Welcome back to Day 22 of the AMB Blog Tour!!! We’re into our 2nd day of the final week of our tour and have just 8 more States to visit. Today we’ll make a leap across the country to visit one of the last East Coast locations, then head back out West for our 2nd stop. Let’s keep our momentum going and head on over to our first destination.
The Garden State is where we will make our First Stop of Day 22. While speaking at the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition on August 24th, 1876, Abraham Browning of Camden, is given credit for coining the nickname, the Garden State, likening this State to an immense barrel filled with good things to eat, and open at both ends– with Pennsylvanians grabbing from one end and New Yorkers from the other. The name has stuck ever since then. To further reinforce this nickname, some of the best tomatoes in the world are known to come out of this State…go figure! Besides agriculture being one of its strong suits, this State is a leading technology State ( the light bulb, phonograph, and motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory here). Tourism is one of the top industries in this State, too, and maybe it’s because of all the seaside resorts, boardwalks, or shopping malls (with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius– the most in the world). If the first clue tipped you off, then you know we’re headed to beautiful New Jersey! It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the very artistic Rayna. Check out her blog, studio 78 notes, to see her lovely license plate creation!
As we peel out of our first destination, with famous New Jerseyan Bruce Springsteen crooning ‘Born to Run’ on the radio, let’s gallop at full speed to our Second Stop of Day 22! Gallop, or maybe ‘bucking’ would be the more appropriate term to describe the symbol used on our next State’s automobile license plate. There’s a story behind that bucking bronco– named “Old Steamboat”. Over a century ago, this bronco could not be ridden and ever since then, he’s become a symbol of this State, The Cowboy State! And with a State motto like ‘Equal Rights’, it’s very fitting that this was the first State to give women the right to vote. In fact, back in 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of this State, becoming the nation’s first woman governor, too. Those cowgirls must be a tough bunch! If you figured it out by now, then you know we’re headed to Wyoming! Please meet Sylvia of the blog Excessive Compulsive Sewing to see her beautiful license plate creation!
Yay! Another day crossed off the itinerary on the AMB Blog Tour! We’ve only got 6 more States to go before we complete our road trip. Get some rest and we’ll see you tomorrow. Ciao for now!