Mid week pick me up

Three years ago, a road trip led us to Mount Rushmore, located in South Dakota. This famous landmark has been included in numerous photos and movies. Ever since I saw Cary Grant in North by Northwest, I’ve wanted to visit this site.

The engineering feat involved in carving the faces of the four presidents into the granite of Mount Rushmore is impressive in and of itself. Considering this sculpture was completed in 1941 makes it even more impressive.

The four presidents depicted are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. According to the sculpture Gutzon Borglum, these four presidents were chosen to “commemorate the founding, birth, preservation, and development to the United States of America.”

The day was beautiful and warm. We took numerous pictures and noticed a trail that passes below the faces and allows closer views of the carvings. The name of the trail is the Presidential Trail and is .6 miles long. I recommend taking this relatively easy walking trail. There is also a visitor’s center and the Sculptor’s Studio.

 

 

 

Parasols

I have never been a sun worshipper due to my fair skin and blonde hair. I am one of those individuals who religiously applies sunscreen even if I’m only planning to spend a few moments in the great outdoors.

When I was in my teens, I tried numerous times to achieve a beautiful golden tan. This was not a possibility due to several reasons:  First, I have no patience and become quickly bored.  Second, the sun beating on my head, even with the added protection of a hat, always gives me a headache. Third, tanning beds hold no allure for me. Fourth, I am not a fan of spray on tans.

When I was 19, I discovered that my umbrella was useful not only for protection from the rain but also the sun. I happily traipsed over ruins on the island of Corfu and roamed the streets of Athens safely protected with my handy umbrella and layers of sunscreen.

While others were melting from the unrelenting rays of the sun, I enjoyed my own personal shade. I was never a victim of hat hair. As I grew older, my family never lost sight of their own personal tour guide due to my growing flamboyant umbrellas. I rivaled many commercial tour guides.

 

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This picture was taken at Versailles. I was in such a rush to visit this beautiful site that I inadvertently left my umbrella in the hotel room. My husband spotted this souvenir and purchased it for me.

This beautiful, yet strong parasol came in handy not only as a sunshade but as a makeshift cane as I struggled over rock strewn sites on our travel.

Bora Bora

I love traveling. One of the most enchanting trips I experienced was when my family and I visited Bora Bora. The logistics of getting to the island are challenging and on the expensive side, but once you arrive the magic of this place is evident.

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This vacation spot is idyll for couples. It is popular for weddings and honeymoons. The pace is quiet and relaxed. The island is surrounded by a  barrier reef and a lagoon. The combination is perfect for snorkeling and/or diving. I was impressed by the clarity and calmness of the water.

I’ve visited other islands in the Pacific and the Caribbean, but none cast a spell on me the way this island did. Hopefully, I will be able to revisit this paradise one day.

 

 

As the years pass by . . .

Summertime always evokes nostalgic feelings inside of me. It also reminds me that the year is half over and, before I realize it, another year will roll around. IMG_0005

This picture was taken six years ago. It reminds me that the river will keep on running and time will keep on turning. I’m remembering the past by collecting old photos and incorporating them into a scrapbook that will serve as a reminder of happy memories for when I need a pick me up.