Random thoughts, rants, raves and photo opportunities

2017 - Elba Fire Tower, Elba, MN

While camping at nearby Whitewater State Park, our gang decided to visit and climb the Elba Fire Tower. Located just a couple of blocks east of the town of Elba,MN, the tower sits atop the blufflands and requires climbing the 645 stepped staircase to cover the 342' elevation change. Once atop the hill, it's another 100' to the top of the tower. Wow, what a view.

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2017 - Whitewater State Park, Elba, MN

We wrapped up the summer with three nights of camping during Labor Day weekend at Whitewater State Park. We managed to enjoy all of the parks primary features; we hiked to Coyote Point and the Hiking Club password, climbed to Chimney Rock, swam in the Whitewater River, and climbed the nearby Elba Fire Tower. All in all it was a fantastic weekend.

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2017 - The Big Easel, Goodland, KS

As with most of crazy things I discover during my travels, our gang ran into The Big Easel while taking a detour off the beaten path.

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2017 - Comanche National Grassland, La Junta, CO

When you think of Colorado, the first thing that comes to your mind are the Rocky Mountains. Like many other states, Colorado has a hidden side that most people never think about. One of those things is the vastness of Colorado's open range and grasslands.

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2017 - Spanish Peaks, Cuchara, CO

On recent trip to Colorado the goal was to hike the base of the Spanish Peaks. They peaks are known as Huajatolla by the Ute Indians, which translates to "Breasts of the Earth". I suspect the meaning is meant to describe both the shape and the beauty of the mountains. Located in the southeastern corner of the state near the town of Cuchara, CO, the base of the peaks are at 11,500'. The peaks themselves tower another two thousand feet into the heavens. I've traveled from Sea to Shining Sea and the Spanish Peaks are by far one of the most gorgeous adventures I've experienced to date.

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2016 - Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest, AZ

During a recent winter adventure to Albuquerque, NM, I joined a pair of good friends and took a three hour detour into Arizona to visit the Petrified Forest National Park. Our group started off by running the northern loop of the park. While the views were grand and breathtaking, I was momentarily disappointed as our group had to struggle to find even the smallest chunk of petrified wood. It wasn't until we visited the southern end of the park did we discover the namesake of this truly fascinating area. The petrified wood was plentiful, the stone logs numbered into the thousands. Even the soil of the desert floor was composed primarily of petrified wood not unlike beach sand being composed of shells. You can only truly appreciate the colors of the stone glistening in the sunshine by visiting in person.

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2016 - Cotton Fields, Pratt, KS

Not what I expected to see driving through western Kansas. For those in the south this is just no big deal. But us Minnesotans are from corn and bean country and don't get to see miles and miles of cotton fields very often.

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2016 - Anna Senior Pictures, Lakeville, MN

Unfortunately more time has passed us by and Anna is a high school senior graduating this coming spring. Anna's senior picture photo-shoot took place today at Ritter Farm Park, located in Lakeville, MN.This location was chosen for the beauty of its autumnal colors.

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2016 - Lake Bronson State Park, Lake Bronson, MN

What turned out to be our last camping outing of the season, our gang hauled our rig up to the northwest corner of Minnesota to camp at Lake Bronson State Park. Located just outside the town of Lake Bronson, MN, the state park nicely maintained and provided us with a joyful weekend of camping with family and friends. We experienced torrential rains during one full day but we didn't let that get in the way of a relaxing weekend.

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