Throwback Thursday – Flashback Friday again.

Throwback Thursday! Flashback Friday!

Feeling grateful as I look at old photographs. Remembering the many trips and vacations I was fortunate to take and the wonderful places I visited growing up. Here are just a few:

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

Every year, Grandma would take all the grandkids to Anaheim for 2 days at Disneyland and a night at the Disneyland Hotel. Grandma also took me on many trips: Glacier National Park, Montana, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton and all across Canada, London and Scotland. And of course Chicago and New York City:

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

I also traveled a lot with my family. Vacations to New York, Washington D.C., Virginia and Philadelphia in 1976 during the nation’s Bicentennial; Hawaii, Big Sur, Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, Lake Tahoe and northern California, San Diego, the Grand Canyon and “Four Corners”, Chicago, Kenosha, a very weird Thanksgiving in Arizona, Mammoth, Palm Springs (where my Grandparents retired), Park City, Utah and even Las Vegas.

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn ranch

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn Ranch in Northern California!

Scuba diving in Hawaii!

Scuba diving in Kona on the Big Island Hawaii!

Big Sur 1975 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hiking in Big Sur, California 1975

Camping in Yosemite

Camping in Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain

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Pic of the Day 26-MAR-13: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island taken from the top of the WTC – NYC 1994:

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - New York, New York (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island – NYC, New York (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

STATUE OF LIBERTY IS CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY! As of March 2013: Liberty island is currently closed, but will reopen July 4, 2013.

 

From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station for 12 million immigrants who passed through “America’s Golden Door”.  The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990. A 1998 a U.S. Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey.

ELLIS ISLAND IS CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY!  As of March 2013: Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be closed until further notice. A projected reopening date has not yet been established.