Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Two fluffy, grey and white brothers named Jesse and Sam joined our family almost two years ago.  They spend a lot of time on top of things.  It’s what they do.  The photos for this challenge are of Jesse, who is the bigger, lazier, and my kids would say dumber brother.  I don’t know about dumb, but goofy?  Definitely!

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See what else is “on top” at the Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

The National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge National Historic Park stands as a testament to the fortitude and perseverance of George Washington and the soldiers of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-1778.  That winter was a deadly but pivotal time for the men of The Revolution.  Even in the midst of bitter cold and near starvation, they were able to rally under the passionate direction of Baron Otto von Steuben.  Because of the time spent at Valley Forge, the Continental Army ultimately defeated one of the most powerful forces in the world and finally gained the freedom they suffered and fought so long and hard for.

The Memorial was designed by Paul Phillipe Cret to resemble the Triumphal Arch of Titus in Rome (81 AD).  Originally, arches were planned for von Steuben and Washington, but lack of funding kept von Steuben’s memorial on the drawing board.   The remaining arch that honors Washington and his army is an impressive monument on its own.  It’s made all the more imposing by it’s situation on a hill and the open fields, gentle woods and tiny huts that surround it.  We visited the park on one of the hottest, most humid days of last summer so the irony of our situation was almost too much too bear.  We were actually praying for just a flake or two of the snow those soldiers endured for months so long ago!

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For more information about the National Memorial Arch or Valley Forge National Historic Park, wander over here.

And, if you would like to see other impressive monuments, wander over here.

Happy browsing!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Wynkoop Brewing Co.)

DSC_9290The Wynkoop Brewing Company is a legendary brewpub in Denver, Colorado.  It’s housed in an old public building with massive timber support beams, stamped tin ceilings, and creaky wood floors.  This photo was taken on a quiet Sunday evening while enjoying fish and chips, macaroni and cheese, and Railyard Ale.  A delicious and relaxing way to end the day.

This post was inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

A Summer Afternoon at Hopewell Furnace: A Story in Three Pictures

Hopewell Furnace is a National Historic Site situated about 30 miles from Valley Forge in Elverson, Pennsylvania.  It was an iron plantation (all paid labor, no slaves) that played a vital role in the American Revolution and assisted in laying the foundation for America’s Industrial Age.

My family has visited several times but on this particular sweltering summer afternoon, it was just my daughter and me strolling the deserted grounds.  The peaceful, picturesque surroundings belie the fact that at one time the furnace operated twenty-four hours a day and was accompanied by a bustle of activity throughout the village.

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This post was inspired by WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes.  If you have time, take a look at some of the other storytelling taking place through pictures here.