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  •  Great Sand Dunes National Monument (4+ / 0-)

    I forgot where it's near town-wise, but it's in south central CO near the San Juan range IIRC. You basically think you're in the Sahara when you're there, as the dunes are hundreds of feet high (or so they seemed). Quite an effort to walk up them since it's sand, but well worth it. Thing is, when you do get to the top of the nearest big dune, you're immediately humbled by the extent and size of the dunes and realize how puny you are and start looking for a camel.

    Yeah, I got around a bit on my 75 day X-C drive over 20 years ago. I vented a lifetime of pent-up wanderlust and dreams of national parks and the great western outdoors on that trip. Bought a new car in late July and 3 days later I hit the road, not to return until mid October and nearly 15,000 miles and some 35 states later. I did a clockwise loop starting and ending in NYC, that looked a bit like an hourglass turned on its side.

    The highlights were red rock country, driving up PCH and the northern Rockies. But I also stopped at a bunch of Revolutionary and Civil War sites, music history sites like Robert Johnson's home town of Clarksdale, Elvis's childhood home and Graceland, and some fine BBQ joints.  I took hundreds of pictures and maybe even over a thousand (back in the film era and mostly on my favorite, Kodachrome 64). I'd love to do a diary but first I have to convert all those slides to digital, and I can't really afford or justify a decent scanner now. It's going to be a few years, unfortunately. Until then, I feel like I'm reliving it via your diaries (hey, you weren't tailing me, were you? :-) ).

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 08:11:53 PM PDT

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    •  a lovely diary in the making. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      kovie, and you have the right foundation to build it. I don't know if I ever mentioned this to you or others, but you mentioned Graceland and did you know I knew Elvis when he was alive? Well, it's true. Only trouble is. . .he didn't know me! Ah well. Did see the lad, in Vegas, shake it up during his final years. The King still had it. Anyway, your comments probably tipped the scale given how a lot of readers are likely one of two things after digesting what you wrote: envious or planning to head out the door some day soon and replicate your travels (with a changed itinerary, of course) 15K miles and 35 states! That's impressive. Maybe we, as a community, can crowd source funds for you to buy a scanner, and then you'd have to scan those pics and posts a diary or two or three. HA! Thanks, as always, for your interesting comments, kovie.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:50:47 AM PDT

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      •  He and I share a fondness (0+ / 0-)

        for toasted peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Except I make my own and don't get in a private jet for mine!

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:23:29 AM PDT

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        •  and for his diet. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          and what he enjoyed eating. . .like those sandwiches. . .it is amazing his skin was so perfect that he didn't even need makeup, though of course when on stage that's necessary. I knew someone who met him (Buddy Allen), who, on one of my field institute trips, regaled us about the humanity side of Elvis, who, as it turns out, was a damn decent person in all respects.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:13:09 AM PDT

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