Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln

Tuesday February 12th 2019

Today began similar to Monday with fog. By noon the sun was out and the temperature was climbing into the mid seventies. The approaching front caused a few dramatic interruptions to the sunny day, but it still managed to end with the sun shining.

Wild flower blossom of the day.

I didn’t do any particularly blog worthy things today. My camera didn’t capture anything to show off either. Soon after the fog lifted I set off for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. As I drove to the west the sky started to darken. When I reached the town of Folkston GA near the eastern boarder of the refuge, it started raining hard. Visiting a swamp in the rain didn’t appeal to me so I turned south on US 301 and drove a giant loop into Florida and backup to my campsite on the Florida Georgia line. I’ll try and make another attempt before I leave here.

When I got back to my RV home the dark clouds from the west were just arriving. The wind blew hard for a few minutes and a little rain fell, but not as much as I experienced earlier. The TV weather forecast is calling for the real rain to arrive in the early morning hours. Tomorrow’s high temperatures are expected to be ten to fifteen degrees cooler.

Every day I try to think about things to write in this blog. When I’m playing tourist or out exploring it is usually easy. Days like today are more difficult. I don’t like the monotony of writing three paragraphs on the weather. Instead I want to write about Lincoln’s birthday. A brief mention that it was his birthday on the morning news reminded me of grammar school.

Before the powers that be decided to create another Monday holiday called Presidents Day both Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th and Washington’s birthday on the 22nd were celebrated. Washington’s birthday was an actual holiday that we had off from school but Lincoln’s birthday got a lot of attention in the curriculum. When they moved the holiday to the third Monday in February many states decided to call it Presidents Day rather than Washington’s Birthday. Mr. Lincoln got diminished in significance even more. I wonder if his birthday is still celebrated in grammar schools around the USA. Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln. Not everybody has forgotten your birthday.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln. Your still memorialized on the penny.

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