National Geographic : 1949 Jun
\11i11an 1DlKllp, d . Six Feet-and All Off the Ground Rodeo thrills abound at the "Helldorado," Las Vegas, Nevada. This cowboy, competing in the saddle bronc riding event, has just parted company with a few hundred pounds of white dynamite. bama-hushed Fort McClellan where I trained in the infantry-the blue haze over the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina-the red fields of Virginia-the steel mills in Pennsylvania-and the battlefield at Gettysburg, symbol of the union of it all. Our speedometer turned past the 15,000 mile mark as we crossed the Hudson River on Bear Mountain Bridge and headed into New England. We found ourselves looking curiously at our native region, as if we had never seen it before. It was so tiny and unspectacular by west ern standards, with its plains blocked from view by trees, its rivers small, its mountains sometimes not worthy of the name, its ocean seldom parading grandly beside the turnpikes. But, even to westernized eyes, how lovely and how green! Curving roads, strange to us after so many straight stretches in the wide open spaces, brought us with exquisite sud denness upon the scene just around the bend: a village green, perhaps, or a lake, or artfully placed farm buildings, or stony pasture. Cli maxing all was a brilliant blaze of fall color (page 772). We saw that this small part of America, like every other region we had visited, lacked certain types of beauty only to be unsurpassed in others. "To Each His Own" When our car finally pulled up in front of a cottage nestled amid white pines and ferns, we had a much better mental photograph of the United States than we had had when we left. Now we could picture a country made up of many marvelous parts, each contribut ing to and enriching the others. There seemed to be no point in deciding which part was the most beautiful, for all were in some respect unchallenged-and all belonged to us as American citizens, wherever we chose to live. Notice of change of address for your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the offices of the National Geographic Society by the first of the month to affect the following month's issue. For instance, if you desire the address changed for your August number, The Society should be notified of your new address not later than July first. Be sure to include your postal-zone number.