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Reports on adventures

Cleveland: Garfields Mausoleum

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on the roof

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in the crypt

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the dome – this entire structure was built in one year.

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marble staircase

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This was ignored

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entrance door handle

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top floor

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into the crypt

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Serenity in the West

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.

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Chimney Rock


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Niobrara River of Nebraska


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Spearfish Falls


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Valley of Scottsbluff


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River Running Black Hills


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Moon Set at Scottsbluff


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Coffee with the Presidents


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Scottsbluff Summit

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Ice Webs – Wind Cave NP

Wind Cave National Park ranks highly among the US Parks.  I stumbled on to these beauties while driving through the backroads of the park.

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Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

Hidden on St Louis University’s campus, the MOCRA shines. Open to the public. 

From the balcony

The shadows accentuate this piece

A special collection

La Pasion – Michael Tracy

Bernard Maisner – this is hope

Maisner. Inspired by cytokinesis

Jonah inside the Whale

More shadows

Pieta – Thomas Skomski

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Digging Deeper into Missouri

I continue my journey to see all of the 90+ Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.  Some of these places are incredibly remote.  I just can’t imagine many people visit Clark’s Hill or the Osage Village. I am pleased to say that I have.

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State Capitol and Historic Site

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Clark’s Hill: Confluence of the Osage and Missouri Rivers.

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Along a glade

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Coffee in Cole Camp

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Looking for the Bison

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Prairie State Park

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Truman Lake and dam

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Harry S. Truman

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February Forests Filled with Flying Birds

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Just an ordinary Saturday…

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. 

Discovery Trail

Knob Noster State Park

Found Art

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

Tower Building

Hovercraft

Burnt Ends just like butter

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Missouri State Parks 

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

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