Proclamation and Penguins

“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday.  Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”           Linus

President Abraham Lincoln:  Proclamation of Thanksgiving

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.  And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

Still good today!

This is a thankful holiday break from blogging big cities, but these penguins are just too cute to put off.   These are the Falkland Islands’ Penguins, the King and a Gentoo breeding area.  After a walk among the penguins, we had a cup of tea.  This is a very British Territory. And we are very thankful to be here, but would you believe I actually miss fixing a Thanksgiving Dinner with all the pies etc.!!  We’ll be at a table for 12 of us World Cruisers while we cruise the Beagle Chanel and many fjords. 

We transferred from this vehicle to a 4X4 to navigate the muddy ruts we needed to cross to get to the penguins. Note no trees. Its simply too windy.
King penguins 3 feet tall
Note the size of the Upland Geese, right side.
Also note the fluffy baby King molting, 3rd from left, looks like an old lady with a mink stole around her shoulders. We didn’t walk down to the beach.
Gentoo penguins with orange lipstick and white headphones.
Around 30″ tall.
Gentoo breading area.
Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world with their Magellanic Penguins and Albatrosses, the white and black birds on the beach.
Magellanic penguins are approx 24-30″ tall, really tiny looking, making the Albatross look like a giant!

This is the day the LORD has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.    Psalm 118:24

Happy Thanksgiving