caverns.

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Smithsonian Museum Bantam Postcard

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UPDATE: This post card was for sale on eBay in 2012.

Even the Smithsonian didn’t get the ‘original jeep’ correct as evidenced by the postcard below.  To their credit, this Bantam BRC-60 just might be the next best thing.  I compare all three Bantams here.

For comparision, here’s another good shot of a BRC-60:

And this is the original Bantam BRC — Jeep #1.  The round fenders and scalloped side are two of the biggest differences:

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Bram Van Buuren Jeeps in the Netherlands

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Mike forwarded a link to this jeep dealer.  The Van Buuren’s launched their shop just after World War II ended. It is still family owned.  The website has jeeps for sale, projects they’ve completed (including the restoration of a seep), and more.

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Constabulary Jeep at Fort Knox Museum

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Not too surprisingly, the General George S. Patton Museum, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, has a few jeeps.  I read that the museum was supposed to be relocated to Fort Benning, GA, but I don’t know if that happened or not yet.

The two jeeps below are supposed to be part of the museum.  If there are others, I didn’t run across any photos.

One unusual model at the museum is a Constabulary Jeep, which was part of the Constabulary Force in Europe following World War 2.  You can read more about this Force here.

This picture was taken by Patrick Keenan and posted at, where there are several more photos from different angles.

The museum also has his Division Commander (Major General) jeep.  You view more pictures from the site as well.

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The Bodnar Private Collection

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While going through the pictures of his new jeep, Frank found these images he took at a Ron Bodnar’s personal museum in Edmonton, Canada.  After doing a little research, I learned more about Ron and the cars and memorabilia he has amassed. This Edmonton Journal news article explains more about this unusual collection.

“I came across these old pics from christmas time. a willys sign , a nelly belle pedal car, and some tonka jeeps ( at least 20 ) at a private, family museum. Thought it relevant since the post of the nelly belle ad posted a couple of days ago.”

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“Big Red” in the lobby of Warn Industries

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Doing some hub research today I ran across images of  “Big Red“, the CJ-2A that lives in the Clackamas, Oregon, facility of Warn Industries.  It’s a beautiful looking jeep that I plan to visit one of these days.

If you haven’t been to the Warn website, stop by the history page and check out the picture of the two odd jeeps taken early in Warn’s history when the shop was located in Seattle.  I contacted Warn about the photos, but they couldn’t provide any additional information about the jeeps.  I’ve never seen the body and frame modifications like those any where else.  It looks like it turned CJ-2As into a truck.

Big Red:

Here’s a shot from the 208 Sema Show from Truckin

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum

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Last month LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) opened its downtown Tacoma location.  The location can hold up to 350 vehicles, many from the LeMay collection, but others are there, too, making it one of the world’s largest automotive museums.  However, as Ann pointed out, it isn’t so much a museum as a gallery.

The building complex is four levels and uses a parking garage as its organizational metaphor.  Visitors begin on a main, very spacious area with curved wooded beams that have a nice warmth.  As you walk slightly upwards on this main floor, the vehicles at the pinnacle are a Dusenburg and a Tucker.  As I’ve mentioned, I always wanted to see a Tucker in person and I wasn’t disappointed.  Fortunately, the car is positioned so you can walk around the entire vehicle, unlike most of the vehicles.

Once the first level is complete, visitors can walk down ramps as they begin the descent into the garage portion.  A ramp leads to a flat floor, then another ramp leads down further until the bottom floor is circled.  At that point, visitors begin ascending  the other side with another set of ramps that lead back to the surface.

My main goal of this trip was to see the Tucker and explore the museum.  I didn’t expect to see any jeeps, because my last review of the museum’s online records didn’t indicate there were any.  However, on one of the underground floors we were pleasantly surprised when we spotted the familiar WW2 grille.  Unfortunately, as we got closer, I discovered this was a poor example of a jeep.  Even the sign said the vehicle was “titled a 1945 MB, but made with parts from 1941-1944”.   Problems with this included a passenger side fender had lots of rust underneath (not evident in the pics).  Brackets were welded on to the rear and sides of the body.   There was no windshield.

Despite the jeep experience, the museum is beautiful with a large number of mostly American cars.  Poor Ann had to listen to my occasional frustrations about how the museum was missing opportunities to educate and entertain people.  She bore my rants well, as usual. Guess that’s why I’m marrying her 🙂

Note, due to the low light and the banning of tripods, Ann had to use her cell phone to take pictures, so these aren’t as good as usual.

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A Visit to Tillamook, Oregon

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We just got back to Seaside, Oregon, after a long trip down the Oregon coast.  During our drive we squeezed in a visit to the Tillamook cheese factory, visited the Blue Heron cheese store, and dropped by to see the jeeps and planes at the Tillamook Air Museum.

The building at the Air Museum was very cool, as it is the largest wooden structure in the world.  According to the website, “Stationed at NAS  Tillamook was Squadron ZP-33 with a complement of eight K-ships. The K-ships were 252 feet long and filled with 425,000 cu. ft. of helium. With a range of 2,000 miles and an ability  to stay aloft for three days, they were well suited for coast patrol and convoy escort. Naval Air Station Tillamook was decommissioned in 1948.”

The facility is now an air museum with thirty air craft.  Also housed at the museum are two jeeps. One jeep is a very nice CJ-3A that may (or may not) have been used by the Navy.  No documentation is provided to show what its history was, but its paint job suggests a Navy affiliation.

The second jeep, according to the documentation, is a “1944 Willys Jeep. However, you can quickly see this is a militarized CJ-2A. The only military Item I could see was the front grille.

Here are a few pics: