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Some Signs and Street Art of Seward, Alaska

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Seward rests on the eastern edge of Alaska’s beautiful Kenai peninsula, on Resurrection Bay.  The town is named for former U.S. Secretary of State, William H. Seward, who coordinated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
Seward is not a large town, with a population of less than 3000. What it lacks in number it makes up in character. People living here are a hearty bunch who take great pride in their community. They mostly work in the commercial fishing or tourism industries.
Seward is the starting point of Alaska’s popular Iditarod dog race, mile 0 being on the town’s south shore. For a small community, I found a lot of interesting street art and signs during my wanderings in the …

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Visiting the College of the Ozarks, Branson

05 College of the Ozarks, Branson

I enjoy visiting colleges when time allows and the campus seems interesting enough. While in Branson, we visited the College of the Ozarks situated just outside the city.
College of the Ozarks is a private Christian liberal arts college also known as “Hard Work U”. It was founded by a Presbyterian minister in 1906 and offers an interesting model for post secondary education. No tuition is charged of its students, and the college tries to recruit students who demonstrate financial need. Every full-time student is required to work at a campus job to help defray his or her expenses (this work is supplemented by scholarships and gifts from donors). If accepted, students are expected to work 15 hours a week on …

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“Pic of the Week”, February 19, 2021: Education is the new Buffalo, Calgary

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I was intrigued by this work of art, created by Lionel Peyachew, which is prominently displayed in Calgary’s new Central Library.
Historically the key to survival on the prairies was a successful buffalo hunt.  Today the key to success is a good education.  Peyachew has used welded steel letters and numbers to construct a an icon that combines past and present tools for survival. 
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Great Cars along the Highway: 1935 Ford Pickup

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Came across this lovely souped-up Ford Pickup in Calgary — and in one of my favorite colors.
Hard to believe it’s almost 85 years old.  Powered by a 302cc V8, it was popular when it was made and still a very desirable collectible.
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A Visit to Ernest Hemingway Home, Key West

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One of the most popular attractions in Old Key West is a stop at the Home and Museum of iconic author, Ernest Hemingway.  Hemingway was an adventurous man who lived in many places in his life including France, Spain, Cuba, Idaho and Florida.
The Hemingway home is lovely home and interesting to visit.  Hemingway only lived here from 1931 to 1939, although he retained ownership of it until he died.  Key West was Hemingway’s kind of town — eclectic, with lots of physical activity available to him in the form of deep-sea fishing (especially for marlin and tuna) and boxing, and good pubs for drinking and socializing.  Some of his most important works were written in Key West including “A Farewell …

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Thunder Oak Cheese Farm, Ontario

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An interesting place to visit near Thunder Bay is the Thunder Oak Cheese Farm.  Here you have the opportunity to see Dutch-style Gouda cheese being made, and have the chance to sample or buy some interesting Gouda flavors. The farm is located a few miles south of the city of Thunder Bay. 
The Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is run by the Schep Family, who immigrated from Holland and have been making fine Gouda in Canada since 1995.  The Scheps have their own Holstein dairy herd from which their natural (no preservatives or color added) Gouda is made.

Thunder Oaks Cheese Farm, Thunder Bay

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm, Thunder Bay

Cheese is surprisingly popular in Canada, much of it originating in Quebec.  So it’s unusual to see a cheese factory outside of that province.  In …

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Branson

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Most trout hatcheries are located in cooler climates, like in the northern states, so I was a little surprised to learn there was a trout hatchery near Branson in Missouri.  I thought I’d give the place a closer look – as do nearly a thousand  people each day
The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery sits along the water’s edge of Lake Taneycomo at the base of the immense Table Rock Dam.  It’s because of the construction of Table Rock Dam that a trout fishing environment exists in Lake Taneycomo.  The dam mostly drains the cooler water from the base of Table Rock Lake into Lake Taneycomo, creating cool water conducive to trout habitat and, as such, a popular trout fishery.

Table Rock Dam Spillway, viewed from Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

Table Rock Dam Spillway, viewed from Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

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“Pic of the Week”, January 22, 2021: Long’s Peak, Colorado

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Long’s Peak is a prominent mountain in the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. A “fourteener” (14,259-feet or 4346 m tall), it is the highest point in Boulder County and Rocky Mountain National Park.  It rises 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above the Great Plains.
Long’s Peak can be prominently seen from Longmont, Colorado,   These photos were taken from the trail around McIntosh Lake, which my wife and I walked with my son and daughter-in-law during a visit this past year.  The views of Long’s Peak are lovely!
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