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Members of the Roy Rogers 100th Anniversary Palomino Riders are decked out patriotically. (via The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena - Framework - Photos and Video - Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times)
Laser-eye dog (Taken with picplz.)
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Born In The U.S.A.
For years my family would venture off for an extended holiday weekend. Mostly it was Cape Cod (East Orleans), sometimes Maine & few times the New Jersey shore. In the last 10 years families have grown & dispersed, thus sadly we no longer partake in these journeys. July 4th, like Thanksgiving, is a true American family/friends holiday. I find it best to stay home (in the US) if you’re not going to visit/stay with with friends elsewhere, as it can be quite lonely not going to the holiday parties.
I have traveled a few times, outside the country, during the July 4th holiday. Which is quite an odd feeling, traveling on a major US holiday & having no acknowledgement of it whilst away.
A few years ago, I was in Lake Placid, NY for a surprise birthday party. We had some drama (as expected), the weather was miserable & I wasn’t near the beach (which I prefer over lakes & mountains) nonetheless it was a fun trip & a total surprise for the birthday boy.
For American’s who have a strong bond with America & it’s holidays, traveling to distant places without the company of family/friends is hard to plan & uncommon. [I’m invited every year at Thanksgiving to a cricket tournament in Sarasota, Florida; but as most of the local team are newer citizens they don’t have any connection to the holiday.] Though those who live in expensive cities, namely NYC & San Francisco, tend to have people who don’t want to spend the money to travel home on these holidays - which is odd as it’s probably cheaper or equal cost to going local summer spots & partying.
These are also major traveling holidays, it’s worthwhile to extend your travel days by 1 day on either side. Philadelphia to Cape Cod is a 6-7 hour drive (360 miles or so). I once returned on the 5th which was a 15 hour drive, I won’t do that ever again.
For the 4th last year, I was planning a road trip starting on the 6th. Where I went to Hanover, NH & Tenants Harbor, ME. Visiting places I hadn’t been to in 10+ years. This year, I’ll probably spend at the shore reading, with nightly swims in the Atlantic.
(Over the years with my grandparents & older friends having skin cancers cut off; I’ve become wary of spending too much time in the sun. I’d love to sit on the beach all day, & do so when friends are around, but won’t on my own)
A nibble, a bite, a taste of the great American summer.
My favorite summer snack is a tall pile o’ Chesapeake Bay crabs washed down with an Arnold Palmer, preceded by water-skiing and followed with a nap. What’s yours?
Dinner of steamed lobster (I steam them in beer, unsure if it makes a difference), corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes with basil, olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Finish with fresh cut strawberries with brown sugar & sour cream or vanilla liquor. Enjoy whole thing with lime rum punches.
Preceded by body surfing in the Atlantic & backyard croquet, badminton &/or chatter.