Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 20

Kahalu’u Beach Park: Children’s Beach

Eel Closeup

Kahalu’u Beach Park on the Big Island is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers which might be why it also goes by the name Children’s Beach.  It is always calm but the entry can be slippery.  For the most part it was very easy to get in the water.  The only down side is the fact that …

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Sep 19

North Cheyenne Canon Park: Colorado Springs

Helen Hunt Falls

Karen and I spent an afternoon at North Cheyenne Canon Park because it is one of the few things in the Colorado Springs area that is free.  There are several trailheads, some of which take you to waterfalls.  Karen and I decided to check out Helen Hunt Falls, which was named for Helen Hunt Jackson, who …

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Sep 18

Kansas City Zoo: 200 Acres of Animal Goodness

Lion KC Zoo

The Kansas City Zoo is a very large zoo located in Swope Park in Kansas City.  One of the largest zoos in the United States at 202 acres and houses over 1300 animals.  Make sure you bring comfortable shoes because you will be in for a long walk when you visit this zoo.  The Kansas …

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Sep 17

Number 196: True Grit (2010)

True Grit

True Grit is number 196 on our top 200 movies list. The movie is directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld.  True Grit is rated PG-13. Karen’s Review True Grit is the 2010 remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne Western of the same name. …

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Sep 16

Creating a Great Room: part III


This is part three of our adventure in creating a great room out of our two separate living rooms. To see part one of creating a great room, click here, to see part two click here. We had accomplished our goal of an arched opening between our two living rooms at the end of part two …

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Sep 15

Number 1: Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone National Park

Emerald Pool Yellowstone

Photograph number 1 is a picture of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.  Karen and I had just walked through the boardwalk at the Midway Geyser Basin and seeing those hot springs close up is very special.  However, getting more of bird’s eye view of the springs gives a whole new perspective. If you …

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Sep 14

Photography Tip: Control Your Background

Karen at Volcanoes National Park

I do not know how many times I have not controlled the background in my pictures.  More often then I would ever want to admit, probably more than I could count.   I could use that old saying ‘if I had a nickel for every time…. I would be a rich’. Easy way to instantly improve your …

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Sep 13

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City

Stained Glass

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is a free art museum that was created for public enjoyment.  Karen and I would list this as a must see if you are in the Kansas City Area.  The museum was beautifully built in 1933 and the addition of the Bloch building was completed in 2005.  This art …

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Sep 12

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Dinosaur Fossils

The Denver Musuem of Nature and Science is a massive 500,000 square-foot science museum that has in-depth information on six different fields of study.  Their six main areas are anthropology, geology, health science, paleontology, space science and zoology.  Each area had state-of-the-art exhibits that were mostly hands on and seemed to be loved by the …

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Sep 11

Frugal Date: Go to a Museum, Zoo, Art Gallery etc…

Us at the KC Zoo

Karen and I were in Kansas last week and we decided to take a frugal date while we were on our Labor Day weekend trip.  We had been meaning to go back to the Kansas City Zoo and we had never been to the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum before so those two places became our date …

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