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Punxsutawney, PA

I love when a town has a mascot, a theme, a point of pride, and doesn’t take itself to seriously. Like Roswell, NM and its aliens, catfish in Belzoni, MS, or manatees in Crystal River. Punxsutawney, PA is that kind of town. Embracing the time-honored tradition of using a groundhogs’ prognostication of the coming of spring. The town is all about the groundhog as witnessed by the dozens of groundhog statues, Phantastic Phils, scattered around town. Gobble, Gobble I begin my towns exploration by traveling along a narrow windy road to a crest of a hill. Here[…]

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Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Maryland is the first of 12 states to designate an official state dog. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, (named after the famous bay region of the breed’s origin), receives this honor in 1964. It’s also the mascot of the University of Maryland. Chesapeake Bay retrievers trace their history to two Newfoundland dogs rescued in 1807 from a shipwreck in Maryland (a red male named “Sailor” and a black female named “Canton”). Also called “Chessies,” Chesapeake Bay retrievers are willing to work under adverse weather and water conditions, even breaking ice during the[…]

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The Corn Palace – Mitchell, SD

Build it and they will come The Corn Palace is dreamed up in 1892, just three years after South Dakotas’ statehood, by a group of local businessmen. They desire to increase the local population in order to secure the success of their ventures. They decide to build a Corn Palace that might help convince potential residents of the area’s agricultural abundance. The Corn Palace, in all its grandeur, and its annual fall Corn Belt Exposition grew in popularity. By 1905, the local businessmen who support the Palace determine that they[…]

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Colorado, Mountains of Gold

The central part of Colorado has so much to see and do and I don’t get a chance to do many things that I want to. Mt. Evans Summit I take my last day to travel up the highest road in North America; the summit of Mt Evans. The 14-mile designated byway is a narrow paved road, full of switchbacks, and with no guard rails. It was recommended to me by several people who know I like wildlife and grand vistas. Early into the trek, I come upon Echo Lake. This area[…]

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Utah Skiing – in June

When embarking on my Supergraphic challenge, I scan ahead and I see a few locations will take some creative license to complete. Utah Skiing being one of them.  I have skied once in my life and hated it.  If there is anything I hate more than skiing it’s being cold.  I could, however, take advantage of the huge mounds at Coral Pink Sand Dunes for some winterlike fun in the 80-degree sun. The sand comes from the Navajo sandstone from the Middle Jurassic period and the dunes are estimated at 10,000[…]

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Grand Canyon – Williams, AZ –

It’s my 55th birthday and I place a self-imposed goal on myself to see the Grand Canyon on this day. I arrive in Williams, AZ, setup camp, then rush the 60 miles north to the main canyon entrance.   I stop in the visitors center in Tusayan to buy a parks pass and pick up maps etc. Growing ever impatient, I wait and wait for another guest who keeps asking the attendant the same general question over and over. Dude, the Bright Angel hiking trail is 10 miles long. After the 3rd[…]

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