Virtual Travel – Washington

Time to visit the beautiful state of Washington.

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History

1957     1958     2004       2006

 

 

State Capital – Olympia. The building is another traditional style set in the small town of Olympia. While it might seem strange that this small city is the capital when Seattle is just 60 miles away, in the early days of the European settlement Olympia was the most important towns, becoming the territorial capital.

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State Symbol

State Tall Ship – Lady Washington

 

Boeing has a long history in the state, having been founded in Seattle in 1916. The factory in Everett is the largest building in the world by volume, but when you are inside it doesn’t feel that way because of separations. ( 2 photos below from Wikipedia)

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Harold LeMay, a Tacoma refuse company owner, had one of the largest collections of cars when he died in 2000. His collection is displayed in 2 very different museum.

 

 

 

 

Seattle

1975     1978     1982

 

 

Seattle is a beautiful city that has been booming over the last couple of decades.

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It is the cultural center of the Northwest.

 

 

The Chihuly Museum has the best art that he has ever created.

 

 

Next door is the Museum of Pop, with an eclectic collection.

 

 

 

 

Mountains

Mt Rainier 1959     1965     1967     1998     Cascades 1970     2003     2006

 

 

Olympic National Park has two major sections, the mountains above Port Angeles, and a rain forest closer to the Pacific Ocean.

The day we chose to go to Hurricane Ridge was a fantastic, sunny day, with views forever.

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Mount Rainier is the postcard of the state. (photo from internet)

Special Offers & Packages | Mt. Rainier National Park Lodging

 

 

With the mountains and abundant rain amazing waterfalls are found throughout the Cascades. (photos from internet)

15 Amazing Waterfalls in Washington - The Crazy Tourist

The Best Waterfall Hikes Near Seattle | Fitt Seattle

 

 

 

Oceans and Rivers

1992- Puget Sound – Lopez Island – Shaw Reef     1994 – Columbia River Gorge     2000 – Sagebrush & Phlox in Columbia River Valley     2002 – Olympic Peninsula     2008 – Skagit Valley Tulips

 

 

The Puget Sound is one of the economic and recreation centers of the state.

 

 

The Pacific Coast is rugged and fairly unpopulated. (photos from internet, but I wish I was there for the bottom one).

The Pacific Coast in Washington State -

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Tennessee

Welcome to Tennessee.

 

 

State Capital & History

1958     1974     1977     1978     1993     2008     2015     2017

 

 

Nashville is the state capital, with the capitol building dating from 1859.

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State Symbols – Tennessee is the ‘leader in the clubhouse’ with over 60 state symbols, including 10 state songs and 3 state trees. Among the most unusual are:

State Cowboy Poet Laureate – David Nelson. A 16 paragraph resolution has identified David ‘Buffalo Bill’ Nelson, a humorist and performer the State Cowboy Poet Laureate.

David Buffalo Bill Nelson

 

The State Bicentennial Rap Song.

TENNE-, TENNE-, TENNES-SEE!
Oh, how proud we are of thee!
Volunteer State since 1812 –
Glad our fathers picked here to dwell!
Presidents, Presidents – proud are we!
Jackson, Polk, and Johnson – three!
Crockett, Forrest, and John Sevier;
Alvin York and Hull lived here!
Baker, Gores, and Kefauver,
Served our country with honor!
U.T., Memphis and Vandy U.,
Tennessee Tech and Sewanee, too!
Appalachian Mountains, mountains high –
Reaching up in the smoky sky!
Tennessee River, flowing through –
We will cross near the Choo Choo!
Dollywood and Walking Horse Show!
Opryland and the Opry Show!
Whisky, whisky – sipping smooth –
Moon, Moon Pies and Goo Goo Goos!
Reelfoot Lake and cotton fields,
Natchez Trace and Civil War fields!
Mocking birds and raccoons grow,
And tulip poplars and iris show!
Bessie Smith and Memphis blues –
W.C. Handy and Elvis, too!
Eastman, Oak Ridge, and TVA –
Nissan, Saturn, and Country Music pay!
Chickasaw, Sequoyah, and Cherokee –
Cumberland Plateau and Mississippi!
BIRTHDAY WISHES ON 200 YEARS –
GIVE TENNESSEE A BIG, BIG CHEER!

 

 

 

As most people know Nashville is the center of country music,, with many tributes and landmarks around the city celebrating this history.

 

 

Memphis – Tennessee’s largest city, and one of the home of the Blues.  (All Memphis photos from the internet)

Relay Memphis

7 Surprising Stops Between Memphis and Franklin | Franklin, Tennessee

Memphis Hotels, Events, & Attractions | Visit Memphis, TN     Memphis travel | USA - Lonely Planet

 

Graceland – Elvis’s home.

Ticket Information | Graceland

 

 

 

 

Bridges & Bi-ways

1972 – Reelfoot Lake     1988     1993     2001 – TN Highway 96 Double Arch Bridge – Natchez Trace Parkway     2002 – Nashville Speedway and Stones River

 

 

Travelling about the Tennessee countryside reveals some unique and quirky sights.

 

 

Lane Motor Museum in Nashville has a great collection of micro cars.

 

 

 

Beech Aircraft Museum in Tullahoma has a fantastic collection of aircraft.

 

 

 

Mountain Roads

1979     1981 – Lookout Mountain     1993     1994     1995 – Greay Creek Bridge on State Route 40 Polk County     2000     2003

 

 

Central Tennessee is home to numerous waterfalls.

 

 

Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Home to some of the tallest mountains in the east, this park was dedicated in 1940. It was created in response to the clear cut logging that was occurring, destroying the area. (Photos from Pintrest)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to reopen, but not all of it

List of areas to open in Great Smoky Mountain National Park announced

Best Camping in and Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

 

 

Flowery Tennessee

1985     1989     1999 – First Lady Promoting Wildflowers along Freeways     2000 – Cerobala Skyway     2005     2007 – Tennessee State Flower     2011     2013

 

The Tennessee State Flower – the Iris. (photos from internet)

Tennessee State Cultivated Flower | Iris

 

Tennessee Interstate Conservancy

 

 

Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (photos from Pintrest)

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Art Museum Tour - Waterfront ...

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville

Seasonal Festivals in Nashville | Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in ...

 

 

Roane Mountain near Asheville is home to the largest Rhododendron Garden in the world. (photos from Pintrest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roan Mountain Rhododendrons - Mountain Vista Pano - Advanced Fine Art

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Report 2016 - Mitchell County Chamber ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – North Dakota

Today’s stop is North Dakota. A sparsely populated state along the Canadian border, North Dakota is a place with cold winters, hot summers and vast prairies.

 

History 

1954 – Natural Resources     1983 – State Capitol

 

Bismarck is the state capital. The Capitol is the tallest building in the state, measuring 241′ (73m) high. Nearby is the North Dakota State Museum.

The grounds include a number of statues and monuments including Sakakawea, a Shoshone woman who helped Lewis & Clark make their way to the west coast.

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Unique Symbols of North Dakota

Official State March – The Flickertail March. I am not certain it would work for the military but the Flickertail is a squirrel that has a distinctive jerk of their tails, or flicks, while running – and North Dakota has saw fit to make this their State March! (photos from statesymbols.org)

 

State Fossil – Teredo Petrified Wood. This petrified wood is unique in that it has ‘worming’ of the original wood that is clearly present in the fossils.

 

 

 

The Landscape

1958 & 1983 – Theodore Roosevelt National Park     1994          2002/2003     2011     2013

 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the far western part of the state. This massive park is a tribute to Roosevelt, who came to the area in 1883. After family tragedy, he returned to North Dakota the following year, and spent a few years in the area.

The area’s badlands and wildlife make for a scenic experience.

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Uniquely North Dakota

1965 – Rest Area     1984 – Interstate in the Badlands     2005 – Trail of Legends

 

 

Fargo is the largest city in the state, with 125,00 residents. It is on the Red River, which forms the border of Minnesota. The visitor center has the woodchipper from the movie ‘Fargo’

 

 

Medora is a small town near the national park. Among the attractions here is the cabin that Roosevelt lived in.

 

 

As you leave Bismarck headed west you come to the small town of New Salem, with the giant fiberglass cow – Sue.

 

 

 

1973 & 2009 – Native Americans

 

Native American’s have inhabited the North Dakota area for thousands of years. Today there are 30,000 Native Americans living in the state, one of the largest percentages of any state, giving the state a strong native presence.

Sisseton Wahpeton Powwow Grounds (photo from Flickr)

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate powwow grounds, Agency Village, La… | Flickr

 

 

Many have capitalized on the ability to have casinos to sustain their tribes, including Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake Nation suspends referendum on liquor sales at casino

 

 

Today’s younger Native American’s continue to take pride in their culture and lands. (photo from Earthjustice.com)

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Takes Action to Protect Culture and ...

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Hawaii

Because of the uniqueness of Hawaii I have no state highway maps in my collection. For this trip we will use a National Geographic Map from 1976.

Having spent an amazing 3 weeks in the islands, there are plenty of photos of the highlights. As a result this is a very long posting full of photos.

 

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Hawaii – The Big Island. Covering over 4000 square miles, it is slightly smaller than Connecticut.

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Big Island HI Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park

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Big Island South Point

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Southernmost point of any U.S. State – take that Key West

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Green Sand Beach

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Black Sand Beach

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Volcano National Park

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Kaimu Bay

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McKenzie Park

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Hilo – One huge banyan tree

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Akaka Falls

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Hilo (again)

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Waipio Valley

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Pololu Valley Overlook

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Kapaau

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Kona Cultural Festival

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Off Kona

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Maui

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Views from the water

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Lahania

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More coastal Maui views

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Iao Valley

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Haleakala National Park

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Kahekill Highway

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Waimoku Falls

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Hana

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Kahului Hi Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center

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Makai Glass Company

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Dingking Surfboard Company

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Molokai and Lanai

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Lanai

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It was once massive plantation, so the landscape has been altered to support the sugar crops.

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Lanai cat sanctuary

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Molokai

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Drive to the far eastern end of the island

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Halawa Valley

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Native leader

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Tallest seacliffs in the world – 3000′ high.

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Oahu

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Ka’ena Point

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Makaha Valley

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Honolulu, Waikiki Beach & Diamond Head

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Waiahole Preserve & Kaneohe

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North Shore Oahu

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Dole Pineapple Plantation

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Back in Waikiki

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View from Diamond Head

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Iolani Palace

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Hawaii State Capitol

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Aloha Tower in Honolulu Harbor

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Makapu’u Overlook

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One final night in Waikiki

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Kauai

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Waimea Canyon

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Kalalau Lookout

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Waimea Canyon

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Polihale State Park and Beach

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Waimea State Park Beach

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Opeaka’a Falls

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Rainbow Trees

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Wailua Homesteads

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One of the million wild chickens in Hawaii

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Cocoa beans

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Virtual Travel – Colorado

Colorado is another of my favorite states. With it’s towering mountains and sunshine it is a majestic place.

Our visit starts with a 1948 Colorado map. Much like many of the western states Colorado was a very different place 70 + years ago. When this map was published there was less than 1.2 million Coloradans. Today it is nearing 6 million.

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The state is filled with amazing natural wonders. The backside of the 1948 map details many of these.

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Colorado however is not all mountainous. In fact the eastern 1/3, including Denver, is located on the high plains. It is most impressive where the plains reach the mountains, as in this scene where the newly completed Denver to Boulder Turnpike shows.

The turnpike was opened in 1951, just in time to make the cover of this 1953 map.

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These photos from 2012 show a similar scene.

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As we move into the 1960s the cover scene is Maroon Lake, near Aspen.

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Founded as a mining camp for the Colorado Silver Boom, Aspen later found the real money was in snow – for skiing. Around the time this map came out Aspen was becoming a destination for the rich and famous, resulting in some of the most expensive real estate in the country. The photo below is representative of the wealth in Aspen, with a line of private jets at the airport – in the summer!

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Buttermilk Mountain – where I learned to ski a lifetime ago, as part of a group trip with a bunch of people from Chicago. Nothing like being 22 years old, crashing down a mountain in the day and partying in Aspen at night. There were about 15 people in a house designed for 8, but it worked.

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As you leave Aspen heading due east you cross Independence Pass. This pass is closed in the winter because of the heavy snow, but is beautiful in the summer.

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Independence Pass – the treeline is very clearly in evidence here as you peak out at 12,095 feet – 3686 meters to my metric friends.

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The mountain scenes continue in 1965 with Berthoud Pass. The pass is named for Edward Berthoud, the chief surveyor for the Colorado Central Railroad in the 1870s.

As with most roads through the mountains in Colorado, the routes were originally blazed by the railroads.

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For 1966 and 1967 unidentified mountain scenes grace the cover.

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It isn’t hard to find great mountain scenes in Colorado – this view is going up Mt Evans.

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The mountain scenes continues throughout the 1960s and 1970s

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All of the maps from this era featured the state symbols on the reverse side.

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Colorado is known as the Centennial State, as it was admitted to the Union in 1876. The country’s bicentennial year in 1976 was more special for Colorado as the state celebrated it’s 100th anniversary.

The cover of this year’s map shows just how tough it was for those early travelers.

Government State Colorado 1976

 

This view of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon shows how much easier travel is today. This section of Interstate is known as an engineering marvel, it’s design took into consideration the flora and fauna, and natural surroundings, while providing a much needed transportation route through the mountains.

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The late 1970s continued the mountain scenes.

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Denver is featured in 1978. One of America’s great cities, Denver has a feel like no other – very young and energetic.

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Union Station is a classic train station. It has been remodeled since these photos were taken in 2010.

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Denver International Airport – the roof represents the mountains of Colorado.

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Aspen is again featured in 1987.

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For 1988 Garden of Gods is on the cover, with Pike’s Peak in the distance.

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We made a stop at the Garden of the Gods in 2012…

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In 2012 there were a number of very large forest fires impacting Colorado. On the afternoon we visited Garden of the Gods the first rain in weeks had just occurred, a huge thunderstorm that soaked everything. The entire state smelled of a campfire that had just been put out with water. Not only did it greatly aid in the forest fires, but it gave the wildlife a much needed drink.

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Telluride is another ski town that has a number of tourists in the summer for the ranch life.

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Coincidentally the next Colorado map in my collection is from 1997, and again features the area around Telluride.

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Pawnee Buttes is featured in 1999. This geologic feature is not located in the mountains, rather it is located in far northeastern Colorado on the prairies.

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The landscape is mostly flat, until you come across this area.

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Rising out of the prairies are two 300′ high buttes.

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The buttes are a result of erosion of the surrounding high plains.

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Chautauqua Park in Bolder is on the 2002 cover. The Chautauqua society was an adult education movement from the late 1800s.

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Boulder is home to the University of Colorado. Situated at the base of Boulder Mountain, it is a great little city with some impressive parks.

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Interestingly there was a second edition map printed in 2002 featuring Lake Isabelle.

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Mesa Verde National Park is the 2003 subject.

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Mesa Verde is not only a national park, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has some of the best Ancestral Puebloan archaeological dwellings in the United States.

For thousands of years the area was inhabited by Paleo Indians. There are over 600 cliff dwellings in the park, including the one featured here – The Cliff Palace.

A visit in 2015 gave lots of photo ops at this amazing place.

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Some people apparently can’t read….

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In addition to the regular road map Colorado for a few years published an Educational Map, highlighting areas that can be used as a teaching opportunity for young people.

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We had the opportunity to observe rafters on the Arkansas River during a trip on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad…

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The Royal Gorge Bridge. Built as a tourist attraction in 1929 as the world’s highest bridge, suspended 955 feet above the river. It held this title until 2001.

It is still the highest bridge in the United States, although it is primarily a pedestrian bridge.

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For much of the ‘teens’ the return to generic outdoor scenes returned.

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Our last stop on this tour is Red Rocks Amphitheater. This natural bowl provides the perfect setting for concerts; numerous artists have recorded live albums here.

We had the opportunity to see the Blues Travelers here for a 4th of July concert.

Colorado – easily one of the 5 best states in the country to live, or visit.

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