Category: USA

Dinosaur Fossils and the Indestructible Camera

“Look straight down,” the balloonist told us, “you see that dirt road that kind of squiggles off to the left? If you were to follow it down into that canyon you’d end up at a bunch of dinosaur fossils.” “Real fossils?” “Yes. Still embedded in the rocks. There’s a walking...

Take a Ride… on Heavy Metal

With a great deal of chuffing, 500 tons of steel slowly begins inching along. Not even walking speed. Trees and landmarks creep by the windows. The brass fixtures and polished wooden trim speak of a bygone era. An era most of us have never seen firsthand and yet, one which...

Fort Sumter, SC – Where the US Civil War started.

Silent puffs of smoke rise on the distant shores. Sailors gather at the rails to watch the cannonballs splash harmlessly into the water. Not even near enough to get their shirts wet. Laughing, they sail into the city and pillage. With the American Revolution and the War of 1812 still...

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, NC

“Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician. After you know what to look for you see things that you did not notice when you did not know exactly what to look for.” – Orville Wright Everyone...

There’s No Stinkin’ Ocean!

To paraphrase one of the great movie quotes of all time, “Ocean? There’s no ocean. We don’t got no ocean. We don’t need no stinkin’ ocean!” The voice, of course would be that of a distinctly Hispanic-sounding Donald Duck and he’d be speaking in reference to surfing classes offered at...

City Tavern, Philadelphia

July 4th of ’77, the Independence Day celebration is a relatively subdued affair compared to what we have come to expect in this day of huge fireworks extravaganzas. Just a simple dinner at a local restaurant with a few close friends and colleagues. Of course, simple is an understatement considering...

THERE’S AN OFFICIAL STATE BEVERAGE?!

Every state has an official state flower, animal, tree, slogan, etc. but where does it stop? Here’s a roundup of some pretty wacky official state symbols. Beverage: Milk (DE) Star: Dubhe (UT) Wild Animal Game Species: Gray Squirrel (KY) Saltwater Mammal: Dolphin (FL) Yacht: Courageous (RI) Crustacean: Maryland Blue Crab...