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June 17, 2016
Patriotic spectators wait for a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match between Ecuador and United States in Seattle.
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June 21, 2016
A Los Angeles County helicopter battles the Fish Fire above Azusa, California.
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June 30, 2016
A visitor to the Brooklyn Bridge park jumps between the letters in Deborah Kass' sculpture OY/YO.
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June 28, 2016
The Arizona Wildcats celebrate their 3-0 win of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
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The most epic 4th of July fireworks across America

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July 4th, 2016
The annual Macy's 4th of July fireworks illuminate the night sky in New York.
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July 4th, 2016
People ride the Sky Flyer at State Fair Meadowlands carnival as fireworks explode, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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July 4, 2016
Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Cumberland River Monday, July 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.
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July 4, 2016
Fireworks light up the sky in Millcreek Township, Pa., as Alexis Laboda, 18, of Millcreek Township, watches with her boyfriend Austin Baumann, 18, of Fairview Township, Pa., from the bed of Austin's truck on Monday, July 4, 2016, near Erie, Pa.
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July 4, 2016
People watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Independence Day celebrations in New York
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Jeff Head

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(See the Flickr Album for all of the photos)

My wife and I visited the Big Thicket National Preserve on July 17, 2016.

We traveled up to Cleveland. TX from Houston (about 50 or 55 miles) on US 59/I-69. The left Cleveland on FM 787, to FM 1293, to FM 100, which took us to US 287/69 (all of this was another 50 miles) We turned left there and the preserve visitor center is just a couple of miles up the road on the right.

It is a large area of very thick forests and undergrowth in East Texas that used to cover a large area from the Sabine River to the Trinity River, roughly bordered but Interstate 10 on the south, and stretching about 100 miles north.

It was impassable by wagon and, like the Everglades in Florida, is a region of varied and very diverse ecosystems, plants, and animals.

It is now much smaller as large portions have been inhabitated, farmed, forested, and oil extracted. But, a large number of mostly interconnected areas have been protected with upwards of 100,000 acres.

The visitor center is well done, with a lot of displays and information. While there, one of the Preservation Ranger/Guides. Ranger Cain, told us that the best road to travel and get really into the thicket was the Rosier Park Road in the Lancer Unit. He explained how to get there, off of FM 770, so we drove down and took that road.

Very much worth seeing, and not too well known...so not crowded at all.

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I took my dog, a Black Lab/German short-hair mix, out for her weekly outing in the countryside and foothills around Emmett, the small town we live in here in SW Idaho. If you get a chance...heck out my Flickr Album:

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