Delaware Finally Does It
It’s hard not to feel bad for Delaware, especially with all the activity at the Supreme Court of equality this week. Poor little Delaware, the redheaded stepchild of America; the forgotten first state of this great nation, the disenfranchised native son, the only state in the union without a National Park Service presence…until now. On Monday, President Obama designated 1,100 acres of land between Wilmington and Philadelphia the First State National Monument, finally welcoming all 50 states into the National Park family. This will provide additional funding along with guaranteeing the land for future generations. During the same ceremony, President Obama also declared the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland’s eastern shore, giving the mid-Atlantic a double whammy of national monuments to celebrate. So go ahead, celebrate Delaware. You deserve it.
Slow news day around here so we’ll let Delaware soak up some glory.
Here are some links to interesting, albiet slightly off topic, stories:
The future of battery technology, and energy in general, could sprout from a lab accident. Typical. via slate.com
Profile of the Man Who Changed Fly Fishing Forever, Tibor “Ted” Juracsik. via Garden and Gun
George Lowe, final member of the first Everest Expedition dies. Not on summit team, but vital member. via Outside
Standing up for skiing, and ski bums. via SAM
Hurricane Sandy, rebuilding, and why we yearn to live where nature doesn’t want us. via Daily Beast