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Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City traces its roots to the 1820’s. A channel is created connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. The founders envision a budding metropolis capitalizing on the newly created shipping channel, however, the advent of the railroad soon derails those dreams. Build it and they will come While the city’s growth didn’t quite live up to expectations, it did grow into a charming community of tree-lined streets, riverside park, shops, restaurants, motel, and ferry. This is where I board the ferry for the 1/2 mile trip across the Delaware River. My destination is Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware State[…]

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Onondaga Cave – Leasburg, MO

Hi, my name is Craig and am a Cave Snob. That’s hard to admit ’cause I didn’t even know I suffered from the affliction until recently. I see signs touting the spectacular Onondaga Cave in Missouri. But hey, I’m from Kentucky, home of Mammoth Cave. The largest cave system in the world and one of  the 10 Natural Wonders of the World.  Like I invented the darn thing or something. Nonetheless, I’m totally prepared to be unimpressed with this cave,  you’ll have to Show Me Missouri, Besides I’m here to see the bats[…]

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Nebraska Rhino – The Original Cornhusker?

Rhinos in Nebraska?  Think that sounds crazy? What about 3 toed horses, saber tooth deer, and camels?  They all roamed the Nebraska plains millions of years ago.  The fossilized skeletal remains of all of these are found at the Ashfall Fossil Beds in northern Nebraska outside of Royal. About 12 million years ago, a volcano in southwest Idaho spread a blanket of ash over a vast area. One to two feet of powdered glass covered the grasslands of northeastern Nebraska. This particular area was a watering hole thus the high concentration[…]

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Custer State Park – South Dakota

Ashamedly, I have never heard of Custer State Park. It is one of the few truly wild places that I have found remaining in this country. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and magnificent scenery spanning 71,000 acres. The Trail Challenge I stop in the visitors center for a trail map and the attendant informs me of the 2018 Trail challenge. Complete 8 of the dozens of the available trails and approximately 20 miles of hiking (trails rated moderate to strenuous) and[…]

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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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NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center Boulder, CO

Upon entering the US Department of Commerce compound a combat uniformed gentleman flags me to stop.  He instructs me to open the drivers’ door and to drop my tailgate. Upon complying, his German Sheppard runs up and over and through my truck. I’ll have some explaining to do to Murphy. I proceed into the nearby visitors center as the explosives dog continues his search. Todays tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA books months in advance. I beg my way in only a week earlier. As a[…]

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