Highlights of the Trip
Rock & Roll Museum & Hall of Fame
Visitors can vote for whomever they would like to see inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rock & Roll Museum & Hall of Fame
JFK's Lincoln Limo at The Henry Ford
The Lincoln limo in which JFK was riding that fateful day in Dallas is at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Afterwards the Secret Service had it upgraded to the current configuration.
JFK's Lincoln Limo at The Henry Ford
Star Trek Exhibit at The Henry Ford
A special exhibit for Star Trek fans was at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.
Star Trek Exhibit at The Henry Ford
University of Notre Dame
This building is the Administration Building at Notre Dame University, also known as the Golden Dome.
University of Notre Dame
Air Zoo Kalamazoo, Michigan
Grandson Noah, the last person ever to climb into this aircraft before it was screwed shut for permanent display at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Air Zoo
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Experimental Aircraft Association Museum Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was a pleasant surprise because Grandpa thought only home-built aircraft would be housed here. It was much, much more.
Experimental Aircraft Association Museum
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Mall of America
Mall of America, an amusement park surrounded by stores, all of it indoors.
Mall of America
Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling, Minnesota, held a surprise for Grandpa Roy.
Fort Snelling
Secret Language School
A surprise for Grandpa was learning that Fort Snelling housed a secret language school to teach Nissei students Japanese during World War II. Grandpa Roy was, of course, a military linguist himself during his Air Force career.
Secret Language School
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The southern unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is visited via a large, popular rest stop along the Interstate. It was a nice, unplanned stop during the trip.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Little Big Horn Battlefield National Memorial
This Little Big Horn memorial is dedicated both to the soldiers and civilians who died there as well as to the Indians.
Little Big Horn Battlefield National Memorial
Little Big Horn Battlefield National Memorial markers
These markers are placed where cavalry soldiers fell during Custer's Last Stand.
Little Big Horn Battlefield National Memorial markers
Pictograph Cave State Park
Pictograph State Park also has been designated a National Historic Monument. Some pictorgraphs can be seen only at certain times of the year because of weather and moisture patterns.
Pictograph Cave State Park
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
The home and grounds of the famous Crow chief Plenty Coups who died in 1932. He was responsible for bringing the Crow into the 20th century.
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
Museum of the Rockies
The Museum of the Rockies houses the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world.
Museum of the Rockies
Genghis Khan Exhibition
Museum of the Rockies also was hosting this special Genghis Khan exhibition. It was extremely interesting.
Genghis Khan Exhibition
Bannack State Park
Bannack, Montana, is considered one of the best ghost towns to visit in the west.
Bannack State Park
Yellowstone National Park
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Geysers and hot springs were everywhere around Yellowstone National Park, the largest hydrothermal area on earth.
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful
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Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful erupted about 25 minutes later than forecast.
Old Faithful
Yellowstone wildlife
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According to the National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park is the habitat for the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states.
Yellowstone wildlife
Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mineral deposits from the Mammoth Hot Springs appear to look like ice in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park.
Mammoth Hot Springs
Norris Geyser Basin
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A geyser that erupts to a greater height than Old Faithful (by a long shot) is located at Norris Geyser Basin; however, it does not go off as often.
Norris Geyser Basin
Craters of the Moon
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This fascinating national monument and preserve, Craters of the Moon, was used by the Apollo moon astronauts for training. Supposedly the volcano here erupts about every 2,000 years. This photo shows the cone of a volcano.
Craters of the Moon
Witches Brooms
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An area of Craters of the Moon was called the Devil's Orchard. It was here that branches were deformed by a fungus that overfed the trees creating branches that are called Witches Brooms. Some years ago, the park service, in trying to prevent these "brooms," killed all the trees by accident. The dead trees and their "brooms" remain.
Witches Brooms
Grand Teton National Park
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Moran Mountain is seen across Lake Jackson in Grand Teton National Park.
Grand Teton National Park
Fossil Butte National Monument
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While the Fossil Butte museum has some very interesting fossils, what really was impressive were the wild flowers along the nature trail.
Fossil Butte National Monument
Lincoln Memorial
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This large memorial to Abraham Lincoln at the Summit rest area along Interstate 80 was a surprse and treat.
Lincoln Memorial
MiG-23 Fuselage
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Not for others, perhaps, but for Grandpa Roy the discovery of this fuselage of a former Soviet/Russian MiG-23 (Flogger) fighter aircraft was a real highlight of the Wings Over the Rockies Museum at the former Lowry Air Force Base near Denver.
MiG-23 Fuselage
Denver Botanic Gardens
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A highlight of the Denver Botanic Gardens was this Shofu-En Japanese garden.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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The bird exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was so realistic that, when photographed properly, the exhibits appeared to be alive in natural surroundings. Here a Golden Eagle tends its young.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Garden of the Gods
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Rock climbers at Garden of the Gods. Photo by Grandma Bert.
Garden of the Gods
Balancing Rock
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Balancing Rock at Garden of the Gods. There was nowhere to park.
Balancing Rock
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway
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The 64-mile trip from Antonito, Colorado, to Chama, New Mexico, was wonderful in every way. Here locomotive 488 is hooked to the rest of the cars and nearly ready to get underway on this all-day excursion that included lunch half way to Chama in Osier, Colorado.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway
Spectacular Views
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As the Toltec & Cumbres train excursion progressed, passengers were treated to spectacular fews in the vicinity of the Colorado/New Mexico border.
Spectacular Views
Dodge City, Kansas
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These "riders" greet visitors to Dodge City just a very short distance out of town.
Dodge City, Kansas
Long Branch Saloon Variety Show
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The show at the Long Branch Saloon, Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City, Kansas, had can-can girls and comedy.
Long Branch Saloon Variety Show
Steanboat Arabia Museum
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The goods recovered from the cargo holds of the Steamboat Arabia were frequently as good as new when cleaned up after the wreck was discovered in 1988 beneath many feet of silt, mud and soil. Here some of them are displayed as if in a department store.
Steanboat Arabia Museum
Mark Twain Cave
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This part of the Mark Twain cave is called today "Aladin's Palace." Sadly, Grandma Bert's fear of confined spaces prevented her from enjoying the delights of this labyrinth with Grandpa and Noah.
Mark Twain Cave
Mark Twain Museum, Hannibal, Missouri
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Statues of Mark Twain kept appearing and reappearing throughout the Mark Twain home as if like a ghost. They were life-sized.
Mark Twain Museum, Hannibal, Missouri
Dinner & Music Aboard the Riverboat Mark Twain Paddle Wheeler
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The food was good, the music was good, the scenery was good, but the cruise was, as always, too short.
Dinner & Music Aboard the Riverboat Mark Twain Paddle Wheeler
Paducah, Kentucky
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The stop in Paducah was another of those unexpected, wonderful discoveries during the trip. The flood wall along the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers in the city was painted with murals depicting Paducah's history. The murals are painted and maintained by volunteers at no expense to the taxpayers. Paducah also is home to the National Quilt Museum.
Paducah, Kentucky
Centennial Park and the Parthenon
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This statue of Athena, supposedly like the one that would have been in the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece, is 42 feet high. In her right had she holds Nike, the figure of which is human height.
Centennial Park and the Parthenon
Hickory Aviation Museum
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A welcome surprise at the Hickory Aviation Museum in North Carolina for Grandpa Roy was this high-altitude pressure suit worn by a Rumanian MiG-21 fighter pilot.
The museum was a real gem with really friendlly docents and a good collection. Not only that, but there is no entrance fee (donations are accepted of course).
Hickory Aviation Museum