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speciesthrillerstiger sanctuarytime traveltornado victimstourismtrailstransportationtransportation historytravel Marylandtravel Texastravel arkansastravel guidetravel kansastravelkstuberculosisturtlesunexpected fortsmithventriloquistsvertigoveteran tributesvisit arkansas. kansas bywaysvisitILvisitKansas Cityvisitfrederick.orgvisitkcvolcanoeswaterfallsweaponswebster city iowawestern Kentuckywhooping craneswildlife preserveswind farmswomen veteranswooden roller coasterswriter's lifewriters conferenceswriters groupsyouth programyucca plantszombieszoo tourszoosI Write My WorldTravels, photographs and adventures with Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce Faulknerhttp://www.iwritemyworld.com/noreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)Blogger419125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-865682194797160180Fri, 11 May 2018 13:00:00 +00002018-05-11T06:00:04.869-07:00birdingGulf of MexicoNational Wildlife refugesRio Grande ValleySea TurtlesSouth Padre Islandspring migrationTexasTexas CoastTexas Gulf CoastThe Lower Rio Grande Valley<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eIaJc1odohg/WvSIfXsXdtI/AAAAAAAAGwQ/ufqjzKFrZTIUlzO23aCvzWtOFhzzNjxZACLcBGAs/s1600/Rio%2BBravo%2BLighthouse%2BIMG_3150.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1264" data-original-width="1600" height="157" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eIaJc1odohg/WvSIfXsXdtI/AAAAAAAAGwQ/ufqjzKFrZTIUlzO23aCvzWtOFhzzNjxZACLcBGAs/s200/Rio%2BBravo%2BLighthouse%2BIMG_3150.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Mouth of the Rio Grande River</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />The Texas coastal region ends at the mouth of the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. The beautiful Rio Grande Valley is home to several threatened species of critters - most notably the ocelot and the Kemp's Ridley turtle. It's a migratory byway for birds and butterflies in the spring and fall.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GOIkMA8LkjE/WvSIhIW8YpI/AAAAAAAAGwU/UEdNxun8gPo3ibE-Fq8b9Y6nLVkmlpErQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1847%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="133" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GOIkMA8LkjE/WvSIhIW8YpI/AAAAAAAAGwU/UEdNxun8gPo3ibE-Fq8b9Y6nLVkmlpErQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1847%2Bcopy.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">South Padre Island sunset</td></tr></tbody></table><br />There's so much natural beauty to love - from the coast and the bays to the blooming of the prickly pear cactus. The Gulf of Mexico attracts recreational fishermen, surfers and boaters.<br /><br />It is a photographer's paradise. As we prepare to leave for the summer, I'm always a little nostalgic. I look through my photos and become entranced with the area's beauty all over again.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T35FNX0gljM/SmuzQ6dgD8I/AAAAAAAAE3Y/LUHp7FK_MUAjUB8cpD8A0VMTJbBWauFAgCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_8436.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="133" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T35FNX0gljM/SmuzQ6dgD8I/AAAAAAAAE3Y/LUHp7FK_MUAjUB8cpD8A0VMTJbBWauFAgCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_8436.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Early morning hatchling release</td></tr></tbody></table><br />So, I just want to share a little of my fabulous winter and urge you to visit the Rio Grande Valley and create your own memories.<br /><br />Visit Sea Turtle, Inc. If you're here in the summer, you may have the good fortune of witnessing a hatchling release. Birders love the World Birding Centers throughout the valley. The island is home to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. The valley and its wildlife refuges offer many outdoor activities.<br /><br />The Gulf Coast and the Laguna Madre offer plenty of opportunities for water sports and the beach. Take a dolphin cruise or enjoy a sunset on a catamaran.<br /><br />Oh, if you like seafood, especially shrimp, you'll be visiting paradise. If you prefer Mexican food, I can attest that it's awesome, too. The valley is a year-round tourist destination that I'm proud to call home!<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JJWa1ZzNqZQ/S9SAwRuwz1I/AAAAAAAAE3M/dA6dmfVUsbwpF8iq7Tzp4I-3jQXF_rICQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/20100424_9999_154e2small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="383" data-original-width="547" height="140" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JJWa1ZzNqZQ/S9SAwRuwz1I/AAAAAAAAE3M/dA6dmfVUsbwpF8iq7Tzp4I-3jQXF_rICQCPcBGAYYCw/s200/20100424_9999_154e2small.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Spring migration</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ge9fzKcToIk/VwF4q9p56BI/AAAAAAAAEu0/8gp7VaIos1wFKD5EMx2QuF0AHB8hNWU9gCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_5260.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1071" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ge9fzKcToIk/VwF4q9p56BI/AAAAAAAAEu0/8gp7VaIos1wFKD5EMx2QuF0AHB8hNWU9gCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_5260.jpg" width="133" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Prickly pear in bloom</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LjqGWP5EMq8/WJKO6COF2QI/AAAAAAAAF1s/xJIDx2dWCKkeDErJ08SRNsI2S92nZDsxQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/unnamed-4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="480" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LjqGWP5EMq8/WJKO6COF2QI/AAAAAAAAF1s/xJIDx2dWCKkeDErJ08SRNsI2S92nZDsxQCPcBGAYYCw/s200/unnamed-4.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Gladys Porter Zoo<br />in Brownsville</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9Sb7sgUfSlY/WuiyXcV1MaI/AAAAAAAAGt0/pDp5qNrZJ_EsraSTC8bMTa4G9KtncyumACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/Parrots%2BIMG_0305.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1309" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9Sb7sgUfSlY/WuiyXcV1MaI/AAAAAAAAGt0/pDp5qNrZJ_EsraSTC8bMTa4G9KtncyumACPcBGAYYCw/s200/Parrots%2BIMG_0305.jpg" width="163" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Parrots in Brownsville</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2018/05/the-lower-rio-grande-valley.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-6811314130226260229Sat, 05 May 2018 12:00:00 +00002018-05-05T05:00:00.237-07:00Branson MOBranson Veterans Weekmilitarymilitary remembrancesmilitary uniformsteddy bearsThe Teddy Bear Sisters<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vJu2D_DJe_w/Wui6XE1cEII/AAAAAAAAGuA/c7YlVe91gWwDDk6eDik8we25gN-ReyqmACLcBGAs/s1600/Teddy%2BBear%2BSisters%2BIMG_1441.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1190" data-original-width="1600" height="237" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vJu2D_DJe_w/Wui6XE1cEII/AAAAAAAAGuA/c7YlVe91gWwDDk6eDik8we25gN-ReyqmACLcBGAs/s320/Teddy%2BBear%2BSisters%2BIMG_1441.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sisters Julia Lewis (L) and Linda Lewis Lee (R)</td></tr></tbody></table>When I attended Branson Veterans Week last November, I interviewed these two lovely, fascinating ladies I claim as dear friends. This article appeared in the MWSA Dispatches Winter 2018 issue.<br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: Cambria; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Service comes in many forms and shapes. Two sisters, Julia Lewis and Linda Lewis Lee, chose a unique path that springs from their creative minds. Fashioning teddy bears from veterans’ uniforms has become a mission of love and joy for them.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I first met the sisters through Linda’s husband, Roy Lee, who was a WWII veteran. Julia is a veteran of the Missouri National Guard. Over the years, they have shared their love of Branson (MO) Veterans Week, their creative spirits, love, laughter and lots of great gumbo. It’s been my good fortune to share many good times with them.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-52nBZkBe0aQ/Wui6XFIYBvI/AAAAAAAAGuI/FYREP6WU2CENmeOytB9nAdmZD-qiZOlBgCLcBGAs/s1600/Teddy%2BBear%2Bsisters%2BIMG_1448.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1135" data-original-width="1600" height="226" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-52nBZkBe0aQ/Wui6XFIYBvI/AAAAAAAAGuI/FYREP6WU2CENmeOytB9nAdmZD-qiZOlBgCLcBGAs/s320/Teddy%2BBear%2Bsisters%2BIMG_1448.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: inherit;">Julia and Linda come from a family of 13 siblings – six girls and seven boys. Out of necessity, their mother made all of their clothes. The sisters learned sewing skills at a young age. Julia learned to embroider at the age of five.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Their love of the military comes from a family history of service. Julia spent 24 years in the Missouri National Guard. Two brothers served in Korea and two in Vietnam. Another joined the Air Force.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">“I’d love to have a teddy bear made from my dad’s (husband’s, wife’s or mother’s) uniform,” became a comment they frequently heard. “To many, it’s a way to hold a loved one close to their hearts and to remember the sacrifices he or she made,” Julia said.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Julia and Linda have responded to these requests and to date, between the two of them, have made over 300 bears. Not all of them are made from military uniforms. Many times it’s a favorite quilt that Grandma made or a special piece of clothing that a loved one wore.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Linda sold her first bear to an airman being deployed. He wanted Linda to make a bear so his three-year-old daughter wouldn’t forget him while he was gone. Another customer asked her to make a bear out of her mother’s 100-year-old blue fox coat.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">For years, Julia has worked with a special needs camp in the St. Louis area. She has made dozens of bears and other articles for the kids involved. At the Town &amp; Country Fair in Washington, MO, she has taken home many blue ribbons and a “Best of Show” trophy.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The sisters’ greatest sense of accomplishment comes from creating bears that keep memories alive for families of military personnel. They take pride in replicating a person’s uniform, including pockets, patches and medals.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h6y1vLcOYeg/Wui6XBcar2I/AAAAAAAAGuE/yQ2ZOwOBJvETQlVptAkL9rpcLcEZVgOCACLcBGAs/s1600/Teddy%2BBears%2BIMG_1446.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1198" data-original-width="1600" height="239" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h6y1vLcOYeg/Wui6XBcar2I/AAAAAAAAGuE/yQ2ZOwOBJvETQlVptAkL9rpcLcEZVgOCACLcBGAs/s320/Teddy%2BBears%2BIMG_1446.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: inherit;">Julia lives in St. Louis, MO, and Linda in Shreveport, LA. Their “teddy bear” projects have brought them closer over the last few years, especially since Linda’s husband, Roy Lee, passed. They talk almost daily, share ideas for bears and work together on projects. The bears give them a reason for frequent extended visits.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Not only do they make the bears, they also fall in love with every creation. Since each one is custom-made, Julia and Linda find that the bears develop their own personalities.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Most of the bears are created from special orders and take anywhere from four days to a week to complete.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">If you have a uniform or a piece of your family’s history that you’d like to save and share with family members, the teddy bears provide an ideal way to do so. Julia and Linda would be happy to create a special bear for you or a loved one.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><br /><br /></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2018/05/the-teddy-bear-sisters.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-1787728920358543352Tue, 01 May 2018 18:45:00 +00002018-05-05T08:18:36.195-07:00birdersbirdingbirdsCanadaCentral AmericaJohn BaxMexicoparrotsRio Grande ValleySouth AmericaSouth Padre Islandspring migrationTexasTexas CoastThe Gift of Birding Photography<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9Sb7sgUfSlY/WuiyXcV1MaI/AAAAAAAAGtw/nPlEINajpSQcc2B64DAsAMklwUluazLUACLcBGAs/s1600/Parrots%2BIMG_0305.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1309" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9Sb7sgUfSlY/WuiyXcV1MaI/AAAAAAAAGtw/nPlEINajpSQcc2B64DAsAMklwUluazLUACLcBGAs/s200/Parrots%2BIMG_0305.jpg" width="163" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Red-lored Parrots</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Life is filled with decisions that change you in ways you never dreamed.<br /><br />Several years ago, I wrote a book about nature cinematographer John Bax. During the interview and writing process, he took me out on photography sessions with him. At the time, his interest centered on the parrots of the Rio Grande Valley and that led us to days and evenings in Brownsville, Texas.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4ElDyhBv4oM/UGUKPMGRUsI/AAAAAAAAE2o/QIVnso3lcbQs7pWHf2dzTPPf8UKHoBJsACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/JohnBaxCoverArt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1072" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4ElDyhBv4oM/UGUKPMGRUsI/AAAAAAAAE2o/QIVnso3lcbQs7pWHf2dzTPPf8UKHoBJsACPcBGAYYCw/s200/JohnBaxCoverArt.jpg" width="133" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">John Bax biography</td></tr></tbody></table>He taught me photography techniques and created an interest in birding. Most of all, he taught me patience and silence. In his eighties, he would stand behind his camera for hours to get the right shot in the right light at the right moment. I watched and marveled at his talent, passion and perseverance.<br /><br />I listened to his stories of birding throughout Canada, the US, Mexico, Central America and South America. His work, and that of his photographer friends, amazed me. Even though I focused on the writing of the book, little by little, I fell in love with the birds he filmed. I already loved the Rio Grande Valley, but he awakened in me a passion for its natural wonders.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OkifDz0TRjs/WuixgiC4EGI/AAAAAAAAGtg/L6XKl_-yw9sy54rAeGYy_MqtNSryd1LtQCLcBGAs/s1600/B%2BOrioles_6720.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1062" data-original-width="1600" height="132" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OkifDz0TRjs/WuixgiC4EGI/AAAAAAAAGtg/L6XKl_-yw9sy54rAeGYy_MqtNSryd1LtQCLcBGAs/s200/B%2BOrioles_6720.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Orioles fighting for an orange</td></tr></tbody></table>John passed away before I completed the book, but his memory is very much alive. Whenever I pick up my camera, he is there with me. I wish I had known him longer and learned more, but I will always be grateful for the time I spent with him.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WF7XUcT-M70/Wuix62IpwbI/AAAAAAAAGto/nRBdzOpxF50pCSiIHrkleE-lcief46FTwCLcBGAs/s1600/NorthernPerula4x6_65c9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1080" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WF7XUcT-M70/Wuix62IpwbI/AAAAAAAAGto/nRBdzOpxF50pCSiIHrkleE-lcief46FTwCLcBGAs/s200/NorthernPerula4x6_65c9.jpg" width="135" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Northern Perula</td></tr></tbody></table>This spring as in every year since I met John, I've spent a lot of time on South Padre Island searching for the birds that stop by during spring migration. I learn a little bit more every time I'm out there. Nature photographers are an amazing group of generous-hearted souls who willingly share their knowledge and their passion.<br /><br />I have an average camera - a Canon Rebel with kit lenses - and I'm lousy at recognizing bird songs. I'm still a wanna-be birder, but I've made friends and met birders who make each visit memorable. And I have memories of John.<br /><br />From him I learned patience and with the birds, that's pure gold.<br /><br />Thanks, John! You enriched my life!<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7s1ZNvB7s0Q/VSQ0rYNXkmI/AAAAAAAADz0/3O_DO33qa1U36G6bFWDxR-A6r3k5-X4wQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_1850%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1047" data-original-width="1600" height="130" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7s1ZNvB7s0Q/VSQ0rYNXkmI/AAAAAAAADz0/3O_DO33qa1U36G6bFWDxR-A6r3k5-X4wQCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_1850%2Bcopy.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Chestnut-sided Warbler</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br /></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2018/05/the-gift-of-birding-photography.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-8506759072987716179Wed, 31 Jan 2018 02:37:00 +00002018-01-30T18:37:24.977-08:00bird bandingbirdsHugh Ramsey Nature Parkhummingbird bandinghummingbirdsKelly BryannatureRio Grande ValleySouth TexasMy hummingbird adventure<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3qrH-CTrcqY/WnEnvEcmrII/AAAAAAAAGm0/bjHgVm6rWa8-pUiQHds-Mm_pls-VQEtEwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5f2c.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1145" data-original-width="1217" height="301" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3qrH-CTrcqY/WnEnvEcmrII/AAAAAAAAGm0/bjHgVm6rWa8-pUiQHds-Mm_pls-VQEtEwCPcBGAYYCw/s320/fullsizeoutput_5f2c.jpeg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Banding the bird I later held</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />I felt her rapid heartbeat but I couldn't feel her weight. Her brilliance captivated me as she paused in my hand for a few seconds before flying away. I was completely smitten.<br /><br />Kelly Bryan had just banded the 4-gram bird with a tiny numbered band. The silver jewelry around her leg will permit future banders and birders to identify her and track her behavior.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Sfa0AO_K4f4/WnDtSuYBYXI/AAAAAAAAGmQ/GMpzktrg4CMfXJDMc9ByjF8JNlu2Kqk4ACLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5f14.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1574" data-original-width="1600" height="196" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Sfa0AO_K4f4/WnDtSuYBYXI/AAAAAAAAGmQ/GMpzktrg4CMfXJDMc9ByjF8JNlu2Kqk4ACLcBGAs/s200/fullsizeoutput_5f14.jpeg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Each little ring is a band</td></tr></tbody></table>The 50-degree morning, cold for the Texas Rio Grande Valley, didn't stop a couple dozen avid admirers from appreciating the beauty of the hummingbirds that were banded. While we watched, Kelly captured several buff-bellied and ruby-throated females and one ruby-throated male.<br /><br />After he had secured the band, he conducted several measurements before giving the bird a much-appreciated drink. The hummingbirds needed the energy to fly away afterward. Several of us willingly volunteered to hold the birds in our hands until they oriented themselves and flew back to freedom. Kelly treated the birds with loving care, keeping them as short a time as possible.<br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L6smlYjh_Cs/WnDtaj3baYI/AAAAAAAAGmU/WuMRpRPeDRMQh8gkIS-3CtvEQTLf-dXIwCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5f12.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1279" data-original-width="1600" height="255" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L6smlYjh_Cs/WnDtaj3baYI/AAAAAAAAGmU/WuMRpRPeDRMQh8gkIS-3CtvEQTLf-dXIwCLcBGAs/s320/fullsizeoutput_5f12.jpeg" width="320" /></a>As we watched, Kelly regaled us with stories of his 50-year banding experience. The thrill of recapturing and following some of the same birds keeps him coming back year after year. In some instances, he has found the bird in multiple locations across the country. This week he has banded hummingbirds at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, as well as a private home and the Hugh Ramsey Nature Center in Harlingen.<br /><br />The data from each banding is stored in an international database giving scientists, researchers and birders information on the habits, migration and lifespans of the birds.<br /><br />It's now hours later and the enchantment has not lessened. It's a life experience to hold such a tiny, beautiful creature in the palm of your hand. Do you think I should ever wash my hand again?<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K1Jz_Kbyo9c/WnDtv5MaqZI/AAAAAAAAGmo/A9GJpN1przcWgNmNBsK2DQu_QOHPNlsAwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5f0a.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="857" data-original-width="1092" height="251" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K1Jz_Kbyo9c/WnDtv5MaqZI/AAAAAAAAGmo/A9GJpN1przcWgNmNBsK2DQu_QOHPNlsAwCPcBGAYYCw/s320/fullsizeoutput_5f0a.jpeg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">She gets her jewelry</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1sFsLPlmstU/WnDt2O3HetI/AAAAAAAAGmg/JLfRShktK_87DK03ps-FxRMdLDOjWPpmwCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5f06.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1436" data-original-width="1600" height="286" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1sFsLPlmstU/WnDt2O3HetI/AAAAAAAAGmg/JLfRShktK_87DK03ps-FxRMdLDOjWPpmwCLcBGAs/s320/fullsizeoutput_5f06.jpeg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A male ruby-throated hummingbird</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br /><br /></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2018/01/my-hummingbird-adventure.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-594616852560260884Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:30:00 +00002017-10-01T15:30:01.477-07:00architectureBasilica of St MaryCathedral of St PaulcathedralschurchesMinneapolisMinnesotaNational Register of Historic PlacesSt PaulTwin CitiesUS basilicaTwin Cities - Twin Churches<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E9Tk4Hr6Ggk/Wc65RxzDiJI/AAAAAAAAGes/rzgZx_VybJI21yoKaJzttZCg99UH6_AvwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5436.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E9Tk4Hr6Ggk/Wc65RxzDiJI/AAAAAAAAGes/rzgZx_VybJI21yoKaJzttZCg99UH6_AvwCPcBGAYYCw/s320/fullsizeoutput_5436.jpeg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Basilica of St Mary Minneapolis</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The Twin Cities can boast two magnificent churches that attract the faithful and tourists. They are both Roman Catholic and architectural marvels. Both are located on hills and stand tall in their respective cities.<br /><br />In 1680, Father Louis Hennepin, a missionary, started the first Catholic settlement in Minneapolis. From a tiny shed church, the parish and buildings grew as immigrants came in droves to Minneapolis.<br /><br />A basilica is an honorary title designated by the pope. The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis became the first basilica in the United States. The church opened in 1914. Today it is on the National Register of Historic Places.<br /><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u5ux8RU0Z48/Wc612yJdVnI/AAAAAAAAGeI/ekKSGAy4uFUVl636jMC7gUBu3bGL7iu1QCEwYBhgL/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5430.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u5ux8RU0Z48/Wc612yJdVnI/AAAAAAAAGeI/ekKSGAy4uFUVl636jMC7gUBu3bGL7iu1QCEwYBhgL/s200/fullsizeoutput_5430.jpeg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Altar in basilica</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xr--hlrRnc8/Wc6188729GI/AAAAAAAAGeI/yeI09-i3ufEafDnqZCOQ3JRzKZjT4QekQCEwYBhgL/s1600/fullsizeoutput_5438.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1557" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xr--hlrRnc8/Wc6188729GI/AAAAAAAAGeI/yeI09-i3ufEafDnqZCOQ3JRzKZjT4QekQCEwYBhgL/s200/fullsizeoutput_5438.jpeg" width="194" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The basilica ceiling</td></tr></tbody></table>The basilica covers an entire block and is the dream child of Archbishop John Ireland. At the beginning of the 20th century, he commissioned the building of a church in the Neoclassical/Baroque architectural style. The walls are built of white Vermont granite. The main entrance is a colonnaded portico with two 116-foot spires on each side. The grand dome measures 40 square feet at the base and rising 138 feet above the floor. In total, it stands 200 feet high.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div>It serves as the venue for area events including the annual Basilica Block Party weekend music festival.<br /><div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9ttTxpKN-1Q/Wc61PEMgaLI/AAAAAAAAGd0/GmeRmyPzyTwlHGEgu6SrmDTLQTM8-endwCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender%2B5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1171" data-original-width="1600" height="233" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9ttTxpKN-1Q/Wc61PEMgaLI/AAAAAAAAGd0/GmeRmyPzyTwlHGEgu6SrmDTLQTM8-endwCLcBGAs/s320/FullSizeRender%2B5.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cathedral of St Paul</td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div><br /><br />A cathedral is the home church of a bishop. The present Cathedral of St Paul is the fourth church building in a diocese dating back to 1841 and was completed in the early 20th century. The outside walls are built of granite from St. Cloud, MN. The church seats 3,000 and includes a Shrine of Nations with six individual shrines honoring the patron saints of the city's immigrants. In addition, the church encompasses four side chapels.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div>The cathedral is the third largest church in the US and the fourth tallest at 306.5 feet. It dominates the skyline from its perch on top of St. Paul's highest hill.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-POPlAiNbyi0/Wc7tbmA_7fI/AAAAAAAAGe8/YgrTmOR2cRYdb6xPih_pzxgPE9F85-NBQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2927.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-POPlAiNbyi0/Wc7tbmA_7fI/AAAAAAAAGe8/YgrTmOR2cRYdb6xPih_pzxgPE9F85-NBQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_2927.jpg" width="133" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Altar in cathedral</td></tr></tbody></table>In researching it, I learned a fun little piece of history. The original French Canadian settlement that would become St. Paul (named after the cathedral's dedication to the apostle Paul) was originally called Pig's Eye.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cn3zpabU5WE/Wc62oRWLFJI/AAAAAAAAGec/We67t14PlnEAAT54S98yUSDCfHXEOWj2ACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/unnamed-24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cn3zpabU5WE/Wc62oRWLFJI/AAAAAAAAGec/We67t14PlnEAAT54S98yUSDCfHXEOWj2ACPcBGAYYCw/s200/unnamed-24.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Pipe organ in cathedral</td></tr></tbody></table>The cathedral is host to many local arts events throughout the year, including an organ concert series, Vocal Essence Choral Ensembles and the Minnesota Orchestra.<br /><br />On our recent visit we stayed at the Residence Inn in Roseville, which offers close proximity to both Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is an ideal location for those of us who love to explore various places. For those like us who travel with their dogs, the Residence Inn is pet-friendly.<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; color: black; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; color: black; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><div style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Disclosure:&nbsp;Visit Roseville MN (</em><em style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://www.visitroseville.com/">https://www.visitroseville.com</a>)&nbsp;</em><em style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">hosted our visit to the Twin Cities, however, all opinions expressed in this article are my own.</em></span></div></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-top: 0.5em;"><br /><div style="color: #312f21; font-family: Arial, 'Arial Unicode MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin-bottom: 12px; margin-top: 12px; padding: 0px;"><br /></div></div><br /></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/10/twin-cities-twin-churches.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-8986869650425525454Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:34:00 +00002017-09-24T15:34:59.103-07:00Historic Civil Engineering LandmarkMinneapolisMinnesotaMississippi RiverNational Register of Historic PlacesSt. Anthony Falls Heritage TrailStone Arch BridgeThe Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cg-IddeXRV4/WcgxPB_Tc0I/AAAAAAAAGc8/5D7TLZgl9Kk-89UnyjnOKPAIRY-HAlydwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5613.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cg-IddeXRV4/WcgxPB_Tc0I/AAAAAAAAGc8/5D7TLZgl9Kk-89UnyjnOKPAIRY-HAlydwCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_5613.JPG" width="320" /></a><br /><br />More than 150 years ago, Minneapolis was founded on the banks of the Mississippi River. The river and St. Anthony's Falls, a natural waterfall, provided power for the sawmills and flour mills. Today the mills are part of the city's history, and the riverfront is a beautiful parkway that enriches the lives of citizens and visitors.<br /><br />The Stone Arch Bridge is an early landmark. Completed in 1883, it tied the railroad to the new Minneapolis Union Depot. It remains the only arched stone bridge on the Mississippi River. At 2,100 feet long and 76 feet high, it has 23 arches.<br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iBq72i_P_YI/WcgxPKDQQII/AAAAAAAAGdA/Rb99WIfpZ3AjCglGRvAJNVk1vYvmMC7kgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_7950.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1167" data-original-width="1600" height="145" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iBq72i_P_YI/WcgxPKDQQII/AAAAAAAAGdA/Rb99WIfpZ3AjCglGRvAJNVk1vYvmMC7kgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_7950.JPG" width="200" /></a>Imagine 600 men working day and night, year-round, to complete the bridge in just under two years.<br /><br />It continued to be used as a railroad bridge for years. In the 1990s, the Minnesota Department of Transportation repurposed the bridge as a pedestrian and bicycle trail. Today it is a key link in the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail. It is an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.<br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_EiZolf0eo4/WcgwxJeuXnI/AAAAAAAAGcw/9fiIJz3qZC8P4y4EUmWzJ8U2qcnueXWZQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_3222.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_EiZolf0eo4/WcgwxJeuXnI/AAAAAAAAGcw/9fiIJz3qZC8P4y4EUmWzJ8U2qcnueXWZQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_3222.JPG" width="200" /></a>The riverfront trails will make you fall in love with Minneapolis. Created and designed for walking, jogging and biking, the trails have historic markers, and are clean and well-kept. On a warm September day, the city's energy permeated the air. People of all ages were enjoying the day - from joggers and walkers to those using walkers or wheelchairs and parents with strollers.<br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QDZsfHrYwgo/Wcgwr_F253I/AAAAAAAAGco/MxpwKzvrzbk8BTrg2P9JNqjgIIvF0LMIQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1409.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1183" data-original-width="1600" height="147" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QDZsfHrYwgo/Wcgwr_F253I/AAAAAAAAGco/MxpwKzvrzbk8BTrg2P9JNqjgIIvF0LMIQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1409.JPG" width="200" /></a>It was as if the river that gave the city its first breaths is still giving its gifts today. As I strolled along the bridge, I saw the locks and dams that now control St. Anthony Falls and the river. I pondered a city's ability to use the river for commercial purposes, for beautification and for the well-being of its citizens. Minneapolis is doing just that. I understand that summertime sees a number of festivals in the area.<br /><br />Take your phone and/or camera with you when you visit the trail and walk across the bridge. The views are fantastic.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fxct8V-F1CU/WcgwsDYQNkI/AAAAAAAAGcs/Q4N56eJKpZoelEUDoJigUxFStmFwv1GKgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0710.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1336" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fxct8V-F1CU/WcgwsDYQNkI/AAAAAAAAGcs/Q4N56eJKpZoelEUDoJigUxFStmFwv1GKgCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_0710.JPG" width="267" /></a></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-top: 0.5em;"><br /></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/09/the-stone-arch-bridge-in-minneapolis.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-2939143939508910824Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:34:00 +00002017-09-24T15:42:02.683-07:00architecturebuildingsGuthrie TheaterMidwestMidwest TravelMinneapolisMinnesotaMississippi RiverOnly in MNVisit Roseville MNThe Guthrie Theater, an architectural delight<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gm45_KGF_RA/WcgTraPLewI/AAAAAAAAGb4/XYa5rYnNY8w7sxkIdrLdAt4N56s8Yn3UQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1414.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1201" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gm45_KGF_RA/WcgTraPLewI/AAAAAAAAGb4/XYa5rYnNY8w7sxkIdrLdAt4N56s8Yn3UQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1414.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Guthrie Theater</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">Sometimes plans gone awry can produce a stroke of good fortune. We planned to start our first day in Minneapolis with a visit to the Mill City Museum. We drove downtown and located the museum only to discover that it was closed on Mondays.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;"><br /></span></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AtzIvxrZXO4/WcgTvn7PD8I/AAAAAAAAGcE/7T2VhVXHR14nB0Xjmx9D3REN9Vxeg3bEACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8678.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AtzIvxrZXO4/WcgTvn7PD8I/AAAAAAAAGcE/7T2VhVXHR14nB0Xjmx9D3REN9Vxeg3bEACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8678.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">View from the 4th floor</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">We wandered around until nature’s call demanded we find facilities. A kind soul told us the Guthrie Theater, just across the street, had restrooms on the fourth floor.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sXFXQXWgyPM/WcgTpf7AsCI/AAAAAAAAGbw/mODNKqs5A-wtuOmQ_skWHRVTzCQ4ZXHaQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0692.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1593" data-original-width="1600" height="198" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sXFXQXWgyPM/WcgTpf7AsCI/AAAAAAAAGbw/mODNKqs5A-wtuOmQ_skWHRVTzCQ4ZXHaQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_0692.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Our helpful concierge</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H_iUhluQOYE/WcgTobt34DI/AAAAAAAAGbs/3-RvgTPHCMkBRTMGH6CubgoV5xfx7JGoQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0825.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1141" data-original-width="1600" height="142" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H_iUhluQOYE/WcgTobt34DI/AAAAAAAAGbs/3-RvgTPHCMkBRTMGH6CubgoV5xfx7JGoQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_0825.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">View when you enter the Endless Bridge</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">When looking at a visitor’s guide, we had talked about the theater but did not include it on our itinerary, thinking we didn’t have time to attend a performance. However, our chance visit turned into an awesome couple of hours exploring the architectural uniqueness of the building. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">We wandered around the fourth floor, amazed at all the windows facing the downtown. Several comfortable chairs sat in strategic locations at each window. The concierge urged us to explore the Endless Bridge, a 178-foot-long cantilever structure that juts out facing the Mississippi R</span><span style="font-size: 18.66666603088379px;">iver. 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I'll share more on that next time.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">We loved staying at the Residence Inn in Roseville because of its proximity to both Minneapolis and St Paul. 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href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fy_x_5M0EwY/Wb2BvIUloZI/AAAAAAAAGao/sOx4eSOvZC8fWcjHUZssDveA36BdJRVRwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8342.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fy_x_5M0EwY/Wb2BvIUloZI/AAAAAAAAGao/sOx4eSOvZC8fWcjHUZssDveA36BdJRVRwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8342.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Stone Arch Bridge</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Roseville, Minnesota has the good fortune to be bounded by both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its convenient location lends itself as the ideal place for visitors in any of its eleven hotels.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ij20koaxLg4/Wb2CmR_IcvI/AAAAAAAAGa0/zt9t7kpF7xYq7fM8OHbv5b03yEPfMuWUwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8311.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ij20koaxLg4/Wb2CmR_IcvI/AAAAAAAAGa0/zt9t7kpF7xYq7fM8OHbv5b03yEPfMuWUwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8311.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Residence Inn</td></tr></tbody></table>The Residence Inn, which hosted my visit, is a dream home-away-from-home destination. The staff is friendly, the suites roomy, clean and comfortable, and it is dog friendly. Since we travel with our Bichon, Luke, that's important to us. It always adds to our stay when the hotel staff is extra friendly to him and, of course, he loves it too.<br /><br />Only minutes away from both downtown Minneapolis and St Paul, Roseville makes it easy to navigate to unfamiliar places. If you've never visited before, you'll find yourself eager to explore both cities. They differ in many ways but both offer diversity in destination options. Whether you're a fan of museums, art, the outdoors, sports, or city life, you can't go wrong.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oChakxelX8E/Wb2AtUaSFTI/AAAAAAAAGaQ/EPy510ldECwh2_ZN7CxEDkbhy_miyccyACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_9281.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oChakxelX8E/Wb2AtUaSFTI/AAAAAAAAGaQ/EPy510ldECwh2_ZN7CxEDkbhy_miyccyACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_9281.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">St Paul viewed from the Mississippi River</td></tr></tbody></table><br />We loved the riverfront area in Minneapolis, where the Stone Arch Bridge draws tourists and locals. The riverfront boasts beautiful biking and walking trails. People enjoyed the beautiful weather on or beside the river as well as the trails and parks. The downtown exudes energy and a love of beauty.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gZygZooGxfo/Wb2BV_eIJEI/AAAAAAAAGac/DJhyXBw6C8MuPJsJBJcMS49r_jME8ZfKgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8680.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gZygZooGxfo/Wb2BV_eIJEI/AAAAAAAAGac/DJhyXBw6C8MuPJsJBJcMS49r_jME8ZfKgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8680.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Gorilla at the Como Zoo</td></tr></tbody></table>Downtown St Paul has an abundance of parks - green spaces well used by the residents. I loved seeing so many people enjoying the day and visiting the food trucks that lined the streets.<br /><br />We visited the free Como Zoo and Conservatory, and especially loved seeing the baby giraffe and the polar bears. The grounds are gorgeous and I couldn't stop taking photos of the lilies at the entrance to the zoo.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UE2FbPbII1Y/Wb2BljNtJGI/AAAAAAAAGak/Bcpd_wMyi5EhSzedjuGn-DglFleMAp8IgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8608.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UE2FbPbII1Y/Wb2BljNtJGI/AAAAAAAAGak/Bcpd_wMyi5EhSzedjuGn-DglFleMAp8IgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8608.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Waterlilies at Como Zoo</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Roseville is more than just a link between the two. It is home to Rosedale Shopping Center. Under some major renovations, the shopping center will soon offer even more than the current five restaurants, many shops and an AMC Theatre.<br /><br />Roseville is home to a true original - the Bent Brewstillery, the unique marriage between a brewery and a distillery. If you enjoy your brew or spirits, be sure to try one of their tasty combinations of the two.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JWqvG40Yfc8/Wb2Be7o4nAI/AAAAAAAAGag/4M1IHhsnxVAJCADUzXYmnkBQs6M4k3OLwCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_4b66.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="962" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JWqvG40Yfc8/Wb2Be7o4nAI/AAAAAAAAGag/4M1IHhsnxVAJCADUzXYmnkBQs6M4k3OLwCLcBGAs/s200/fullsizeoutput_4b66.jpeg" width="120" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Original<br />Malt Shop</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bVZmR2rc_9Q/Wb2BAIM68PI/AAAAAAAAGaY/ASR81XadHLgCFrUbrMyoLQMaKlpPMerNgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8901.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bVZmR2rc_9Q/Wb2BAIM68PI/AAAAAAAAGaY/ASR81XadHLgCFrUbrMyoLQMaKlpPMerNgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8901.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A tasting at the Bent<br />Brewstillery</td></tr></tbody></table>You'll find plenty of food possibilities close to your hotel. We visited Granite City Food and Brewery, Pizza Luce, The Original Pancake House, La Casita and The Original Malt Shop (and yes, I had to have a chocolate malt). We barely touched the surface. On a return visit, I would happily return to any of them as well as checking out others.<br /><br />I'll be covering many of the destinations we visited in the next several posts, but for now, I want you to know that this is a bucket-list destination<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #5a5c66; font-family: Hind, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><br /></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/09/smack-dab-in-middle.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-6142093196736231359Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:10:00 +00002017-09-12T19:10:11.983-07:00Cathedral of St PaulMinneapolisMinnesotaMinnesota State CapitolResidence Inn RosevilleSt PaulStone Arch BridgeTwin CitiesVisit Roseville MNMinneapolis & St Paul, the twin cities are anything but identical<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-69QxWXRemdQ/WbiOwI5MJzI/AAAAAAAAGZc/y4K8bTJGAp43NnwJqyMObZiXc9VsLekTwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8356.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-69QxWXRemdQ/WbiOwI5MJzI/AAAAAAAAGZc/y4K8bTJGAp43NnwJqyMObZiXc9VsLekTwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8356.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Stone Arch Bridge</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br />Don't count me as an expert since I've only spent one day in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul, but in the last two days, I've come away with the knowledge that the "twin cities" are, in fact, very different.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j8fFuLq-j_k/WbiQHvq_7II/AAAAAAAAGZ0/his1WlihnZM0hr_J9Efr_zb5zCJelCQpQCEwYBhgL/s1600/fullsizeoutput_4d9c.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j8fFuLq-j_k/WbiQHvq_7II/AAAAAAAAGZ0/his1WlihnZM0hr_J9Efr_zb5zCJelCQpQCEwYBhgL/s200/fullsizeoutput_4d9c.jpeg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Downtown Minneapolis</td></tr></tbody></table>I'm not sure what I expected, but I wasn't prepared for the uniqueness of each. We visited Minneapolis first and I loved its artsy outdoor culture. The cityscape is modern big city. I loved the architecture of the many buildings and the way the design flows into an artful composite.<br /><br />We first viewed the historic Stone Arch Bridge from the modern Guthrie Theater. The ancient river is bordered by a first-class byway for biking and walking. The city is alive with its diversity of citizens and visitors.<br /><br />The second day we visited St. Paul. My first impression of the cityscape was the total difference from Minneapolis. The skyscrapers are fewer and more traditional. Two stunning buildings dominate the skyline and define St Paul as an historical city with classic beauty.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uuUTEeeW-Uk/WbiPe-nUW-I/AAAAAAAAGZo/5YM0fzFYQlU6adFOvt7n-yu_8VnHjSt5wCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8826.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uuUTEeeW-Uk/WbiPe-nUW-I/AAAAAAAAGZo/5YM0fzFYQlU6adFOvt7n-yu_8VnHjSt5wCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8826.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The cathedral's main altar</td></tr></tbody></table>The two buildings - the Cathedral of St Paul and the Minnesota State Capitol. Both stand on hills that add to their grandeur.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--ZgHJ80UDlE/WbiPj8-FTbI/AAAAAAAAGZs/dIDgdIa0oWkz27MjFk8CiOwrDRgUlCSKACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8830.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--ZgHJ80UDlE/WbiPj8-FTbI/AAAAAAAAGZs/dIDgdIa0oWkz27MjFk8CiOwrDRgUlCSKACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8830.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cathedral of St Paul</td></tr></tbody></table>Awed by the sheer size of the cathedral, I couldn't wait to walk inside. I wasn't disappointed. The third largest church in the US, it was completed in 1915. The cathedral boasts a 186-foot high dome, stained glass windows that illuminate the inside, a large pipe organ in the choir loft and five altars.<br /><br />I didn't go inside the state capitol, but the classic beauty of the design and white stone demands attention. According to Wikipedia, the unsupported marble dome is the second largest in the world, second on to St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The building opened in 1905.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EDCO_6EI2oE/WbiPo0kiWDI/AAAAAAAAGZw/CwCIBlcJiSI-duzC--YkKxgWLXZrzieRwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8869.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EDCO_6EI2oE/WbiPo0kiWDI/AAAAAAAAGZw/CwCIBlcJiSI-duzC--YkKxgWLXZrzieRwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8869.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Minnesota State Capitol</td></tr></tbody></table><br />I'm sure I will learn more about the similarities and differences, and Minnesotans may correct me, but I liked the differences I found in the two cities. The twin cities cannot be described as one big metropolitan area. Each has its own style and culture. I love the differences!<br /><br />We are staying at the Residence Inn in Roseville which borders both Minneapolis and St Paul. It's surprisingly easy to navigate within the metro area, even with the preparations for the 2018 Super Bowl.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/09/minneapolis-st-paul-twin-cities-are.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-3171540933730589325Tue, 12 Sep 2017 02:36:00 +00002017-09-11T19:36:40.973-07:00Missouri adventureMoon Landingnews reportingSt Joseph MOWalter Cronkite MemorialWalter Cronkite Museum"And That's the Way It Was," Walter Cronkite<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TQnZLKd6oPo/WbdFyPLctiI/AAAAAAAAGY8/XS4haEil3w8IP6FUHnDpWAmTqaM6ShmdgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_9211.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TQnZLKd6oPo/WbdFyPLctiI/AAAAAAAAGY8/XS4haEil3w8IP6FUHnDpWAmTqaM6ShmdgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_9211.JPG" width="150" /></a><br /><br />I walked into the Walter Cronkite Memorial in St Joseph, MO, totally unprepared for the nostalgia that awaited. If you're old enough to remember Walter Cronkite reporting the nightly news, it's a dream trip down memory lane. If you're too young to remember him, it's a great American history lesson.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i_IYdrfEyg0/WbdGz8Ac3KI/AAAAAAAAGZI/NEkLV1DexhIO70hBBUkLWrleUBTnTNH7QCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2609.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i_IYdrfEyg0/WbdGz8Ac3KI/AAAAAAAAGZI/NEkLV1DexhIO70hBBUkLWrleUBTnTNH7QCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_2609.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Moon landing sculpture<br />from 2nd floor</td></tr></tbody></table>From the John Kennedy assassination and the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War and the moon landing, America was there with Cronkite. His voice was probably the most recognizable in America and throughout the world for many years.<br /><br />"Of all of humankind's achievements in the twentieth century ... the one event that will dominate the history books a half a millennium from now will be our escape from our earthly environment and landing on the moon ... The first landing on the moon was, indeed, the most extraordinary story of our time."<br /><br />This quote, from his autobiography, <i>A Reporter's Life</i>, is on a wall in the museum near the sculpture honoring the historic landing.<br /><br />Once you've walked through the years with Walter, visitors can go upstairs and have a photo taken at a re-creation of his reporter's desk.<br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tGNbtsRx_Kw/WbdFuZ1TVFI/AAAAAAAAGY0/Do6uoo5fo2oCym_oGoQ7ahGuG06v1APjACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_9028.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1218" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tGNbtsRx_Kw/WbdFuZ1TVFI/AAAAAAAAGY0/Do6uoo5fo2oCym_oGoQ7ahGuG06v1APjACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_9028.JPG" width="151" /></a><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gfu84TCfPXs/WbdFtVS-3xI/AAAAAAAAGYw/yrNjqCLYurMlPDUGamjs4EM6vTHZ_EXOACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4882.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gfu84TCfPXs/WbdFtVS-3xI/AAAAAAAAGYw/yrNjqCLYurMlPDUGamjs4EM6vTHZ_EXOACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_4882.JPG" width="200" /></a>If you visit St Joseph, put this one on your bucket list. Everyone deserves a blast from a past when the world counted on Walter Cronkite to report the news accurately and timely.<br /><br />The memorial is located on the Northwestern Missouri State University campus.<br /><br /><br /></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/09/and-thats-way-it-was-walter-cronkite.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-1384934483148771922Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:07:00 +00002017-08-29T16:07:37.032-07:00Branson MOColorado SpringsFt Smith ARGalena KansasKansas City KSKansas TourismKSLindsborg Kansaspublic artSalinaSt Joseph MOstreet artThe UnexpectedTravel KSVisit Roseville MNPublic Art attracts the eye and creates memories<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d7YvSBBM13E/WU1kd3wc_NI/AAAAAAAAGLQ/iyv96UGxcs8jVKG-fTpr79PFABsBtN6BgCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_5414.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d7YvSBBM13E/WU1kd3wc_NI/AAAAAAAAGLQ/iyv96UGxcs8jVKG-fTpr79PFABsBtN6BgCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_5414.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Ft Smith, AR</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nj6kstADydw/WaXuas-KUCI/AAAAAAAAGXw/Jtz5oJdgy0Eeb6qBTiSUZqBh7gjFArxKACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5426.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nj6kstADydw/WaXuas-KUCI/AAAAAAAAGXw/Jtz5oJdgy0Eeb6qBTiSUZqBh7gjFArxKACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_5426.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Ft Smith, AR</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Every day I fall more in love with public art. Whether it's a magnificent sculpture, a building-sized mural or a small piece of creative graffiti, it adds to the charm that attracts visitors. Maybe I'm more susceptible than many, but I remember the art before I remember the shopping.<br /><br /><br />This summer has filled my memory with an array of creative energy.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vl1liLxy1QM/WaXu15dg-4I/AAAAAAAAGX0/-C-ulnmruA8k_BqSpW__48DYv3IXE286gCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_6132.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vl1liLxy1QM/WaXu15dg-4I/AAAAAAAAGX0/-C-ulnmruA8k_BqSpW__48DYv3IXE286gCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_6132.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Salina, KS</td></tr></tbody></table>I love "The Unexpected" public art project in Ft. Smith, AR. Although I haven't yet seen this year's new murals, I'm still infatuated with the ones from last year. It's always difficult to pick a favorite but I have to say it's the animals and human figures that brought my itchy fingers to my iPhone and camera.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1jprSFL98xs/WZ37QB8vOvI/AAAAAAAAGXY/DCGdq8LbH7wPorEPgX3j5GIYYGQRQmqjwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_6108.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1jprSFL98xs/WZ37QB8vOvI/AAAAAAAAGXY/DCGdq8LbH7wPorEPgX3j5GIYYGQRQmqjwCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_6108.JPG" width="150" /></a><br /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lindsborg, KS</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />In late June we visited Lindsborg and Salina, KS on our way to Colorado. Of course, I fell for the Dali horses residing along the streets of Lindsborg. We spent the night in Salina and I enjoyed several works of art there.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-35hvOJX-_0M/WWVAPVU9XmI/AAAAAAAAGPc/q2lhvWoxb8A7e2Cds1SbiBZsAh2wOOjnACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/FullSizeRender-6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="474" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-35hvOJX-_0M/WWVAPVU9XmI/AAAAAAAAGPc/q2lhvWoxb8A7e2Cds1SbiBZsAh2wOOjnACPcBGAYYCw/s200/FullSizeRender-6.jpg" width="148" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Colorado Springs, CO</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br />Downtown Colorado Springs is loaded with sculptures depicting their history. What a great way to show the unique history of the city.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FwJXvq3xEOo/WaXuNmfnPmI/AAAAAAAAGXs/cOgzXRpHOnMQLHdCZ2jfMAHnODacGKgiQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_7110.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FwJXvq3xEOo/WaXuNmfnPmI/AAAAAAAAGXs/cOgzXRpHOnMQLHdCZ2jfMAHnODacGKgiQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_7110.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Kansas City, KS</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br />In July, I visited Kansas City, KS and loved the downtown murals there. The ones I photographed are large murals covering the sides of buildings. Again, I loved them.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x2kM-C7-gJo/WYJL7mqAPgI/AAAAAAAAGTQ/gNarDojRMFItnigc03o06aEfz3zfsXgqACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_6491.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x2kM-C7-gJo/WYJL7mqAPgI/AAAAAAAAGTQ/gNarDojRMFItnigc03o06aEfz3zfsXgqACPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_6491.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Kaw Point, KCKS</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />At the scenic Kaw Point, a statue of Lewis and Clark points toward the Kansas City, Missouri skyline.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1Z6nlERhCaY/WaXvYgk3niI/AAAAAAAAGX8/OZnRlE0x5UA8WZsD1xMPtwr3_nS9xu9gwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_7316.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1Z6nlERhCaY/WaXvYgk3niI/AAAAAAAAGX8/OZnRlE0x5UA8WZsD1xMPtwr3_nS9xu9gwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_7316.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Branson, MO</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_uVNBAvOdtA/V9Bw8tamt4I/AAAAAAAAFfg/xZCHqVzWe-cMEM9m6gDNSENF64yDSvSZgCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_8027.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="133" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_uVNBAvOdtA/V9Bw8tamt4I/AAAAAAAAFfg/xZCHqVzWe-cMEM9m6gDNSENF64yDSvSZgCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_8027.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Galena, KS</td></tr></tbody></table>In Branson, the fountains at Branson Landing are certainly works of art. Put a great sky behind them and it's beautiful.<br /><br />In Galena, Kansas, a beautiful mural celebrates their Route 66 history.<br /><br /><br /><br />In September, I will attend a conference in St. Joseph, MO, and then head north to explore Roseville and the Minneapolis-St Paul area. You know I'll be looking for the public art displays!<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: right;"></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/08/public-art-attracts-eye-and-creates.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-3210420353433912249Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:21:00 +00002017-08-23T15:21:30.575-07:00Dala HorsesKansasKansas TourismLindsborg KansasLittle SwedenMidwestMidwest TraveNo Place Like KSLindsborg, Kansas, a town full of charm, history, art and a herd of Dala horses<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CCGzP51Uo1M/WZ37NpZGe6I/AAAAAAAAGWs/qD6zO5Ac4GszMEmseGnOWyrTXO6hc1nqgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6105.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CCGzP51Uo1M/WZ37NpZGe6I/AAAAAAAAGWs/qD6zO5Ac4GszMEmseGnOWyrTXO6hc1nqgCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6105.JPG" width="150" /></a><br /><br />If you're looking for a herd of horses - only not the wild variety - you'll fall in love with Lindsborg, Kansas.<br /><br />Known as Little Sweden, this enchanting town just 23 miles south of I-70 (at Salina, KS) has plenty of charm to offer visitors. They've captured ownership to one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs with their herd of Wild Dala Horses that you'll find throughout town.<br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uHABUGEORbw/WZ36unI9B4I/AAAAAAAAGWQ/EB4mLTyZpf02ywNkgv3029uoMs2FzsF0QCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6098.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uHABUGEORbw/WZ36unI9B4I/AAAAAAAAGWQ/EB4mLTyZpf02ywNkgv3029uoMs2FzsF0QCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6098.JPG" width="150" /></a>We discovered that a "Dala" horse refers to a style of wooden horse first designed in Sweden in the 17th century. Designed and first built in Dalarna, in central Sweden, today they are considered an authentic symbol of the country.<br /><br />The horses that line the Lindsborg streets celebrate artistic creativity, the town's history and its Swedish heritage. We loved walking through the town, looking for, and admiring, each horse. We also visited several shops and decided to hang out for a while at a local coffee shop. We shared coffee, iced tea and pastries and a few friendly chats with the locals and other visitors.<br /><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1jprSFL98xs/WZ37QB8vOvI/AAAAAAAAGW0/xJXY2Q6MIZ4RkNi5HkwNvFT2LNWjTUQ4QCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6108.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1jprSFL98xs/WZ37QB8vOvI/AAAAAAAAGW0/xJXY2Q6MIZ4RkNi5HkwNvFT2LNWjTUQ4QCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6108.JPG" width="150" /></a>Lindsborg loves the arts. In addition to the horses that live on the streets, the town is home to the longest-running continual performance of Handel's Messiah and Broadway RFD is the longest running outdoor theater in the state. Local schools are recognized for their outstanding music programs. The town boasts sixty working artists and nine public working studios and galleries.<br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qw8iU7B4x-A/WZ368BCyPbI/AAAAAAAAGXY/oqSuhJKSR0kLIHTyElSdD-sdAnxIA-X2ACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6101.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qw8iU7B4x-A/WZ368BCyPbI/AAAAAAAAGXY/oqSuhJKSR0kLIHTyElSdD-sdAnxIA-X2ACEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6101.JPG" width="200" /></a><br />We saw some beautiful old homes.<br /><br />&nbsp;Since we discovered Lindsborg on our way to Colorado, we didn't have time to do the Dala factory or the historic tour, but we definitely plan to return. I think we only touched the surface. We want to return, explore the town and meet some of the folks that call it home.<br /><br />Yes, Lindsborg cast its charm on us!<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KnF_cndNxJs/WZ37U3adrfI/AAAAAAAAGW4/69JeP1NgosszNDc36HIXb7PbWbfUiiLaQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6106.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KnF_cndNxJs/WZ37U3adrfI/AAAAAAAAGW4/69JeP1NgosszNDc36HIXb7PbWbfUiiLaQCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6106.JPG" width="150" /></a></div><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eOE7FZtg5YI/WZ37GicyVVI/AAAAAAAAGXY/kstcdU4Pdrg3nQEu8L57aZ8COb-bno24wCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6104.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eOE7FZtg5YI/WZ37GicyVVI/AAAAAAAAGXY/kstcdU4Pdrg3nQEu8L57aZ8COb-bno24wCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6104.JPG" width="200" /></a><br /><br /><br /><table cellpadding="2" style="color: #252f3a; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13.333333015441895px; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr><td style="font-size: 10pt;"></td></tr></tbody></table><div id="wrchoverdiv" style="display: none;"><div id="wrccontainer"><div id="wrcheader"><div id="wrctitle"> WebRep</div></div><div class="wrchorizontal"></div><div id="wrccurrentvote">currentVote</div><div class="wrchorizontal"></div><div id="wrcrating"></div><div id="wrcratingtext">noRating</div><div id="wrcweighttext">noWeight</div><div id="wrcflags"><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_shopping"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_social"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_news"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_it"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_corporate"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_pornography"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_violence"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_gambling"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_drugs"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_illegal"></div></div><div class="wrchorizontal"></div></div></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/08/lindsborg-kansas-town-full-of-charm.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-9128769527267301745Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:53:00 +00002017-08-21T13:53:38.115-07:00Bible storyBranson MOChristian showsExplore Bransonlive theaterMosesmusical productionsOld TestamentSight & Sound TheatreMoses, a creative and spectacular live show in Branson, MO<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f14CX-UWzOc/WZtFfhe6MwI/AAAAAAAAGVY/v4p4-1HMTFYNld5c_PYBhkOKZLWEt6bgQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0400.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1185" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f14CX-UWzOc/WZtFfhe6MwI/AAAAAAAAGVY/v4p4-1HMTFYNld5c_PYBhkOKZLWEt6bgQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_0400.JPG" width="147" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">In the theatre lob</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />When Moses began playing at the Sight &amp; Sound Theatre in Branson, I knew I had to see the parting of the Red Sea and God giving him the ten commandments.<br /><br />Most Americans hear the biblical story of Moses as children. And most of us probably couldn't imagine Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. This familiar story, brought to life, is as impressive to an adult audience as the story is to imaginative children.<br /><br />It takes a village --- almost literally to produce such a show. The Sight &amp; Sound Theatre employs 250 people, nearly 50 of them on stage during the production. The lavish sets and technology combine with the talented casts to bring the Bible to life.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lYJT1pHN41g/WZtFelRWGAI/AAAAAAAAGVQ/nxTIDAPgo9ICXWgSAQoH08DwBCCzvhPdgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2421.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1145" data-original-width="1600" height="143" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lYJT1pHN41g/WZtFelRWGAI/AAAAAAAAGVQ/nxTIDAPgo9ICXWgSAQoH08DwBCCzvhPdgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_2421.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The stage with a backstage<br />tour group</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The entire production, from concept to performance, takes several years and hundreds of creative minds working together. Founders Glenn and Shirley Eshelman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, &nbsp;bring Bible stories to life. With the 400 people employed in Pennsylvania, they move shows and performers between their Living Waters Theatre in Lancaster and Sight &amp; Sound in Branson.<br /><br />The man who plays Moses possesses a powerful voice that befits the leader, and the entire casts shines in their musical numbers. It's the combination of this talent, great stories, superb special effects and a theater especially designed for large panoramic productions, that make it all exceptional.<br /><br />I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Moses. As a child, I thought of him as a superhero and never once suspected he was an ordinary man. This production shows Moses as an ordinary person, called by God to fulfill an extraordinary role in human history. He doesn't think of himself as a leader. He stutters and he is insecure. He wants to please God but doubts his ability. That show of humanity makes the story much more real.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W80hK46GkJ4/WZtFpUdaVeI/AAAAAAAAGVk/LIY5Fe_rYCEOOuTWLWjBTwoAIdRUeWPMwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8539.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W80hK46GkJ4/WZtFpUdaVeI/AAAAAAAAGVk/LIY5Fe_rYCEOOuTWLWjBTwoAIdRUeWPMwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_8539.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Some of the sets</td></tr></tbody></table>For those who may not know or remember the Old Testament story, the Egyptians have long held the Hebrews as slaves. When Pharaoh gives the order that every Hebrew male child be killed, Moses's mother sets him adrift in the Nile river. Pharaoh's daughter finds him and raises him as her own son. Moses grows up a prince, but rejects that lavish life to help his own people. God commissions him to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, but Pharaoh refuses to let them go.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hylaA-yIItU/WZtFjSS4YZI/AAAAAAAAGVg/oBXeoOmkTwYRKUzjPLEIgIAzfQoqqqC5gCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4440.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hylaA-yIItU/WZtFjSS4YZI/AAAAAAAAGVg/oBXeoOmkTwYRKUzjPLEIgIAzfQoqqqC5gCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_4440.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Our backstage tour guides</td></tr></tbody></table>Before the show, we took the backstage tour, which is well worth the time and $5 admission. Our tour guides, two cast members in the show, explained the challenges the set designers, stage hands and sound people face with such a large production. The stage is huge, but the 49 actors and 47 live animals in the production fill it up. With over 1,000 lights on the stage and many set changes, the 26 stage hands are kept busy.<br /><br />The show plays twice a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and once on Thursday. Check&nbsp;<a href="https://sight-sound.com/shows/branson/moses/2017">https://sight-sound.com/shows/branson/moses/2017</a>&nbsp;for times. The show runs through October 20, 2017.<br /><br />The Sight &amp; Sound Theatre is located at 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, MO. For tickets, call 800.377.1277 or book online.<br /><br />Photos are prohibited during the production.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/08/moses-creative-and-spectacular-live.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-1485441534194441606Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:58:00 +00002017-08-16T13:58:47.474-07:00Branson attractionsBranson MOExplore BransonMidwestMidwest TravelNational Roller Coaster DaySilver Dollar Citytheme parksTime Traveler roller coasterPut Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City on your 2018 Calendar!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KFInqYB5-co/WZSu1K0phcI/AAAAAAAAGUQ/hGwS3aHkDnsAT63_Gq0-jpAbTtpX--LcQCLcBGAs/s1600/Time%2BTraveler%2Bposter.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="991" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KFInqYB5-co/WZSu1K0phcI/AAAAAAAAGUQ/hGwS3aHkDnsAT63_Gq0-jpAbTtpX--LcQCLcBGAs/s200/Time%2BTraveler%2Bposter.jpg" width="123" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Time Travel poster</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Today, on National Roller Coaster Day, Silver Dollar City raised the bar a few notches with the announcement of its newest ride. Time Traveler, a revolutionary new concept in roller coasters, will open in 2018. Billed as the world's fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster, ti comes to the United States from German manufacturer, Mack Rides. Specially designed for the beautiful Ozark Mountain terrain, the track will cross itself 14 times in the nearly 2-minute long ride.<br /><br />Check out these facts:<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OV-uemXlIc0/WZSu46JHKDI/AAAAAAAAGUU/-AMPLNHo3PIo79d8u4Zu-L9pWwKowHMiwCLcBGAs/s1600/Time%2BTraveler%2BLoad%2BStation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1201" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OV-uemXlIc0/WZSu46JHKDI/AAAAAAAAGUU/-AMPLNHo3PIo79d8u4Zu-L9pWwKowHMiwCLcBGAs/s200/Time%2BTraveler%2BLoad%2BStation.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Load Station</td></tr></tbody></table><br />1. Fastest - with a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour.<br />2. Steepest - 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop ... straight down.<br />3. Tallest - 100 feet at its tallest point.<br />4. First &amp; Only with Three Inversions - Dive Loop, Vertical Loop and Zero-G Roll<br />5. First &amp; Only with a Vertical Loop - 95-foot tall loop<br />6. First &amp; Only Double Launch - 0-47 mph in 3 seconds; 30-45mph in 35 seconds<br /><br />It's going to be a fantastic ride and for those who love the rides, you're in for a huge thrill. The spinning is a game-changer for roller coasters.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WL8p_q5GyMk/WZSu7aL-LiI/AAAAAAAAGUY/YyABB03TNosIW4lYpDbhyONcO5ooLUbPgCLcBGAs/s1600/Construction.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WL8p_q5GyMk/WZSu7aL-LiI/AAAAAAAAGUY/YyABB03TNosIW4lYpDbhyONcO5ooLUbPgCLcBGAs/s200/Construction.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Construction in progress</td></tr></tbody></table>I love the concept of combining an attraction that celebrates the past (which Silver Dollar City does so well) with the innovation of the future. In announcing the new ride today, the park told the story of a young scientist, inventor and clockmaker who lives in Silver Dollar City, with his wife, Anna, and their only daughter, nine-year-old Emmaline. Charles, a dreamer, is enthralled with Jules Verne's creative genius. Charles teaches Emmaline that it's wonderful to dream, but it's not enough. You have to do something about it. Their mantra becomes "Dream Big. Do Good."<br /><br />Charles invents Time Traveler and next year will invite people to take a tour. So get your ticket or season passes, and plan for the future and the past at Silver Dollar City.</div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/08/put-time-traveler-at-silver-dollar-city.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-3258319529651887147Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:58:00 +00002017-08-09T09:02:33.370-07:00American Museum of Natural HistoryarchitecturedinosaursMuseum at PrairiefiremuseumsOverland Park KSDinosaurs at the Museum at Prairiefire<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div><br /></div><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-552PoWhFEgk/WYsvpDUFpVI/AAAAAAAAGT4/gBfne_RFR7MvaVKt4LME1QZrbF6VNsp8wCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_9755.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="425" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-552PoWhFEgk/WYsvpDUFpVI/AAAAAAAAGT4/gBfne_RFR7MvaVKt4LME1QZrbF6VNsp8wCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_9755.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Overland Park is home to the Museum at Prairiefire. I first visited shortly after it opened in 2014. The museum operates in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Luckily for the Midwest, this gives residents and visitors access to exhibitions and educational resources that would not otherwise be available in this part of the country.<br /><br />The current exhibition, The World's Largest Dinosaurs, runs through September 4, so there is still time to visit. According to the museum's website, "The huge dinosaurs called sauropods ... rank among Earth's great success stories, roaming the planet for 140 million years."<br /><br />I have not yet seen the this exhibition, but I intend to. For today, I will focus on the marvelous building that houses the museum. It is one of my favorite buildings in the Kansas City area and if you haven't yet seen it, put it on your must-see list.<br /><br />It is the first building in North America to feature dichroic glass on its exterior. NASA developed dichroic glass, a light-bending material, to protect astronauts' eyes from the sun's radiation.<br /><br />It absorbs light s tone color on the exterior and filters it differently on the interior. This creates a constantly changing pattern of reds, oranges, golds and blues depending on the time of day and the brightness of the sun. The architect created the design to showcase the prairie. Whenever I'm in the area, I drive by just to see what the museum looks like at that moment.<br /><br />In addition to the museum and its exhibitions, there's great food and shopping in the area, so plan to your visit accordingly. Check out the museum's light pattern when you arrive and when you leave. It will change.<br /><br /><div style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; max-width: 35.25em;"><br /></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/08/dinosaurs-at-museum-at-prairiefire.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-9113034105094780082Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:18:00 +00002017-08-02T15:18:19.606-07:00DowntownKCKSKansas City KSKansas City MOKansas TourismKaw Point KSLewis and Clark TrailMidwestMidwest TravelRosedale Archvisit kansasWWI memorialTwo Must-See Scenic Views in Kansas City, KS<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x2kM-C7-gJo/WYJL7mqAPgI/AAAAAAAAGTA/l8H8FyVMhEYxrpIc9aZLp7LjjkjvUR7pACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_6491.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x2kM-C7-gJo/WYJL7mqAPgI/AAAAAAAAGTA/l8H8FyVMhEYxrpIc9aZLp7LjjkjvUR7pACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_6491.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-neV-q0ZKrzQ/WYJLPKRe9RI/AAAAAAAAGSs/MPiXSWUVjrwGxVCWSS7gjYuVZviAw9S0gCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2095.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-neV-q0ZKrzQ/WYJLPKRe9RI/AAAAAAAAGSs/MPiXSWUVjrwGxVCWSS7gjYuVZviAw9S0gCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_2095.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Monument to Sacajawea,<br />who later joined the <br />Lewis &amp; Clark<br />expedition</td></tr></tbody></table>The Kansas River flows into the Missouri River at a point that became a camping spot for the Lewis and Clark Expedition well over 200 years ago. Today that point, known as Kaw Point, is a favorite spot for visitors to Kansas City, Kansas. As you stand on the point in Kansas, you look over the confluence of the rivers to Kansas City, Missouri.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W_E3LKfk2RI/WYJLUfg_DLI/AAAAAAAAGS4/WbcqGqTz-0EIKUIZ8_DIkOf0WzebeZsEwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_7871.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W_E3LKfk2RI/WYJLUfg_DLI/AAAAAAAAGS4/WbcqGqTz-0EIKUIZ8_DIkOf0WzebeZsEwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_7871.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Kaw Point Nature Trail</td></tr></tbody></table>When I visited on a beautiful, but hot, July day, a few were beating the heat in their boats or canoes. The spot is a local favorite for canoeing and kayaking.<br /><br />It's hard today to imagine what the point looked like when Lewis and Clark visited. One can imagine the bluffs were tree-covered and beautiful on that June day in 1804. When the expedition reached Kaw Point, it consisted of 45 men, including Lewis and Clark, three boats, four horses and a dog.<br /><br />Today the Kaw Point Park offers nature trails as well as the awesome view.<br /><br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2oq-5hLNR84/WYJLTqp975I/AAAAAAAAGS0/2jbWKV0fSasEuLrmjcN8gzhQUaKDw7EigCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_6388.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2oq-5hLNR84/WYJLTqp975I/AAAAAAAAGS0/2jbWKV0fSasEuLrmjcN8gzhQUaKDw7EigCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_6388.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View from Kaw Point Park</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FuJ8JP3-5QI/WYJL1NWSKCI/AAAAAAAAGS8/TP9WxXnpJAIEDDowOzZ1a6hsgJfBdlIyQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_9387.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FuJ8JP3-5QI/WYJL1NWSKCI/AAAAAAAAGS8/TP9WxXnpJAIEDDowOzZ1a6hsgJfBdlIyQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_9387.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Rosedale Arch</td></tr></tbody></table>The second great view of Kansas City, Missouri, from Kansas City, Kansas, is the Rosedale Arch. (Rosedale, once its own town, is now part of Kansas City, KS). This WWI Memorial, built in 1923, honors those who served and gave their lives in the 42nd Rainbow Division (comprised of National Guard units from 26 states and DC). Located just a short distance off I-35, the arch site offers a great view of the city.<br /><br />The arch, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was designed by John LeRoy Marshall, a Rosedale resident.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JSiEBR3i4GY/WYJMFad_6ZI/AAAAAAAAGTI/9XCe4R7qbmsF3cRSnXss88AqbvobYM4WACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2329.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="212" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JSiEBR3i4GY/WYJMFad_6ZI/AAAAAAAAGTI/9XCe4R7qbmsF3cRSnXss88AqbvobYM4WACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_2329.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View from the Rosedale Arch</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/08/two-must-see-scenic-views-in-kansas.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-6340000360312362830Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:55:00 +00002017-07-24T09:55:16.626-07:00architectureDowntownKCKShistoric buildingsKansas City KSKansas TourismKCKS Memorial HallMidwestMidwest TravelNational Register of Historic PlacesNo Place Like KSVeterans MemorialSoldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IAHcBVXnJbA/WXYkkBp2JYI/AAAAAAAAGRk/zBm8bYijw9A9A7JEn61k_EciHlvidBGdQCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-20.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IAHcBVXnJbA/WXYkkBp2JYI/AAAAAAAAGRk/zBm8bYijw9A9A7JEn61k_EciHlvidBGdQCLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-20.jpg" width="150" /></a><br /><br />It's funny how you can live years of your life in an area and only discover some of its uniqueness once you've moved away.<br /><br />I recently attended an Instameet event (for those who don't know, an event for Instagrammers) in Kansas City, Kansas. I had lived and worked in Kansas City, Missouri, twenty-plus years, and can honestly say I'd never heard of a couple of the places we visited.<br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8U9W6JFoLGA/WXYkjBVmqlI/AAAAAAAAGRY/Nq6au_CBToInU7rMQ_M_PndnIte9QN_pQCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-19.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1201" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8U9W6JFoLGA/WXYkjBVmqlI/AAAAAAAAGRY/Nq6au_CBToInU7rMQ_M_PndnIte9QN_pQCLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-19.jpg" width="150" /></a>Downtown KCKS is home to a truly fabulous Memorial Hall, dedicated as the Soldiers &amp; Sailors Memorial Hall more than ninety years ago. Located within short drives to the airport and downtown Kansas City, Missouri attractions such as the Power and Light District, it has a history as an entertainment venue.<br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wwsbCajQPjY/WXYkjk9bPuI/AAAAAAAAGRc/wZpr2qpK8CUqVVPylg1IoxJj1lwXa8GWACLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wwsbCajQPjY/WXYkjk9bPuI/AAAAAAAAGRc/wZpr2qpK8CUqVVPylg1IoxJj1lwXa8GWACLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-21.jpg" width="150" /></a>It was the 1963 venue for singer Patsy Cline's last public performance before she and her fellow performers - Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins - died in a plane crash returning to Nashville. In the intervening years, many famous performers including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, REO Speedwagon and Led Zeppelin have performed in the 3,500 seat arena.<br /><br />In addition, it has been home to a variety of sports events including professional wrestling and martial arts. On the day I visited, a roller derby practice session was in progress.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zcbP9eMCXQs/WXYki_oQ83I/AAAAAAAAGRQ/8_vwkGhuYR0akorgzfNgzvfwiGqCQH0dwCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zcbP9eMCXQs/WXYki_oQ83I/AAAAAAAAGRQ/8_vwkGhuYR0akorgzfNgzvfwiGqCQH0dwCLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-18.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table>Although the outside is stately in an understated way, the inside is elaborate in its design. Marble, arches and columns combine to draw the eye. Sixteen arches separated by the columns showcase patriotic quotations. The architects who designed the building had a keen sense of classic beauty.<br /><br />It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.<br /><br />Needless to say, I loved it and like all the other attendees took many pictures. If you ever get the opportunity, take the time to visit the memorial located at 701 N 7th Street in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div id="wm_longdesc" style="border-top-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-top-style: dotted; border-top-width: 1px; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small; margin: 5px 0px 0px; padding: 15px;"><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="color: #222222; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-top: 0.5em;"><br /></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-top: 0.5em;"><br /></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/07/soldiers-and-sailors-memorial-hall-in.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-5074479042953756504Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:37:00 +00002017-07-18T13:37:34.414-07:00ColoradoColorado historyColorado SpringsColorado Springs & Interurban Railwaymuseumsrailroad historystreetcar historytransportationtransportation historyColorado Springs & Interurban Railway Museum<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z6GpCCBHgGE/WW5wQhmAK0I/AAAAAAAAGP4/lM4-i-TufyQzah_pRWCrTe0q_YA9MI-rQCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender-8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1243" data-original-width="1600" height="155" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z6GpCCBHgGE/WW5wQhmAK0I/AAAAAAAAGP4/lM4-i-TufyQzah_pRWCrTe0q_YA9MI-rQCLcBGAs/s200/FullSizeRender-8.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Trolley Museum</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Myriad Pro';"><span style="font-family: &quot;Myriad Pro&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;">Looking for something different to do in Colorado Springs? We recently visited the Trolley Museum in the Roswell area and discovered an interesting history of the city and streetcars.<o:p></o:p></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1uF1itwtbTw/WW5wQ3XmVBI/AAAAAAAAGP8/WKWr5pD6DLggZ8Q0JiC3IDmL_955p17SwCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender-7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1202" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1uF1itwtbTw/WW5wQ3XmVBI/AAAAAAAAGP8/WKWr5pD6DLggZ8Q0JiC3IDmL_955p17SwCLcBGAs/s200/FullSizeRender-7.jpg" width="150" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Inside of trolley</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Located in the 19<sup>th</sup> century Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific roundhouse at 2333 Steel Drive, the museum has interesting artifacts of a bygone era. Our knowledgeable tour guide gave us a rundown of a fascinating period in the city’s history.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C1hKFQla9I8/WW5wd9kIIPI/AAAAAAAAGQA/3LZmShdlLig_SFm64ASY2FEOSYhWcs1xwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_6435.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C1hKFQla9I8/WW5wd9kIIPI/AAAAAAAAGQA/3LZmShdlLig_SFm64ASY2FEOSYhWcs1xwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_6435.jpg" width="150" /></span></a><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">A number of restored – and in the process of being restored – streetcars provide a historical look at transportation across the nation. The current inventory includes streetcars from Denver, Ft Collins, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The display includes cars from the Rock Island, Southern Pacific and D&amp;RGW railways, as well as interurban electric busses. An 1888 Pullman sleeping car is being restored. Visitors can tour a restored caboose and take a short ride in a restored trolley.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6QvrfH8beYo/WW5wlNkhGsI/AAAAAAAAGQM/F_QN8O0G7x46lrpi5CriKqdjRjipTwMLgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6474.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6QvrfH8beYo/WW5wlNkhGsI/AAAAAAAAGQM/F_QN8O0G7x46lrpi5CriKqdjRjipTwMLgCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6474.jpg" width="150" /></span></a><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><o:p><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The tour guides also present the significant figures in the development of transportation in the area. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">But the Trolley Museum is more than just the past. The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation, operator of the museum, is in ongoing negotiations to restore streetcar service in Colorado Springs.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bXbhUZAp4rQ/WW5wkRHRA2I/AAAAAAAAGQE/vzUcTH5e3bAiF6l17c7fkCiC54rb6qFHgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6487.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bXbhUZAp4rQ/WW5wkRHRA2I/AAAAAAAAGQE/vzUcTH5e3bAiF6l17c7fkCiC54rb6qFHgCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_6487.jpg" width="150" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Caboose display</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">With the current inventory of restored cars, it will be possible to operate the trolley line. 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+00002017-07-11T17:52:42.458-07:00architectureColoradoColorado Springscourthousespublic artsculptureColorado Springs, a vibrant destination<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wFiRh2IiTp8/WWVAPMAnY1I/AAAAAAAAGPQ/cAOsKSMJhi00VOh-7qwI_h8P8xKmbTRAwCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="480" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wFiRh2IiTp8/WWVAPMAnY1I/AAAAAAAAGPQ/cAOsKSMJhi00VOh-7qwI_h8P8xKmbTRAwCLcBGAs/s200/FullSizeRender-3.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Old Courthouse</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Colorado Springs – then and now. Eons ago (so it seems), I lived in the city and attended St. Mary’s High School, which stood next to St. Mary’s Church. Today the church still stands tall against the skyline, but the two-story building that was my school is now an expanded parking lot for the church.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EyMXyDGEE1I/WWVAPAv8SqI/AAAAAAAAGPM/4w4Pg8KpL-UyCWR6uuWrVh4btcZCXe9lwCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="480" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EyMXyDGEE1I/WWVAPAv8SqI/AAAAAAAAGPM/4w4Pg8KpL-UyCWR6uuWrVh4btcZCXe9lwCLcBGAs/s200/FullSizeRender-2.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Prickly pear</td></tr></tbody></table>The Pioneer Museum and the public library across the street are still operational, but much of the downtown is totally new to me. I find that exciting. Walking the streets, I am inundated with memories, and with a genuine fascination for what cities can offer. The old department stores of my youth – Kaufmann’s, Hibbard’s, the Grey Rose and Lorig’s – are gone, but in their place, the buildings house restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. I spent a morning taking photos of a few of the public art projects that line the streets. I was not alone. A number of people of all ages took photos and selfies. I wondered how many shots of downtown Colorado Springs hit social media sites in those few hours.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zrc79e6ftiY/WWVAO9m197I/AAAAAAAAGPI/OYtM1HwvLjcIZ5AJHnBZ9IrPDNOPzfP2QCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender-4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="483" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zrc79e6ftiY/WWVAO9m197I/AAAAAAAAGPI/OYtM1HwvLjcIZ5AJHnBZ9IrPDNOPzfP2QCLcBGAs/s200/FullSizeRender-4.jpg" width="150" /></a>I love the old courthouse that graces the newer buildings around it. I am forever fascinated with the unique designs that architects create. With the Rockies as a backdrop, it must be a challenge to design something that enhances the natural beauty of the area and yet stands on its own.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-35hvOJX-_0M/WWVAPVU9XmI/AAAAAAAAGPU/KTLb4BEDL8ohpUOUYfXKjWrMOTPQ4CH5QCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender-6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="474" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-35hvOJX-_0M/WWVAPVU9XmI/AAAAAAAAGPU/KTLb4BEDL8ohpUOUYfXKjWrMOTPQ4CH5QCLcBGAs/s200/FullSizeRender-6.jpg" width="148" /></a>Just twenty or so blocks to the west, the old Colorado City has kept the flavor of yesteryear. 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/><br /><br /><br /></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/07/colorado-springsa-vibrant-destination.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-5666661641181333030Sat, 08 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +00002017-07-08T06:00:11.632-07:00ColoradoColorado SpringsconsumptionhealthcareJanie DeVosModern WoodmenMt St Francis SanatoriumsanatoriumsSisters of St FrancisTBtuberculosisMt St Francis Sanatorium<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xLHuCJ4ZDQQ/WV6rYg8OkoI/AAAAAAAAGOY/RPNFd_3VOgc5weKgSu7Y9UJomnA8HcWFQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1881.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xLHuCJ4ZDQQ/WV6rYg8OkoI/AAAAAAAAGOY/RPNFd_3VOgc5weKgSu7Y9UJomnA8HcWFQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1881.JPG" width="133" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Mt. St. Francis</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I recently read “The Art of Breathing” by Janie DeVos. With little knowledge of what tuberculosis (TB) care was like in the early part of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, through her novel I learned a little about the life and treatment for patients at the time.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">Confined to sanatoriums and often quarantined, patients must have been driven nearly crazy during their months and sometimes years of treatment. In addition to the confinement and separation from family and friends, they faced their illness head-on and knew the odds against recovery.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5MPJy5N0mv0/WV6rCXJ7VZI/AAAAAAAAGOQ/uqSiopt5ujwySpThr3nb7oZ7D2Yai6AZgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1874.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="133" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5MPJy5N0mv0/WV6rCXJ7VZI/AAAAAAAAGOQ/uqSiopt5ujwySpThr3nb7oZ7D2Yai6AZgCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1874.JPG" width="200" /></span></a><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">Katherine, the heroine in DeVos’ story, is based on her grandmother’s own battle with TB. DeVos spent time in Chicago in the sanatorium where her grandmother received treatment, researching medical methods of the time and the day-to-day activities allowed patients.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HHsQ72Jc-LY/WV6qdyXxA2I/AAAAAAAAGOI/vmx2C3HW8DYGzqX4webfMD2-o3woPqPAwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1879.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HHsQ72Jc-LY/WV6qdyXxA2I/AAAAAAAAGOI/vmx2C3HW8DYGzqX4webfMD2-o3woPqPAwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1879.jpg" width="133" /></span></a><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">The book reminded me that my dad had an aunt who emigrated from Ireland only to die here from TB a short time later, or consumption as they called it then. She was only eighteen and none of my dad’s generation ever knew her. However, he and his cousins took care of her grave throughout their lives.</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><o:p></o:p><br /></span><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: right;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PirVSerImqQ/WV6MCSENp-I/AAAAAAAAGN8/sOm9jAAJqcEcFSWtA6BYJz9hBFFxy7sxQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1882.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PirVSerImqQ/WV6MCSENp-I/AAAAAAAAGN8/sOm9jAAJqcEcFSWtA6BYJz9hBFFxy7sxQCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_1882.jpg" width="133" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: small;">Patient hut</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">With these thoughts in mind, I recently visited Mt. St. Francis in Colorado Springs. In 1907, the Modern Woodmen of America purchased the land to build a sanatorium for treatment of their members who contracted TB. Once built, the facility consisted of many individual huts where a patient was isolated from others. With room for only a bed, a table, and a wheelchair, the small huts probably became the center of a patient’s world. The Colorado air has always been known for its health properties, so hopefully patients spent many days outside enjoying the magnificent Rocky Mountains and the woods that surrounded the facility.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9_7yg0vb1P0/WV6q2C4o4_I/AAAAAAAAGOM/1-PBGRTG30I6ud0Q3gAHzwef9w5C0EBOwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1880.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9_7yg0vb1P0/WV6q2C4o4_I/AAAAAAAAGOM/1-PBGRTG30I6ud0Q3gAHzwef9w5C0EBOwCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1880.jpg" width="133" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: small;">Inside of patient hut</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">This one facility treated more than 12,000 patients over the years, and it is just one of several major sanatoriums in the Colorado Springs area. In fact, for years the city was known as a healthy place to treat TB patients.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">On my visit, I saw a number of deer and I hoped that the thousands of patients from yesteryear also were blessed with their calming presence.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #2a2a2a; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-latin;">The Woodmen society operated the sanatorium until 1947, when they sold it to an individual who donated it to the Sisters of St. Francis. 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</style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/07/mt-st-francis-sanatorium.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-9020798195190595940Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +00002017-07-06T06:00:23.090-07:00geologyKansaskansas bywaysland formationsMidwestMidwest TravelMonument RocksNational Landmarksnaturerock formationsvisit kansasMonument Rocks in western Kansas<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OQpqZMXWqE0/WVwf3l6zucI/AAAAAAAAGNM/nCpQVWm0PkYmz2RJ2hY3Mih9I1EbIMq7gCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OQpqZMXWqE0/WVwf3l6zucI/AAAAAAAAGNM/nCpQVWm0PkYmz2RJ2hY3Mih9I1EbIMq7gCLcBGAs/s320/unnamed-14.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>Slash a wide path down the middle of our country from north to south, and you will likely discover that eons ago it was part of a shallow sea. Back before dinosaurs roamed the land, sea creatures swam the sea.<div><br /></div><div>For years, geologists, archeologists and other scientists have found fossils proving that sea life once existed in what is now prairie land. Today Monument Rocks, a formation of chalk rocks, is all that remains of the millions of years of sediment deposited on the sea floor. Erosion washed away all but these rocks. Today they rise out of the flat Kansas landscape and stand as tall sentinels to a distant past.</div><div><br /></div><div>As a National Landmark, they attract many visitors. Although they stand on private property, they are open to the public. Standing tall at heights of 100+ feet, they appear both majestic and vulnerable. I stood in awe, trying unsuccessfully to imagine what our country once looked like. How many years did it take for large deposits of fossils and how many after that for sediment to build to such towering heights?</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FT6ZhDHXVNw/WVwf2JkupEI/AAAAAAAAGNE/orQwbpXxq1QWKpG-r66sx0hdherFpqlDgCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-12.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FT6ZhDHXVNw/WVwf2JkupEI/AAAAAAAAGNE/orQwbpXxq1QWKpG-r66sx0hdherFpqlDgCLcBGAs/s320/unnamed-12.jpg" width="240" /></a>Although they don't cover large areas of land, they are magnificent. You can see the vulnerability in the crumbling bits of rock that litter the ground. Climbing on them is forbidden, and it's easy to understand why. However, visitors are free to roam around and take pictures of the different views. When you visit, be sure to walk through and around the formations, because you'll be amazed at how a few steps can totally change your perspective.</div><div><br /></div><div><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rWasuS-oXsQ/WVwf2lFSCII/AAAAAAAAGNI/lP0G7ZpGENUv0vV1-EFpJEt_h3ijwkSSQCEwYBhgL/s1600/unnamed-13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rWasuS-oXsQ/WVwf2lFSCII/AAAAAAAAGNI/lP0G7ZpGENUv0vV1-EFpJEt_h3ijwkSSQCEwYBhgL/s320/unnamed-13.jpg" width="240" /></a>Located south of Oakley, Kansas and I-70, it is about a twenty-mile drive and well worth the time.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><br /></div></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/07/monument-rocks-in-western-kansas.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-374954542534920255Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:29:00 +00002017-07-04T16:13:41.913-07:00Coronado Heights CastleFrancisco Vasquez do CoronadoKansaskansas bywaysLindsborg KansasMidwestMidwest TravelWPACoronado Heights Castle near Lindsborg, Kansas<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pncg7Wv_gJM/WVwVZlOV2PI/AAAAAAAAGM0/RQ8kx_FTSNQDjPEK3ARdcoFqWaIyaoLhQCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pncg7Wv_gJM/WVwVZlOV2PI/AAAAAAAAGM0/RQ8kx_FTSNQDjPEK3ARdcoFqWaIyaoLhQCLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-5.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Coronado Heights Castle</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Yes, Kansas has its marvels too. Too often we just drive I-70 and never see all that the state has to offer.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This trip we chose to visit Coronado Heights Castle and Lindsborg, before spending a night in Salina. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V4rDpa_Yt5w/WVwVNbVMNTI/AAAAAAAAGMo/-i1_kp7oBeokdNQecd9uowOJH0dHNRqxgCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1381" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V4rDpa_Yt5w/WVwVNbVMNTI/AAAAAAAAGMo/-i1_kp7oBeokdNQecd9uowOJH0dHNRqxgCLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-8.jpg" width="172" /></a>In 1541, explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado visited the area while looking for a lost city of gold. Legend has it that, not finding the gold, he gave up the search and returned home.<o:p></o:p><br /><br />In the 1900s, a Spanish coin and the chain from Spanish armor were discovered in the area, furthering the belief that Coronado visited.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDZAE19ZDP4/WVwVUjD59aI/AAAAAAAAGMs/N_9llYbhP3w3oau9dfCzdzHsW2hqt29SgCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1357" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDZAE19ZDP4/WVwVUjD59aI/AAAAAAAAGMs/N_9llYbhP3w3oau9dfCzdzHsW2hqt29SgCLcBGAs/s200/unnamed-2.jpg" width="169" /></a>In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal program to put people back to work during the Depression, built the castle and picnic area that people love to visit today. 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The park is located just a few miles northwest of Lindsborg and is easily accessible from I-70 at Salina.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mUBI5FX6p-w/WVwVUwiQZvI/AAAAAAAAGMw/CkPywDloUFEhg1jKnMa0ZldncNprPMYaQCLcBGAs/s1600/unnamed-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mUBI5FX6p-w/WVwVUwiQZvI/AAAAAAAAGMw/CkPywDloUFEhg1jKnMa0ZldncNprPMYaQCLcBGAs/s320/unnamed-3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><o:p></o:p></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/07/coronado-heights-castle-near-lindsborg.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-8669261537164967241Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:48:00 +00002017-06-28T18:48:32.525-07:00African-American historyBass ReevesDowntownFSFt Smith ARFt Smith National Historic SiteIndian territoryJudge ParkerOklahoma Territorythe hanging judgeUS MarshalsBass Reeves, US Marshal<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DVD76JWW9UI/WVRaNEXv3xI/AAAAAAAAGMA/pi078JVkF7ECs3d45B-fdYvMd1ALATfeACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8388%2B2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DVD76JWW9UI/WVRaNEXv3xI/AAAAAAAAGMA/pi078JVkF7ECs3d45B-fdYvMd1ALATfeACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_8388%2B2.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bass Reeves statue</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Bass Reeves was born a slave in 1848. He grew up in Arkansas but fled to Indian Territory during the Civil War. He lived with the Indians and learned to speak several languages.<br /><br />In 1875, Isaac Parker became the federal judge responsible for the Indian Territory. Based in Ft. Smith, he immediately built a contingent of US Marshals to protect the peace and ensure justice. Its 75,000-square-mile territory made it the largest court district in the nation.<br /><br />Bass Reeves became the first African-American marshal west of the Mississippi River. Over his lifetime, he developed a reputation as an extraordinary and well-respected lawman.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EGEnNbUU_hQ/WVRaHXRKa-I/AAAAAAAAGL8/IHgd2Aurm4If3hunDabkiRLG7bZ5AzVmQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_7243.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EGEnNbUU_hQ/WVRaHXRKa-I/AAAAAAAAGL8/IHgd2Aurm4If3hunDabkiRLG7bZ5AzVmQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_7243.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Ross Pendergraft Park leading to<br />the FS Historic Site</td></tr></tbody></table>For 32 years, Reeves served as a deputy marshal. He is credited with arresting more than 3,000 criminals during this period. Although he killed more than a dozen outlaws in self-defense, he was never wounded.<br /><br />Sadly, he also had the responsibility to arrest his own son who was accused of murdering his wife. Bennie was tried, convicted and served out his sentence at Ft Leavenworth, Kansas.<br /><br />After Oklahoma became a state, Reeves, at age 68, joined the Muskogee Police Department. He served two years before bad health led to his retirement.<br /><br />Ft Smith has erected a statue in his honor which stands at Ross Pendergraft Park near the Ft. Smith National Historic Site and the Arkansas River.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="color: #222222; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-top: 0.5em;"><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-10" style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 1; unicode-bidi: -webkit-isolate; white-space: nowrap;"></sup></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/06/bass-reeves-us-marshal.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-3954789008839188670Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:51:00 +00002017-06-27T08:51:15.475-07:00AfricaNgorogoro CraterTanzaniaHe Promised Me Africa - Part 11 - Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px;">Ngorogoro Crater, 1999, Tanzania, Africa. This mountain blew its top a long, long time ago. The first three pix are at a rest stop as we climbed the mountain on the most atrocious road ever...winding, narrow, rocky...filled with holes. We hit a big bump and one of the taller women in our van was thrown up from her seat and banged her head on the roof. This same woman had already hit her head a couple of times getting in the the van so she was done with Africa after this day. She wasn't enthusiastic to begin with so she refused to go on any of the game runs after that. Too bad.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vpKukydcHcQ/WSRZUSEez2I/AAAAAAAAw3g/gndB0AQq91QVpDhWyk78a4WiFIBxZyN7gCLcB/s1600/img001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; letter-spacing: normal; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vpKukydcHcQ/WSRZUSEez2I/AAAAAAAAw3g/gndB0AQq91QVpDhWyk78a4WiFIBxZyN7gCLcB/s400/img001.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px;"></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HmIkJ8F2Rq4/WSRZU1lfrtI/AAAAAAAAw3o/6rOmdEVeMF0MVLkvaxjKKbAQAbFC3C40ACLcB/s1600/img004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; letter-spacing: normal; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HmIkJ8F2Rq4/WSRZU1lfrtI/AAAAAAAAw3o/6rOmdEVeMF0MVLkvaxjKKbAQAbFC3C40ACLcB/s400/img004.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px;"></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">Ngororgoro Crater was fabulous. It contained just about every species in Africa except giraffes. Apparently, the slopes were too steep for our long-necked friends. In our two days there we saw the Big Five -- lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard...although, you could have fooled me about the leopard. They said it was so and everyone bought Big Five TShirts but me...so I guess it was so.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">Our hotel was on the rim of the crater and we could look out over it from our porch. This was the first place we could hear animals roaming outside our rooms. By this time, I was seriously looking for snakes...but as you know, no snakes ever made an appearance for me. However, hyenas were very close...as were elephants and lions...hard to miss their night time coughing roars.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L1peFzVP8bw/WSRZUyhva-I/AAAAAAAAw3s/2LN1z4SaDI4fHxnS2AKEZyAidzRBzeoywCLcB/s1600/img005.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; letter-spacing: normal; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L1peFzVP8bw/WSRZUyhva-I/AAAAAAAAw3s/2LN1z4SaDI4fHxnS2AKEZyAidzRBzeoywCLcB/s400/img005.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;"></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">We had seen the Masai village and we had been traveling all day...I was hot and tired and very dirty...so I go into the bathroom to take a shower and the water was dark brown...yuck...time for baby wipes.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nQbx7Pp2cos/WSRZZXpzxbI/AAAAAAAAw6Y/QczZAY0UWxQLlDLalehfV2Lj8PmJwJVPQCEw/s1600/img048.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;"></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">The next morning, this beauty (see last pic) was nesting on our roof.<span class="_5mfr _47e3" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 0; margin: 0px 1px; vertical-align: middle;"><span class="_7oe" style="display: inline-block; font-family: inherit; font-size: 0px; width: 0px;">😊</span></span>&nbsp;We enjoyed him/her for a while until we remembered all the sounds we'd heard throughout the night...so we hustled up the path to breakfast in the main pavilion.</div><div style="background-color: white; 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Remembering the dirty water in the shower, I was suspicious of the coffee ... but they assured me that shower water and drinking water were different. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am exceedingly picky about my coffee...and I just couldn't get past the shower water image...so I stuck with bottled water...even though Johnny pointed out that I didn't know where that came from either.</div><div><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;san francisco&quot; , , , , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><div style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; display: inline; font-family: &quot;San Francisco&quot;, -apple-system, system-ui, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; letter-spacing: -0.24px; margin-top: 6px;"><br /></div></div></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/06/he-promised-me-africa-part-11-ngorogoro.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Joyce Faulkner)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4011652436090282560.post-5750289727345735956Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +00002017-06-26T09:41:20.148-07:00ArkansasChayClayton HouseDowntownFSElvis Presley Barbershop MuseumFort ChaffeeFt Smith ARFt Smith restaurantshistoryMiss Laura'smuralsmuseumsThe UnexpectedFort Smith AR is a city on the move<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d7YvSBBM13E/WU1kd3wc_NI/AAAAAAAAGK8/Wl9sXfvaRCkiO27-uAFLYf0Qg4fSRd1XACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5414.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d7YvSBBM13E/WU1kd3wc_NI/AAAAAAAAGK8/Wl9sXfvaRCkiO27-uAFLYf0Qg4fSRd1XACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_5414.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Possum mural, part of<br />The Unexpected Project</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Although Fort Smith is old and loves its history of frontier days, today it is a city brimming with life and progress.<br /><br />Let me start by saying I love the old and the history. The National Historic Site tells us much about the early days on the frontier. From the destination point of the Trail of Tears to Judge Parker and his infamous courtroom, the area makes visitors pause and study our past. It's not always pretty.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I3hrAoAyskU/WU1k_zspV2I/AAAAAAAAGLM/SqfsnL7-W1EoNt-gJMs3ow8dc8gOOFzwQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5419.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I3hrAoAyskU/WU1k_zspV2I/AAAAAAAAGLM/SqfsnL7-W1EoNt-gJMs3ow8dc8gOOFzwQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_5419.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Another mural</td></tr></tbody></table>Belle Point, at the site of the original fort, is a beautiful spot where two rivers join - the Poteau and the Arkansas. However, I'm sure its natural beauty was lost on the tired, displaced Cherokee at the end of their torturous trip.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s3QsVEHcZJo/WU1kwHNqa0I/AAAAAAAAGLE/nykRrjwMF7Q2cjniVKReStQf0_KroG71QCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5625.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s3QsVEHcZJo/WU1kwHNqa0I/AAAAAAAAGLE/nykRrjwMF7Q2cjniVKReStQf0_KroG71QCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_5625.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Evening view from<br />the River Walk</td></tr></tbody></table>Across the river, Oklahoma provided wide open territory and a new home, not only to the Indians, but in many cases, to those escaping the law. For years, US Marshals tracked criminals and brought them back to Judge Parker's court. A visit to the jail and courtroom produces plenty of evidence of the "wanted" people who traversed the area. "Hanging Judge Parker" sentenced 160 men and women to death by hanging. The jail became known as "the most horrible prison" in the country in its time.<br /><br />Although you can revisit history, today's Fort Smith is filled with art, culture, great food and a beautiful trail along the Arkansas River.<br /><br />&nbsp;In July this year, the third annual "The Unexpected: Festival of Murals" will bring in world-renown artists to create public art masterpieces. The diversity of murals delighted me - from black-and-white larger than life human figures to bright abstract pieces, I loved them all. Since I'm an animal lover, I have to mention the possum mural that I had to drive by multiple times! Part of the fun is driving around town and discovering each one.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YHlnhfztgzs/V6qtFzMqMII/AAAAAAAAFVA/cpj9wfz13iEUoLVVZm9WGAJWDR0D-Ig3ACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/FullSizeRender-66.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="480" data-original-width="640" height="150" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YHlnhfztgzs/V6qtFzMqMII/AAAAAAAAFVA/cpj9wfz13iEUoLVVZm9WGAJWDR0D-Ig3ACPcBGAYYCw/s200/FullSizeRender-66.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Clayton House</td></tr></tbody></table>Take time to enjoy the new river walk area. It's a great place to combine exercise with nature. Sunsets on the river provide a great opportunity for camera enthusiasts. Heat is an issue this time of year, so early morning or evenings are ideal times to explore the trail.<br /><br />Museums provide diverse histories ranging from the art museum and trolley museum to the fort, the Clayton House and Miss Laura's (now the Visitors Center) which tells differing<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7pmCu880EI/WU1kjuMicYI/AAAAAAAAGLA/8t9Usse_F08eolEPkdTK8skwbxhvlpCfACLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_3d32.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y7pmCu880EI/WU1kjuMicYI/AAAAAAAAGLA/8t9Usse_F08eolEPkdTK8skwbxhvlpCfACLcBGAs/s200/fullsizeoutput_3d32.jpeg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Luke poses at the Elvis Presley<br />Barbershop Museum</td></tr></tbody></table>sides of the area's history. Fort Chaffee (now Chaffee Crossing) is home to the Elvis Presley Barbershop Museum and the WWII Museum.<br /><br />After a day discovering the city, thoughts of food take over. Fort Smith has some outstanding restaurants.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cicZR33ZN4c/WU1k3i6T_SI/AAAAAAAAGLI/diYWnWOZExkZciml5j9lyi5VeFmVmNuRACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5539.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cicZR33ZN4c/WU1k3i6T_SI/AAAAAAAAGLI/diYWnWOZExkZciml5j9lyi5VeFmVmNuRACLcBGAs/s200/IMG_5539.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Neumeier's Rib Room</td></tr></tbody></table>I've enjoyed Doe's Eat Place, R Landry's Cajun Restaurant, La Huerta and Joe's Grill and Cantina. On a prior visit, I ate lunch at the Bricktown Brewery and this year a group of us enjoyed Neumeier's Rib Room. I can easily recommend all of them. And I only tried a few of the city's offerings.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-srA-QPGNGRg/WU1kSL8LIAI/AAAAAAAAGK4/gWmDkj4EK00a0zBVeckI8-XXCZvlTJ4vQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5555.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-srA-QPGNGRg/WU1kSL8LIAI/AAAAAAAAGK4/gWmDkj4EK00a0zBVeckI8-XXCZvlTJ4vQCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_5555.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bread pudding at R Landry's</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_CPQfQYRB6Y/V6qtKeraNCI/AAAAAAAAFVI/rwZmGT4zVOwG1FWJ3lB1pdP8EpHLLXX-gCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_8374.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="480" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_CPQfQYRB6Y/V6qtKeraNCI/AAAAAAAAFVI/rwZmGT4zVOwG1FWJ3lB1pdP8EpHLLXX-gCPcBGAYYCw/s200/IMG_8374.jpg" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bricktown Brewery</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div id="wrchoverdiv" style="display: none;"><div id="wrccontainer"><div id="wrcheader"><div id="wrctitle">WebRep</div></div><div class="wrchorizontal"></div><div id="wrccurrentvote">currentVote</div><div class="wrchorizontal"></div><div id="wrcrating"></div><div id="wrcratingtext">noRating</div><div id="wrcweighttext">noWeight</div><div id="wrcflags"><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_shopping"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_social"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_news"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_it"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_corporate"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_pornography"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_violence"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_gambling"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_drugs"></div><div class="wrcicon" id="wrcicon_illegal"></div></div><div class="wrchorizontal"></div></div></div></div>http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/06/fort-smith-ar-is-city-on-move.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Pat McGrath Avery)2