“Pic of the Week”, September 13, 2019: A Coffee Shop in Nederville, Colorado

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Situated in the Rocky Mountains near Golden, Colorado, is the small town of Nederville.  We were driving through the mountains, in need of a caffeine fix, and my son told me he knew of a nice coffee shop in Nederville.  Turns out this coffee shop was situated in several old train cars, an unusual and fun setting.

The java was good and the fresh mini-donuts were terrific!

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Great Cars along the Highway. Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

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Pearl Street is the heart of downtown Boulder.  Much of this street is a pedestrian zone, with lots of shops, restaurants and buskers.  It’s a lively place in the evening, filled with people, conversation and music.

During our last visit to Boulder, we wandered to Pearl Street and found one of the most unusual car displays I’ve ever seen.  One vehicle in particular was a tribute to rock and (*I think*) especially to Freddie Mercury of Queen fame (one of my favorite voices in popular music).  Someone had spent hundreds and hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars glitzing up a ‘rock ‘n roll’ car in tribute. 

Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

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“Pic of the Week”, May 31, 2019: LaFayette, Colorado

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The small Colorado town of Lafayette is mostly a bedroom community for the cities of Denver and Boulder.  Its roots are related to mining and it has a nice collection of restaurants and shops that we visited recently.

Here’s a few of the sights from a stroll around the town:

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Walking Main Street in Gold Hill, Colorado

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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 …

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

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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!

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A Day at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature

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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.

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

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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! 

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

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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, …

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