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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.
The roots of the museum …
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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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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …
My younger son is a PhD student at UC Boulder (astrophysics of all things) and visiting him has given me the opportunity to explore this pretty little city recently. It’s got some nice attractions, especially it’s close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and a great summertime farmer’s market. But there are many Americans who think of tea when they think of Boulder. You heard that correctly — a tea factory in America’s heartland.
Celestial Seasons may not be the biggest distributor of tea in the USA but it unquestionably has the most devoted following and is the country’s largest supplier of herbal teas. I know several people who would have trouble going to …
The city of Grand Forks, situated in northeastern North Dakota, is not exactly located on main tourist paths. In fact, it’s what most folks would call “flyover” country. And that wouldn’t bother the friendly people of Grand Forks one little bit. They know they live in a clean and beautiful city, of which they are rightly proud.
Most of my memories of Grand Forks are from when I was a boy, traveling to it from our home in Winnipeg for shopping weekends. It had been several decades since I’d last spent any time here and what I found when we recently visited Grand Forks was a pretty city that was extremely family friendly and liveable.
We stopped at Sertoma Park, one of …