Mansfield, Ohio – September 2020 – Surprising Interesting Architecture

Mansfield, Ohio is another old industrial city, where much of the industry has left. Mansfield, unlike many of those towns, has managed to keep much of their downtown buildings in use and in excellent condition.

We start with an impressive old house that is currently undergoing restoration – it will be grand when finished.

St Peters Catholic Church

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

The tallest building in town – the Farmers Bank Building

This building dates from 1926.The upper level cornices are very detailed.

Mansfield is very proud that the movie Shawshank Redemption was filmed in the area, including Central Park.

Around this nice space are a couple of Art Deco style buildings.

We end our tour with a number of restored buildings along North Main Street.

Marion, Ohio – August 2020 – Random Views of Marion County

This posting is the start of a series of Ohio County focused random views. Unintentionally many of Marion County’s turned out to be barns and other structures in various states of disrepair.

A right hand drive Rolls Royce.

The late summer provided many contrasting colors with the barns.

The corn is so high it felt like walls along the road.

Marion is a railroad town. The light off in the distance was an oncoming train, but is a couple of miles away.

Marion was home to President Harding.

They have built a new Presidential Library for Harding, showing that no matter how crooked you are you will eventually get a Presidential Library.

Across America – A More Detailed Look at the National Park Tour of 2015

While we continue to stay very close to home, I have had a chance to go back and look at some of the older postings. I realized that one of the best road trips we have ever taken was the 2015 ‘National Parks’ road trip. When looking I realized it featured very few photos, so that has been corrected.

The links below will take you to each day of the trip, only with many more photos showing the beauty of the parks, as well as the other cool and quirky sites of the country.

Day 1 – Trip through Lower Michigan  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/11/national-parks-road-trip-day-1-lower-michigan/

 

 

Day 2 – Pictured Rocks National Seashore  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/11/national-parks-road-trip-day-2-pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore/

 

 

Day 3 – Across the UP and Northern Wisconsin  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/11/national-parks-road-trip-day-3-abandonded-air-force-base-marquette-mi-and-duluth-mn/

 

 

Day 4 – Fargo and Beyond

https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/11/national-parks-road-trip-day-4-northern-minnesota-and-fargo/

 

 

Day 5 – Theodore Roosevelt National Park  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/11/national-parks-road-trip-day-5-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/

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Day 6 – Makoshika State Park & Pompey’s Pillar National Monument    https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/12/national-parks-road-trip-day-6-makoshika-state-park-pompeys-pillar-and-billing-montana/

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Day 7 – Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area & Legend Rocks Petroglyphs  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/12/national-parks-road-trip-day-7-bighorn-canyon-legend-rock-petroglyphs-and-thermopolis/

 

 

Day 8 – Yellowstone National Park    https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/12/national-parks-road-trip-day-8-yellowstone/

 

 

Day 9 – Yellowstone National Park  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/12/national-parks-road-trip-day-9-yellowstone/

 

 

Day 10 – Yellowstone to Jackson Hole  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/12/national-parks-road-trip-day-10-yellowstone-to-jackson-hole/

 

 

Day 11 – Golden Spike National Historic Site & Salt Lake City  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/12/national-parks-road-trip-day-11-golden-spike-national-historic-site-salt-lake-city/

 

 

Day 12 – Zion National Park  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/13/national-parks-road-trip-day-12-zion-national-park/

 

 

Day 13 – Bryce Canyon National Park & Capital Reef National Park  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/13/national-parks-road-trip-day-14-bryce-national-park-capital-reef/

 

 

Day 14 – Arches National Park & Canyonlands National Park  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/13/national-parks-road-trip-day-14-arches-and-canyonlands/

 

 

Day 15 – Natural Bridges National Monument & Hovenweep National Monument  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/13/national-parks-road-trip-day-15-natural-bridges-moki-dugway-monument-hovenweep-four-corners/

 

 

Day 16 – Mesa Verde National Park  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/13/national-parks-road-trip-day-16-mesa-verde/

 

 

Day 17 – Great Sand Dunes National Park & Santa Fe  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-17-great-sand-dunes-national-park-hot-air-balloons-santa-fe/

 

 

Day 18 – Anbuquerque & Sandia Peak  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-18-albuquerque/

 

 

Day 19 – Oklahoma City National Memorial  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-19-amarillo-oklahoma-city/

 

 

Day 20 – Paris, Texas  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-20-oklahoma-and-texas/

 

 

Day 21 – Mississippi Blues Trail  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-21-mississippi-blues-trail/

 

 

Day 22 – Mississippi Blues to Elvis  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-22-from-the-blues-to-elvis-the-natchez-parkway/

 

 

Day 23 – Nashville  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-23-from-the-blues-to-elvis-the-natchez-parkway/

 

 

Day 24 – Crushed Corvettes  https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2017/01/14/national-parks-road-trip-day-24-back-to-ohio/

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Mississippi

Welcome to Mississippi, the Magnolia State.

 

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State Capitol & Symbols

1939     1988

The State Capitol in Jackson was completed in 1903, using a typical Beaux Arts style. (Photos from Wikipedia)

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It replaced a building that had been built in 1839. The Old State Capitol is still standing. It serves the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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Our daily unusual State Symbols….(photos from statesymbols.org)

State Toy – The Teddy Bear. When President Theodore Roosevelt was in Mississippip in 1902 on a hunting expedition he refused to shoot an injured bear. A political cartoon lampooned him about this prompting a toy store to use his name on the small stuffed bears thus giving them the name ‘Teddy’s Bears’.

Teddy bear

 

 

State Reptile – American Alligator

American Alligator

 

 

State Shell – Oyster Shell

Oyster shell on beach

 

State Fossil – Prehistoric Whales

Basilosaurus cetoides fossil

 

 

 

Variety of Mississippi

1984     1990      2001      2010

Mississippi is divided into six major cultural regions with the Delta and the Piney Woods being the two largest.

In the Delta cotton is still king, although now the cotton picking is done by John Deere.

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The Piney Woods region is flatlands covered in pine trees. (photo from American Forest Foundation)

The Piney Woods Project | My Land Plan

 

In the northeast there are hills that are part of the Appalachians. The highest point in the state is Woodall Mountain (a bit of a misnomer), going to the height of 807′. (photo below from Wikipedia)

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Road Trips

1983      1986     1994     2001     2003     2004     2005     2006     2011

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Mississippi is home to two of the great waterways of the country – the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

A night in Greenville offered these perfect sunset photos over the river.

 

The bridges at Vicksburg.

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The Great River Road follows the Mississippi through towns like Clarksdale.

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While Mississippi has a small portion of the Gulf Coast, it is filled with sights.

 

In Moss Point there is the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch. It is an alligator sanctuary that also offer air boat rides – which is a very cool experience.

 

 

The Natchez Trace goes for over 400 miles from Nashville to Natchez. It is a parkway designed for non commercial, slow moving traffic.

 

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Mississippi Culture

2005     2014     2016     2019

While some may disagree the best product of Mississippi has been Blues Music. The hard times of life in the Delta in the early 1900s gave the genesis for what has lived on for more than 100 years in a variety of forms.

There are a plethora of locales that have history in the blues.

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According to legend Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads in Rosedale and traded his soul for the ability to play the blues.

 

 

The city of Tupelo in northeastern Mississippi is very proud of their native son Elvis.

The photo on the lower right is a group of British tourists checking out the outhouse – literally the King’s Throne. Elvis has not only left the building – he has left the state and gone to Memphis – time for us to leave as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Minnesota

Welcome to Minnesota!

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State Capitol and Symbols

1941 – State Flag      1955 – Capitol     1958 – Centennial     1972 – Capitol

 

 

The Minnesota State Capitol is located in St Paul. The design was modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and was completed in 1905.

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Among the unusual State Symbols are (photos from statesymbols.org):

State Fruit – Honeycrisp Apple. This apple was developed by the University of Minnesota in 1991. It is known for it’s sweetness and firmness.

Honeycrisp apples

 

State Muffin – Blueberry. Due to the abundance of wild blueberries that grow native in northeastern Minnesota (as well as seemingly all over Canada). In addition it uses wheat, another Minnesota staple.

Blueberry muffin

 

 

State Soil – Lester Soil. Found in 17 southern Minnesota counties, this soil is a result of the woods that originally covered the area. It is very fertile for growing corn and soybeans.

 

 

State Sport – Hockey. Minnesota is often referred to as the State of Hockey (photo by Doug Wallack on Flickr)

 

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is in the town of Evleth. (photos from US Hockey Hall of Fame)

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Lake Superior

1946     1967     2003     2013

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Lake Superior has for centuries been an important transportation route. Much of the development of the United States was aided by the iron ore found in northern Minnesota, used in the production of iron and steel.

The ore would make it to Duluth, where it was loaded onto freighters and shipped south to Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland for production.

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Much of the Minnesota shoreline along Lake Superior however is still mostly undeveloped, offering scenic camping and boating opportunities.

Palisades Head (next 3 photos from Wikipedia)

 

Split Rock Lighthouse

 

 

High Falls of Pigeon River

 

Grand Marais Harbor (photo from minnesotamonthly.com)

grand marais, grand marais harbor, minnesota travel, lake superior

 

The lake however can kick up some mean storms…

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Wilderness

1950      1954     2011

 

Minnesota’s motto has always been Land of 10,000 Lakes. Their neighbors, Wisconsin, claim to have 15,000. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources claim any body of water larger than 10 acres is a lake, and therefore they have 11,842. Wisconsin claims 15,000 but has no such minimum.

Minnesota has 2.6 million acres of lakes, compared to Wisconsin’s 1 million – so Minnesota wins!

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Next 2 photos from website Green is the New Black.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes - Green Is The New Black. - Medium

 

 

There are even lakes in the middle of Minneapolis.

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Northern Minnesota Lake areas appears to be the capital of larger than life animal sculptures

 

 

 

Seasons

1968     1970     1973     1987 – Maple Leaf Drive

 

The saying in Minnesota is they have 2 seasons – 4th of July and Winter! (Photo from Minnesota Dept of Transportation)

 

All this cold does produce nice photos (from website awaywithmaja)

     

 

 

Roads

1976 – Roads over the years

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The first government built roads in Minnesota were built in the 1850s to support military movements. They followed original ox cart paths that the earlier pioneers developed.

The Point Douglas – St Louis River Road Bridge below is the oldest existing bridge in the state, dating from 1865. (photo from startribune.com)

The Point Douglas-St. Louis River Road Bridge near Stillwater was built in 1863 from locally quarried limestone rock. The bridge once carried part of

 

Because of Minnesota far north location none of the famed transcontinental roads traversed the state.

With all the lakes, rivers and creeks, there are a number of bridges throughout the state, including covered bridges, and iron truss bridges. (photos from streetsmn.com)

 

 

One of the more interesting bridges is this small one in northern Minnesota. Note the sign on the right – it is the shortest Mississippi River crossing, as the ‘Great River’ is no more than a creek at this point near it’s headwater.

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The bridge below links Duluth with Superior, Wisconsin. Note the float plane in the sky.

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The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth Harbor is noteworthy as it was the first, and one of only two ‘transporter bridges’. Note the gondola suspended below transporting people and goods. It was later modified to be a traditional lift bridge.

 

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Lift bridge in the inner harbor.

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Minneapolis – St Paul

2005     2009     2015

 

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul are one of America’s major metropolitan areas. With a population of around 4 million people, it makes up 3/4ths of the population of the state.

Both cities developed because of a natural falls of the Mississippi.

Minneapolis Aerial View (Photo from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

A new approach to improving air in Minneapolis | Minnesota ...

 

St Paul (Photo from twincities.com)

 

 

St Paul scenes

 

 

Minneapolis Riverfront

 

Target Field

 

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

 

 

Downtown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Maryland

For such a small state in area, Maryland has a very diverse topology, as well as culture. From the vast Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, the state offers many scenic places to visit.

1949 – 1987 – 2011 – Images of Maryland

 

The oldest map in the collection is from 1949, and has a graceful elegance, with the state flag on a black background. As with most states, Maryland has a state bird and flower, but they go above and beyond with 23 different state symbols. The more unusual include:

The State Exercise – You would think it would be creative but the Maryland legislature took it upon themselves to designate Walking as the state exercise!

For a while they celebrated this with the Bay Bride Walk, but apparently it has been cancelled.

2006 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk

 

Maryland State Cat – Calico. Why? Because it’s colors match the Baltimore Orioles colors. (and yes it took about 5 seconds on pintrest to find a cat with an Orioles helmet on.)

Simba doesn't look happy to be an #orioles #fan #mlb #cat … | Flickr

 

Maryland State Dessert – Smith Island Cake. This island on the Chesapeake Bay is only reachable via boat. This cake comes in multiple layers, up to 15, filled with creme, frosting, crushed candy bars, and chocolate icing. Originally they were made for the fall oyster harvest.

 

 

 

 

Outdoors – 1961 – 2003 – 2005

 

Since 1986 the State Highway Administration has worked to improve the area around the highways with wildflowers.

The state flower is the Black Eyed Susan (photos from wikipedia)

Grow Black Eyed Susan – How to Plant & Care for Rudbeckia Flowers ...

 

Northeastern Wildflowers    Northeastern Wildflowers

 

The wildflowers are an added feature as you make your way north of Balitmore to the horse country. Maryland is known for it’s fox hunts.

It is said that in this area fox hunting is more popular than football?

Forget football, in Maryland's horse country foxhunting is the ...

 

Fortunately they use horses for thoroughbred racing as well. The second leg of the Triple Crown is the Preakness at Pimlico Race Track in Balitmore. (Photo from Philadelphia Inquirer)

Preakness 2019: Start time, how to watch and stream

 

 

 

Roads 1966 – 1975 – 2000 – 2009 – 2015

National Road – Middle Left     Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge – Lower Left        Thomas Johnson Bridge – Lower Right

While not the first road in Maryland, the National Road is easily the most famous. Starting in the town of Cumberland this route took early pioneers across the Allegheny Mountains to Wheeling, West Virginia and on to St Louis.

Construction on the National Road started in 1811 in Cumberland. It would reach Wheeling in 1818. This first stretch was the most difficult, as it had to traverse the mountains. (Photo from Maryland Tourism website)

Unique Sites Along the National Road | Visit Maryland

 

The first interstate built in Maryland was the Jones Falls Expressway. For many years it was the only freeway in Baltimore as residents fought having additional ones built through their neighborhoods. This is evident with the Eastern Termination of Interstate 70 just before the city limits.

There are still fewer freeways in Baltimore than in most major American cities.

 

One of the most impressive roadways in Maryland is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Crossing the bay from Annapolis for over 4.5 miles, it rises to a height of 186′ above the water, with low guardrails, high winds, and no shoulders, earn it spots on the scariest bridges lists.

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Sailing – 1969 – 1978 – 1984 – 1993 – 1999

Maryland Dove and a Skipjack

 

Maryland has always been a seafaring state. With Baltimore as the primary harbor, ships of all sorts have graced the bay.

Among the most famous is the ‘Dove’, an early 17th century English ship. It has been recreated as the Maryland Dove, and is featured on the 1984 map cover. Her home port is St Mary’s, Maryland. (photos from Wikipedia)

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The skipjack is a fishing boat used on the Chesapeake Bay for oyster dredging. It is so popular it is the official boat of the State of Maryland. It is featured on the 1999 map above.

Finally the Baltimore Clipper. A fast sailing ship it was used in the mid 1800s as cargo ships.

 

 

Down at the Shore – 1991 – 1997

Assateague Island is a barrier island just off the coast of Maryland (as well as going into Virginia). This island has a large feral horse population.

The island is a National Seashore.

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Baltimore – 1970 – 1979 – 2007

Maryland’s largest city (by far), Baltimore has a very long history. It has a huge harbor, and a secondary smaller inner harbor that abuts downtown.

Baltimore was the second city in the United States to reach 100,000 residents, doing so by the 1840 census. It was passed by Philadelphia as the second largest city in the 1860 census.

While much of the city is still economically challenged, the inner harbor has for decades enjoyed redevelopment.

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2018 05 05 2 Baltimore

 

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Industry still surrounds the harbor beyond.

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It is a traditional east coast city with row houses, and small city lot single family houses.

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One of the most beautiful libraries in the world is in Baltimore, the George Peabody Library.

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Baltimore holds an annual Kinetics Festival, bringing out the best of their creativity.

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Various Cities & Towns 1971 – 2001 – 2017

Upper Right – Ocean City Convention Center (1971)

Lower – Fredrick

 

The Eastern Shore of Maryland has it’s fair share of kitschy entertainment.

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We made a stop in Ocean City one November day to find the town completely empty.

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It is a bit more crowded in the summer. (photo from Maryland Coast Dispatch)

05/21/2018 | Ocean City Ranked A Top 10 Hot Summer Destination ...

 

 

Mountains – 1981 – 2007 – 2013

 

 

Sideling Hill is a small mountain in Western Maryland that has an impressive cut through the top to allow the interstate to pass through. The rest area at the top has an observation deck to allow you to get even higher for a panoramic view of the area.

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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was one of the earliest forms of transportation in the state. Maryland has a lot to offer, not to mention it is next door to Washington, DC.

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Buenos Aires – March 2020 – Boca Juniors

The La Boca neighborhood is a port on the south end of the city. Their soccer team, Boca Juniors, is one of the two most important teams in the country.

Their stadium is known a La Bombonera – the Chocolate Box. It is named that way because when it was being design someone commented it’s shape was the same as a box of chocolates.

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The stadium is in the middle of the neighborhood, abutting the streets on 3 sides.

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There are numerous souvenir shops surrounding the neighborhood.

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In the early days the team colors was black and white. The leaders decided that these weren’t good, and said ‘we will use the colors of the flag of the next ship that comes into the port’. Clearly the next boat was from Sweden.

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You must be a member of the athletic club to be able to buy tickets to games, so their membership is large – and celebrated in the museum with a star for each member.

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La Boca has historically been an Italian neighborhood.

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During the tour you had an option to pay a little extra and pose with the trophies.

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The stadium holds about 50,000 people, with the majority being seats.

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Unlike the other Argentina stadiums, Boca has a massive private suites section along one side.

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The concourses of the stadium have a number of artworks celebrating their past.

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The museum is small, but includes an overview of their history.

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Boca Juniors – 114 years of tradition.

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Tigre, Argentina – February 2020 – Art Museum of the Delta

The Art Museum of Tigre, Argentina is located in a fantastic building known as the Tigre Club. This club, completed in 1912 as a casino, was located next to a hotel that was torn down decades ago. It was for many years the meeting place for the movers and shakers of the area.

The casino was forced to close in the 1930s, and the building functioned as a restaurant for many years. Finally in the late 1970s it was identified as a National Historic Monument.

In 2006 it was restored and opened as the Tigre Art Museum. The building is magnificent.



























The art collection focuses on life on the delta and the Rio De La Plata.










































Southern Argentina – December 2019 – The Flight Home

There are about 10 flights a day from Buenos Aires to Bariloche. During the Christmas holiday it is packed with Porteno’s from the city headed to the mountains. A flight back on Christmas eve – not so much – Our 737 had 12 passengers and 5 crew.







With nobody on the plane, and fairly clear skies for much of the trip, I took the opportunity to get some shots from up high. The late afternoon sun gave some challenges to lighting, but the terrain below was very interesting.




































































We arrived to a nearly empty terminal




When we were checking in at the terminal in Bariloche they insisted on weighing our carry on bags, then pronounced them overweight so we had to check them (despite the fact we could have 10 overhead bins to ourselves).

When we arrived in BA they were easy to find, since they were the only 2 bags! Because there were only 12 people on the plane, and everybody including the crew wanted to get home we left as soon as the arriving passengers deplaned – leaving 45 minutes before scheduled time and arriving about an hour before our scheduled time!






Lago Nahuel Huapi, Argentina – December 2019 – Tour of the Lake

When we arrived in Bariloche numerous people insisted we take a lake tour. We were fortunate enough to get some tickets as we were leaving town for the North Loop tour, but they were for that afternoon.

After arriving back in town, we headed straight for Puerto Pañuelo to catch the ship Modesta Victoria for our extended tour of Lago Nahuel Huapi. The Modesta Victoria is over 80 years old!










The warm, but somewhat windy day, was perfect for the cruise.




As we left the port we passed by some very impressive buildings.







As a glacial lake, it is completely surrounded by mountains.







Not long after leaving the port a flock of seagulls started to trail the boat. People quickly realized if they threw bread or crackers they would follow.

Some were able to get the seagulls to take the crackers directly from their hands, but this poor lady tried forever and was never able to.








After an hour we arrived at our first stop, the Arrayanes National Park. An Arrayane is the type of tree seen here. The slow growing tree is not native to this location, but a property owner in the early 1900s introduced them. Sadly many of them are dying off.













Our second stop was on Isla Victoria.







We returned to the port in the late afternoon sun.