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Gateway Arch, St. Louis

Is there anything more iconic Americana than the Gateway Arch in St. Louis?  Along with the Statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore, the Gateway Arch is a truly unique destination.  At 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch is the tallest manmade monument in the US.  Formerly designated as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and redesignated as the Gateway Arch National Park in 2018.  The park is 91 acres and includes, the Old Courthouse, the Mississippi Riverfront, and green spaces. Though truly American the arch is a world-renowned masterpiece of modern architecture. A competition is[…]

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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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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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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The original vision is of Old West heroes being carved into a granite mountainside. That is until sculptor Gutzon Borlum decides that four presidents representing Americas 150 years are more appropriate. Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and rain alone shall wear them away. -Gutzon Borglum. Borglum was working on the Stone Mountain Project in[…]

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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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Salida, CO

I venture out before sunrise to follow the Bighorn Sheep Canyon from Cañon City, CO to Salida. This 60-mile winding drive is known for its wildlife viewing including bighorn sheep, elk, raptors, and rafters. The Arkansas River provides ample habitat for the 1000’s of rafters who take on the Class III rapids. Great Ball of Fire In the opposite lane, I see cars start pulling over to the side of the road. I think maybe they see a herd of elk or something.  Finally, I  turn around to a witness[…]

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