Three from the Road – no. 10
Wisconsin’s Devils Island is one of the 22 Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. It has also been known as Louisiana Island, Barney and Lamborn’s Island, Brownstone Island, and Rabbit Island. The highest point on the island is 50 feet above the nominal level of Lake Superior. Dramatic rock formations and sea caves along the northern shore are a popular attraction. Part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Devils Island is uninhabited.
During periods of high surf on Lake Superior, waves thunder and boom through the caves, the sound travel well away from the shoreline.
Devils Island Light is staffed by volunteer rangers during the summer, providing tours of the light tower and the light keeper’s quarters. The lighthouse contains a 3rd order fresnel lens and is the only one of the five Apostle Island lighthouses to have an original lens.
We took a tour of the Apostle Islands by boat in September. The tour did not stop at any of the islands.
Article source reference: Wikipedia
Three from the Road – no. 9
After visiting the Grand Canyon in October, 2011, we were heading towards Carlsbad, with several stops along the way. The first was Petrified Forest National Park.
Located in northeastern Arizona, the park includes about 146 square miles (380 km2) semi-desert shrub steppe and highly eroded, colorful badlands – part of the Painted Desert. The Petrified Forest is known for fossils, especially the fossils of fallen trees from about 225 million years ago during the Late Triassic. During the Late Triassic, downed trees accumulating in river channels in what became the park were buried periodically by sediment containing volcanic ash. Groundwater dissolved silica (silicon dioxide) from the ash and carried it into the logs, where it formed quartz crystals that gradually replaced the organic matter. Traces of iron oxide and other substances combined with the silica to create varied colors in the petrified wood.1
Petrified Forest National Park
Three from the Road – no. 8
Our September 2007 detour to Lewistown, Montana was to get set up with a satellite Internet system to use with our fifth wheel camper when we traveled. The dealer we were buying from had an extra RV spot at his house which let us use while he custom fit our new system. We actually ended up staying a couple of days longer than we planned. The annual Chokecherry Festival occurred while we were there as did the What the Hay hay art contest.
“What the Hay” is now also called the “Montana Bale Trail.”
Lewistown, Chokecherry Festival, and Montana Bale Trail information:
Three from the Road – no. 7
During our September 2013 trip, we camped at Minnesota’s Upper Sioux Agency State Park in the Yellow Medicine River Campground. The park landscape encompasses grasslands, wetlands, woods, open prairie knolls, old fields, and meadows. The park includes the historic site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency.
The campground has 34 developed sites, 12 with 30 amp electrical and 2 with 50 amp. There also 3 walk-in site along the Yellow Medicine River. Three 18-foot diameter canvas tipis are available.
The Upper Sioux Agency Horserider Campground has 45 sites and there are 6 sites available in the Riverside campground in a mowed area without specific campsite demarcation.
On May 12, 2007, the Historic Arkansas Museum hosted its annual Territorial Fair, with living history presentations, hands-on activities for children, 19th century dancing and crafts demonstrations. While Karen demonstrated hand quilting, I wandered through the fair and other area places of interest.
Three from the Road – no. 6
Three from the Road – no. 5
On our trip to Charleston, South Carolina in June 2012, we visited the beach on Sullivan’s Island a couple of times and explored Fort Moultrie.
Images are from Sullivan’s Island on the afternoon of June 13, 2012.
The Royal Gorge Bridge crosses the the Royal Gorge 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado, measuring from the bridge deck to the river below.
The bridge held the record of the highest bridge in the world from 1929 to 2001, surpassed now by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. It remains the highest bridge in the United States.
The bridge was built in 1929 between June 5 and late November. Costing $350,000, it was built with the intent to be a tourist attraction and operated as a toll bridge.
In June 2013, a wildfire slightly damaged the bridge, but devastated the rest of the park. Thirty wooden planks had to be replaced on the bridge. The incline railway was severely damaged and the aerial tramway was destroyed.
Phase One Construction to rebuild the park was approved last month by the City Council of Canon City.
Three from the Road – no. 4
Info for this post is from Wikipedia. See the Royal Gorge Bridge article for more information.
Several old roads are visible from the top of the mesa called Island in the Sky in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Most are relics from mining and prospecting in the past. Shafer Canyon Road drops from the top of the Mesa all the way down to the Colorado River. White Rim Road, connects part way down Shafer Canyon Road.
We haven’t taken any of the unpaved roads in the Island in the Sky part of the park as high clearance vehicles are recommended.
Three from the Road – no. 3
We visited Louisiana, Missouri, in June 2007, while staying in a campground nearby. We discovered a number of interesting murals there.
Comparing a modern day image from Georgia Street with a mural depicting the same street from the early 20th century, you can identify some buildings that still exist.
In the image below, I blended the two photos above, juxtaposing the now with the then.
Three from the Road – no. 2 (with an extra)
Places that we’ve visited.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas, January 3, 2007.
Three from the Road – no. 1
Three from the Road is my newest series of images from places we’ve visited. I have a large number of digital images preselected for sharing. One image will be randomly selected – or, in some cases, semi-randomly – and then two other related images will be selected.
In some instances, it may make sense because of the number of photos available or because of the subject of the images to use more or less than three images. These will still be part of the series, but will be annotated by , for example, plus two or minus one, to delineate that it’s still the same series, just modified.