Things That I Love About America: Traveling the Fifty States

During the Fourth of July I try to recount some of the things that I love about this country. One of the things that I love about America is… America.

My friend the Liebermans once told me that a person can love the United States, but the only way one can truly appreciate this country is to travel the different states to see how diverse this state is. They were right. Since that talk, I’ve had this idea to try to visit all 50 states before I die. I’ve visited 20 states so far and each state was diverse and different.

I’ve visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachussetts, Martin and Coretta Scott King’s tomb in Atlanta, Central Park in New York City, the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival in New Mexico, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, the spot where Lincoln said his Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania.

As I’ve gotten older, it’s become more important to visit my family. So I probably won’t be able to make my goal of 50 states. But I may be able to make 30 or 35 more states. I still would like to see the Everglades in Florida, visit Yellowstone, see the famed bridge in Selma, ride a steamboat in the Mississippi River, maybe attend the Sundance Film Festival.

Here is a video of the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival. It was one of the coolest vacations my wife and I took. We both felt like little kids as we were on the field and we looked in awe as 700 hot air balloons were filled with gas and they began to float in the air. The balloons were in different shapes: some where cows, some were bumblebees, there was a giant floating Jesus.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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2 Responses to Things That I Love About America: Traveling the Fifty States

  1. I also love to travel around the country. I’ve been able to go north, south, east, and west. I really like the places with beaches. Yes, it’s time to look at the positive.

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