Dinosaur National Monument, on the Utah/Colorado Border

Where else would you find amazing geology, dinosaur fossils still stuck in the wall and some Americana besides? Well at the Dinosaur National Monument of course! The park can be accessed from two locations off of Highway 40. The Western entrance is near Jensen, Utah, in the Northeastern corner of the state. The eastern entrance is about 40 miles east at a little town called Dinosaur, in the northwestern side of Colorado. A Wall of Dinosaurs, Oh My! What makes this park really special, to a Grandma that loves dinosaurs (me), is the partially excavated wall of fossils. Over 65[…]

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Pony Express Route

[BackStory] Pony Express Trail Riders – Orphans Preferred!

We visited St. Joseph, Missouri for only one reason. We wanted to visit the Pony Express Museum at the place where it all began. This is where the Pony Express Trail Riders started their westward journey. Visit the Pony Express Museum at St. Joe I love the stories of the people who built America. Some were rich, making their millions while building big things like the railroads. Some were adventurers, exploring trails that would later become major highways. All of them were people who stepped out of their comfort zone and tried something new. The Pony Express was definitely something[…]

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Trail of the Ancients Day 3 – Mesa Verde, Colorado

We spent a month in the four corners area of Colorado, exploring the ancient history and beauty of this surprising area. The Mesa Verde National Park was a full day trip all by itself.  It would not be hard to enjoy two or three days just in this one park, especially if you choose to hike into all of the accessible ruins. Anasazi Trail – Day 1 Anasazi Trail – Day 2 Mesa Verde National Park is located about 20 miles east of Cortez, Colorado, very close to the borders of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. Getting Organized The park[…]

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Trail of the Ancients Day 2 – Hovenweep, Anasazi Heritage Center and Lowry Pueblo

Staying in the Dolores/Cortez area of Southern Colorado gave us a great opportunity to explore the Trail of the Ancients in Utah and Colorado. We took a second day to explore three sites very close to our campground in Dolores.  Hovenweep, Lowry Pueblo and the Anasazi Heritage Center are all partially reconstructed ruins of the Anasazi, otherwise known as the “Ancient Puebloans”.  If you love ancient history, you don’t need to go to Mexico or Peru to seem some classic examples.  (Although Mexico and Peru are both worth a trip, if you can get there!) Day 1 of the Trail[…]

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Gallery – A Week in the Florida Keys

We spent a week at Long Key State Park in the Florida Keys.  This is one of those “make reservations way in advance” places.  We got lucky and came by a cancellation.  We were so close to the beach, I could not walk in front of my motorhome at high tide. Beautiful place for kayaks, swimming, hiking.  And much more peaceful than all the crazy keys such as Key West! Enjoy the photos!

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Gallery-Our Drive on the Alpine Loop, CO

We drove the Alpine Loop in June from Dolores Colorado, through Durango, up to Silverton, Telluride and back to Dolores.  Absolutely Beautiful.  The drive took all day and was a little over 300 miles.  Completely worth it!    

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Fort Fetterman, WY was Tough Duty in 1867

Fort Fetterman Built to Help Gold Miners Get to Montana Gold in Montana!  After the California Gold Rush (1849) and the Pike’s Peak Rush (1852), came the Montana Gold Rush (1862) in what was then known as Idaho Territory. The US Government established Fort Fetterman to provide supplies and escorts to travelers on the Bozeman Trail. Read about Bannack, a Montana Gold Rush Ghost Town As you may know, the US had negotiated treaties in 1951 and 1968 with the Plains Indians (Sioux, Cheyenne) at Fort Laramie. These treaties were designed to assign the Sioux, Cheyenne and several other tribes to[…]

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Visit Douglas Wyoming – Home of the Jackalope

We are staying in the Casper area for the month of July.  Only 90 degrees!  As always, we use the Jeep to explore the area and quickly came to the little town of Douglas.  Douglas is about 40 miles east of Casper on Highway 25.  So tell me … Have you ever seen a Jackalope? Home of the Jackalope One of the things we always do in a new town is find the local history museum.  I love to ask two questions. First, we ask about why the town was founded?  The second, similar question is “why is the town[…]

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Exploring Trail of The Ancients – Day 1

The Trail of the Ancients, a Beautiful Drive While spending June in Dolores, Colorado, we had what my husband calls a “target-rich environment”. So much to see! The Trail of the Ancients is a designated National Scenic Byway that runs through Colorado, Utah and a bit of Arizona.  The total route is 480 miles long.  We spent 3 separate day-trips exploring it.  Even so, we “left some for next time!”  The blue pins on the map, below, show the stops we made on this very long day.  The other colors are separate day trips. Day 2 of our tour Interesting Anasazi sites[…]

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Exploring Aztec Ruins – Not Aztec, Anasazi!

While staying in Farmington, New Mexico, Bill and I decided to explore several of the Anasazi Ruins in the area.  Our discovery of the Aztec Ruins, just 15 miles down the road was a sweet surprise!   Interesting Anasazi sites in the 4 Corners The Spanish Named it Aztec The ruins are located in the town of Aztec, New Mexico.  The name comes from the early Spanish explorers who came through this area in 1540-1542.  They were under the impression that all ruins in the area were built by the same builders as those in Old Mexico and so named[…]

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