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Monday, July 4, 2016

John Adams, The Grumpiest President

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." ~ George Carlin

"All people are alike. Except Republicans and Democrats." ~ Groucho Marx

"John, I can safely predict that some two hundred and two score years from now, give or take a year, a snarky Canadian will be suggesting you have a cranky nature." ~ Benjamin Franklin, July 4th, 1775
"Rubbish, Franklin! Everyone knows I have a perfectly happy perso.... dammit, Hancock, what the hell did we tell you about signing the Declaration with a normal signature?" ~ John Adams, July 4th, 1775

Happy Fourth of July to my American readers! To mark the occasion, in recent years I've featured spots of interest, some of which I have visited myself, and others that are on the proverbial list. Each year I choose from half the states, and move onto the other half in the following year. Enjoy, and have a wonderful day.

Mount Katahdin, Baxster State Park, Maine
Adams National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Yorktown Battlefield, Virginia
Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware
Mount Sterling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida
Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Alabama
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Kentucky
Meramec Caverns, Missouri
Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
Museum of the High Plains, Nebraska
Fort Union National Historic Site, North Dakota
Glacier National Park, Montana
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Guadalupe National Park, Texas
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Olympic National Park, Washington
Katmai National Park, Alaska


  1. John Adams has been my favorite president ever since I first saw the musical "1776" (I movie I suspect you wouldn't like.) Yes, he was obnoxious and disliked--but he was smart enough to at least admit it! Come to think of it, he was the original Grumpy Cat.

  2. You should have included that Grumpy Cat with the same response to fun!

    Even grumpy, he'd probably be more popular today than either Trump or Clinton...

    1. I'd vote for Grumpy Cat:

      "If we don't spend money we don't have, people might not vote for us!"


  3. Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing. St. Augustine is 2 hours from Tallahassee and it's one of my favorites. Gorgeous!

  4. @Mark: I have seen snippets of the film. I have a great deal of respect for Adams- I love David McCullough's biography of him.

    @Lynn: you're welcome.

    @Norma: I should have thought of that!

    @Mark: Grumpy Cat rules!

    @Diane: I was in that city when I was a child. I still have memories of the fort.

  5. Only made it to a few of these places--I need to travel more state-side!

  6. Great pictures. I need to travel more in my own country.

  7. Not sure about Addams being the grumpiest president. You included part of my world. The Joshua Tree National Park. The main entrance is about ten miles due South of my house.

  8. We used to drive through Joshua Tree on the way to Vegas. It's beautiful!

  9. Thanks, William.
    I think the stovepipe hat must have been a good hiding place for something!
    Been to a few of these parks, want to see more!

  10. Beautiful pictures, Sir Wills.


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