Live oaks are called that because they are always green. Their wood is so heavy and dense that it sinks. The U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides," had three layers of wood in its hull: two layers of horizontal white oak planking and a middle layer of rock-hard, dense live oak laid vertically.
Preparing to jump into the pool
The children on a river trip relax and play in the evening after running Lava Falls
Delgadillo's is a legendary stop on Route 66 in Arizona, near the Grand Canyon. The beloved patriarch died recently but his family continues his tradition of good food, wild decor and practical jokes.
Ignatius O'Reilly, the narrator of Confederacy of Dunces, worked at a Lucky Dog stand for a while back in the 1970s. You can still see them in the "Quawta."
Boston has always thought of itself as the shining city on the hill, as it is here, with Beacon Hill and the Capitol to the left, and the tall buildings beyond the Public Garden and Boston Common. The quotation comes ultimately from Matthew 5:14: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." It was a great favorite with the Puritans.
A North End, Boston souvenir store shows its colors.
The Christian Science empire in downtown Boston includes this Star Wars decor and a very nice cafe open to the public.
Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, across the river from Harvard College
Harvard University's Boathouse on the Charles River, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Connecticut and McClellan Halls are the oldest buildings on the Old Campus of Yale University, which was founded in 1701. Yale is the third oldest American university, after Harvard (1632) and William and Mary (1693).
Both U.S. Presidential candidates studied here in the 1960s.
One of the great buildings of a great city, built by McKim, Mead and White in the late 1800s. The Boston Public Library was founded in 1848. Boston was the first American city to support one.
Acoma Pueblo is a village on the 357-foot-high mesa at the end of this road. From a distance it is almost impossible to see, a good protection for centuries from raiding Apaches and Navajo. The Spaniards came in the 1600s looking for the Seven Cities of Cibola, which they hoped were full of gold.
Finding coins that they had left to be smashed on the railroad tracks
Lake Charles, Louisiana is full of these gators. They were painted and sold to raise money for the local symphony orchestra. (See www.gatorsonthegeaux.com) This is a Pianogator. There is an Avigator at the airport and an Investigator outside a legal office.