Thursday, August 27, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Hello, everyone!

I am sharing photos for another throwback Thankful Thursday. Photos are again from my archives. They are images from past trips, happy memories for hubby and I.  We like looking back at trips, wishing we could travel to some beautiful place right now.   I had to renew my passport, it was expiring soon. I renewed the passport at the USPS office closest to me, this was done back in the middle of June. I finally received my new passport this week. Traveling out of the country is not about to happen any time soon, most countries do not want people from the USA visiting because of the Covid virus.

I wish this virus was gone. For now I am thankful to be  safe, healthy and happy.  

I am always thankful to see the beauty around me.  The Oregon Coastline is beautiful.  In 2012, hubby and I visited Cannon Beach in Oregon.  I loved seeing the famous Haystack Rock.




Previously our endangered species were being protected, now the current administration has weakened the Endangered Species Act.  

This is a view of the Hoh River, Olympic Nat'l Park Washington State. Our national parks are special places, great for exploring nature. I am thankful for the National Park Service for taking care and protecting these special places.





Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque New Mexico. The Cottonwood Trees were just beautiful.  This was a 2013 trip to New Mexico/Texas


We took the Lady of the Lake ferry to spend a few days in the North Cascades Lodge in Stehekin. This view is of the North Cascades and Lake Chelan, Washington in 2010.


  Below a view of the bridge from Deception Pass State Park, May 2017




 While we are being distracted by other things, there are national parks  at risk with mining, gas and oil drilling. So far the courts have stopped some of abuse of our protected federal lands. Our leader is far from being a great environmental president, more like the opposite. 

The Grand Tetons Nat'l Park.  






Key West Florida sunset in 2013.
 



Sunset at Presque Isle State Park, Erie Pennsylvania, 2017


 Hobe Sound Beach Florida 2019







 Landscape Arch, Arches Nat'l Park in Utah  2008



 Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Nat'l Park in 2015


I am thankful for all our national parks, they were created to protect and preserve these lands.  The national parks are not for the current administration to lease out or sell the land for mining, the oil and gas companies tearing up the land. I often wonder about our country's future. What will be left of our country, for our children and grandchildren?



Since we are staying close to home, I have been enjoying looking back at our travels and archived photos. I am thankful I have my external hard drives sitting next to my computer for quick access.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope everyone take care and stays safe. 

Live simple and be happy!  😊 Take care, keep smiling!


Thank you to Martha  @ Throwback Thursday linky  
and her Seaside Simplicity
Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!

89 comments:

  1. Hello Eileen,

    You have taken so many beautiful photos! My favorite today must be Hobe Sound Beach Florida. It looks so lovely there.
    Enjoy your day, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit! Hubby and I found many beautiful beaches in Florida!
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  2. Hari OM
    I too am grateful for my archives, for obtaining fresh and new images is proving an illusive task! These are all gorgeous and lovely memories for you. It is worrying what seems to be happening re parks over your way... YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM! It is a shame more people do not care about the land and environment.
      Have a great day!

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  3. ...fabulous sights, I've enjoyed Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock many times.

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    1. Thanks Tom! Oregon is a beautiful state to visit!
      Have a great day!

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      Enjoy your day!

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  5. Spectacular views. Get rid of Trump in November so that he doesn't have a chance to ruin them all. They wouldn't look quite the same with an oil rig in the foreground, or an open pit mine polluting the waters as they are now permitted to do.

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    1. Thanks David! I can and hope pray the man voted out.
      Have a great day!

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  6. Lindas fotos, maravilhosas e bem escolhidas! E aqui no Brasil também somos personas non gratas por causa do vírus...Não nos querem,rs... Aliás, eles tem razão! beijos, tudo de bom,vamos nos cuidando e sorrindo, brincando! chica

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    1. Thanks Chica! I hope we all can travel again soon. Mean time, I am well and smiling.
      Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your day!

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  7. every single one of these could be titeled America The Beautiful, it is hard to choose a favorite, but i am choosing the Rio Grande #2 photo. they are all amazing views of natures beautiful and I am truly concerned about what will happen to these national parks.

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I am glad I am not the only one worrying about our national park lands.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  8. Wonderful travel photos! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  9. Such gorgeous photos! I've been looking back at old photos and home videos too this year. I would love for you to link up at my Throwback Thursday linky party today. Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thansk Martha!
      I updated my post and linked it up to your Throwback party.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  10. HI Eileen, it's so nice to have all these wonderful memories to look back on and share...Yes the current President and his entire party are the Destruction Party is how I see it...hopefully with our HELP it won't last much longer!! HEY-- I was in Olympic National Park in Sept of 2015...I was camping in the Hoh campground right by the river. What month were you there?

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    1. Hello Sondra,

      We were there in late September and early October 2015. We loved the Hoh Rainforest and the Olympic Nat'l Park, we've been there a few times now. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  11. You've seen some amazing sights in your travels and taken wonderful photos. I miss traveling here in the US and love the parks and land that is preserved for nature too. Have a good day my friend!

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    1. Thanks Diane! It would be a shame to loose these beautiful parks, I love visiting all of them.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  12. Hi Eileen,
    Wonderful series of photos of the trips you have made.
    Photos 2, 4, 6 and 11 are my favorites.
    Have a nice day and stay healthy.

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  13. I love that tree! It is gorgeous.

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  14. Fabulous pics, Eileen! I love that first pic!

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  15. The water refreshes my soul, so thank you for these lovely photos. And that cottonwood tree, ahh so gorgeous. I'm a tree hugger LOL I do love trees almost as much as water.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Hello Dawn,
      Hubby and I are tree huggers too. Thanks for the comment and visit.
      Enjoy your day!

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  16. So much to love about these photos. The mountains, the sea and sea stacks, the beach, the arch...the autumn leaves are on the horizon again.

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  17. Love your collection of travel and National Park photos. Of course, I like the one of Cannon Beach best of all. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda! Hubby and I enjoyed our Oregon visit, we hope to visit again.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  18. There are so many amazing places to visit here in the States! I love New Mexico - nice to see your pic from there.

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  19. Beautiful photos that you have shared and what sweet memories of your travels ~ glad you have your passport and are ready to go ~ hope it will be soon ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. Beautiful photos of the national parks. I have been to many of them, but, surprisingly not the only one you have pictured from PA, the state where we live. I need to put Presque Isle on my list to be visited. It's at the opposite end of the state from us and would be about a 6-hour drive.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  21. Oh Eileen, I had to go back and look at your photographs several times! The beauty of our parks and all of your travels, what a blessing to see this morning! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great day!
    Nancy

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  22. Hi Eileen, you captured the beauty of the parks, they are special places to visit and enjoy. When my daughter was young, we went camping around the Cannon Beach area. It's one of my favorite spots in Oregon. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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  23. Very beautiful to see
    Wonderful pictures

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  24. Witaj serdecznie Cię pozdrawiam piękne zdjęcia.

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  25. a serie of wonderful pictures. These are the grandiose landscapes that you have visited

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  26. Wow, gorgeous photography. I was all ready to pick out a favorite, but as I got deeper into your post, there are too many great shots to pick out just one!!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! Enjoy your day! Wishing you a great weekend!

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  28. Wonderful shots.

    It is my hope that the wretched excuse inside the Oval Office is stopped for good on Election Day.

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    1. Thank you William!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  29. It's lovely to look back at older photographs.
    You've shared some wonderful ones here, the Cottonwood Trees look so beautiful, wonderful colour.

    Enjoy these last few days of August.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan!
      The trees were beautiful.
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jim!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  31. a fabulous collection of views, loved them all

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  32. Awesome photos of the national parks, there are still so many I want to visit.

    Hugs diane

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  33. You have some really beautiful photos there Eileen. And what wonderful memories to go with them (much to be thankful for). I too hope these precious places can be preserved for future generations. Stay safe, Mxx

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    1. Thank you M!
      Take care, stay safe!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  34. All the photos are stunning!! WOW

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  35. Beautiful travel memories Eileen. Wonderful photos.

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  36. These are some really wonderful shots, Eileen. I love that tree in Albuquerque...and, of course, your shots from the Pacific Northwest. You've been to some great places. Our national parks, in particular, are treasures. We can't be rid of this band of criminals a moment too soon.

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    1. Thank you Kay!
      Yes, our national parks are treasures!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  37. Hi Eileen, It's been too long since I had time to visit your blog and drool over your wonderful photos of the mountains and the sea. You are lucky to have them to treasure now while your travel is restricted.

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    1. Thank you Pauline!
      It is so nice to see you visit and your blog post.
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  38. You have some amazing archives!! Wonderful photos. And I love your comments about much of what we have is threatened by some the things going on now in government.
    My mother had relatives a long time ago who operated a lodge at Stehekin. She talked about how beautiful the lake was and the remoteness and how everything came in on a ferry. So I have never been there so I perked up when I read the caption on the photo.
    Thank you for another one of your great posts.

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    1. Hello Yogi,
      We enjoyed our stay the Stehekin Lodge, you could either take the ferry or seaplane. It is a remote place and there are trails all over in the North Cascades NP. One of the main trails is the Pacific Crest Trail. Thanks for the comment. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment!
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  40. Gorgeous images! Our National Parks just celebrated Founders Day.

    I have sent off for my new passport and they said it could take six months! My old one runs out in September but I'm not going anywhere anyway.

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    1. Thanks Linda!
      I do love our national parks.
      It took a couple of months for my passport to arrive.
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  41. Hello Eileen and thanks for sharing these beautiful views.
    I wish the virus was over too, but, on the contrary, it seems to be striking back in many countries across Europe. We need to be very cautious in everything.
    Wishing you a happy weekend in spite of all!

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    1. Thank you Luisella!
      Take care and stay safe.
      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  42. Great serie of photo's. Lets hope it stays that way.

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      Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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  43. How neat that you and hubby are able and willing to travel to so many of our United States wonderful parks. The shot at Deception Pass is excellent. Thanks for the rewind.
    MB

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  44. Such amazing and beautiful photos! You always brighten my day! Thank you!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  45. love your travel brochure today...been to all but Haystack rock. For me, travel isn't as important as it was years ago when we took two trips a year. Now birh Bud & I are content to stay in Texas. lol

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  46. Impressive photos, Eileen, and a powerful message. It just hurts, knowing what this administration is doing to our environment. Even if there is a change and things are rescinded, much damage has already been done. We are far more fragile than we think.

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