Mesa Verde National Park
Yes, starting today my wife and I are on the road again. This time we will be traveling by car to the great State of Colorado. The majority of our time will be spent at Mesa Verde National Park so expect many photos in the next few weeks. We will be staying at the park lodge for six days of R&R, casual exploring and photographing nature. Although they don’t, on purpose, provide any television they do have wi-fi in the lodge, but not the rooms, so I can send the daily posts as always.
We will also likely see some first hand forest fire damage which I will try report that. After leaving Mesa Verde we will travel a little further west to Monument Valley and then back to Denver for a day or two. My wife says I won’t last the six days laying back at Mesa Verde but I think otherwise. At least I hope otherwise. We will find that out together I guess.
So, starting tomorrow expect the special on-the-road reports of our experiences….
Today started at 5:00am. We left so early that we missed breakfast at the hotel but did make it to the White House before 8:00am as dictated by the security people there. They seem to be much more serious about their job than when I was there forty-seven years ago. We were only allowed to go through some of the rooms on the first floor but did manage to see everything between the East Room and the West Room. Was it worth getting up so early? I am not sure yet; I guess so….
After the White House today was Memorial Day. No, I don’t mean like that one at the end of May but the one where we spent the day touring the Washington memorials. We managed to see just about all of them. I am including some pictures here. The new ones were the Korea and World War II memorials for me.
We visited the Vietnam memorial. I had been there before but had not been able to find the name of a good friend from college who was killed almost upon arrival there in late 1969. He left behind a new bride and a son who was born about seven months after his death! I didn’t think actually touching his name on that wall would affect me as it did. I was very choked up for a little while there. It just brought back a rush of memories.
Tomorrow we will visit Arlington Cemetery. That is a very somber place as it should be. I just get upset to see all the young lives that were extinguished because of all our wars. It seems like we have been battling different countries for my entire life. When will we ever get over our rush to war?
One change that is kind of depressing is that the reflection pool in the mall is now dry and full of various kinds of construction equipment. I’m not sure all they have planned for it but I don’t think there will be much of it left when they are done. There is still a lot of construction going on all over the city.
When we weren’t walking around memorials we were cruising around almost every street in the city at least twice. We couldn’t get close to the Capital as too much construction going on. Since I have been there twice before that was not important to me this time but I think some were upset about that.
I guess before I close for the night I need to do another evaluation of the tour bus vacation. It was good in some ways and not so good in others. I sure would have liked to spend more time in some of the places we briefly passed today. We closed the day with a visit to the Pentagon City shopping mall. I could have done without that completely. Maybe the best way to do this touring of such a loaded city as DC is to take a one day tour and then spend another day or two on your own to visit the places that peak your interest?
Tomorrow we spend most of the day in museums. Since they are all very close together we are on a “pick-your-own” museum. That is something I have to do as soon as I sign off here. I have a couple of destinations in mind but maybe one or two others will come to mind.
More on that tomorrow.
It was a very interesting day today. We spent the first part of it at Father Flannigan’s Boys Home and then went to the Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness Project in the downtown area.
It is nice to see that the Boys Town is still a thriving mission and that they have been welcoming girls for over thirty years. The story of the place was quite inspiring and the history center did a good job of relaying how it has changed over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed is their dedication to wayward kids. They currently have over 200 there now. Here are a few pictures.
The Wilderness Project is made up of bronze bigger then life statues of wagons, buffaloes, and geese spread out over a six block area.
Of course we had dinner in the Market District again; Mexican this time at Trini’s. It was good as usual. Yvonne and I both carry pedometers now and discovered that over the past three days we have walked over 17 miles! Not bad for two old people I guess. We are back in our hotel in time to get the evening milk and cookies and then veg out for a few hour before calling it a day.
It has been a very nice three days in Omaha; it will rank in the top three places we have visited on our April vacations of the last 26 years. One surprise about the city is how windy it has been since we have been here. It seems that it blows between twenty and thirty mph almost all the daylight hours. I don’t know if that is typical or not? I know they get a lot of fronts moving through this area but the wind was a surprise.
We will get a good rest and then it is another road day tomorrow heading for St. Louis and the 25,000 picture puzzle store.
Source: 10 great places to experience the simple life – USATODAY.com.
It’s not uncommon at Shaker Village to see a pair of oxen laboring in the field or a blacksmith in period clothing shoeing a horse. It’s a delightful step back in time and “a testament to the simplicity of the Shaker lifestyle,” van Ogtrop says. “Plank-and-stone fences lace together nearly 3,000 lush bluegrass acres where a community of Shakers once lived, worked and worshiped.”
It’s great to see Pleasant Hill get this national attention. It is number 2 on the list of 10 great places. Here is another picture taken during our visit there last week. It is of the Deacon’s House; we stayed in a suite there on the second floor. Very authentic and very peaceful atmosphere. It is indeed a great place to relax and experience the simple life.
This is probably one of the most famous barns in America.
Here is another picture of Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Lexington KY. The fall colors are absolutely beautiful there.
One thing Labor Day used to be about was a parade. This digitized picture was taken in 1990 somewhere in the northwestern U.S. I never recorded, nor remember, the exact location…..
This mural was on the side of a building in old city Quebec. We took this picture while there in July 2011.
Its like stepping back in time. Yeah, that’s me walking down main street.
Mesa Verde is one of my favorite places to visit. It has a truly spiritual feeling to it. We plan on going back either this year or next.
Of course every photo blog needs a picture of Mt. Rushmore. This was the 3rd time I had visited there. Private concessioner have taken over the management of the park. You now have to pay for pretty much everything and it isn’t cheap!
This is where our democracy started. It is a very spiritual type place. This was my second visit there.
Just me and my hubby during our visit to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It was fun to wade in water which in a few months would end up in the Gulf of Mexico.
I think this is my favorite shot of all the pictures we took on the Grand Canyon. We couldn’t get to the North Rim as it was snowed in the week we were there. Planning another trip back maybe this year or next.
Here is a picture of the Michigan State Capital building taken in September when we were on our way to Mackinac Island
Here is one not too many people have probably seen. It is a small lighthouse in Neenah Wisconsin. The picture was taken in 1986 but it still looks the same today.
Here is a picture of Glacier National Park in 1990. We were there in June and still had plenty of snow to contend with.
Here is a picture with Yvonne and I that was taken at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York in the early 1990s.
Here is another picture from our April 2008 visit to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. I couldn’t resist putting in one with my hubby included. The museum has many recreated ancient architectures like the on in the background. It was amazing the amount of money that Dale Carnegie, who was one of the robber barons of the time, had amassed during his lifetime.