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2005-Ohio, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado

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Location(s): PA, OH, IN, IL, WS, MN, SD, WY, CO, KS, MO AND WV

Date(s): Aug, Sep and Oct 2005

Photo Viewing Sequences: Left to right and top to bottom.

Generally, most photographs are 4 x 6", either Landscape or Portrait orientation. The 4 x 10" panoramics can be the result of 2 to 10+ photographs taken of a scene and later digitally merged using Adobe Photoshop Elements. All photographs are low resolution copies due to limited storage space available for this web site.

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The Rig

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The rides of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

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The rides of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

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The World's Fastest Roller Coaster 120+ MPH

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Legoland at Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

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From TV's "Survivor" show, Boston Rob and Amber at the Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

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The Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD

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Ahhhhh, Wall Drug Store, Wall, SD

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Rim Road, Badlands National Park, SD

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Sage Creek, Badlands National Park, SD

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Street statue in Downtown Deadwood, SD

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Bison of Custer State Park, SD

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Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

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Beggin' Burrows of Custer State Park, SD

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"No caption needed", Black Hills, SD

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Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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A huge 12 pointer American Elk is taking a nap in someone's backyard, Estes Park, Colorado, USA

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Ranger "E.V." .....a scary thought...hello!

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Lava Cliffs, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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A statue of a prospector finding gold, thence giving Golden, CO it's name.

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Mt. Evans, the highest drivable road in North America, Arapahoe National Forest, Colorado.

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A view of Golden, Colorado from Lookout Mountain.

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Twin Lakes Recreational Area, Colorado, USA.

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Twin Lakes Recreational Area, Colorado, USA.

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Downtown Aspen, CO

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A nearby mountain stream flowing into Turquoise Lake

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A little red 1903 schoolhouse just outside Leadville, CO.

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Victorian (1890's) styled homes in Leadville, CO, USA.

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The road between Leadville and Climax, CO, USA.

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Hundreds of abandoned mines in the hills above Leadville, CO, USA.

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Chow time at The Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA

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The Black Canyon is 1,800 feet deep and 1,300 feet wide gorge that is still being cut by the Gunnison River, exposing the 1.7 billion year old black gneiss which is deeply veined with massive quartzitic gneiss. What a sight!

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THE 14,000 FOOT CLUB! A photo of the official United States Geological Survey benchmark at the top of Pike's Peak (It'll prove you were there!)

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From Pike's Peak: The view to the east towards Colorado Springs, 8,000 feet down below!

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We did a counterclockwise loop.

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Marblehead Lighthouse (1821), Sandusky, OH

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The rides of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

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The rides of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

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Camp Snoopy Amusement Park in the Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

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From TV's "Leave It To Beaver", Wally(Tony Dow) and The Beaver(Jerry Mathers) at the Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

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The Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD

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On a "Jack-O-Lope", Wall Drug Store, Wall, SD

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Rim Road, Badlands National Park, SD

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Rim Road, Badlands National Park, SD

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Downtown Deadwood, SD

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Thousand's of Bison in Custer State Park, SD

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Fighting Bison bulls, Custer State Park, SD

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Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

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West side of Rapid City, SD

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".....I've seen fire in the sky....", Sunset at Wheatland, Wyoming, USA

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Fly fishing for trout in Fern Creek, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Colorado River, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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An antique beer brewing kettle at the Coors Brewery.

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A Bristlecone Pine grove, the oldest living thing on earth, 1,500 - 4,500 years old!

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Echo Lake, Arapahoe National Forest, Colorado.

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Twin Lakes Recreational Area, Colorado, USA.

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Signs in a store window. Twin Lakes, CO

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On top of the world? Naw, we already did over 13,000 ft.

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A prime example of 1860's architecture in the mountains.....HAH!

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One of many beautiful scenes.

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Victorian (1890's) styled homes in Leadville, CO, USA.

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An overall view of Leadville, CO looking East.

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A neat Moose ("Bullwinkle") carving in Frisco, CO, USA.

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The Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA. Miles of 700 foot high sand dunes in the middle of nowhere.

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The Visitor's Center overlook at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

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Another milestone to check off. According to some sources, the latest elevation is 14,115 feet above mean sea level. It's still being pushed up higher!

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From Pike's Peak: The view to the southwest.

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In the Rockies, we did a clockwise loop.

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The rides of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

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The rides of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

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The world's fastest roller coaster, 120+ MPH !

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3 levels at Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

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The Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD

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The buckin' Bronco's of Wall Drug Store, Wall, SD

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Wall Drug Store, Wall, SD

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Rim Road, Badlands National Park, SD

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Miles and miles of sunflowers, Scenic, SD

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The world's most succesful gold mine from 1876 to 1994! Homestake Mine in Lead, SD

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Ya just can't roller skate in a Buffalo Herd!

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Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

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Beggin' Burrows of Custer State Park, SD

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Norweigen Chapel in Rapid City, SD

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Hiking around Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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The Town of Grand Lake, just outside of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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The Great Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Sampling free beers at the Coors factory tour.

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Roadside geology example, Clear Creek, Blackhawk, CO

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Summit Lake of Mt. Evans, Arapahoe National Forest, Colorado.

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Dakota Ridge RV Park, Golden, CO, USA.

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Signs in a store window. Twin Lakes, CO

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"You can see for miles and miles and miles....."

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The ghost town of Independence, CO

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The Aspen trees turn colors by Turquoise Lake, just west of Leadville, CO

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Victorian (1890's) styled homes in Leadville, CO, USA.

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Turquoise Lake Campground, CO

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Main Street in Breckenridge, CO. A nice town with the Welcome Mat out. Forget about Aspen and Vail, they threw their welcome mat away.

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A magnificient sunset at Leadville, CO, USA.

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Another Continental Divide milestone, 11,312 FT MSL.

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A magnificient view of the lower Black Canyon looking west.

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For those that are too scared to drive to the top, there is always the Cog Railway for $26 per person, round trip.

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Manitou Springs - Every possible "wooden bear" is available

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Here's the proposed schedule we used for this trip. We only did minor changes while enroute.

New Jersey - Egg Harbor Township - Depart Aug. 12, 2005 about 11:30 AM

Pennsylvania - Elysburg - Done Aug. 12-15

Enroute travel: 1 day / 209 miles / Driving time 4:00

Sights/Events: Knoebel's Groves Amusement Park - Family Reunion.

Location stay: 3 nights at J & D Campground

Ohio - Sandusky - Done Aug. 15-18

Enroute travel: 1 day / 367 miles / Driving time 6:30

Sights/Events: Cedar Point Amusement Park - Touted to be the biggest and best park in the United States.

Stay 3 nights

Minnesota - Minneapolis - Done Aug. 18-22

Enroute Touring through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconson

Enroute travel: 2 days / 702 miles / Driving time 12:30

Sights/Events: Mall of America - Touted as the biggest enclosed Shopping Mall in the world.

Location stay: 1 night enroute

South Dakota - Mitchell - Estimated Aug. 22-24

Enroute travel: 1 day / 324 miles / Driving time 5:30

Sights/Events: Cabella's, Corn Palace, Doll Museum

Location stay: 2 nights

South Dakota - Interior - Estimated Aug. 24-26

Enroute travel: 1 day / 212 miles / Driving time 3:45

Sights/Events: Badlands National Park, Wall Trading Post & Drug Store

Location stay: 2 nights

South Dakota - Rapid City / Deadwood Area - Estimated Aug. 26-Sep. 2

Enroute travel: 1 day / 88 miles / Driving time 2:12

Sights/Events: Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Sturgis, Deadwood, Lead and Devil's Tower National Monument.

Location stay 7 nights

Colorado - Estes Park - Estimated Sep. 2-11

Enroute Touring through South Dakota and Wyoming

Enroute travel: +/- 3 days / 401 miles / Driving time 8:45

Sights/Events: Hot Springs, Fossil Cycad National Monument, Ogala National Grasslands, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Fort Laramie National Monument, Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake, Brainard Lake, Nederland, Grand Lake.

Location stay: 2 nights enroute and 7 nights at Estes Park

Colorado - Golden - Estimated Sep. 11-18 or 11-21

Enroute travel: 1 day / 60 miles / Driving time 2:00

Sights/Events: Denver, Red Rocks, Black Hawk, Central City, Golden Gate State Park, Coors Brewery, Colorado Mine Museum

Location stay: 7 nights or 10 nights

Colorado - Silverthorne / Dillon Area

(May be combined in the Golden, Colorado area as a 14 night stay)

Enroute travel: 1 day / 53 miles / Driving time 1:15

Sights/Events: Georgetown, Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail

Location stay: 3 nights

Colorado - Leadville / Twin Lakes Area

(May be combined to the Poncha Springs / Salida Area as a 7 night stay)

Enroute travel: 1 day / 67 miles / Driving time 1:30

Sights/Events: Independence Pass, Aspen, Maroon Bells, Snowmass, Breckenridge.

Location stay: 3 nights

Colorado - Poncha Springs / Salida Area

Enroute travel: 1 day / 57 miles / Driving time 1:45

Sights/Events: Monarch Pass, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Location stay: 3 nights

Colorado - Parkdale Area (May be combined to the Poncha Springs / Salida Area as a 7 night stay)

Enroute travel: 1 day / 51 miles / Driving time 1:40

Sights/Events: Royal Gorge Park, Canon City

Colorado - Manitou Springs Area

Enroute travel: 1 day / 65 miles / Driving time 2:00

Sights/Events: Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Florisant Fossil Beds National Monument, Cripple Creek, Victor

Location stay: 7 nights

Enroute Touring of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylyania and New Jersey

Enroute travel: 4 days / 1796 miles / Driving time 33:30

Sights/Events: Anything enroute that would be neat to see or do. The U.S. Air Force Museum at Dayton, OH might be a worthy stop along the way.

Enroute stops: (3) Salina, Kansas; Indianapolis, Indiana and Carlisle, Pennsylvania at Flying J Truck Stops.