Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 31

USS Missouri: Oahu

Kenny and Karen on the USS Missouri

The USS Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship that served the United States in three wars; World War II, the Korean War, and the Persian Gulf War.  It was commissioned on June 11, 1944 and took part in some of the most famous battles of the Pacific War like Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  It secured it’s …

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Jul 30

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

Hangar Space

Visiting the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is a good way to spend a few hours if you are ever in Denver, Colorado.  It is an excellent museum that Karen and I feel would entertain the whole family.  I could not see anybody getting bored there because there is so much to …

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Jul 29

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau: “Place of Refuge” Big Island

Place of Refuge 5

Place of Refuge is a wonderful place on the Big Island of Hawaii to get a feel for and a little bit of an understanding of Hawaiian culture.  This historic park is officially called Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (pronounced poo-oo-ho-new-ah o ho-now-now, at least we think that is how it is pronounced) is an ancient place of refuge.  The …

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Jul 28

Number 8: Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore through Rock

Number 8 is a photograph of Mount Rushmore through two rocks.  I am an 8th U.S. History teacher so I just love the area around the Black Hills in South Dakota.  You have Custer State Park with their 1500 free roaming bison, Badlands National Park, and the massive rock statue of Crazy Horse (not completed …

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Jul 27

Number 199: Stand by Me (1986)

Stand by Me

Stand by Me is number 199 of our top 200 movies list. The movie is directed by Rob Reiner and stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell.  It is rated R. Karen’s Review I have always loved the movie The Sandlot, 1950’s, young boys playing baseball, Babe Ruth, Americana, what’s not to …

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Jul 26

Kansas History Museum: Topeka

Southern Cheyenne Home

The Kansas History Museum is a wonderful museum in the heart of Topeka, Kansas.  The museum features exhibits devoted to Native American history, settling Kansas, Bleeding Kansas, and general Kansas history.  There is even an 1880 Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad locomotive and train cars. While we were visiting and for the remainder of …

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Jul 25

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Oahu

The Bay

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Hawaiian Island of Oahu was the first place that Karen and I had ever snorkeled at, and ever since then we have been hooked.  Hanauma Bay is a wonderful easy place to snorkel, however with over use it is not as lush as it used to be.  Hanauma Bay averages about 3,000 …

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Jul 24

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer “If I win, I’m a prodigy.  If I lose then I’m mad.  That’s the way history is written.” Artemis Fowl is a wonderful young adult novel that is on our top 150 book list.  Unfortunately, so many people are trying to compare it to the Harry Potter series since Artemis …

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Jul 23

Endurocross – Motorcycle Racing

Big Tire

Endurocross or Enduro-X is a great sporting event to go and see if it is ever in your area.  It is completely different than anything you have ever seen before.  Endurocross is a dirt bike (or trials bike) race that is held indoors.  It is where you get to see just how talented and technical the best …

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Jul 22

Cleaning Up the Rubble:Backyard Remodel Part 1

Rubble 2

Karen and I have been working on our house off and on ever since we have been married.  We are really good at starting projects and getting them about 85% done.  About the time we are a couple of steps away from finishing we start another project.  For example, we tiled, painted, and accessorized the …

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