Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Indian Hot Springs


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My eternal quest for hot springs
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Bummed that the greyness/wettness spoiled the days hiking plans, but the snow rolled in I felt like I was getting a real Colorado experience.
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Post soak strolls
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Lyons, CO

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Explorations east of Longmont, CO

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In/around Rocky Mountain National Park
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Stumbled upon a random church:
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The Chapel on the Rock (officially, Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel) is a functioning Catholic chapel and tourist landmark in Allenspark, Colorado, USA
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Nederland, CO

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Carousel of Happiness is a magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ.
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Nederland, Colorado: Frozen Dead Guy Shed
"Grandpa" Bredo Morstoel died in 1989, was frozen, and has been stored on this private property since 1994. Perhaps best to visit during "Frozen Dead Guy Days" in March. Ice turkey bowling, parade of hearses.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

World’s Largest Easel

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World’s Largest Czech Egg

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Into the Kansas Sunset:
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World's Largest Spur

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8 feet high, stands on its ends to form an arch. Weighs a ton. Built by Larry Houston in 2002, it was certified by Guinness as the world's largest.
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Johnny Kaw

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The statue was constructed in 1966, eleven years after the Manhattan Centennial celebration that inspired George Filinger to write the story of Johnny Kaw. The 1955 centennial committee had trouble getting people and the media interested in Kansas history. Filinger, a professor of horticulture at Kansas State University, believed that a tall tale character might spark interest. He created Johnny Kaw to be Kansas' answer to other heroes like Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. Johnny created the Kansas landscape, geography and pioneer trails. IMGP1881
He dug the Kaw River Valley, planted wheat, invented sunflowers, and grew giant potatoes. Johnny even controlled the weather, lopping the funnels off tornadoes and wringing out the clouds to end droughts. His pets were the Wildcat and the Jayhawk, who, though fast friends, enjoyed a good scrap now and then. The result of their fights was the Dust Bowl. Johnny didn't take kindly to Paul Bunyan tromping down his wheat so he had quite a fight with the other big fellow and used his nose to plow the Mississippi River Bed. He even went west and helped Finn McCool dig the Grand Canyon and then piled up the rubble to form the Rocky Mountains. Filinger had a fine tall tale imagination and his stories captured the interest of people across the state. Johnny was intended to be a Kansas figure, not simply a local Manhattan one, and he was careful to include as much of Kansas as he could.

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