The USS Niagara

1 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Tall ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  9 minutes

USS Niagara in Quebec City, Canada © Cephas/cc-by-sa-4.0

USS Niagara in Quebec City, Canada © Cephas/cc-by-sa-4.0

USS Niagara, commonly called the US Brig Niagara or the Flagship Niagara, is a wooden-hulled snow-brig that served as the relief flagship for Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. As the ship is certified for sail training by the United States Coast Guard, she is also designated SSV Niagara. Niagara is usually docked behind the Erie Maritime Museum in downtown Erie in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania as an outdoor exhibit for the museum. She also often travels the Great Lakes during the summer, serving as an ambassador of Pennsylvania when not docked. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and was designated the official state ship of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1988.   read more…

Lummus Park in Miami Beach

1 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  4 minutes

Lummus Park © Pietro/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lummus Park © Pietro/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lummus Park is a 74-acre (30 ha) public, urban park in Miami Beach (Miami-Dade, Florida), on the Atlantic Ocean. The park is on the eastern side of Ocean Drive, from 5th to 15th Streets. When redesigned and improved in the mid-1980s, it became part of the project for the redevelopment of what is now the Miami Beach Architectural District of South Beach.   read more…

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Appalachians

25 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Environment, General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Clingman's Dome Observation Tower, the highest point both in Tennessee and along the Appalachian Trail, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park © Scott Basford

Clingman’s Dome Observation Tower, the highest point both in Tennessee and along the Appalachian Trail, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park © Scott Basford

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park in the southeastern United States, with parts in North Carolina and Tennessee. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The park contains some of the highest mountains in eastern North America, including Clingmans Dome, Mount Guyot, and Mount Le Conte. The border between the two states runs northeast to southwest through the center of the park. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Georgia to Maine. With 14.1 million visitors in 2021, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States.   read more…

Santa Clarita in California

21 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  8 minutes

Fountain in front of the Edwards Theater © Mrrxx/cc-by-sa-2.5

Fountain in front of the Edwards Theater © Mrrxx/cc-by-sa-2.5

Santa Clarita is a city in northwestern Los Angeles County, California. With a 2020 census population of 228,673, it is the third-largest city by population in Los Angeles County, and the 17th-largest in the state of California. It is located about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and occupies 70.75 square miles (183.2 km²) of land in the Santa Clarita Valley, along the Santa Clara River. It is a notable example of a U.S. edge city, satellite city, or boomburb.   read more…

Anacortes in Washington

15 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery © flickr.com - brewbooks/cc-by-sa-2.0

Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery © flickr.com – brewbooks/cc-by-sa-2.0

Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The name “Anacortes” is an adaptation of the name of Anne Curtis Bowman, who was the wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman. Anacortes’ population was 15,778 at the time of the 2010 census. It is one of two principal cities of and included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metropolitan Statistical Area. Anacortes is known for the Washington State Ferries dock and terminal serving Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island, as well as Victoria, British Columbia (via Sidney, British Columbia), on Vancouver Island. There is also a Skagit County-operated ferry that serves Guemes Island, a residential island located across Guemes Channel, north of Anacortes.   read more…

Ferndale in California

3 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Main Street © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main Street © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. Its population was 1,371 at the 2010 census, down from 1,382 at the 2000 census. The city contains dozens of well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. Ferndale is the northern gateway to California’s Lost Coast and the city, which is sited on the edge of a wide plain near the mouth of the Eel River, is also located near the extensive preserves of coast redwood forests. Before American settlement, Ferndale was a glade of giant ferns reaching more than six feet, surrounded by alder, willow, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, coast redwood, swampy land, and windswept prairies. The area was populated by the southern Wiyot people, and centered along the Eel River, where they caught lamprey eels, salmon and sturgeon in iris leaf fish nets, collected shellfish along the river and at its mouth, while cultivating only a California species of tobacco. The town was established in 1852 from settlement by Willard Allard, Seth Louis Shaw, and his brother, Stephen W. Shaw.   read more…

Painted Ladies in San Francisco

1 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, San Francisco Bay Area Reading Time:  6 minutes

© panoramio.com - MARELBU/cc-by-3.0

© panoramio.com – MARELBU/cc-by-3.0

In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings repainted, starting in the 1960s, in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians. Although polychrome decoration was common in the Victorian era, the colors used on these houses are not based on historical precedent.   read more…

United States Memorial Day

30 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

National Memorial Day Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery © flickr.com - U.S. Secretary of Defense/Marvin Lynchard/cc-by-2.0

National Memorial Day Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
© flickr.com – U.S. Secretary of Defense/Marvin Lynchard/cc-by-2.0

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.   read more…

Miami Tower

28 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

lit as American flag for Independence Day, President's Day & Veterans Day © Averette

lit as American flag for Independence Day, President’s Day & Veterans Day © Averette

The Miami Tower is a 47-story, landmark office skyscraper in Miami, Florida, United States. It is located in central Downtown. It is currently the 16th tallest building in Miami and Florida. On April 18, 2012, the AIA‘s Florida Chapter placed it on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Bank of America Tower.   read more…

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