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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Abraham Lincoln Versus The 1812 Overture

Some links for today before I get started with the mischief at hand. Norma had a flashback Friday. Parsnip had a Square Dog Friday. Cheryl has a July 4th post. Shelly had a Fourth of July quote. Krisztina had dessert ideas and outdoor entertaining tips. Lorelei is marking the Fourth of July. And Ivy has a true or false question.

As mentioned, that mischief at hand...

"The British aren't coming! The British aren't coming! Wait, is that what I'm supposed to say?" ~ Milo Revere, April 18th, 1775

"There, I guess King George will be able to read that." ~ John Hancock, July 2nd, 1776

"And he won't even need a telescope. Anyone across the ocean can see that monster sized signature of yours, Hancock. Are you desperately trying to overcompensate for something? Because someday a fellow named Freud might have to say something about that." ~ John Adams, July 2nd, 1776

"Oh, don't worry, Libbie, I'm sure nothing at all is going to happen while I'm out picking a fight with the Lakotas. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? By the way, hold onto my lucky rabbit's foot. It's kept me alive all this time, but I shouldn't be superstitious." ~ George Armstrong Custer, ~ May 16th, 1876

"I had a strange dream, Mary. A Russian composer will someday write an overture commemorating his nation's victory over the French in 1812, and yet for some odd reason our nation will hijack it and play it endlessly with fireworks on the Fourth of July. What do you think about that?" ~ Abraham Lincoln, July 4th, 1863

It has been my tradition in previous years on Independence Day to showcase spots in American states that I have visited, or would like to visit. I divide the country up each year in half, as opposed to going with fifty different locations. Here is this year's edition, roughly from east to west.

Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington, Vermont
Yale University, Connecticut
Mount Marcy, New York
Cape May, New Jersey
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Smoke Hole Caverns, West Virginia
Ford's Theatre, Washington,  D.C. 
Charleston, South Carolina

Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee
Tupelo National Battlefield, Mississippi
Mississippi Bayou, Louisiana
Hurricane River Cave, Arkansas
Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, Ohio
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
Dodge City, Kansas
Black Kettle National Grassland, Oklahoma

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Devil's Hole, Death Valley, Nevada
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Sacagawea National Monument, South Dakota
Lemhi Pass, Idaho
Fort Clatsop National Monument, Oregon


  1. Sorry, but none of those caves compare to the Meramec Caverns here in Missouri!

  2. Nice tip of the hat to our Independence Day! Hope you get to see all the places you've mentioned!

  3. Indiana Dunes is a great place to visit, although I've always preferred Clifty Falls State Park for the waterfalls and Ohio River overlooks. Of course, it's on the exact opposite end of the state from where we live (and from the Dunes, for that matter).

  4. Lovely. No California?

    I bet the people in Las Vegas, Nevada have a different image in mind when they look for the Devil's Hole!

  5. @Lynn: thank you!

    @Norma: those I'd like to see too!

    @Cheryl: I hope so too!

    @Mark: and it can be a sizable state!

    @Eve: California's for next year!

  6. So many wonderful places to see.
    I have been to many of the Civil War Battle Fields and they are sadly inspiring.
    You need to go to the Four Corners, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
    I had photo of the kids with hands and legs in each state. It is a hoot !

    cheers, parsnip

  7. I do appreciate satire and so loved the first part of this. Loved all the photos, too. You do get around, my friend. But, did I miss your photos of Florida? Hmmm. :)

  8. I've been to the Cape May lighthouse. I didn't go inside though. We were tired from traveling and just wanted to see the lighthouse. We walked down the beach to it a few times and then drove to it for a closer look.

  9. Once again, I'm having trouble commenting here. That's what happens when you take a long hiatus. I'm glad you made it to Ohio. I feel challenged to make my own travel gallery--another diversion from publishing my next book.

  10. Awesome post and photos...I felt like I had a virtual trip! Hope you had a great 4th July weekend!

  11. The "quotes" at the top had me rolling! Wonderful photos, too!


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