In March 2017, I spent some time exploring the National and State Park lands of the American West. We drove 4000 miles and visited 9 states. These photos are some of my favorite because of how peaceful these locations were in the off season. We made it to Chimney rock right at sunset and had the place to ourselves, and we visited Scottsbluff National Monument early in the morning before others arrived. Most people go south for spring break, I went North and was rewarded with rustic quietness.
Niobrara River of Nebraska
Valley of Scottsbluff
River Running Black Hills
Moon Set at Scottsbluff
Coffee with the Presidents
Wind Cave National Park ranks highly among the US Parks. I stumbled on to these beauties while driving through the backroads of the park.
I traveled across Missouri for a Science Olympiad Tournament, stumbled on to a state park, and discovered a little coffee shop. Not a bad day.
Knob Noster gets its name from a few hills (called knobs). Noster means ‘our’ in the indiginous people’s language from this area.
Hiking in the winter means no ticks, no mosquitoes, and no other people. Peace.
Knob Noster State Park
One of several lakes.
These are not the correct knobs.
This stream floods the road often
Friendly, welcoming place
The coffee passed the test. Excellent
Pastries. I tried the kolache.
The Wright Stuff
Burnt Ends just like butter
Missouri has 91 state park sites, and I have visited 54 of them. I plan on exploring some each month in 2017 to visit them all. I got an early jump on the project. December 2016. I particularly like the black and whites. It’s a little strange to me mixing the b/w with the color, but why not.
Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site
Historic Downtown Blackwater
Rural roads of Saline County
Sappington Cemetery State Historic Site
Three Former Governors ‘Rest’ Here.
Outside of Boonville
Iron Kettle of Boonslick Saltworks
Boonslick State Historic Site Salt Creek
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site
Governor Dunklin Grave Site SHS
Bat box at Dunklin Grave Site on Mississippi River
Van Meter State Park bottomlands.
Scott Joplin House SHS
Six Flags introduced a new holiday season. Some nice moments…
Red poo emoji?
S’mores were available in s’mores land
Charming areas around the park
Candy Cane Land
The call him, Mr. Freeze.
The Palace and light show
Away in the manger.
Angels lead the way to Santa?
Two iconic images
My friends from Kigali returned to my school today. They bring art, dance, singing, music and stories from their culturally rich country. Pacifique travels the world telling his story to support his NIYO Cultural Centre. The organization keeps kids off the streets in Kigali and in school.
A full summers worth of weeding, mulching, pruning, and planting makes one last show of beauty.