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Often in my travels I wish I could see a destination as it was years before I’ve gotten there — that I had access to H.G. Wells’ Time Machine so I could select exactly when to drop into a city or town. In the case of Butte, Montana, I would set that Time Machine for circa 1900. What a grand city I’d find when I arrived! One of the largest, most developed new cities of the American West, with beautiful lavish hotels, elegant restaurants, theaters and other attractions, Butte was the place to be! Funded by the wealth harvested from the mines of the “Richest Hill on Earth”, Butte was booming.
Jump forward a century and what you find is quite different. Most …
Situated in the small tourist town of Grand Marais, on the northwest shore of Lake Superior, is this ‘mom and pop’ donut shop. The name of the place may seem a little overdone, but the donuts it sells are prepared to perfection. They are indeed among the best I’ve ever had.
World’s Best Donuts has an extensive assessment of donuts, prepared fresh daily and greedily consumed by the shop’s many patrons. The several I’ve tried during my visits were all excellent, although they say their cake donuts are a house specialty. The donut shop opened in 1969 and has been run by the family for almost fifty years.
There are seats outside, but it’s especially …
Monument Valley has been featured many times in classic western movies, especially those starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford. Ford loved the beautiful scenery of Monument Valley and perhaps more than anyone helped put it on the tourist map. The valley floor is not that large — around a half dozen square miles — but it’s been filmed from so many angles you’ve likely come to think of it as being representative of the entire American West.
You’ll have seen Monument Valley in the movie Stagecoach, this photo including the Three Sisters rock formation….
And in the classic film, The Searchers…..
Henry Fonda’s “My Darling Clementine” (a screening of which my father-in-law told me was the first date he and my …
While thumbing through some of my photo archives the other day, I stumbled across this image of an old wagon, framed against the Gore Range of the Colorado Rockies. The lake in the background is Piney Lake and there’s a wonderful hike you can take along the lake to a waterfall in the mountains.
I’m sure now the lake is covered in a thick blanket of ice and snow. But it is a reminder of things soon to come!
Leadville is the highest altitude town to be occupied year round in the United States, situated at 3094 m (10,592 ft) above sea level. The area was a booming silver mining town in the late 19th century and while the mining era is all but over, relics of it are still plentiful around Leadville.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) offers an interesting look at the geology and mining of the region, and its Hall of Fame portion recognizes the men and women who were important mining pioneers. A relatively new institution, the nonprofit NMHFM was founded in 1977 and the building it occupies renovated in 1987. Initially it was to be on the grounds of the Colorado …
During the summer months there’s a nice Farmers’ Market in Vail every Sunday. It’s situated on the north side of Gore Creek, on Meadow Drive, in close proximity to the town’s large parking structure. It compliments the nearby Minturn Market which is held on Saturday and many of the vendors from that smaller but more compact Minturn Market also show up at Vail.
The Vail market is, at least to my impression, significantly larger than the Minturn Market, although not its not as compact and fun to navigate. It features seasonal produce which mostly is grown in eastern and western Colorado. Not too much food is grown at the high elevation of Vail which sits at around 8200 …
I love summer days in the Rocky Mountains! Having finished a rewarding six mile hike at beautiful Piney Lake, situated in the Gore Range of Colorado, we were resting by the lake’s shore and enjoying the scenery before returning to our timeshare unit in Vail. Suddenly and surprisingly quietly, two large moose walked by us on their way to the lake. They wadded into the clear water and started munching on water-plants growing close to shore. They were not disturbed by our presence and were close enough that I was able to take some nice photos.
Moose are huge, the largest of all the deer species. Males carry massive antlers which can have a span of up to 6 feet (1.8 meters). …
Jackson — sometimes called ‘Jackson Hole’ after the valley in which it resides — is a fun town to visit. It’s situated in northwestern Wyoming, one of the most beautiful regions in the world. With the growth of tourism in the area the town has morphed from its cowboy and ranching roots to an upscale resort. But it’s not gone Hollywood — there’s still a lot of “country soul” around. Jackson’s population is just under 10,000, not counting the surrounding ranchers and the many tourists that visit.
The popularity and quality of alpine skiing and the nearby location of the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks have made this town a travel destination both in summer and …