Fort Hancock

Bachelor Officers' Quarters at Fort Hancock. Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Is a former United States Army fort at Sandy Hook in Middletown Township New Jersey. The coastal artillery base defended the Atlantic coast and the entrance to New York Harbor. Between 1874 and 1919, Fort Hancock was operated in conjunction with the US Army’s Sandy Hook Proving Ground. It is now part of Fort Hancock Memorial Park.

The Sunshine State

Make it look like a selfie... Said the American Alligator... Seen near Long Pine Key. Everglades National Park, FL

A drive through Florida’s scenic byways starting in Miami and passing through:

  • The Keys(A1A South)
A Double-crested Cormorant trying to take a nap on the beach…
  • Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge(A1A North)
  • Everglades National Park(FL RT 9336)
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Big Cypress, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Ten Thousand Islands(US RT 41/90 West)
  • Naples, Fort Myers(US 41 West/North)
  • Tampa(I-75)
  • NOLA, MS and AL(separate posts!) through I5 West
  • Northwest Florida(Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola, St Marks Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola National Forest, Blue Angles Parkway..etc) using US 98/30/79/20/267 East for the most part.
  • Orlando(again through US 98/30 East)
  • Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet Beach, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Fort Pierce, Hutchinson Island, Palm Beach, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Fort Lauderdale (through FL RT A1A South)
As Patient As A Fisherman
The [Shore] Runners: Sanderlings running on the shores of Ponce Inlet Beach in Florida…

G E T T Y S B U R G

C. S. A. Army of Northern Virginia Hills Corps Pender's Division. Lane's Brigade: 7th, 18th, 28th, 33rd and 37th North Carolina Infantry. Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg National Military Park, PA

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address