Katy Trail Bike Ride - 2017

June 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

From May 22-27, 2017, I rode the Katy Trail 'Rails to Trails' bike path across southern Missouri.

I had my iPhone with me, so I took some pictures and recorded some video from day to day along the trail.  

This was only my second attempt at taking and using photos or videos with an iPhone, so this isn't by any means a great multi-media presentation, but it is a good and accurate documentation of my six day trip.  Now if I could just make that iPhone not jiggle so much when I'm riding my bike ...  :-)

(The text below is included in a slide on part 1 of the presentation if you would rather view it there.)

The Katy Trail is a 237 mile 'Rails to Trails' bike path stretching across most of the state of Missouri. Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's journey on the Missouri River.  A Rails to Trails corridor is the result 
of what was once an abandoned rail route that has been converted to a bicycling path.

The rails are removed and a bike/walking/hiking (and sometimes equestrian) trail is built  to replace the old track.

All the existing routing, train trestles, and old station locations are incorporated to allow the 
users of the trail to follow the exact route through the countryside, across rivers and creeks and 
through cities that were originally on the route.

The surface is usually a hard crushed sand and gravel mixture which results in a smooth path.

In the U.S. there are currently more than 2,000 Rails to Trails conversions totaling 22,851 miles. 
The Katy Trail in Missouri is the 2nd longest Rails to Trails project.

Riding the old railroad lines is a pleasurable and satisfying experience as you travel the back
country and view all the sights along the way! 

This 6-part slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Florida Birds & Wildlife 2017

May 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We visited the Ritch Grissom and Merritt Island Wetlands and National Wildlife Refuge locations in Florida.  These are great places to see and enjoy many of the Florida native bird species.

This 10 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Everglades Natl Park Florida - Jan 2017

April 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We headed out for two different access points to the Everglades National Park in Florida. (Shark Valley on the north side and the Anhinga Trail on the south side). At Shark Valley we took an hour tram ride in additional to doing some hiking on our own.  At the Anhinga Trail we spent several hours until closing, walking all the boardwalks and taking advantage of this beautiful location. We were rewarded with plenty of great wildlife to view and beautiful sunny, blue sky days to see it.

This 8 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Florida Stops - 2017

April 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This winter we spent about a week and a half in Florida.  Mike rode his bike in three different locations while Cheryl did some local sightseeing.  Then we visited some other areas we hadn't been to before or for some period of time.  This Photo Story highlights the cities and places we visited and will be followed up with a couple additional Photo Stories with photography from the Everglades National Park, the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

This Photo Story includes stops in:

  • Chiefland FL Area
  • Cedar Key, FL
  • Tarpon Springs FL
  • Naples FL
  • Key Largo/Key West FL

This 11.5 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Wakulla Springs, Florida

April 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

While on our way to Florida and travelling through the Florida Panhandle, close to Tallahassee, we noticed several signs along the road encouraging us to visit Wakulla Springs and take the nature boat ride.  So we took the detour and made an unscheduled stop that turned out to be a good choice.  Join us for a short visit to a beautiful place, and the location of the movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon".

This 5 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Florida 2017 Bike Rides

March 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

While in Florida at the end of January 2017, I had taken my bike with me and was able to include three different rides at a few different locations in Florida.  We had beautiful weather and it sure was nice to have an opportunity to get some riding and exercise in during the winter months.

The rides were in the following areas:

Cheifland - Cross City - Trenton, Florida

Tarpon Springs Florida

ST. Petersburg, Florida.

This 8 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Tucumcari, New Mexico

March 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Tucumcari, New Mexico is on old Route 66 and I always stop here when driving I-40\Route 66 through New Mexico.  There are a lot of towns, villages and cities along the old Route 66, but Tucumcari is my favorite for experiencing a slice of life from the old Route 66 era.

I've got several Photo-Stories that include Tucumcari from other trips.  This most recent time I stopped on my way back from Colorado, and as is almost always the case, I found more interesting sights to photograph.  If you ever get a chance to spend some time here, be sure to include it in your itinerary!   :-)

This 5.5 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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New Mexico - Religious Heritage

March 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On the way back from photographing some of the fall color in Colorado, I returned through New Mexico and stopped at two church sites ...

  • Rancho de Taos - Saint Francis Plaza
  • Santuario de Chimayo

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Chama, New Mexico Train Yard

March 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Ahh ... Old Trains ... gotta love em'.  And if you happen to be a person who appreciates the sights, sounds and memories of the old steam engines and trains in general, then you would want to be sure to visit Chama, New Mexico someday, if you had the opportunity.

They offer all day and half day rides on the old narrow gauge beauties crossing over the mountains between northwest New Mexico and southern Colorado.  But even if you don't have time for a ride, or maybe have already experienced that thrill, you will none-the-less want to visit the Chama train yard and poke around a bit, enjoying all the great sights and history there is to be a part of there.

This 5.5 min slideshow album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Colorful Colorado - Fall 2016 - Part 2

February 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I went on a photo outing in September 2016 to Colorado in hopes of catching the Aspen trees changing to their beautiful fall colors.  The vibrant Aspen gold and yellows were beautiful against the snowy backgrounds. This is a 2 part series.  The second slideshow (approx. 9.5 minutes) includes:

  • Ouray, CO area
  • Silverton, CO area
  • Durango, CO area

This album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Colorful Colorado - Fall 2016 - Part 1

February 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I went on a photo outing in September 2016 to Colorado in hopes of catching the Aspen trees changing to their beautiful fall colors.  This is a 2 part series.  The first slideshow (approx. 10 minutes) includes:

  • Independence Pass area
  • Ashcroft, CO
  • Some general roadside views

This album has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Anderson Photo Book #114 Completed

December 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Photo Album #114 includes the time period of July - November 2016.  This album includes:

  • Texas State Fair - with Kelly, Flynn & Lanie
  • Odds & Ends of a few outings over the summer

Album 114 has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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Anderson Photo Book #113 - May 2016 Western Trip Wrap-Up (Part 29)

November 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Photo Book #113 is a wrap-up of assorted photos from the May 2016 Western Trip.  It is the last segment or part 29, if you will.  These are photos that were not associated with any particular destination so I saved them up till the end to combine them all together for a short view of other sights seen along the road as we traveled. They are grouped alphabetically by state.

We had a great time on this trip visiting some new places and a few others we visited in the past years.  There were of course many other places to see along the same route or close to it, but we have visited those at other times and wanted to do some of the lesser known, or more off the main route sights.

Cheryl says she really enjoyed the trip but was ready to be back home and I said when are we heading out again ...  :-)  We are fortunate to have been able to take this trip and it was something that was made possible by being retired and having the extra time.  If you were able to enjoy some or all of the different segments, we thank you for watching and until later, we will see you down the road!

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 28

November 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The last stop on our 2016 Western Trip is Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument about 35 miles north of Silver City, New Mexico. I've visited several cliff dwellings over the years and even a few on this trip.  But I wanted to make sure to include the Gila Cliff Dwellings because they are some of the most accessible ones offered in the National Parks system. Many cliff dwelling sites keep the visitors back away from the ruins a bit to make sure they don't damage or destroy anything.  Years ago, Mesa Verde, probably one of the best known and largest cliff dwelling sites, allowed you to get closer and wander around the ruins. But with the hundreds of thousands of visitors they have each year, they have been slowly pulling in the reins on that a bit.   However, they do still allow you to climb around a little and climb down the ladders into the Kivas.

Gila Cliff Dwellings are much more open and they let you go anywhere you want.  Some of the reason for this is probably because they don't have nearly as many visitors, being so far away from anything and isolated. Even though it was about 4-5 days after breaking my ankle, and it included an uphill hike to view the dwellings, I enjoyed my time there.

After one more driving day and night in west Texas, I then headed back home completing a wonderful 28 day road trip. Cheryl and I had a great and enjoyable time through the first two thirds of it before she headed home from Las Vegas as planned, while I had the opportunity to visit a few more sites on my extended drive home.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 27

November 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Painted Desert in eastern Arizona is a geologically interesting area where we see the features of the desert painted in the various shades of colors and pastels that we find independently in other isolated areas of the American desert.  Made up mostly of the various shades of red, orange and pink, there are also assorted pastel shades of blue, purple and maroon, all set within a framework of the brown, yellow and white natural textures we observe in deserts. 

Within the boundaries of the Painted Desert is the Petrified Forest National Park. While the area looks like any other desert scene these days, thousands of years ago there were great forests here and through the process of time, many of the fallen trees and logs are still scattered around on the desert floor.  But now they have all become petrified and regardless of how much some of them may still look like wood logs when you walk up to them, they are in fact hard as rocks.  Because they are rocks now. There are many pieces of these petrified trees scattered around over the 20 mile drive through the park and I hope I've collected a variety of samples to view.

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