Some cards earn notice as summer winds down

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- Napoleon Hill

Thanks to all of you who took some time from your summer vacations to find a postcard, affix a stamp and let everyone back home know what you were doing.

More than 500 of you sent more than 300 postcards from all 50 states and 32 foreign countries.

Perhaps the higher gasoline prices had something to do with your travel plans, too, because Georgia (22 postcards) and South Carolina (20) led all states.

Nebraska was a surprising third with 13 cards. Tennessee (11) and New York (11) rounded out the top five.

Canada led other countries with nine.

And now, this year's awards:

BEACH VS. MOUNTAINS: Beach by a sand dune, 45 to 44. Mountains usually don't fare so well, but they peaked this year. The best was probably the card from Peru sent by Chris Burns and others on a mission trip.

MAID OF THE MISSED: Niagara Falls seems to be making a tourist stop comeback. I got at least eight, allowing it to beat out Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon for our top landmark destination.

ANIMAL HOUSE: A new record of 32 cards featured animals. Horses were the favorite, followed by bears and pigs. One card featured the mythical jackalope, which proves my suspicion that if you get more than 50 postcards, you'll get one featuring a jackalope.

FUNNIEST CARD: Well, there was the card from Hell (the island, not Perdition) sent by the Hermanns, Hooks and McBrooms. There was an outhouse card from Mike and Kathy Hebert, of Evans.

But I finally decided that Jo and Si Lambert's redneck postcard from Oklahoma offered the most laughs, including this observation:

"It only rained here twice this week. Three days the first time and five days the second time."

TAKE ME OUT: There were six cards featuring baseball parks, including a card from Chicago's Wrigley Field from David McNair and Melisa Hicks, who were there in June to see the Cubs play the Braves.

LONGEST TRIP: Several people visited New Zealand, including Laurel Burdette, of Evans, and Danielle Candy.

BIGGEST CARD: Kris Kristensen, of Evans, sent a card from North Carolina that was 6 inches by 8 inches.

NICEST CARD: Mrs. Tommye Earhart, of Aiken, sent one from Laramie, Wyo., that shows a painting detail of a cowboy on his horse. It was part of a promotion for the 1800s Western Outlaw Festival.

POSTMASTER GENERAL AWARD: Goes to Simon Medcalfe. Not because he sent 14 postcards showing Augusta area scenes, but because he actually found 14 different Augusta postcards.

Thanks to him, and thanks again to the rest of you for sharing your summer trips.


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