For the last several years, my husband and I have chosen different charities to give to at Christmas. This year, we are giving to the National Forest Foundation. If you enjoy the fruits of the forest in any way…or maybe you vacation and/or live in or near forests like we do, then you know many of them are in dire need of our help or will need help in the future. Whether it’s fires, weather conditions, accidents, disease, lack of man power, money, and/or resources (which can all contribute or play a factor depending on the area), it’s a fact that more than 1 million acres of our National Forests are in need of reforestation. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said at one time: ““Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” To read more and become “a friend to the forest” before our forests are all gone, visit the National Forest Foundation.
I have such a thing for old bridges as some of you know from previous posts. Well, above is an old army bridge near Ft. Laramie, Wyoming. This old historic bridge was built in 1875 by the US Army to provide military and immigrant crossings over the North Platte River to the Fort. This bridge was pivotal in providing transportation and trade in the region. It also provided passage to other military outposts, Indian agencies, and the gold fields in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Without this bridge to link people together at the time, many peace treaties wouldn’t have happened. If you are going through and/or headed to Wyoming for a visit, be sure to make this bridge and the National Ft. Laramie site a “must see”. More photos of this bridge and other Fall photos from this location coming soon. 😉
I have always been in awe at the mysterious beauty of Pactola Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota. For anyone that’s been there, you know what I mean…especially for it’s deep blue-green color on a still day. When talking to friends and family about it and going to it’s Visitor Center, I learned there was an old mining town and resort beneath it. Before that, the land belonged to the Sioux Indians. To read more and how this lake now protects the people of Rapid City and vicinity, see PactolaLake.com.
Everywhere we go on our travels, our Dog sits like this whenever he sees a flag. Every single time..even when we don’t know when a flag is flying. Some say he loves the colors. Some say he loves the flag….and maybe he respects and knows what it represents. Whatever the case, he makes us think about the flag and how thankful we are for this great great Country and everything it represents. We love our special boy so much!! Happy 4th Of July, Everyone!! #ThankfulForThisCountry #ItsNotAboutPolitics #ItsAboutFreedom #ItsAboutLoveForThisLandAndEveryoneAndEverything #Happy4thOfJuly