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Just some ramblings on this 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence - from the perspective of a now ten-year resident of East Stroudsburg (actually Analomink) Pennsylvania.

After the heavy downpours on Sunday, the sun came out, and so it was time to take some shots of my adopted hometown and thereabouts on the country's birthday, with my trusty iPhone.

Take a relaxed drive with me though the back roads of  Northeastern PA, and enjoy this tiny slice of the Poconos, circa July 4th, 2011.

I headed out to Portland PA, but avoided the main highway, Route 80, as vacationers in the Poconos were already heading East back to New Jersey and New York.  I headed South on Route 611, on a scenic route towards a bridge which spans the Delaware river, and has a great view of the Delaware Water Gap.

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There is a flag shop in Portland, which was closed today of course.

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Closeup of flag shop window -

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The bridge was a replacement for a bridge that was washed away in 1955. - one of the last covered bridges in the area.

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As you can see - the river is muddy after yesterday's downpours.

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I stopped to take some pictures of these roadside Daylilies - (Hemerocallis fulva) - they bloom all over the side rides this time of year.  I finally looked up the name of this flower on the algoretubes - glad he invented this thing!

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I drove back into Stroudsburg, and took these pictures of Main Street.  

Lamp and flower basket - with flag.

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As most Main Streets in America have struggled to survive the Walmarts and Malls in the area, Stroudsburg's Main Street still seems to be making progress, with a renovated Sherman Theatre, Siamsa's, a really nice Irish Pub/Restaurant, and a nice place to stroll and pick up a used CD or record at the Jukebox.

To finish off this July 4th, I had dinner at my sister's house, which overlooks Stroudsburg and Dansbury Park, where we watched the fireworks in Stroudsburg and from Dansbury Park.  We had Chicken Curry, American Hot Dogs with corn on the cob, home-made brownies with strawberries, cream and blueberries.  

"Doo, doo, doo, looking out my front porch!"

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Hope all kossacks had a safe and Happy 4th.

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