“Pic of the Week”, July 9, 2021: Storm over Salt Lake City

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We were shopping in an outdoor mall in Salt Lake City when the previously clear sky begin to get dark to the north. A storm was approaching and it moved on us rather quickly.
In a matter of minutes, the heavens opened and buckets of water drenched the area. A few minutes later the storm moved on and a rainbow emerged.
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Salt Lake City’s McCune Mansion

00 McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City

One of the most memorable buildings in Salt Lake City is this lovely mansion sitting atop a small hill in the city’s downtown.  The house was built by Alfred and Elizabeth McCune in 1900.  It was intended to be an extravagant place and they were successful in achieving this.  It’s inspired by a home the McCunes had seen in New York City.  
The home site was chosen because of how it rose above the street. The exterior is made of red Utah sandstone. Interior decorations included mahogany from San Domingo, oak from England, red roof tiles from the Netherlands, mirrors from Germany, and Russian leather. The home was completed in 1901 at a cost of one million dollars — adjusted …

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The Keeter Center, Branson

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One of the most unusual colleges I’ve ever visited is the College of the Ozarks, and within that campus one of its most interesting buildings is the Keeter Center.
The Keeter Center is a beautiful multi-functional building that features excellent dining (the reason we visited the college was because the restaurant was so well regarded and recommended), a hotel, and an events center.  What makes the Center so unique is that it is staffed by college students who use their labors to “pay” for their studies as part of the College’s Work Education program.  By working 15 hours a week, students earn their tuition and can graduate college debt free.
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Driving through Montana’s Big Sky Country

01 Big Sky Country, Montana

If you’ve never taken a drive through Montana, I’d highly recommend it. Eastern Montana is part of the great central plains, with wide-open scenery and endless views of “Big Sky Country.” The western part of the state is filled with the amazing Rocky Mountains.
During our last drive through Montana I snapped some photos of the scenery through the windshield and windows. Here’s some of them:
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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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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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“Pic of the Week”, January 1, 2021: Kit Carson County Carousel, Colorado

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Only about 5% of the 2500 wooden carousels carved and crafted in the USA between 1885 and the 1930s still exist, and not all of these are in fine repair.  One of the best preserved examples is the Kit Carson County Carousel, which my wife and I were looking forward to seeing because we’ve always enjoyed carousels and carousel horses.
This carousel was made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the sixth (#6) of 74 they made between 1904 and 1933. It was made in 1905 for Elitch Gardens, an amusement park in Denver.  Elitch Gardens upgraded its carousel in 1927 and old #6 was sold and moved to Burlington, where it still resides.
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