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Today marks the 393rd celebration of Thanksgiving here in the USA. It all began with the Pilgrims, or the English colonists, celebrating their first successful harvest. The Wampanoag tribe traveled two days on foot to visit with the Pilgrims, who invited the tribe to feast with them.

First Thanksgiving - Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899)

First Thanksgiving – Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899)

On December 18, 1777, George Washington issued orders to set aside this date as a day for Thanksgiving and praise. This was due to recent victories in fighting the American Revolution.

In 1846, Sarah Hale begins a letter writing campaign that lasts 17 years asking that the government set aside the last Thursday of November as a national holiday, dubbing that day Thanksgiving. On August 26th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, receiving a letter from Sarah Hale, declares the last Thursdays of November as Thanksgiving Day!

Sarah Hale

Sarah Hale

Then on November 23rd, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moves the day to the next to last Thursday to help retailers boost sales for the upcoming Christmas holiday. It throws the country into a tizzy! Realizing that this was not a good move, he then signs legislation on November 26th, 1941, officially making the fourth Thursday of November the official day to celebrate Thanksgiving!

So to all of you that celebrate this day:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

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On the deck of a ship, imagine your eyes wandering along the jagged coastline in Alaska. You are looking for the white spots which indicate Bald Eagles. A movement near the water catches your eye, and heaving itself up onto the rocks you realize that you are viewing a sea lion. Then you notice the cluster of them covering the rocks! Click on the photos to see these amazing critters better!

With their noses pointing up in the air, I wonder what they smell…

Noses in the air

Noses in the air

The sea lions are along the rocks just above the water line!

Sea Lions on the point

Sea Lions on the point

As we sail through the passages, the sea lions swim near the ship. I caught a pair, with one looking at the ship, and another swimming away from the ship!

Swimming with the birds

Swimming with the birds

Heading away from us

Heading away from us

In the Skagway harbor, near the pier, a head pops up from the water. The sea lion is looking right at me!

Inside the Skagway Harbor

Inside the Skagway Harbor

We were so fortunate to see the amount of sea life that we did. If you have the opportunity to visit Alaska, I hope that you too get to enjoy the sea life too!

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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When we visited Glacier Bay and the College Fjords, one of the things that I noticed were the number of ice caves. These caves are openings where the melting waters of the glaciers flow into the channels. People do like to venture into these caves, which can be very dangerous, because at any time the cave can collapse. So, let’s explore these from a distance! Imagine the sound of rushing water…this is what we heard as we neared these caves!

Feel like exploring?

Feel like exploring?

Three caves

Three caves

Looking in

Looking in

Water running out of the cave

Water running out of the cave

Dark caves

Dark caves

Aren’t they cool? :)

Thank you for stopping in today, and I hope that you have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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There is nothing that compares to looking out over the rail of a ship, standing in the bitter cold, and looking at a massive glacier! Best viewing of glaciers, so that you can see the amazing colors, is when the sky is overcast. Luck was with me when I took these photos. I love the color blue, and, for today, I wanted to share with you some amazing photos of glacial ice up close and blue!

Jagged

Jagged

Bands of blue

Bands of blue

Blue and floating

Blue and floating

Swirls

Swirls

Dropped

Dropped

Shades of color

Shades of color

Lines

Lines

Isn’t the ice amazing?

Thanks for dropping in today! Have an amazing Saturday! If you are in my neck of the woods, stay dry! Be well! ^..^

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Xiao over at WordPress has chosen topic “angular” for this week’s photo challenge! As I love patterns, this is a perfect challenge for me! So here is my angular world!

We were visiting Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas, and when we stepped outside, and I looked up, I fell in love with the angles on the building at night!

Harrahs

Harrahs

At Hoover Dam, I stood under one of the towers and looked up. The angles on the tower were electric!

Inside the tower

Inside the tower

Inside the dam, there were interesting angles inside the generator room!

Generators

Generators

Angles are not always straight. Check out the shifting angles on this fern fiddle!

The fiddle of a fern in the rainforest

The fiddle of a fern in the rainforest

One of the most amazing displays of angles in nature was the basalt formation we discovered in Yellowstone National Park.

Geometry in a basalt formation

Geometry in a basalt formation

One final shot…this one: Lines of color!

Lines of color

Lines of color

I hope that you enjoyed my angular view of the world! Be sure to check out some of the other posts for their views of what they see as “angular.” You can get there by clicking HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fabulous Friday and weekend as well! Be well! ^..^

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When I started writing this blog I had not idea that I would be continuing on for all the years that I have! I have been blogging since June 2011, and over this time I have had over 126,000 views and 14,200 comments! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have inspired me to keep this going! I wanted to share with you my top five posts of all time!

At number 5, with 1,400 views: Oven Fried Pork Chops!

Half way through cooking

Half way through cooking

Number 4, with 1,700 views is Chemistry in Cooking! People are really curious as to how things work!

Melting butter

Melting butter

Coming in at number 3, with 1,860 views: Sam, its Yosemite!

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

In at number 2, with 3,300 views: Chile Rellenos in the Crock Pot! Yummy!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Drum roll please! At number 1, with 4,400 views, and back on the rise due to the upcoming holidays, Maple Glazed Rotisserie Ham!

The ham goes on the spit!

The ham goes on the spit!

Thank you again for not only inspiring me, but for your loving support of me and this site! I would not have been able to reach these numbers and milestones, if it were not for you! Be well! ^..^

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My head is in the clouds today. Clouds can be dramatic, wispy and revealing! Let’s go and check it out, shall we?

Fingers across a glacier

Fingers across a glacier

Hovering over the mountains

Hovering over the mountains

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

Breaking through

Breaking through

Wispy

Wispy

Peaking through

Peaking through

Aren’t they just lovely?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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