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Friday, July 4, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Versus A Balrog Of Moria

"No, Benjamin, I don't think we can include the right to cuddling with French baronesses in the Declaration of Independence." ~ John Adams, June 24th, 1776

"Four score and seven days ago, I fought a Balrog of Moria, a demon of the ancient world. And let me tell you, dispatching that shadow and flame monster wasn't all that hard." ~ Abraham Lincoln, February 20th, 1865

Today is the Fourth of July for my American mates. Before getting into anything, some links to point out. Norma writes about Minions at her blog, and is starting up a weekly photoblog there as well. Head over to Shelly's blog and show her some support, as one of her two dogs doesn't have much time left.

As with my Canada Day post, it has become my habit to feature places in America I have been to, or would like to see. Since there are fifty states, I feature half of them in a year, with the other half the following year. These pics are not mine, but drawn from the web. Happy Independence Day! Don't trust anyone with fireworks who says "Hey, wanna watch something hilarious?"

Bowdoin College, Maine
Bunker Hill National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Mount Eisenhower, New Hampshire
Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware
Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina
Biscayne National Park, Florida
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama
Perryville Battlefield, Kentucky
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefield, Virginia
Kimmswick, Missouri
U.S. Grant Home, Galena, Illinois
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Pompey's Pillar, Montana
Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Zion Canyon National Park, Utah
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Redwood National Park, California
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska


  1. I can vouch for the western state awesomeness! Especially the Redwoods :) Someday I'll make it back east--I really want to see the Fredericksburg battlefield.

  2. Really so many pretty places all over the world, to see. Cool beans.

  3. Lovely places to visit, I doubt I'll ever get there!

  4. the hubby loved the Lincoln joke. ( :
    wow, you have seen all sorts around the USA. i'm jealous. we have seen bunches but there are so many other places we have not got to as of yet. Canada & overseas included. there is never enough time & money. nuts!! ha. ha!!

  5. I was born on Lincoln's never put me off theatre.
    Jane x

  6. I've been to some, but not all, of these places. I do know Kimmswick well. Wonderful little town...and some of the best restaurants!

  7. @Meradeth: I have not been to Redwood National Park, but I yearn to see it for myself.

    @Whisk: thank you!

    @Jennifer: at some point I'd like to get to all of them.

    @Beth: I've been to a good number of the states, but not yet all of them.

    @Jane and Chris: I'm often reminded of the line "so aside from all that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"

    @Norma: thank you for pointing that town out. I'd like to see it for myself.

  8. Gosh lots of travel ahead William :) can't imagine how you'll choose where first, they all look very appealing.

  9. A great way to celebrate the 4th of July! Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Mackinac Island is worth a see, bring your horse or your bike...

  11. Nice of you to mark our Fourth! There's even a picture of my home island here!

  12. I have been to many of these places and they are wonderful.
    One of the most interesting for me is seeing the Redwoods and then visiting the Petrified Forest. So amazing.
    The Battlefields along the east coast are amazing and heartbreaking.

    cheers, parsnip

  13. You always have such great pictures on your blog.

  14. @Grace: so many places to see, so little time...

    @Diane: you're welcome!

    @Lynn: it's such a beautiful place.

    @Cheryl: that fact escaped my memory!

    @Parsnip: there's a real contrast between Redwoods and Petrified Forest.

    @Kelly: thank you!

  15. Great list, I haven't been to any of those places. I love to go to Redwood National Park in California. I didn't even know about Petrified Forest National Park. That sounds cool.

  16. I've been to a few of those. Thanks for the pictures. I didn't realize Delaware had such a place.

  17. William, thank you for acknowledging your neighbors' Independence Day! May we all have the good fortune to travel and see as many wonderful places as you have.

  18. Awwww shame about the cuddling!

    Great pics! Happy 4th of July to your vast, beautiful and vibrant neighbour! :-) Take care

  19. I love all the photos here. Hope you had a great 4th July!


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