The Potomac River

The Potomac River, known as “The Nation’s River”, is 383 miles long and forms a natural boundary along  the borders of Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia.

Passing through or near such historic places as Cumberland Maryland, Martinsburg, Harper’s Ferry, and Washington D.C. It is rich in history and heritage.

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Much of our early nations history took place along it’s banks. Our first president, George Washington was not only born in the Potomac basin, but spent most of his life here as well.

Many of the battles of the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, as well as the civil war were fought in the watershed of this beautiful river. It provided a valuable route to lands to the west when they were opened for settlement, in the early days it was the only passage into the interior of our nation.

It not only provided a route into the unknown land west of where civilization had advanced , it’s waters and surrounding area provide food, shelter and clothing to the early settlers.The land was full of wild game and the river supplied fish.

Potomac River

Stretching from the hills of West Virginia where it links with the Shenandoah River it meanders  to the Atlantic Ocean, it links coal miners in the mountains to the urban residents of Washington D.C.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

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Journeys Thru Life

There are many paths one can take in this journey of life.Many believe our spiritual journey begins at a certain point in life, after some sort of life changing event that makes us stand up and think. Our spiritual journey begins long before that, even before birth.It began at creation and continues to this day and into the future, the life changing events are only wake-up calls that suddenly jolt us into realizing there is more to life than we may be aware of.

Orlando Florida

The Amtrak Station in Orlando Florida. The home of  Walt Disney World and some might say the entertainment capitol of the world. Besides Disney, Orlando features many other attractions such as Sea World, Universal Studios golf, convention centers and restaurants of every size and description.

It’s Florida Mall is one of  the largest single story malls in the U.S. Attracting more than 48 million visitors annually, the region also offers many cultural and art museums.

Located just a short distance from Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center gives tourists a peak into the future as well as the history of modern day space travel.


Amtrak Station

Undoubtedly of a Spanish influence, the Amtrak station is located in the heart of Orlando, offering easy access to all who enjoy traveling by train. Curbside food courts offers the traveler a snack before boarding the train to parts unknown.

Two trains daily travel between Miami to the south and New York to the north offering access to Georgia, the Carolina’s,Virginia, and the Washington D.C. area as well as the northeast corridor.

From our nation’s capitol, connecting trains are scheduled daily to transport the traveler across the nation.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com


You can also follow him on your Kindle.


 

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Cumberland Maryland

Cumberland was once known as “The Queen City of the Alleghenies”.
Surrounded by rolling hills, winding waterways and scenic mountains, it was once the second largest city in Maryland.

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Cumberland’s economic prosperity has always centered around it  position as a transportation hub linking the east coast and the midwest and beyond. Because of it’s position near a gap in the mountains , it was the starting point for the nations first road, the National Highway, later designated as highway 40 which eventually stretched from sea to shining sea.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal also provide an important link to cities in the east.

Rich in history , the city played a vital role in the early days of our country. Later coal mining played a major role.

Today Cumberland is the commercial and rail road center of western Maryland, along with that the area is beginning to develop as a major tourist and recreation area because of it’s rich history and many natural resources.

Martinsburg roundhouse

 

Rich in heritage, Cumberland is home to many churches

Cumberland church
Centre Street United Methodist Church

Many service-related industries have emerged over the past 20 years,
particularly in the areas of tourism and entertainment, focusing around
Cumberland’s rich history, natural beauty, and cultural resources.

Even with the rapid growth of the service Industry, Cumberland still ranks near the bottom as one of the poorest communities in the nation.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.


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Harpers Ferry West Virginia

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Thomas Jefferson once called Harpers Ferry one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.  Situated at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains the town and countryside around it is indeed one of the most beautiful spots this side of Shambala.
It was originally  a trading post on the wild frontier and in 1798, George Washington located a federal arsenal here. A decision that would have a direct bearing on the Civil War, 60 years later.

harpers ferry bridge

In 1859, John Brown tried to seize the arsenal and set off a slave rebellion in the southern states. Colonel Robert E. Lee sent in federal troops by train and squelched the raid. It was the first time trains were used for a military operation. John Brown was later hanged.

 

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Near Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers merge.

Situated where Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia as well as where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers merge, it’s strategic location caused it to change hands thirteen times during the Civil War. The union forces eventually destroyed the arsenal which pioneered the use of interchangeable parts in firearms, to keep it from falling into Confederate hands.

Beginning in 1944 most of the town was designated a National Park and many of it’s homes and businesses are now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

 

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Sarasota City Island Park

Located in the heart of Sarasota, City Island Park is the perfect spot to spend a couple hours enjoying all that Sarasota has to offer.

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Sunset  on City Island Park

Directly across from world renowned Marina Jacks and in view of the famous John Ringling Bridge, it is the perfect spot to walk your dog or just enjoy the view.

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Sarasota Dolphins

The picturesque dolphins on display in the water fountain is a favorite photo-op for a keepsake to last a lifetime.

The one-half mile paved path around the island is marked off in eighth-mile increments making walking easy and enjoyable.

After your walk, it is time to relax, enjoy a drink and sandwich at O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Video: Sunset on Beautiful Siesta Key

 

 

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Metamora: Horse Drawn Canal Boat

HORSE-DRAWN CANAL BOAT
-The Ben Franklin III, launched in 1989,
was designed and constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Designed as
a freighter, the vessel is 75 feet long and has a beam (width)of 12
feet.  Constructed of wood and fiberglass, it holds approximately 75
passengers and crew.

Ben Franklin lll

As settlers moved into the Northwest Territory after 1800, transportation routes became a priority for the government. Roads didn’t exist, for all practical purposes the only roads were Indian and animal trails that had been haphazardly blazed through the primitive land.

In 1836, Indiana legislators passed the Internal Improvements Act, which began Indiana’s brief experience with canal building. Whitewater Canal was one of several projects started as a result of this act. Due to unforeseen circumstances, many weather related, the canals never were anything close to a financial success..

 

The Whitewater Canal  began in Lawrenceburg and originally ended at Cambridge City. When the state went bankrupt in the 1840s, the canal was completed by private enterprise. Extensions and spurs on the canal were added by the merchants of Hagerstown, Ind. and by the state of Ohio to link Cincinnati to the canal. All of these factors combined to make the canal 101 miles long. Along the route, 56 locks were built to accommodate a fall of nearly 500 feet in elevation.

Two of these locks are preserved and can be viewed at the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. One contains the massive
doors similar to the ones that were used to regulate the flow of water that would raise or lower boats to the proper elevation.

The state of Indiana assumed management of a 14-mile section of the canal in 1946 and today operates a horse-drawn canal
boat and the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. Visitors can step back in time while taking a leisurely 25-minute cruise on the Ben Franklin III. During the voyage, the vessel passes through the Duck Creek Aqueduct, a covered bridge that carries the canal 16 feet over Duck Creek. It is believed to be the only structure of its kind still in existence.

Video of Historic Metamora

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.http://www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

 money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

 

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