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Photographs from my travels around the country
         I have one of the best jobs in the world! I get to travel the U.S.A, and once in a while, internationally! I love taking photo's of places I've been. It keeps them fresh in my memory! I've arranged the photos in a date sequence, newest at the top. Enjoy them if you like. *Smile*
Naked Mountaintop Tree ~ I love taking photo's of things like this!
Mountaintop Training Site ~ The class was held in the small building on the right.  We were on top of a peak north of Boulder Valley, about 3o miles south of Helena.
Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk ~ A place of great reverence for Trekkies everywhere, a hero's future birthplace. 

JUST BEHIND A SMALL YELLOW house, now used as a salon, in a private courtyard, we can admire the future birthplace of James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the Star Trek series’ Enterprise spaceship.

A stone tells us that the Federation of Planets hero will be born there in 2228 (although some online sites claim his DOB is 2238). In the meantime, packs of Trek lovers and various nerds meet there at the annual Trek Fest in the Iowa countryside. On those days you can meet people dressed in space uniform alongside with the 1800-styled ...
Freedom Rock - Another View ~ The Freedom Rock (also known as the Patriotic Rock) is a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) boulder located along Iowa Highway 25 near Menlo in western Iowa approximately one mile (1.6 km) south of exit 86 on Interstate 80. The boulder weighs approximately 56 short tons (51 t; 50 long tons).

The rock is located on private property and was used for graffiti. Since 1999, however, it is repainted every year in time for Memorial Day with the purpose of thanking U.S. veterans and their families for their military service and sacrifice. The rock is painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II from Greenfield.  Sorensen is not commissioned or paid to...
Freedom Rock ~ The Freedom Rock (also known as the Patriotic Rock) is a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) boulder located along Iowa Highway 25 near Menlo in western Iowa approximately one mile (1.6 km) south of exit 86 on Interstate 80. The boulder weighs approximately 56 short tons (51 t; 50 long tons).

The rock is located on private property and was used for graffiti. Since 1999, however, it is repainted every year in time for Memorial Day with the purpose of thanking U.S. veterans and their families for their military service and sacrifice. The rock is painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II from Greenfield.  Sorensen is not commissioned or paid to paint The Free...
USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN 600 (G) Champion Softball Team - Circa 1975 ~ That's me kneeling in front row, right.  We were undefeated that season.  Sadly, I remember few names of my shipmates.  Chris Kempf is next to me, Paul Labue next to him.  Standing 4th from right is Lester Holte, he ended up marrying my sister.  Standing third from left is Chief Burnett, our coach, and a former Navy Boxing Champion.  I didn't get to play much because I was a terrible player.  But I loved playing almost any game, so I did as best I could....
Can You Find Me? ~ This is a photo from my Nuclear Power School class at Mare Island Naval Shipyard  in late 1973.  I posted it on Facebook in a group of former Navy 'Nukes', and one of the guys in the photo recognized me!   WOW...
Maneuvering ~ This is 'Maneuvering', a small space where 4 of us stood watch for 6 hours at a time while underway.
Abandoned Bldg 755, Naval Nuclear Power School, Mare Island ~ I attended Naval Nuclear Power School here from June to December, 1973
Panoramic Shot Of The Mediterranean Sea From Hotel Beach ~ My first evening in Algeria, and I decided to explore the hotel grounds a little bit.  The sun was setting, and I couldn't resist snapping a few photos.  With the sun setting to my left, aA panoramic photo of the beach seemed fitting.
Three Writers And A Blogger ~ Left to Right.

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Ski Runs At Whiteface Mountain ~ The ski runs at Whiteface Mountain.  They were an integral part of the 1980 Olympics held at nearby Lake Placid.
Ski Jumps At Lake Placid ~ Lake Placid has an almost legendary place in American Sports History.  The phrase "Do You Believe In Miracles?" was uttered by Al Michaels during the final minute of the United States win over Russia in the semi-finals of the hockey tournament.  The ski jumping competition was held nearby using these awesome jumps!
Statues of a member of each Armed Service ~  No description included.
Cabrillo National Monument ~ Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.  His exact landing location is unknown, but it is thought to be on Point Loma, San Diego.
WWI Tri-Plane Replica ~ I love dining at these restaurants.  Their names vary, but all are based on WWI air squadrons and the like.  This is the 94th Aerosquadron at the Montgomery Air Field near San Diego.  The food is terrific, though it is a little pricey.  Each is located near a small airport in a large city.  I enjoy the atmosphere and such. If you sit a certain tables, you can listen to the tower and planes transmissions.
Roadrunner! ~ My first day in Albuquerque I see this little guy coming towards my car.  Snapped this with my cell phone, the focus is not the best....
View Of Clouds On The Mountain Tops, from Sandia Peak ~  No description included.
The Original San Geronimo Church Taos, Pueblo ~  I found this view of the Taos Pueblo graveyard astonishing & beautiful.  I would love to learn more about their culture, but would never intrude on their way of life.
San Geronimo (St. Jerome) Church, Taos Pueblo ~  The present San Geronimo, or St. Jerome, Chapel was completed in 1850 to replace the original church which was destroyed in the War with Mexico by the U.S. Army in 1847. That church, the ruins still evident on the west side of the village, was first built in 1619. It was then destroyed in the Spanish Revolt of 1680 but soon rebuilt on the same site. St. Jerome is the patron saint of Taos Pueblo.
Taos Pueblo ~  Taos Pueblo (or Pueblo de Taos) is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Taos-speaking (Tiwa) Native American tribe of Puebloan people. It lies about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the modern city of Taos, New Mexico. The pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.  This has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Taos Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, whose people speak two variants of the Tanoan language. The Taos community is known for being one of the most private, secretive, and conservative pueblos. Natives will almost never speak of their religious customs to outsi...
A Storm Approaching the Very Large Array ~  No description included.
Very Large Array, Socorro, NM ~  The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 36km (22 miles) across, with the sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter.
Geronimo's Grave, Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma ~ For some reason, I was drawn to visit his gravesite.  In the foreground of the photo is the headstone for one of his nine wives, Zi-Yeh.  Geronimo was a great Apache warrior and leader.  Yes he killed many people, but in almost every case, it was in retaliation for attacks on his people.  He died in 1909 from pneumonia after falling from his horse and laying on muddy ground overnight.  He lived to be almost 80, an amazing number for that era.
Sign at Entrance to Larry Baggett's Trail Of Tears Memorial ~ This small homemade sign really touched me.  There's no way I could pass by without snapping a photo of it.
Entry To Larry Baggett's Trail Of Tears Memorial ~ Larry Baggett's Trail Of Tears Memorial is in Missouri on State Highway D.  It's right off I-44, exit 172.  I don't think he was an artist, but man he put his heart in his work!  Sadly, Larry left us about 10 years ago, and no one is caring for the unique memorial.
Partially Frozen St. Lawrence Seaway ~ Quebec had been hit with a major snowstorm the week before I arrived.   There were at least four feet of snow on the side of the roads due to the hard work of the plow crews.
Old Quebec City ~ A view from my hotel room.  You can see the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Straight ahead is the L'Le D'Orleans, and island in the middle of the seaway.  The south leg of the seaway is visible.  The Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral is the small dome in the middle of the photo, with the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel to the right, and the Caisse-Depot & Placement to the left.  (I think I have those buildings labeled correctly.)
Tombstone ~ Though there is a state highway one block to the left in this photo, you'd never know it if you hadn't driven on it to get here.  Most of the 'downtown' area of Tombstone is segmented off, cars are not allowed on the dirt roads.  The OK Corral is just to the left in this photo, less than 100 yards away.  The 'Outhouse' in the photo is actually a ticket office for the Butterfield Stage Lines Ticket Office...
Surfer At Sunset Beach, January 1977 ~ I snapped this photo 42 years ago!  I 're-discovered' this photo recently, and thought I'd post it.  Taken with a Yashica 35 mm camera
Sign that Accompanies the POW/MIA table, explaining its setup. ~  No description included.
POW/MIA Table ~  No description included.
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park ~  Cliff Palace is one of the largest structures in the Mesa Verde National Park.  Recent studies reveal that Cliff Palace contained 150 rooms and 23 kivas and had a population of approximately 100 people. Out of the nearly 600 cliff dwellings concentrated within the boundaries of the park, 75% contain only 1-5 rooms each, and many are single room storage units. If you visit Cliff Palace you will enter an exceptionally large dwelling which may have had special significance to the original occupants. It is thought that Cliff Palace was a social, administrative site with high ceremonial usage.

 Sandstone, mortar and wood...
Shiprock ~  Shiprock (Navajo: Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock") is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet (482.5 m) above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level. It lies about 10.75 miles (17.30 km) southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.

 Governed by the Navajo Nation, the formation is in the Four Corners region and plays a significant role in Navajo religion, myth, and tradition. It is located in the center of the area occupied by the Ancient Pueblo People, a prehistoric Native American cultur...
An 'Earthship' house, part of the Taos Earthship Community ~  An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds.

 The Earthship archecture concept began to take shape in the 1970s. The architect Michael Reynolds wanted to create a home that would do three things: first, it would utilize sustainable architecture, and material indigenous to the local area or recycled materials wherever possible; second, the homes would rely on natural energy sources and be independent from the “grid”; thirdly, it would be feasible for a person with no sp...
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos, NM ~  After seeing the movie 'Wild Hogs', I knew I had to come here one day!  I could not believe that I grew up in Albuquerque, and this bridge was so near!  Then again, we didn't have a lot when I was growing up, so rarely ventured very far around the state.  This was built in 1965, and spans the Rio Grande Gorge.
Trail Boss ~  This is a statue of a Trail Boss on his horse, located in Boot Hill Cemetery, Ogallala Nebraska.  

 In the stirring days of the late 1800s, when the present city of Ogallala was an infant town on the Union Pacific Railroad, Boot Hill Cemetery was the final resting place for cowboys, drifters, and settlers. Numerous stories are told of those days when gun battles took their toll on human life. Many buried at Boot Hill ran afoul of the law and the streets of Ogallala echoed with gunfire as some slick gambler or horse thief met his end.  One burial was that of “Rattlesnake Ed,” who was shot down over a nine dollar bet in a Monte game in the “Cowb...
The Stanley Hotel ~  The Stanley Hotel is a 142-room Colonial Revival hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, United States of America. Approximately five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, the Rockies and especially Long's Peak. It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century.  The hotel and its surrounding structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 The Stanley Hotel hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, serving as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his 19...
Bailey Rail Yard, North Platte, Nebraska ~  Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb., is the largest railroad classification yard in the world. Named in honor of former Union Pacific President Edd H. Bailey, the massive yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles. The yard is located in the midst of key east-west and north-south corridors, making it a critical component of Union Pacific’s rail network.

 Bailey Yard has 17 receiving and 16 departure tracks handling 14,000 rail cars every 24 hours. Of those, about 3,000 cars are sorted daily in the yard’s eastward and westward yards, nicknamed "hump" yards. Using a mound c...
The Site Of The Last Bank Bonnie & Clyde Robbed ~ Originally, this was the First National Bank of Stuart, Iowa, and in April 1934, Bonnie & Clyde robbed this bank.  They were killed six weeks later in an ambush in Bienville, Parish, Louisiana, each shot more than 25 times.
Freedom Rock, September 2018 ~  The Freedom Rock (established in 1999) is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nations Veterans to honor their service to our country.  The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, as well as, wanting to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day.

 Sorensen paints The Freedom Rock on his own with the tremendous support of family and friends.  Sorensen is not commissioned to paint the rock but is able to do so each year with the generous help of donations.

 While painting murals across th...
Freedom Rock, June 2016 ~  The Freedom Rock (established in 1999) is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nations Veterans to honor their service to our country.  The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, as well as, wanting to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day.

 Sorensen paints The Freedom Rock on his own with the tremendous support of family and friends.  Sorensen is not commissioned to paint the rock but is able to do so each year with the generous help of donations.

 While painting murals across the cou...
Freedom Rock November 2006 ~  The Freedom Rock (established in 1999) is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nations Veterans to honor their service to our country.  The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, as well as, wanting to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day.

 Sorensen paints The Freedom Rock on his own with the tremendous support of family and friends.  Sorensen is not commissioned to paint the rock but is able to do so each year with the generous help of donations.

 While painting murals across the ...
The Mob, January 1977 ~ Wow, I found this old photo, and had to scan it.  This is me with some of my friends from my first Submarine, USS Theodore Roosevelt, SSBN 600.  I am 23 in this photo.  Was I ever really that young?     Pictured left to right.

Top Row:  Tom Rice, John Donahue, Lester Holte, Anne Dorrell, DJ Miller

Bottom Row:  Kim Rice, Hanani, Me, Debbie Hernandez (Boulos) (HS girlfriend), Rick

You can see I've forgotten a couple of last names.  I'm not sure I ever knew Hanani's last name.  Rick  <sigh>  Him and I both owned Fiat 124 Sport Spider Convertibles.  He drove his like a mad man, and always said he would die at the whee...
Wild Marshmallows! ~ Ya' know, I've purchased these in the stores many times, and have often roasted them in making S'mores.  I never knew they grew wild though.  As I was snapping photo's of them, one came so close I could almost pet it!  Not sure I'll ever be able to eat S'mores, or Marshmallows for that matter, again.  They are so beautiful, and so gentle....
A Grave Marker, Saint Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, South Dakota ~ As I was snapping this, I noticed the shaft of sunlight, and hoped it would appear in the photo as I saw it.  Love this shot!
Monument, Saint Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, South Dakota ~ Cemetery's and their monuments often fascinate me.  This one is no exception.  I found it absolutely beautiful, and had to snap a photo of it.
Buddy Holly Crash Site ~ This is where the plane crashed, the middle of an Iowa cornfield, in February 1959.
Corner Street Sign ~ A Street sign near the Surf Ballroom, with the streets renamed for Buddy Holly and Richie Valens
Surf Ballroom & Museum ~ In its day, it was just called the Surf Ballroom.  This is the stage that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper played on before boarding the their plane on that doomed flight.
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