Museum of Nature and Science – Africa Dioramas

Denver, Colorado.

Last week’s Travel Tuesday found us at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The large collection of animal species are documented in 89 dioramas. Not being much of a world traveler, I have chosen to focus mostly upon the many places to visit in the United States. Since becoming a blogger, however, I’ve met many online friends who have shared their particular view of the world. One such blogging site takes me to Africa every week. de Wets Wild is an award winning travel blog focusing on the Mother Continent’s abundant wildlife. I will probably never go on an African photo safari, but I have been living that dream through the de Wets blog. You can read about their adventures here. Continue reading

Denver Nature and Science Museum – Over a Century of Learning

Denver, Colorado.

On a mid-November day, Lynn and I found us visiting the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with our friend Fred Mast. There is so much to see and do at the museum, you could easily spend an entire day. We wandered the museum’s exhibit halls including presentations focusing on health, Russian gem carvings, an exhibit on the lifestyles on the island of Cuba. Our main attraction for the day, however, focused on the 89 dioramas of wildlife from around the world. The opening image features a panorama so large, I couldn’t fit it all into a multiple shot panorama without resorting to an unusual perspective view and even then, the left edge of the image cut off the complete display. Continue reading

Downtown Denver – The 16th Street Mall

Denver, Colorado.

In last week’s Travel Tuesday, we visited the Colorado State Capitol with our photographer friend, Fred Mast. As I noted in last week’s post, we used the city’s mass transit rail system to go from Littleton area to downtown. At the southern end of the mall, the Denver City and County Office Building and the Capitol Building anchor the Civic Center Park. Our train stopped, though, near the northern end of the mall a short distance from Union Station. Continue reading

Colorado State Capitol Building – The Mile High Capitol

Denver, Colorado.

On a cold but beautiful mid-November day, Lynn and I found ourselves with fellow photographer, Fred Mast, on the commuter rail headed for downtown Denver. In an upcoming Travel Tuesday, we’ll feature more views of the downtown area and the 16th Street Mall. Today’s Travel Tuesday, however, features a visit to the State Capitol Building, Colorado’s seat of government. The photo above features a view of the building that sits almost exactly one mile above sea level. An official marker placed on the 13th step indicates the exact one-mile point. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park – Like You’re On Top of the World

Estes Park, Colorado.

In mid-November, we headed south for our annual trip to Arizona. On the way through Denver, we visited our photographer friend, Fred, and his wife, Ellen. Of course, we included some sites to feature here on Journeys. Last week, I shared our visit to Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel. Just outside of town is the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue reading

Stanley Hotel – A Shining Example

Estes Park, Colorado.

Everything about the Stanley Hotel is big. From the size of the hotel, to the views of the Rocky Mountains, to the dreams of its builder, Freelan Oscar Stanley. When F. O. Stanley came to Estes Park for his health in 1903, he and his wife decided to build a grand hotel and by 1909, his grand resort was already helping to grow the small town of Estes Park. Continue reading

Georgetown Railroad Loop

Georgetown, Colorado.

Last week we visited the small community of Georgetown, about an hour out of Denver and one of the departure points for the Georgetown Loop Railroad. It’s only a seven-minute drive along I-70 between Georgetown and the next westerly town at Silver Plume, the other departure point for the railroad. The train, however, uses tracks that travel past two historic mines, the Everett and Lebanon underground mines. You can ride the train alone, or buy an excursion stopover and visit the mines as well. Continue reading