Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY

“You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave.”

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Hatteras Island & Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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“The morning sunshine”

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“Catching the waves”

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Cape Hatteras lighthouse in the town of Buxton is the tallest brick lighthouse structure in the United States – 257 steps to the top – – – and we did it.

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The view from the top – The island strip to the North can be seen in the distance.

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View towards the beach.

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“Aerial” view of the museum from the top of the lighthouse – 🙂

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The way down.

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Our local fresh produce store on Hatteras Island.

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Decisions, decisions – Which kart to pick, sit and drive!!!

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Ready, set and waiting for the ‘go’.

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Ferry to Ocracoke Island – The ferry makes Route 12c between Hatteras and Ocracoke.

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“Riding” Rt. 12c to Ocracoke.

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“The flight”

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Riding the wind.

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Go left or go right – Isle of Ocracoke.

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Ocracoke Lighthouse across Silver Lake.

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And yes, Pirate Blackbeard was killed here as well.

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Sharing the Orange Cream Soda – A rare moment of brotherly love.

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Amazingly excellent seafood – http://www.dajiorestaurant.com/

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Waiting for the ferry back.

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A walk on the beach – Sound side – Deep conversations.

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Fairy tales…

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Solitude

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The sign that persuades me to travel the United States – The service turned 100 in 2016 – preserving and protecting the US natural beauty and landscape for generations and many more to come.

First Day of Spring – New Jersey Style!

After a brief ten days of warmth and sunshine, New Jersey resident are once again enjoying some snowy weather. About 4 inches of snow today – the first day of Spring 2015.

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If only April 1st was tomorrow and not 11 days later, then we can be in sunny California soaking in temperatures around late sixties and early seventies.

Dreaming of biking the Golden Gate Bridge 🙂

Happiness is …

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This morning, while dropping my son off, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the cotton candy sunrise. It complimented the dark trees and white snow beautifully. Sadly a phone camera is not the same thing as my Canon but couldn’t lose the moment.

Smiling widely 🙂

Pictures in the Header – USA

Chicago skyline

Chicago skyline

Chicago, Illinois: The windy city – the grace and charm of this city is unmistakable. So far this is the second best city in the USA on my list (Washington D.C. being the first one). The picture above was taken on Lake Michigan while enjoying the 4th of July fireworks cruise. Not to mention the firework display was spectacular! I was not able to enjoy the town as much as I wanted to – so another trip is definitely on my list. Apart from Chicago, Springfield, Illinois will also be on the menu – can anyone guess why? Hint: history :-).

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Biking the National Mall .

The National Mall, Washington D.C.: OK, that is my son, and myself not far behind, on a self-guided bike tour of D.C. I love D.C., love walking around the National Mall, love each and every building there but the Capitol the most (this might change once, hopefully soon, I get to see the Library of Congress from the inside). It is a perfect blend of urbanity, history, patriotism, academics, and culture. From the imposing Lincoln Memorial to the cool and peaceful halls of the Smithsonian – it is America’s past, present and future all under one roof.

Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia: We didn’t spend much time inside the Park located in the western part of the state – just drove a small section of the skyline drive making pit stops to take pictures. I look at this picture and think how different the terrain would be even a hundred years back – probably lush green with tall trees, wild animals and unparalleled beauty. Today the valley below is scattered with houses, shops and other institutions indicating the invasion of us humans. It was a cold and cloudy day and not many people were around The photograph captures the overall mood of solitude, and stillness perfectly. Note – Shenandoah is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Skyline Drive connects with Blue Ridge Parkway as it leaves Virginia. Those who are interested in nature and don’t mind long drives should consider driving the complete stretch once. We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway many years back and the skyline drive last year – then and now the scenery is breathtaking.