Our visit to Mesa Verde National Park

We made a visit to Mesa Verde National Park near Durango, Colorado last spring. Here are a few photos of this incredible archive of early American inhabitants who called these canyons home over 1400 years ago.

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Sun Point View at Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park view provides an incredible overlook. Without the park guests in the foreground, it’s impossible to comprehend the incredible scale and grandeur of the cliff house dwellings several miles away across the steep canyon.

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The massive Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America. But without people to put it in scale, it really looks like a miniature model.
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Look closely and you can spot the park rangers conducting an inspection of this smaller cliff dwelling. Can you imagine calling this your home over a thousand years ago?

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit Mesa Verde National Park someday.

 

 

Breaking hearts at every red light.

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If she wasn’t out on her longboard catching waves at Old Man’s, she’d cruise PCH in her vintage Dodge, with the windows rolled down and hair blowing in the wind, breaking hearts at every red light.

 

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Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum

 

 

We enjoyed our visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum recently, where 59 flyable and static vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft are on display on the tarmac at the Palm Springs Airport (PSP) and inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet.

On many weekends, you can book a ride over the skies of Palm Springs in one of their vintage warbirds, including a C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, T-28B Trojan or the T-33 Shooting Star Jet.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail.

 

McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet

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The F/A-18 was adopted by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in 1986 and continues to fly today. It has now served with the team for 34 years. That makes it the longest-serving aircraft type to fly with the Navy’s aerial demonstration team.

This particular aircraft was built by McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft (acquired by Boeing in 1997), St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Navy.

Technical Specifications:

  • Wingspan: 40 ft.
  • Length: 56 ft.
  • Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
  • Weight: 36,970 pounds (loaded)
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.8
  • Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
  • Range: 1,089 miles
  • Engines: Two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans with 16,000 pounds of thrust
  • Crew: 1
  • Current markings: 2012 U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Currently on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona

 

1966. The year Killer Dana died.

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Seeing this sign at Dana Point Harbor reminded me of the extinction of a #surfing era known as Killer Dana. It happened in 1966 when the first boulder of the breakwater was dropped.  It was completed in 1971.

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Atlantic Sea Nettles

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The sting of the Atlantic Sea Nettle is painful. Found on the east coast of the United States including Cape Cod south along the U.S. Coast, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Found in larger numbers in Chesapeake Bay, unequaled elsewhere.

Photographed at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.