Monthly Archive: July 2014

Jul 31

Top 10 Scenic Drives in the United States


A scenic drive is one of my favorite summer vacation traditions.  What better than taking one of the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the United States and loading up the family car and seeing an America’s byways and highways is great family bonding experience?  If your family is anything like mine usually a typical road …

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Jul 27

North Clear Creek Falls: A Colorado Treat


North Clear Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that does not require a hike to go see so definitely worth a stop if you find yourself in south central Colorado.  The waterfall is located along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway on Forest Road 510.  Our particular route was from Alamosa which we were staying at to see …

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Jul 24

M’s Musings


McKenna is just talking up a storm these days and sometimes she says the most hilarious things.  She always keeps us smiling and I thought it would be fun to share a few of her most recent musings. Musing #1 During our recent travels out West we talked a lot about the poke poke pine …

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Jul 22

Made our Bucket List: Washington D.C.


At times I find it sad that I have not visited my nation’s capital.  As someone that has taught U.S. history in the public school system for the last 10 years and just the patriotic part of me really needs to see it.  Now it is more of the historic nature of the place that …

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Jul 21

Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum


Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum is an aviation museum dedicated to the brave men and women who served during World War II especially those that served from the Pueblo Army Air Base.  It is a static aircraft museum with nearly 30 airplanes on display from early 20th century prop planes to jets.  The Pueblo Aircraft Museum …

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Jul 19

Pueblo Riverwalk: A great place for a Family Stroll


Pueblo Riverwalk was a great escape for us during our day long visit to Pueblo while in southeastern Colorado.  It was a hot summer day with the temperature spiking close to 100 and we had already visited their zoo in the morning and airplane museum around noon.  When we thought a stroll along the Riverwalk …

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Jul 13

Zapata Falls: Short Hike to a Hidden Waterfall


Zapata Falls near the Great Sand Dunes National Park is a small 25 foot waterfall that requires a short hike up a mountain creek to see.  It is the perfect way to cool down during a summer visit to the sand dunes.  Or if you are visiting during the winter months you would be in …

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Jul 12

Photography Tip:Taking Pictures of Fireworks


A great opportunity to take some interesting pictures is at your local 4th of July fireworks display, and with a little experimenting and some typical photography equipment a person can come up with some pretty good shots.  Taking pictures of fireworks is rather straight forward but having the right equipment and a little knowhow will go …

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Jul 09

Top 10 Civil War Battlefields

Fort Gaines

A visit to a Civil War Battlefield is a great place to take history out of a book and make it come alive.  As a history teacher I find it exhilarating to actually see the places I teach about, but I am in to history.  Most people might find a visit to a historic place to be …

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Jul 06

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Dunes at Sunrise


I had never been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and was excited at the possibility of photographing such a unique place.  Probably not too many places in the world where there are towering mountains, large sand dunes, and a creek.  Knowing it was late June I figured the most enjoyable time to photograph was …

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