Monday, July 4, 2016

America the Beautiful / Life Recently

Happy birthday America! In honor of our beloved country, I've gathered up a few recent-ish pics of us out and about in its natural loveliness.
Checking out the chickens with Vicar Alissa. #newengland #farmgirl #countrylife #chicken
Towards the end of May, Sinclair and I joined a group from our church on a tour of New Lands Farm where refugee and immigrant farmers are given the opportunity and support to practice the agriculture heritage of their birth countries.
Ridiculous child. #instasinclair #children
At the very end of May, we biked from our house over to Revere Beach, America's first public beach, and had lunch in celebration of Piercen's birthday.
Boston is literally built out of Legos. #Boston #legos #instaluther
In early June, while Pierce and Sinclair were down South visiting family, Luther and I popped down to Boston for the day and discovered that this bastion of American history is really being propped up by Legos. Clearly, we owe a lot to the Danes.
Day at the farm. #instasi nclair #instaluther #farm Later in June, the kids and I joined some friends for a visit to the Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA. We had a picnic, looked at animals, and ate icecream. #publictransportation #mbta #urbanlife #instaluther #fatherhood #fatherandson Obvs the U.S. has neither the monopoly on public transportation nor the best systems, but regardless,  they are an vital part of American urban life. They may be my favorite part of living near a big cityIt's an unattractive area. #newhampshire #camping #river At the end of June, we went camping for a long weekend near the White Mountains National ForestThe spelunker. #instaluther #spelunking #exploring #childhood The Flume Gorge is so very tall! #latergram #americathebeautiful #newhampshire We hiked in the Flume Gorge. Another unattractive locale. #americathebeautiful #mtwashington And did the drive up the Mt. Washington auto mileYesterday at the top of the world. It's rather chilly there.
At the top of Mt. Washington, the highest point in the Northeast, we visited the museum and the visitors center and tried not to freeze our buns off. It was an awe-inspiring visit.

At times like these, when it seems like the political passions have split us into two different countries who don't even recognize each other, it's good to take some time to remember what an amazing country we live in and how blessed we are to be Americans.

Happy birthday America!

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