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Long a fan of Willa Cather’s books, the perfect choice for a respite from driving was a stop in Red Cloud, Nebraska. The town of just over 1,000 residents feels cather-historical-markerlike a step back in time. Cather is recognized as one of the most important American writers of the first-half  of the 20th-century.

 

Since our visit came on the 4th of July the Cather Childhood Home and Foundation were closed; we were only able to experience the exterior of the home and grounds.

 

The hand pump and hollyhocks were a reminder of my grandparents farmhouse that I frequently visited when a little girl growing up in the Midwest – decades ago.

 

Red Cloud’s well preserved main street, Opera House, Cather Prairie, Cather’s Childhood Home, and Second Home (now a host-free guest house) will draw me back when there is time to explore the area that inspired so much of Cather’s writing.

Ready, Set, Go! – And, we’re off on a new adventure. Wanting to visit the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada we researched a number of travel options, finally deciding on making this a road trip. Our route across America will take us to many locations new to us before reaching the Canadian border. It seems appropriate that this is the Fourth of July – the holiday celebrating the birth of the United States.

 

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Today we traveled across eastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas and southern Nebraska to Hastings. Even though it’s a holiday we see a great deal of agricultural activity. Wheat harvest is in full force. Red and green combines cut the ripened grain, filling truck after truck before they head to local elevators. “Wide Load Ahead”, we share the road with many harvesting crews moving to new locations.

 

We pass through rural communities displaying their patriotism with streets lined with American flags, baseball games and picnics in city parks. Fortunately we can observe Hastings, Nebraska’s fireworks display from the comfort of our hotel room – a nice start for our next adventure.

 

Smile for the Day: Lodging in Atwood, Kansas named the “It’ll Do Motel” and one in Franklin, Nebraska named “Drop Tyme Motel”.

 

View from Ouray

View from Ouray, Colorado

 

 

 

Ridgway State Park Tepee

 

Ridgway State Park

 

 

San Juans

San Juan Skyway – North of Durango

 

 

Honeyville                                                                                                              Sweet Visit to Honeyville

 

 

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Historic Silverton

 

Durango Silverton Railroad

 

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

 

Mining Memories

 

Memories of Mining History along the Million Dollar Highway (US-550)

Pagosa Hot Springs

The Springs Resort & Spa – Pagosa Springs

 

Rafters  - Pagosa Springs

Rafters on the San Juan River

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Aztec Kiva & Ruins

Giant Kiva – Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Doorways

Ancient Doorways

 

Scene from Wolf Creek Pass

View from the West Side of Wolf Creek Pass (US160)

Navajo State Park - Colorado

 

Navajo Lake State Park Colorado

Fred Harmen Studio

 

Fred Harman Art Studio & Museum  –  Home of Red Rider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock National Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening View from Pagosa Springs B&B

Evening View – Pagosa Springs

 

Humming Bird - B&B in Pagosa Springs

 

Scene from B&B - South Fork

Morning View from Arbor House B&B – South Fork

Evening Colors - Creede

Evening Light on Creede

Mine Relic - Creede

Memories of Creede’s Mining Past

 

 

 

Bob' Sheep - Nancy's Edit

Big Horn Sheep along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway