Ohio—we spent the night in Richfield, Ohio. Bonnie and I made the mistake of watching a movie before bed. It was a good movie but not conducive to sleeping so it was a short night! I do want Bonnie’s family to know that she did a great job running the remote. She never gets to do that home.
Once again we woke up to snow on the ground. Tomorrow, regardless of the weather, we will be wearing capris and short sleeve shirts--that is all we have left! Our tour guide told us today that there is no such thing as bad weather; only different kinds of good weather!
Let’s catch up on state trivia:
Ohio—The Buckeye State! Capital—Columbus/Industrial capital of the USA/birthplace to 7 American presidents/home to the first ever billionaire/leading producer of ice cream cones, pretzels, baseballs and footballs
Pennsylvania—The Keystone State! Capital—Harrisburg/Birthplace of our nation when the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776/home of William Penn who started a refuge for all minorities/first petition against slavery originated from the Quakers of this state/home of Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin
Today’s presidential trivia—
Andrew Jackson---born in a log cabin, first president to ride a train, first president to survive an assassination attempt
Martin Van Buren—first president born in a state—all the previous ones were born in colonies that later became states/first president of Dutch heritage—spoke Dutch at home
William Harrison—only president who had studied to be a doctor, had the longest inaugural address and the shortest presidency—lasted 32 days
John Tyler—first Vice President to ascend to the presidency, never ran for office, president with the most children (15)/First to have "Hail to the Chief” played when he entered an important event
James Polk—first inauguration to be telegraphed/first to hold a Thanksgiving dinner at the White House/first president who actually fulfilled all his presidential promises (and probably the last as well!)
Zachary Taylor—late to receive his nomination because he refused to pay the postage due on his mail/didn’t vote until he was 62 because he didn’t have an official residence since he traveled so much as a soldier/died in office and his body was later exhumed to determine whether or not he had poisoned
Millard Fillmore—last president to be born in the 18th century/personally helped fight a fire at the Library of Congress/declined an honorary degree from Oxford because he didn’t think he was qualified