Plains Indians and the Keeper of the Plains – Wichita, KS

Plains Indians - HorsesEarly March of 2022 when took a 4-day weekend trip to check out the small town of Wichita, Kansas. One of the things high on my list I wanted to see was the Keeper of the Plains. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers and is located adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. This 44-foot Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin was erected on May 18, 1974, to celebrate the United States Bi-centennial and has kept a watchful eye on the city ever since.  Around the statue are multiple displays which describe the life, belief, and practices of the local Plains Indians tribe(s) that used to inhabit the area, as well as several fire pits which are sometimes lit to illuminate the statue at night.  Below are some of the writing on the displays sharing their stories. Here is also a link to their website with more information if you want to visit yourself while in the area. Continue reading “Plains Indians and the Keeper of the Plains – Wichita, KS”

Letchworth State Park – The Grand Canyon of the East

Letchworth State Park - BenchGene and I were in Buffalo exploring the area and Niagara Falls in October 2021. While in the area, we were happy to be able to do a short beautiful drive about 35 miles southeast of Buffalo and visit Letchworth State Park.  Neither of us had heard about this place, but our Airbnb host Joanne told us about it and I can’t thank her enough. It is something we are so glad we were able to visit. The road followed the Genesee River and went through several little towns like Leicester, Mount Morris, Portage, Castile, and Genesee Falls. We did stop in one of these little towns to grab a soda to go along with the lunch we had packed for the day.

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Mackinaw Bridge – Spanning the Straits of Mackinac

Mackinaw-Bridge-4As those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you probably know I really loved bridges.  Not sure exactly why I do, but I do, lol. Today I want to share some information and pictures about the beautiful Mackinaw Bridge. We were able to travel across it while in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for our anniversary in May of this year. I had heard of this bridge for many years, and couldn’t wait to see it in person. It didn’t disappoint J It is/was beautiful. Before I tell you a little bit about our visit, let me give you some history about the bridge itself.

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Manhattan Bridge – Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

Manhattan Bridge 1In December 2018 we were lucky enough to spend a week in New York. It was magical and I loved seeing the city all decked out for Christmas. The sights and sounds were amazing. Since it was our second trip to New York and decided to explore a little and headed out to take some pictures of the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. We did some searching and found that the best place to see both of these was at a place called Brooklyn Bridge Park in the DUMBO neighborhood.  DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It’s the Brooklyn neighborhood where Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges meet. 

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Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic – Our Wonderful Experience

Charles Bridge 1As you may have noticed in several other posts, in May of 2018 we spent two weeks in Europe. We had a great time running around Germany and Austria. We also spent a couple of days in Prague, Czech Republic. There were a few things I wanted to see while in the area. However, the Charles Bridge was on the top of my list. It looked amazing and couldn’t wait to check it out. Sadly the weather was unpredictable. It was hot and sunny one minute, then overcast and cloudy the next. We made the most of it though and took as many pictures as I could when I could. Continue reading “Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic – Our Wonderful Experience”

Perrine Bridge – Twin Falls, Idaho. Majestic Scenery

Perrine Bridge - 2 The Perrine Bridge is a spectacular bridge which spans the majestic Snake River Canyon on the northern edge of Twin Falls. It is 1,500 feet long and 486 feet above the Snake River. The four-lane bridge has pedestrian walkways with views of the river, sheer cliffs, the Blue Lakes, waterfalls, and can’t be missed as you come into town. It is jaw dropping beautiful. Continue reading “Perrine Bridge – Twin Falls, Idaho. Majestic Scenery”

Boston Public Garden and Park – Boston Massachusetts

Boston Public Garden - 1In September of 2017, while working in the Boston area, I was able to explore a few areas such as the Long Wharf Pier and Harbor. Another place I really enjoyed visiting for a few hours was the Boston Public Garden. My intention was to make a quick tour through the park, then head over to the Boston Commons. However, this didn’t happen for a few reasons: First I was running out of daylight. Secondly, it is a very large garden. But mostly, it was because it is such an amazing park. Continue reading “Boston Public Garden and Park – Boston Massachusetts”

Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge – Sarasota Florida

Skyway Bridge 1We have been to Florida many times and enjoyed the differences between different areas of the state. I have to say though, that I fell in love with the Tampa / St. Petersburg area on our very first trip in May of 1999.  Exploring Salvador Dali was probably one of the highlights of our time in this area. However, I also love bridges and had to go see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge since we were so close to it. I don’t know why I am so fascinated with bridges, but I just love them. This bridge was spectacular. Continue reading “Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge – Sarasota Florida”