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Understand Celia! Have a good breather, and enjoy the Summer!

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I like the imaginative names!

Today, I'm stopping by to let you know I will be taking a break from Sparkpeople for awhile. Also, because I haven't done justice to this team as a leader, I removed my name from the Team Lead list. I'll check in from time to time, but right now I need a breather.

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AstapoR (Game of Thrones) wiki:
Astapor is the southernnmost of the three great city-states of Slaver's Bay and a noted stopping point for ships bound from Qarth to the Free Cities and Westeros. Astapor is home of the infamous Unsullied, eunuch slave-soldiers.

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Wiki: The Republic of Elbonia is a fictional country to which Dilbert's company frequently outsources work. It is an impoverished and dysfunctional former communist state in Eastern Europe that has embraced capitalism, although North Elbonia remains totalitarian. The entire country is covered in waist-deep mud, and the inhabitants (aside from the occasional sentient pig) all have heavy beards and clothing similar to Orthodox Christian monks.

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DornE wiki: Dorne is the large peninsula which makes up the southern-most part of Westeros, and is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms. From Of Ice and Fire. ake The Game of Thrones
Love love love this book series.b

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How cute!

Treasure IslanD...

...the island from the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The map of the island in the book is probably based on Unst in Shetland, which Stevenson visited.

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wiki: Lilliput and Blefuscu are two fictional island nations that appear in the first part of the 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. The two islands are neighbours in the South Indian Ocean, separated by a channel eight hundred yards wide. Both are inhabited by tiny people who are about one-twelfth the height of ordinary human beings. Both kingdoms are empires, i.e. realms ruled by a self-styled emperor.

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LiberaL, Kansas

Liberal is home to "The Land of Oz" exhibit from The Wizard of Oz, a recreation of Dorothy Gale's house and the famed Yellow Brick Road, featuring donated bricks bearing the names of such luminaries as former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and Liza Minnelli (Judy Garland's daughter).

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IstanbuL (turkey) wiki: is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe, second largest in the Middle East and the fifth-largest city in the world by population within city limits.

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 as the town of Helsingfors, which he intended to be a rival to the Hanseatic city of Reval (today known as Tallinn). Little came of the plans as Helsinki remained a tiny town plagued by poverty, wars, and diseases. The plague of 1710 killed the greater part of the inhabitants of Helsinki. The construction of the naval fortress Sveaborg (In Finnish Viapori, today also Suomenlinna) in the 18th century helped improve Helsinki's status, but it was not until Russia defeated Sweden in the Finnish War and annexed Finland as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in 1809 that the town began to develop into a substantial city. During the war, Russians besieged the Sveaborg fortress and about one quarter of the town was destroyed in an 1808 fire.

Czar Alexander I of Russia moved the Finnish capital from Turku to Helsinki in 1812 to reduce Swedish influence in Finland and bring the capital closer to St. Petersburg.

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Edisto Beach (SC) looks like a nice little beachie area in lower SC

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ExmorE, VA

Exmore is a town in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A popular story is that Exmore received its name because it is the tenth railroad station south of the Delaware state line, so there were "X more" stations to go. The same website also states another theory behind the town's name—that it was named for Exmoor in Devon, southwest England.

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AshevillE (NC) wiki: Asheville pops up on national rankings for a variety of things: "a New Age Mecca" (CBS News' Eye On America, 1996),[28] the "New Freak Capital of the U.S." (Rolling Stone, 2000), one of "The 50 Most Alive Places To Be" (Modern Maturity, 2000),[29] the "Happiest City for Women" (Self, 2002),[30] one of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life" (AARP Magazine, 2003),[31] one of the "Best Outside Towns" (Outside Magazine, 2006),[32] one of the "Top Seven Places to Live in the U.S." (Frommer's, 2007),[33] one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America" (Good Morning America, 2011),[34] and one of the "25 Best Places for Business and Careers" (Forbes, 2012).

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KanawhA (State of)

Kanawha was a proposed name for what later became the main body of West Virginia, formed on October 24, 1861. It consisted of most of the northwestern counties of Virginia, which voted to secede from Virginia after Virginia joined the Confederate States of America on April 17, 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War. The separation had been approved by the loyalist Wheeling Convention on August 20, 1861. The name of "Kanawha," based on the Kanawha River, was proposed by the convention as the name for the new state.

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NorfolK (Va) wiki: The largest Navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, is located in Norfolk along with one of NATO's two Strategic Command headquarters

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Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.... haha

New CanaaN (CT) wiki: In 1731, Connecticut's colonial legislature established Canaan Parish as a religious entity in northwestern Norwalk and northeastern Stamford. The right to form a Congregational church was granted to the few families scattered through the area.

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Glad to hear the recovery is going so well...no doubt due in large part to your healthy diet and exercise.

YeringtoN, NV

During World War II, one of many Japanese fire balloons launched at the United States landed on the Wilson Ranch near Yerington. The ranchers, not knowing what it was, attempted to notify the authorities by mail, but did not receive a response until after they cut it up and used it as a hay tarp. It was one of seven fire balloons turned in to the Army by Nevadans.

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First hip replacement it is.... Recovery is strong. Very happy!

AlbanY (NY) state capital of NY

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Claire, I missed your hip replacement! How is your recovery coming along? Is this your first?

YoncallA, OR

Yoncalla is located on Interstate 5, halfway between Roseburg and Eugene, Oregon, approximately 150 miles north of the California / Oregon border. With a population of about 1090, Yoncalla proper is just around a square mile in size, although the greater Yoncalla area encompasses around 30 square miles.

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Celia, did you see that I had a hip replacement? Today is 4 weeks.

Kansas SpeedwaY (Kansas) watching the Nascar qualifying just now......

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Amazing how you keep this going. I love the Virginia creeper trail!

Mill CreeK, WA

Mill Creek is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, located approximately 20 miles north-northeast of downtown Seattle. Mill Creek was originally a planned community built around a golf course and country club as its centerpiece.

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Well... now we know the story of Ada. smile....

AbingdoN (Va) wiki: Martha Washington College, a school for women, operated in Abingdon from 1860 to 1932 in a former private residence. Since 1935 the building has been occupied and operated as a hotel, the Martha Washington Inn. The Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia, was opened in Abingdon in 1933 during the Great Depression.

Abingdon is the final stop along the Virginia Creeper Trail, which allows pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian traffic. This trail is 35 miles long, extending from White Top Mountain through Damascus, Virginia, with the trailhead in Abingdon.

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When I lived in Dayton, Xenia was one of my favorite places to bike and walk (along with Yellow Springs). I recall walking through a neighborhood one day looking at the difference in the houses between the old and the newer ones rebuilt after the tornadoes.

AdA, OK

In the late 1880s, the Daggs family (by way of Texas) became the first family to settle what is now known as Ada, which was originally known as Daggs Prairie. In April 1889, Jeff Reed (a native Texan, and relative of the Daggs family) was appointed to carry the mail from Stonewall to Center (which was later combined with Pickett), two small communities in the Indian Territory. With his family and his stock, he sought a place for a home on a prairie midway between the two points, where he constructed a log house and started Reed's Store. Other settlers soon built homes nearby. In 1891, a post office was established and named after Reed's oldest daughter, Ada.

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XeniA (Ohio) I seem to recall this town had a series of devastating twisters around this timeframe in the Spring. Hope the twisters calm down soon.

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And some yummy wines from the Yakima Valley.

Sorry about the "x":
MassaponaX, VA

Wiki: Massaponax is an unincorporated community of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. It is the site of Massaponax Baptist Church, which ceased services during the Civil War. During that time, the church was used as a stable, hospital, headquarters for planning strategy. Soldiers used the interior walls to draw scenes of battle, write messages, and leave names of troops, companies, and soldiers. The walls were whitewashed after the war to cover the graffiti. In 1938, during renovation work, the writing on the walls was exposed. Portions of the graffiti are now visible behind plexiglass frames.

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AntietaM (Battle of Antietam) wiki: near Sharpsburg, Md.
This was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing at 22,717 Good golly

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YakimA (Washington) city 60 miles from Mt. Ranier.
wiki: Yakima is situated in the Yakima Valley, an extremely productive agricultural region noted for apple, wine and hop production. As of 2011, the Yakima Valley produces 77% of all hops grown in the United States

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"Metonym" - learned something new, thanks!

Traverse CitY, MI

Traverse City is named after the Grand Traverse Bay, which the city heads. The bay earned its name from 18th century French voyagers who made la grande traverse or "the long crossing" across the mouth of the Grand Traverse Bay.

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DetroiT (Mi) wiki: "Detroit" is a metonym for the American automobile industry and an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown

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Anderson IslanD, WA

Anderson Island is the southernmost island in Puget Sound and is part of Pierce County, Washington. It is accessible by boat or a 20 minute ferry ride from Steilacoom.

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EncinO (Ca) wiki: site of Cave man found in movie Encino Man.

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OrovillE, CA

Oroville is situated on the banks of the Feather River where it flows out of the Sierra Nevada onto the flat floor of the California Central Valley. It was established as the head of navigation on the Feather River to supply gold miners during the California Gold Rush.

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SausolitO (CA) wiki:Sausalito is a San Francisco Bay Area city in Marin County, California. Sausalito is 8 miles (13 km) south-southeast of San Rafael, at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m). The population was 7,061 as of the 2010 census. The community is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and prior to the building of that bridge served as a terminus for rail, car, and ferry traffic.


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AthenS Greece wiki: capital and largest city in Greece

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SardiniA (Italy) wiki: is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus) and an autonomous region of Italy

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NaxoS (Greek Island) wiki: is a Greek island, the largest island (429 km2 (166 sq mi)) in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean.
One legend has it that in the Heroic Age before the Trojan War, Theseus abandoned the princess Ariadne of Crete on this island after she helped him kill the Minotaur and escape from the Labyrinth. Dionysus (god of wine, festivities, and the primal energy of life) who was the protector of the island, met Ariadne and fell in love with her. But eventually Ariadne, unable to bear her separation from Theseus, either killed herself (according to the Athenians), or ascended to heaven (as the older versions had it).

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Apache Junction (Arizona) wiki: is named for the junction of the Apache Trail and U.S. Highway 60. Superstition Mountain, the westernmost peak of the Superstition Mountains, is nearby.

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EphratA, WA

I know there's a town in PA named Ephrata, but I chose this one in WA, located east of the mountains (dry side) in east central WA.

Historically, the settlement of Ephrata is quite recent. There was no known settlement until 1886, just three years before Washington attained statehood. The horse rancher Frank Beezley was the first to settle near the natural springs, thus the area was known as Beezley Springs. As the climate and topography were not promising to settlement, the entire region remained sparsely populated until several federal congressional actions, including the Northern Pacific Land Grant Act, the Homestead Act, and Desert Claims Act, encouraged the settlement of this semi-arid desert.

It is generally believed that the city was named Ephrata by a man who worked for the Great Northern Railway. The name Ephrata is derived from a biblical description of an orchard in the middle of the desert. It is also the ancient name for the town of Bethlehem.

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Natural Bridge ( Virginia ), Wiki: is a geological formation in which Cedar Creek (a small tributary of the James River) has carved out a gorge in the mountainous limestone terrain, forming a natural arch 215 ft (66 m) high with a span of 90 ft (27 m). It consists of horizontal limestone strata, and is the remains of the roof of a cave or tunnel through which the creek once flowed. Natural Bridge has been designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.

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McLean
affluent, census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The community had a total population of 48,115 as of the 2010 census.[1] ZIP code 22102 (West Mclean) is the most expensive ZIP code in the Washington metropolitan area.

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AmsterdaM (Netherlands) wiki:
Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds.[

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YuccA, AZ

Yucca is an unincorporated community in Mohave County, Arizona, United States, located along Interstate 40. Yucca has a hot desert climate with brutally hot summers and cool winters. In summer, it is normal to record temperatures above 110 °F for days on end, while in winter it is very mild with average minimum temperatures in the winter are usually 30 to 45 °F.

Yucca started as an order office and water fill station for Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (affiliated with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) in the 1880s. During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces purchased 2,284 acres of land and developed the Yucca Army Airfield for training pilots. In 1954 the air base was purchased by Ford Motor Company and along with additional land, was turned into the Arizona Proving Ground comprising nearly 4,000 acres. Chrysler purchased the proving grounds in November 2007. from Ford

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Salt Lake City
Y'all know about the pioneers and that temple and how the Olympics were there.

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Tee hee, you two must have been typing at the same time, so I'll take Kaiserslauten for 200, Alex.

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New Bern was settled in 1710 by Swiss and Palatine German immigrants. The new colonists named the settlement after Bern, the capital of Switzerland and hometown of their leader Christoph von Graffenried.

New Bern served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government, then briefly as the state capital. After the American Revolution, New Bern became wealthy and quickly developed a rich cultural life. New Bern was renowned for its Masonic Temple and Athens Theater. These are both still very active today.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
K-town by locals, military folks plant there. They are southwest of Frankfurt.

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KalamatA (Greece) wiki: became one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean sea. It is not surprising that the second-oldest Chamber of Commerce in the Mediterranean, after that of Marseille, exists in Kalamata.
Kalamata is renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance and of the Kalamata olives.

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AroostooK (county in Maine)

The Aroostook War (sometimes called the Pork and Beans War) was a confrontation in 1838–1839 between the United States and British governments over the international boundary between the British colony of New Brunswick and the US state of Maine. Top level diplomats from the US and Britain met in Washington and forged a peaceful compromise, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty in 1842, which fixed the permanent border. The term "war" was rhetorical; local militia units were called out but never engaged in combat. The event is best described as an international incident.

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OttowA (Canada) wiki: Capital of Canada and the 4th largest city.
Bilingualism became official policy for the conduct of municipal business in 2002, and 37% of the population can speak both languages, making it the largest city in Canada with both English and French as co-official languages

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El DoradO, KS

I remember my dad driving us through El Dorado, though I don't personally recall much about it, just that we were there.

In 1877, the Florence, El Dorado, and Walnut Valley Railroad Company built a branch line from Florence to El Dorado; in 1881 it was extended to Douglass, and later to Arkansas City.

In 1943, German and Italian prisoners of World War II were brought to Kansas and other Midwest states as a means of solving the labor shortage caused by American men serving in the war effort. Large internment camps were established in Kansas: Camp Concordia, Camp Funston (at Fort Riley), Camp Phillips (at Salina under Fort Riley). Fort Riley established 12 smaller branch camps, including El Dorado.

On June 10, 1958, a tornado hit El Dorado and killed 13 people.

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RoncevertE (WV) is a small town in Greenbrier county, WV. I went to many WV state fairs there.

Wiki: Ronceverte is a proud railroad town, a part of the C&O tracklines that connected Pocahontas County to Hinton, and to Clifton Forge, Virginia. Ronceverte was part of the "Gravel Girtie" line where Hinton-based train cars were sent to the limestone quarry at Fort Spring and loaded with crushed lime. This cargo was sent to Clifton Forge where it fluxed in the large furnaces.



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I never could ice skate either, but I recall that feeling of wonder watching Peggy Fleming. I thought she was the most beautiful, graceful woman in the world. Thanks for triggering that memory.

ExeteR, England

Exeter was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. Exeter Cathedral, founded in the early 12th century, became Anglican at the time of the 16th-century Reformation.

Despite the long, grand history in the Wiki writeup, Exeter is known to me as the home of the UK Met Office. I've never been there myself, but several of my colleagues have.

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GrenoblE (France) wiki: Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère. Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère. The proximity of the mountains, as well as its size, has led to the city being known in France as the "Capital of the Alps."

I remember Peggy Flemming winning the gold medal in figure skating in the X Winter Olympic Games in 1968. I cut out newspaper photos of her and put them on my wall. Never could ice skate myself.... ha

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Sandy SprinG, MD

Sandy Spring, Maryland is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The community was founded by Quakers who arrived in the early 18th century searching for land where they could grow tobacco and corn. The Quakers built their meeting house in 1817 near a fresh-water spring which gave its name to the community.

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ArleS (France) wiki: The river Rhône forks into two branches just upstream of Arles, forming the Camargue delta. Because the Camargue is for a large part administratively part of Arles, the commune as a whole is the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory, although its population is only slightly more than 50,000.

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That's quite a history lesson, Claire!

AliquippA, PA

Aliquippa was founded by the merger of three towns: Aliquippa, Woodlawn, and New Sheffield. There is no evidence connecting the Seneca Queen Alliquippa with the location of the borough. This was one of several Indian names selected arbitrarily by the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad in 1878 for stations along the route. Aliquippa is best known as the location of a productive steel mill that the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company constructed there along the Ohio River beginning in 1905. Employment at the facility sustained a population of 27,023 in 1940. The mill closed during the collapse of the steel industry during the 1980s.

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