A Trip to the Beach and Our Concerns
The two photos above were taken at beautiful Canon Beach, Oregon. Although the big picture is great the details are not so good. The ocean is filling up with trillions of tiny pieces of plastic thanks to guess who. Close up photos below. We're doing the same sort of thing to the air that keeps us alive but it is harder to document the proof. Here on Canon Beach the evidence is right at your feet. This leaves us feeling sad for the generations to come. So many humans haven't found the wisdom in protecting our enviroment rather than their precious rights to do as they please at the expense of the rest of us.
Back to the beauty with a couple of Sky Watch photos, both taken at the beach. Linking up with Skywatch Friday and thanks to Yogi for hosting.
|The big rock is known as Haystack|
The rainbow was just lucky timing.
Maria has thoughtfully chosen Spring as the theme for Postcards for the Weekend. The other blogs have some beautiful cards and thanks, Maria, for hosting. We will start here with our favorite Spring postcard ...
|Artwork by St. John (no, not this John!)|
This old card was published about 1906-1910
We've posted this one in years past.
|Back of the unused card.|
Not specifically Spring, but March is the month. (Unless you're south of the equator, in which case, happy Fall to you!)
|I hope SOMEONE with a MARCH birthday|
will tell me how accurate this is!
|Back of the unused card.|
In our last post we explained how our interest in trains started. Our curiosity lead to research railroad history in America. Perhaps one of the most interesting events took place on May 10th, 1869, in Promontory, Utah, when the final golden spike was driven and the first transcontinental railroad in the world was complete. Below, you will see an official photo taken on the day. Then a photo we took on a visit to the Golden Spike National Historic Site which is intended to recreate the event as closely as possible. Last is the stamp issued by the US Postal Service to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the driving of the last spike. First, a little background from Wikipedia ...
"In 1862, Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act. This act gave the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad companies the responsibility of creating a transcontinental railroad route, roughly following the 42nd parallel from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California. Railroad lines in Chicago were to be extended to meet the new railroad in Omaha. Central Pacific began laying tracks eastward from Sacramento in 1863. Central Pacific began working westward from Omaha in 1865. For their efforts, Congress granted these railroad companies large tracts of land and millions of dollars in loans.
On May 10, 1869, the tracks of the two railroads met at Promontory, Utah. This historic achievement marked the first time a railroad had spanned an entire continent. The transcontinental railroad did a great deal to speed the settlement and industrial growth of the U.S. By the end of the 1800s, the U.S. had five transcontinental rail lines."
Our photo of the Golden Spike National Historical Site.
(We dug way back into the archives to find this one.)
|3 Cent US Postage Stamp issued to celebrate|
75th Anniversary of the Completion of First Transcontinental
1869 - 1944
More of the Circling Year Calendar for You
We're keeping you up-to-date with the Circling Year Calendar we started publishing in our January 15th post. The story on why we're reprinting a 1917 calendar is there.
The Spirit of Love
You will find as
you look back up-
on your life that
the moments that
stand out above
are the moments
when you have
done things in a
spirit of love.Henry Drummond
The Wisdom of Friendship
We take care of
our health, we
lay up money,
we make our
roof tight and our
but who provides
wisely that we
shall not be want-
ing in the best
property of all, --