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During my first trip out west in 1988, we visited Sequoia National Park in California and took this photo of General Sherman, one of the largest of the sequoia trees. Just to give you an idea of how large these magnificent trees are, I am standing with Tara and Dad at the bottom of the tree (we're those little colored dots!).

During the same trip out west, we went up to Seattle, where we took this photo of the Space Needle. We also had some wonderful meals in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Needle.

On to the other side of the country--we took a trip to Vermont and New Hampshire in September of 1992 to see some fall color and were certainly not disappointed. This spectacular shot was taken along a road near Smugglers Notch, Vermont. Brilliant colors!

While we were out east, we stayed at this picturesque bed and breakfast in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It's named The Bells after the silver bells that hang from each corner of the three rooflines. This was one of the prettiest, quaintest little houses I've ever seen, and the setting was simply idyllic.

In May 1993, we drove down to St. Louis for some sightseeing and took this picture-perfect shot of the famous arch--"the Gateway to the West." The bird flying through our photo was a convenient little coincidence. :-)

Here's a beautiful picture of one of the prettiest places on earth--Bryce Canyon in Utah. The canyons are breathtaking, and the sky is bluer than anywhere else in the world, I believe. (We took this picture in September of 1994.)

Another striking and well-known landscape--sunrise over the north rim of the Grand Canyon. The mere depth and width of this canyon is awe-inspiring, especially in the quiet stillness of the morning. Again, this was taken in September 1994.

A beautiful shot of Thomas Jefferson's custom-designed home, Monticello, in Virginia. This was taken during Tara's senior trip in June of 1997, and the flowers in the foreground are part of the meticulously designed garden in which Jefferson took great pride while he lived there.

An impressive view of the First Family's home in Washington, D.C., the White House. This was taken during the same trip out east in 1997, and it's interesting to note the couple of figures on the rooftop, just to the right of the far-left column. Obviously, the White House is never left unguarded.

This is a photo of some of the stunning architecture inside the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress in Washington. The mosaics and stained glass on the ceiling add to the grandeur of this gorgeous room, constructed almost entirely of white marble.

Again from our 1997 trip, this is a picturesque view of one of our nation's great landmarks--the Capitol building.

In the summer of 1999, we went out east again, this time for my senior trip. One of our first stops was New York City, where we took this wide-angle shot of the Big Apple from the east side of the Empire State Building. The size of this magnificent city is mind-boggling.

Here I am with Tara in a section of Central Park called Strawberry Fields, dedicated to John Lennon by his widow, Yoko Ono. It's a peaceful little getaway in the middle of "the city that never sleeps."

During our 1999 East Coast trip, we stopped in Newport, Rhode Island, to see the coastal mansions built my some of the country's leading entrepreneurs at the turn of the century. Here are Tara and I in front of Rosecliff, a Newport mansion used in the filming of the movie "The Great Gatsby," with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The ocean view from the backyard of this elegant mansion is lovely.

We also made our way to Concord, Massachusetts, and toured Orchard House, the peaceful country home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote her classic novel, Little Women. Concord is the quintessential New England village, graced with a charming downtown area and just a step away from Thoreau's Walden Pond.

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