Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light –

What so proudly we hailed, at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight –

O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air –

Gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there –

Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave –

O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

Happy birthday, America


Locations, from top:

  • Sunrise on Mt. Haleakala, Maui
  • Sunset seen from Waikiki Beach
  • My “Old Glory” reclaimed wood wall art
  • Cadet Chapel, West Point
  • New Year’s fireworks, Disney World, Orlando
  • Cullum Hall, West Point
  • Flags at Washington Monument, Capitol Mall
  • Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia.

P.S. I did a similar salute to America last year to America the Beautiful.

July Goals

I have no trouble believing it’s July. The trouble I’m having is believing that it’s only July! Between visiting Seattle, London, Copenhagen, several spots in Norway, Amsterdam, Denver, and Alexandria last month, a whole lot of work, and a whole lot of other craziness, I almost had a feeling I’d open my eyes this morning and discover it’s October. Jeez!

This next month isn’t going to get any less crazy, but I’m hoping that a little bit of forward planning and goal setting will help me at least manage the craziness. I’m joining in the new Maximize Your Month link-up to get a little encouragement along the way – and you should, too!

Here’s a look back at June before we launch into July.

Last Month’s Highlights

Photo highlights from last month:

The Tower of London | A look at – and inside – Stonehenge | Awesome fish + chips at Tower Bridge

Kensington Palace | The Abbey and Village of Lacock | Inside the cathedral at Bath

High seas on the Disney Magic | Crystal lakes at Pulpit Rock | Warming up with a caramel coffee

I look at all these pictures and it still doesn’t completely feel real! We had some incredible adventures. I hope you’ve enjoyed the stories I’ve shared so far, because I’ve only just started – I still have to take you to the utterly charming village of Lacock, to beautiful historic Bath, to Copenhagen, through Norway, back to Amsterdam, and then on a little jaunt back east for work. And the travel isn’t letting up either – this month I’m headed to the Land Down Under for work. More on that when I get back!

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Sunrise at Stonehenge

We saw it from the road as our tour bus pulled up. A flat steppe rising slightly higher than the rolling plain around it, lined by distant stands of trees, but all alone in the cold morning. On top of it, a collection of stones, silhouetted against the white morning light. The way they were stacked together would have been strange enough, but stranger still, there were no stones or visible rocks to be seen anywhere around it in the surrounding landscape. There had been none for miles.

That’s just one of the many mysteries that baffle historians, archaeologists, and anyone else who has ever studied the prehistoric monument known as Stonehenge. How did the stones get there? Who arranged them the way they are, and how were they made, in an age where there were no metal tools, no sophisticated cranes or cantilever systems, no rail to haul them? What were they for?

Visiting the stone circle reveals no answers. Just more mystery.

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