Happy Wednesday! Hooray for the middle of the week…..and HIP-HIP-HOORAY for reaching the middle point of the AMB Blog Tour!!! It’s been a blast hopping from State to State and meeting all of our talented bloggers who’ve done such an outstanding job of rep’ing their States and creating some truly beautiful license plate blocks!! Our lovely blogger friend Michele, the New York state representative, put together this fantastic collage of the license plate blocks from the States we visited in Weeks 1 & 2. Check it out on her blog here. Although each license plate block is so unique and different from the others, when shown together, it’s quite a visually stunning grouping of blocks. Beautiful work, ladies!! Well done!!! As much as I wish we could celebrate our mini-milestone, it’s time to get the show on the road and kick off Day 13!!
Heading South from Missouri where we left off yesterday, we’ll run into our First Stop of Day 13. This next State is quite a gem of a state. In fact the Crater of Diamonds State Park located here allows prospecting of precious gems including diamonds (the State gemstone), amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right??! Not only are the gemstones beautiful, but the landscape here is gorgeous! From natural hot springs, to mountains, to forests, the scenic beauty is awe-inspiring. Speaking of inspiration, this State has more country crooners who were born here than you can shake a fiddle stick at: Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Tracy Lawrence, and Conway Twitty, to name a few. Oh and might I add, the fiddle is the State’s instrument, too. And besides those country music artists, I bet you’re familiar with another famous person who came from this state that was our president in recent history. But I bet you didn’t know that the first woman elected to the US Senate, Hattie Caraway- elected in November of 1932, was from this State, too! If you guessed Arkansas as our First Stop of Day 13, gold star for you!!!! It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Vivian of the blog, Sew at Home on Pine Ridge, who will show you her beautiful license plate block.
From Arkansas, we’ll step on the gas and head North on our road trip….towards the Motor City (vroom-vroom)!!! Surprisingly, this next State has more shoreline in the country than any other state with the exception of Alaska. With all that shoreline, it’s no wonder that this State touches all 4 of the Great Lakes, too!! One of the longest suspension bridges in the world, The Mackinac Bridge, connects the upper and lower peninsulas of this State, spanning 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where 2 of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, meet. The car capital is found here in this State, as well as the cereal capital in Battle Creek (thanks to the Kellogg brothers who discovered the invention of dry cereal flakes). And the first soda pop was invented here in the US back in 1862 when pharmacist James Vernor was in the midst of creating a new beverage and was called to serve in the Civil War. Four years later upon his return, the drink that he had stored in an oak case with a yummy ginger flavor became known as Vernors Ginger Ale! Have you guessed where we’re headed to on our Second Stop of Day 13? It’s beautiful Michigan where we’ll meet up with our blogger friend, Erica of Crafty Blossom to see her creative license plate block!
Yippeee! We made it through another day and are over halfway finished with the AMB Blog Tour! Cheers to a wonderful tour so far, and to many more fun days of traveling this beautiful country and making new friends! See you tomorrow!
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