Sedona, Arizona is a well known as a town with numerous spas as well as artists, who all have gathered among the amazing red rocks. We passed through town on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and it was packed, taking away from the natural beauty.
An internet search of best sunsets in Phoenix suggested Usery State Park – just east of Mesa. We headed off for the short drive out, but in the end sunset was not to be as storm clouds moved in. While disappointed about the sunset, the clouds provided a great backdrop not often seen in Phoenix.
The drive back into town also provided some great shots
Before you knew it we were back in Mesa.
Our last province, British Columbia. As the saying goes, we saved the best for last!
We start out in far southeastern BC at the town of Sparwood. Named for the lumber that went into making spars (poles) for ships, Sparwood is a mining town. As you enter town you can’t miss Terex Titan, one of the largest trucks in the world, now retired in front of the visitor center.
Eastern BC has a number of great waterfalls including those below: Helmcken, Dawson and Rearguard Falls.
The town of Lake Country BC is home to a Kangaroo Farm! It was very cool, especially holding a baby kangaroo.
High above the town of Kamloops is the Myrna Canyon Trestle Trail. Once a railway, now one of the best bike paths anywhere.
In Hope BC there is another path, much lower that goes through the Othello Tunnels. Nearby is the Bridal Veil Falls.
The Vancouver suburb of Burnaby has a great park with these native statues. The persistent rain and fog added to the atmosphere.
Capilano Park in North Vancouver has an amazing bridge (that bounces!) and a forest canopy walk, along with more totem poles.
Vancouver is one of the world’s great cities. Situated on a bay, with islands and the mountains, the views are fantastic. They have height limits on the buildings so that they don’t block the views.
The Museum of Anthropology has the largest native sculpture collection anywhere.
Vancouver is even better from the ‘Lookout’, especially after a nice walk along the harbour.
Vancouver has character!
Our final stop is Victoria, on Vancouver Island (which Vancouver is not). BC Ferries will get you there.
The city is the capital of the province, and has a great history.
It is also home to numerous gardens, including Hartley Castle and Gardens.
Our virtual trips across North America has come to an end, but there is more coming – up next Chicago – History through Maps and Photos…. stay tuned.
Welcome to Alberta
Where the prairies meet the mountains.
Calgary is the largest city in the province.
Edmonton is nearly as large as Calgary. They have a strong hockey rivalry.
Oil is the business of Edmonton, and is reflected in the hockey team’s name. (photos of Edmonton from Wikipedia)
Banff was Canada’s first national park, and remains a beautiful area.
Lake Louise is renown for the turquoise water, and tourists.
The Icefields Parkway is a 140 mile long road from Banff to Jasper, passing numerous glaciers and waterfalls. It is one of the best drives in the world.
Jasper is home to Athabasca Falls. Tomorrow is our final stop in Canada – British Columbia.
We have arrived at the last state in this tour – but fear not there are other maps and places to visit tomorrow….
But for now we are in Wyoming.
State Capitol in Cheyenne. It was completed in 1890. (photos from Wikipedia)
State Code of Ethics. From the book Cowboy Ethics by James Owen.
1947 – Cowgirl 1955 – Cowgirl 1960 – Rodeo 1982 – Pioneers 2002 – Cowboys 2003 – Cowboys 2010 – Cows 2011 – Bison
While the European descendants culture of Wyoming is the cowboy, the Native American’s have been here for thousands of years. Evidence of this culture is found in the Legend Rock Petroglyphs. This is one of the best collections we have ever seen.
1948 – Wind River Canyon 1963 – Giant Lincoln along Lincoln Highway 1996 – Scenic Mountain Routes 1997 – Wildflowers 1998 – Scenic Routes 2009 – Scenic Routes 2014 – Battle Pass Scenic Byway
The drive from Cody to Yellowstone is unique.
The area around Thermopolis has it’s own unique look.
National Parks and Forests
1952 – Yellowstone 1958 – Palisades between Cody and Yellowstone 1968 – Tetons 1970 – Tetons 1985 – Big Horn National Forest 2004 – Rock Climbing in Grand Tetons 2006 – Buttes – Devils Tower 2016 – Yellowstone
Arguably one of the most interesting places in the world is Yellowstone National Park.
Nature and the Outdoors
1954 – Snake River 1966 – Mountains 1967 – Ayers Natural Bridge 1969 – Sunset 1971 – Brooks Lake Creek Falls 1972 – Belle Fourche River Red Cliffs 1974 – Deep Lake and Temple Peaks 1978 – Cattle Ranch near Sheridan 1983 – Gros Ventre River near Jackson 1984 – Cody Fall Colors 1994 – Flowers 2001 – Fishing 2005 – Skiing 2008 – Native Americans 2012 – Outdoor Activities 2013 – Wildlife and Lincoln Highway 100th anniversary
The Northern Wyoming mountains are very colorful.
Take Me Home Country Roads – to West Virginia.
While I have more years of Texas maps, I have more overall West Virginia maps as they published monthly in the 1940s.
1949 1958 1960 1963 1992 2010
West Virginia State Capitol (Photo from whereverImayroam.com)
When West Virginia was formed during the Civil War, it took years for them to settle on a permanent state capital Finally they decided Charleston is the place, and in 1932 completed this building.
State Firearm – Hall Flintlock Model 1819. This weapon was produced in Harpers Ferry.
Rivers and Streams
1937 – Potomac River South Branch 1940 February – Kanawha River 1941 September – New River Gorge and River 1954 – Randolph County Lake 1967 – New River Gorge and River 1986 1994 – New River Gorge and River
West Virginia has a number of rivers that served the coal industry for decades. One of those coal towns was Thurmond. Today it is a ghost town, but at one time was a center of coal production.
It is situated on the New River, which is an attraction for tourists and adventurers.
Huntington is the 2nd largest town in the state. It was founded as a railway center, and that history is celebrated with decorated model engines around downtown.
The most noteworthy is the one dedicated to those who died in the Marshall University Football team’s airplane crash in 1970.
Point Pleasant is an Ohio River town that live on the legend of the Mothman.
1939 January 1939 February 1940 May 1974 – White Sulfur Springs 1983 2002 – Coopers Rocks 2017