Category Archives: Travel

Cars, Cars, Cars!

Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana

Kathy & I visited the Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana on our recent jaunt through the Midwest.  Here are a few photos from that visit.  For anyone who wants to see even more car photos, I’ve added a gallery in Adobe Portfolio with an expanded selection.

Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana
Dream Car Museum in Evansville, Indiana

Yerkes Observatory

Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

This morning, Kathy & I spent time walking around the grounds of the historic Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.  It’s a beautiful old building but unfortunately is closed to the public.  We chatted with the caretaker there who told us that a group is negotiating with the University of Chicago to take over management of the facility as an educational center.  The telescopes are being used as part of the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network.

Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

The observatory evidently became less relevant to the university due to declining interest in astronomy as a college subject and increasing competition from other observatories.  The university has been attempting to sell the property for many years with no success, and it is hoped that a non-profit organization will be able to take over management of the facility in the near future.  It’s an interesting story if one wants to learn more.

Wikipedia: Yerkes Observatory

Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Our Visit to Rocky Mountains National Park

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado

I sent a postcard earlier but have now processed a few of my photos from our visit to RMNP.  We were only there for a day, it was a Saturday, happened to be a free admission day and the colors were starting to get good.  So we were a little “over-peopled” but had a great time regardless.  As much as I love our Smoky Mountains, there is something about this vast Colorado landscape that keeps calling me back.  That, and a chance to hang with our good buddy Monte! 😉

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Longs Peak from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Elk along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Coyote along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado

Chasing Fall Colors

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests

One of the things I had been hoping for during our visit to Colorado was a glimpse of some of the legendary “Gold Rush” of Aspen trees in their fall splendour.  While there are parts of the state that are “better” for Aspen, I knew that there should be enough of them around Fort Collins to make the effort worthwhile.

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests

We spent today along the Cache La Poudre River in the Poudre Canyon.  The Aspen were starting to turn, and there were a number of places where the color had just about reached their peak.  Combined with our visit to RMNP, I’m very happy with the returns from our efforts.

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests

Tomorrow it’s on to northern Wyoming and some drastically cooler weather.  After seeing 70s and 80s here in Colorado, we’re looking at 40s in Wyoming and Montana.

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Views from Bingham Hill Park near LaPorte, Colorado

Twist and Shout

Amusement rides on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

When I made these photos I wasn’t thinking about hurricanes, but they do have a bit of a cyclonic look to them.  I have all of my friends along the coast on my mind as I post this, and hope they all remain out of harm’s way.

These are a little cliche-y but I think serve the purpose quite well.

Amusement rides on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Amusement rides on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Amusement rides on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Amusement rides on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Amusement rides on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

The Sky’s The Limit

Sky and clouds reflected in cars on the Cape May ferry

Reflections of the sky and clouds in cars that I found while on the Cape May Ferry from Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE.  I was standing on the deck above the cars.

Sky and clouds reflected in cars on the Cape May ferry
Sky and clouds reflected in cars on the Cape May ferry
Sky and clouds reflected in cars on the Cape May ferry

What’s A Folkmoot?

Performers from El Alma de la Luna of Spain at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina

Tell just about anyone around here that you’re headed to Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock or Cherokee, and they know where you’re going and likely have been there themselves.  Tell someone you are going to Waynesville, and just about everyone says “where’s Waynesville?”  Tell someone you are going to Waynesville for Folkmoot and they just get confused.  “Where for what?”

Performers from El Alma de la Luna of Spain at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Performers from El Alma de la Luna of Spain at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina

When I was photographing for Our State and WNC magazines I took photographs to accompany articles about small towns in the western part of NC.  Waynesville has become our favorite mountain town for a number of years and we keep returning.  We’ve become friends with the couple who owns a small motel there, interestingly the same motel where my family used to stay when we visited from Pennsylvania.  Waynesville has several restaurants we really like, a coffee roaster that makes my favorite coffee, and is ideally located for access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Members of the Kecskemet Folk Dance Ensemble of Hungary perform at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Members of the Kecskemet Folk Dance Ensemble of Hungary perform at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Performers from the Bahamas Platinum Knights Junkanoo at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Performers from the Bahamas Platinum Knights Junkanoo at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina

Every year in July, Waynesville hosts Folkmoot.  Webster defines a ‘folkmoot’ as a general assembly of the people (as of a shire) in early England”  Folkmoot in Waynesville has traditionally been a two week festival of international friendship and fellowship, highlighted by dance and musical performances.  The Folkmoot organization has recently begun to evolve into a year-round cultural center, with programs and events that celebrate diversity, encourage cultural conversation, and preserve and honor worldwide cultural heritages.

Members of the Student Folkloric Ensemble “Martisorul” from Romania at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Members of the Student Folkloric Ensemble “Martisorul” from Romania at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina

We have been to Waynesville during Folkmoot several times in the past but have limited our participation to the Parade of Nations that is held one Saturday.  This year we also purchased tickets and attended the opening ceremony, where all of the performers are featured in an indoor (and air-conditioned!) setting.  I didn’t photograph there, but we did attend the parade the following day.  I think I would like to eventually participate more, but for now we can be glad that we did something we hadn’t done previously.

Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Performers from the National Folkloric Dance Troupe of Egypt at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Representatives from the Cherokee Indians in the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina

Here is a small selection of photos from the parade.  It is a lot of fun to attend, and I think I captured some photos that represent what it is all about!

Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina
Representatives from the United States at the Folkmoot “Parade of Nations” in Waynesville, North Carolina