.All Trips / Central USA / Colorado / North America

Walking Main Street in Gold Hill, Colorado

01 Gold Hill, CO

There are many mining towns in the Colorado Rockies, one of the most interesting being Gold Hill.  This town is located in the mountains northwest of Boulder at an elevation of 8,300 feet (2530 m).  A scenic drive, most of it on gravel roads, leads you through the transition of the great plains to the foothills, with the grand peaks of the Rockies visible at some distance to the west. 

Gold was discovered by a group of prospectors in a small stream near the town site in January 1859.  This stream was named Gold Run and in March of that year, the first mining district in the Nebraska Territory was created (Colorado had not yet been granted statehood).  The site and …

Read More

Tagged , , ,

“Pic of the Week”, January 4, 2019. Old Fire Truck, Gold Hill

00 Old Fire Truck, Gold Hill

Situated in the high foothills of the Rocky Mountains is the town of Gold Hill.  This is a fascinating living relic of Colorado’s mining past and an interesting place to visit.

Sitting by the town’s main road is a large rusting and faded truck that was worth exploring.  On closer look, it became clear that this was an ancient Ford fire truck, circa 1940 or so.  Most of the lights and equipment have been stripped and it obviously hasn’t been used for many years, but it definitely fit into the landscape of Gold Hill.

I love finding old vehicles like this during my travels!

(Click on thumbnails to enlarge, right arrow to advance)

Karl on | Comments Off on “Pic of the Week”, January 4, 2019. Old Fire Truck, Gold Hill
.All Trips / Central USA / Colorado / North America

A Day at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature

04 Denver Museum of Nature and Science

My wife and I visited this Science and Nature Museum earlier this year while in the Denver area for our younger son’s wedding.  I  enjoy visiting science and natural history museums as I always see fascinating things and learn something new at each one, and Denver’s is a great museum!  It’s affiliated with the prestigious Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Like all good natural history museums, this one covers a large variety of topics and has lots of displays spanning many subjects, with most focusing on Colorado (though many with a more global perspective).  The museum is housed in a boxy 716,000-square-foot (66,519 m2) building and has more than one million items in its collections.

The roots of the museum …

Read More

“Pic of the Week”, June 15, 2018: An Interesting Shed, Gold Hill, Colorado

P1110188

My eye was drawn to this old shed situated in someone’s back yard in the historic mining town of Gold Hill.  The town is not far from Boulder, is charming and visiting it is much like stepping into the past.  

I have to admit, I would love to own a shed like this, wheels, bed frame, antlers, ads and all! 

(Click on thumbnails to enlarge, right arrow to advance)

Karl on | Comments Off on “Pic of the Week”, June 15, 2018: An Interesting Shed, Gold Hill, Colorado

“Pic of the Week”, May 25, 2018: The Flood Memorial, Grand Forks

01 Red River and Flood Memorial (10)

I’ve previously discussed how flat the great plains of central North America are.  Like the Amazon basin in South America, when there is flooding of a river over its bank the flat topography lets the water spread a far distance before there is enough contour change to stop it.  Obviously this can do a lot of damaged in populated areas.

The Red River, which flows through Minnesota and North Dakota on its way into Manitoba and on towards Lake Winnipeg, is one of the dominant rivers of the plains.  It seems like the Red floods every few years and usually a small flood can be reasonably managed.  But there are rare springs when the elements combine to make flooding particularly severe, …

Read More

Karl on | Comments Off on “Pic of the Week”, May 25, 2018: The Flood Memorial, Grand Forks
.All Trips / Art / Central USA / Colorado / North America

A Sampler of Rocky Mountain Street Art

03 Aspen 07-2015 (2)

I’ve enjoyed many visits to the Colorado Rockies, mostly in the summer months as I like the weather and wildflowers that time of year.  I love spending time in the mountains!  There’s nothing more pleasant than going for a walk on a nice day on a wilderness trail or in a beautiful alpine town resting in a lovely valley, surrounded by majestic peaks. 

During these strolls I’ve noticed an increased amount of street art displayed on the lanes and walkways of the tourist towns.  A lot of the work is of high quality, mostly bronzes, many reflecting the mountain life.  These photos include some of the street art I came across in Vail, Avon, Aspen and Leadville.  

I hope you like …

Read More

Tagged , , , ,
.All Trips / Central USA / North America / North Dakota

Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota

Grand Forks Air Force Base B25J Flo

I’ve visited only two US Air Force Bases in my life.  One was in Colorado Springs where our friends (2 Air Force veterans) gave us a tour of the training facility and some of the planes on exhibition, a very memorable visit.  My second was this Air Force Base (AFB) in North Dakota, where one can visit a diverse display of aircraft and missiles outside the main entrance gate.  Apparently free guided tours of these aircraft can be arranged for groups of 6 and more with 2 weeks notice, but as just my father and I were visiting and ours was a spur-of-the-moment decision, this didn’t apply to us.  We did not actually enter the AFB, just explored the planes …

Read More

Tagged , , ,
.All Trips / Central USA / Minnesota / North America

A Day in Grand Marais, Minnesota

04-Grand-Marais

Grand Marais is a town of about 1500 residents situated in Cook County, Minnesota.  It rests on the northwestern shore of the largest lake in the world, Lake Superior.  Grand Marais is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer season, and is accessed by Minnesota Highway 61 (North Shore Scenic Drive).  It’s 110 miles NE of Duluth and 40 miles SW of the Canadian/US border.

Grand Marais is French for “Great Marsh”, the name referring to a marsh that was situated in the town long ago which it seems has mostly been filled in.   It has a nice harbor (see photos above and below) and many people like to sail from it onto the unpredictable waters of the Great …

Read More

Tagged ,