Happy Fourth of July!

320px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgI’d like to give my American readers a big Happy Independence Day! You make up more than half of my readers, and your support is appreciated very much. I hope you have a wonderful day, a great barbecue, great beer, and great fireworks (if you do all of those).

I may be Canadian, but I do have a connection to the US. You see, my grandmother was born in the United States. North Dakota, to be exact. Yes, my grandmother was American, but immigrated to Canada when she was young. But being from North Dakota, she was Norwegian, as many Norwegians settled there.  Lots in Minnesota, too, right?

When I was a kid, my grandparents had an idea for one summer. They suggested that they take me on a road trip around the United States. They had given me some amazing maps of the US that were made in the 1980s, but incredibly high quality paper. Those were some of my favourite maps. All fifty states had their own map, and I looked at them a lot, being a geography geek as long as I can remember.  That trip never came to be, unfortunately, but it would have been incredible. We would have traveled around with their fifth wheel and stayed at campgrounds all over the country.

Now that I’m returning to Canada with my family, I’d love to take a few road trips around the States, as well as Canada.  Lots of places to see, and I think it would be incredible. So, this is your chance to convince me which places would be a must see in the US. Let me know in the comments.

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11 thoughts on “Happy Fourth of July!”

  1. Visit Great Basin national park. It is a bit in the middle of nowhere, but it has a high peak, wheeler peak. A great cave to visit and bristlecone pines (if I remember correctly they are the oldest trees you can find), you can spot mountain goats (really rarely though), and there are some huge rabbits as well.

      1. It is quite nice, I went there with my parents in 2002, and we spotted a rare mountain goat (rare as it had not been seen in 5 years) my dad took pictures with his telelense which other hikers noticed and so the park staff was going all crazy for when we got back. Digital cameras weren’t common, so they had to wait for the photos to be developed and send by post…

      1. Yesssss. It’s the Gulf! Beaches everywhere! I mean, they’re not crystal clear and blue or anything, but I’m fond of them nevertheless. I hear the water actually is like that in Corpus Christie, though!

        1. Sounds nice. The water around here is probably like that. Lots of beaches here, but the water isn’t that clear. It’s not tropical, but it is subtropical. The water around Okinawa is incredibly blue and tropical paradise-like.

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