25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

White House made of Lego bricks, Legoland, California

Happy 4th of July, friends!

There’s this one DIY/home decorating blog that I love, even though this blogger’s home looks the polar opposite of mine. Seriously. She has 4 kids, and yet she decorates in white.

And yet it looks beautiful. Her blog is Tidbits-Cam.com,  and if you want to be inspired by photos of sheer beauty (who doesn’t?), give her a visit.

Today on her blog, she is showcasing inspiring patriotic images, and I liked it so much I decided to do my own version of that post.

So I give you 25 photos of America the Beautiful.

Since we’ve lived all over the U.S. of A., we have seen first hand just how gorgeous our country is, and I wanted to share that here today.

All photos are my own, except for a few that Aunt Janet provided.

 

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Lego Mount Rushmore, Legoland, California

Go ahead and get that song in your head. “Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain. For purple mountains majesties…”

 

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

near Yosemite, California

 

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Half Dome, Yosemite, California

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Yosemite, California

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

a day at the ballpark

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

White House, 2012

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Alabama

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Sea to shining sea…I don’t actually remember which ocean this is.

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Look closely. Many of those rocks are actually sea lions laying on rocks. Monterey Bay, California

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Alexandria, Virginia

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Alexandria, Virginia

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

One of my all time favorites. Not only was he making snow angels, but you can see all the places he’d already walked, just like the way the Family Circus comics show foot-paths traveled by Billy. So cute!

Climbing trees are a bonafide part of childhood.

Poppies!

Carmel Valley, California, photo by Janet

Carmel Valley, California, photo by Janet

Monterey, California, photo by Janet

youth, photo by Amy Driscoll

on the road again

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Cliff Dwellers, Colorado

Disney World, Florida

Alabama

Billy Graham’s “The Cove” in North Carolina, photo credit The Cove

I count it one of my greatest blessing to have lived in so many different parts of this country. It truly is America, the beautiful.

Happy 4th of July to you all!

 

Cross-Country Road Trip 2016: Cali to Bama in a Pick-Up Truck

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One last basketball game with friends

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The movers came and boxed us up.

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Day 1: I promise our children do not normally consume sodas and play video games all day. Remember this was a manly trip…which really just means that I was not there, so don’t blame me. 😉

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California: Do you see the train going into the tunnel? Look closely.

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Arriving in Vegas. Don’t worry. I promise they didn’t see the shows, play the slots, or um…look around…

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hangin’ with friends

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What kids do in Vegas

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There was an Avengers thing-a-majig going on there,.

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And Caleb’s turn

Next Stop: North Rim of the Grand Canyon!!

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You will see them shading their eyes constantly in these photos. Our eyes have very little pigmentation. It’s hard! Plus, we couldn’t find their sunglasses.

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Were they not too sure about this at first?

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We gotta frame this.

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Before the trip they thought the Grand Canyon was worth skipping. Ha! They get it now.

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And on the road again…

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I love these window landscape shots. The Southwest is uniquely beautiful.

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This one made me laugh. Bless their hearts. Buy them some sunglasses!!

Once you finish chuckling over their eye covers, check out the FOUR CORNERS behind them: You can be in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado all at the same time.

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I’m thinking this is probably Colorado. I wasn’t there, and Alan’s outside building a trampoline, so I can’t ask him. Poor Alan. So glad I’m not the one with the big muscles that builds things.

Mesa Verde National Park

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As I mentioned before, we learned about these Anasazi cliff-dwellers in school this year, so what a perfectly timed field trip.

 

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When do I get to go see this because I want to too!

 

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This part would have been my favorite!

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On the road again, just can’t wait to get back on the road again….

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Next Stop: Oklahoma City

 

It just might’ve been his best birthday ever. And no, we’ve never been Braves fans, but I thought it went along with the whole becoming Southern thing. He approved. He also loved his bat bag and baseball cards.

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They went to an OKC Dodgers (minor league baseball) game. Caleb is crazy for baseball this year.

 

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It was a double-header, so Alan even got them a hotel where they could watch the game from their hotel room. Nice!

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Yes, they loved this pool.

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What’s better than a day at the ballpark?

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Well, iHop is a close second. Mmmm

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happy happy happy

Oh yeah, and Alan also took them to Pops, a soda pop factory/store. (Thanks for all the ideas, Greg!) They brought back a cooler full of sodas too. I might as well go ahead and schedule their dental appointments. No, it hasn’t been a full 6 months, but there was this trip.

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Do you think it will make him hyper?

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Yes. Apparently.

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On to Arkansas…

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By this point, Alan was speeding the trip along, so they just whipped right through Arkansas, and on to Tennessee:

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We were all intrigued to see what this giant pyramid was, and it turned out to be a BASS PRO SHOPS!! Haha!

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And no trip to Bammer is complete without a visit to Bryant-Denny. (That’s the University of Alabama football stadium, for all you non-southerners or non football fans.)

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They had to shield their eyes from the glitter of all those national championship trophies. hehe Roll Tide!

And finally, they arrived and reunited with Mom and little brothers!

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As far as I can tell, having three brothers is extremely fun.

We enjoyed being together for a couple of days, all of us as a family in our new house. But our work is not done. Alan, Joshua, and Caleb are over at my parents’ house, helping them move, and Joshua and Caleb are going to stay for the rest of the week. They are super excited because the Wii died in the fire, so Grandaddy has promised to buy an x-box for their house.

Happy Summer, y’all!!

Cross Country Road Trip 2016: The Man Show

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This beautiful lone cypress (a trademark of Carmel/Monterey area) painting was a thank you gift to Alan for being a basketball and baseball and tee-ball coach. It was painted by a grandfather of boys on those teams. This artist was at almost every single game. Thank you so much, sweet friends!!

It’s purely a man show this time, y’all. Last time it was just Alan and me. This time it’s Alan, Joshua, and Caleb.They are crossing the country mostly on I-40 riding in a full cab pick-up truck with a camper-cover. Is that what you call those things? I don’t know.  It’s a truck with a hut built on it to keep your luggage dry.

If you follow Alan on Facebook, then I have no news for you because Alan used up his text message plan and I took these pics from Facebook. Don’t you think it’s time for him to upgrade to unlimited texts?

Day 1, Friday:

Morning–hung out with friends and cleared out of old house. This military housing office was very easy to work with. Highly recommend!

Afternoon–Drove to Las Vegas

Evening–stayed at Treasure Island Resort

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breakfast in Vegas with friends

Day 2, Saturday:

Morning–Hung out with the same friends they hung out with on Friday. If you’ve been to our house in California this past year, then I’m sure you met Tom and Amy and family. We love these people.

Afternoon–Drove to the Grand Canyon, North Rim (because we saw the South Rim last time)

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dinner at sunset, overlooking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Evening–Go to bed early because boys are desperately sleep deprived after having so much fun with their friends and 2 sleepovers prior to the trip. (See, Alan could have made them sleep in the truck, but he is kind.)

Caleb has tried over and over again to get out of this road trip. He begged to fly with me and JD, but we insisted. There is no experience like seeing the American Southwest for yourself. We wanted him to experience seeing America, appreciate the great distances, and see the Grand Canyon.

I think it’s going quite well.

Last night Alan said this in an email:

And, April, please know that we actually are having fun. I may point out a bad thing or two that’s happened but it’s mostly “really cool”, “really awesome road trip”, “thanks, Dad”, …with an occasional “No, I meant, you and Josh fly with me to Georgia and then come back and get the truck!?!” Yea, he asked for that during a lull today…BUT, it’s not much at all of the trip.

Future Plans:

Last night Alan said, “We’re staying the night in Jacob Lake, AZ and tomorrow is 4 corners, Anasazi Cliff Dwellers in Mesa Verde and then…who knows!”

I’m so excited that they get to see the Anasazi Villages!!  That one was mine and Caleb’s request!!  Remember, I’m only not there because my hip went rogue this year and won’t let me sit for long periods. I am the kind of person that would LOVE to be on a cross-country road trip. In fact, I went last time, and I blogged about it.

Have you seen the Anasazi Villages? We learned about them in the Classical Conversations curriculum this year. We even memorized this song:

“The Anasazi of the Southwestern United Stated built adobe villages on the sides of the cliffs from 500 BC to 1200 AD.”

Want to see what they look like? Here’s a short YouTube video:

When I talked to them on the phone a few minutes ago, they’d already left Four Corners. Apparently, the line was an hour and a half long, so they just took photos and left. We are not line people. I also skipped the Liberty Bell a few years ago because eh, history is interesting and all, but waiting in line? How many things are really worth that?

Meanwhile, Dan, JD, and I are relaxing at my parents’ temporary house. Tomorrow I’m going to go polish my floors.

Wait. Did I say “my floors”?? That’s right! We take occupancy tomorrow!  We don’t have furniture until at least next weekend, but I’m just pleased as punch to not have to put my stuff in storage or live homeless like I did last time we moved!!

Yep. We are happy, happy, happy!

Want to read more Road Trip posts? See this list from last time!

Cross Country Road Trip: Days 2 &3

Alabamahttp://storiesofourboys.com/2014/06/20/road-trip-jd-turns-1/
Tuscaloosa:
http://storiesofourboys.com/2014/06/21/thoughts-from-the-road-trip/

Southwest:
http://storiesofourboys.com/2014/06/23/we-dont-want-to-eat-the-bread-we-just-want-to-collect-the-bread/

 

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