In addition to Crested Butte, Colorado’s well known reputation for skiing, it is also a great place to go for wild flowers viewing and hanging out in a very western town with many quaint houses. We hung out here while the National Parks were closed due to the irrational government shut down of all our National Parks. Who would not love coming home to this little house every day? Do you think this photo is an example of photo manipulation? Well, I am not sure myself…. Continue reading →
Each city we visited in China had much evidence of the governments efforts to convert China to a land of cities from a land of farms. On a return trip from the Great Wall, some of us on the tour bus started counting the cranes but stopped as we could not count fast enough and we totaled over 100. I asked each of our guides for details about this building boom but did not get consistent answers. Fortunately many of my questions seemed to be answered in a feature article in the International New York Times from November 11, 2013 “In New China, Hope Fades and Homes Crumble.” Continue reading →
So today was day one of our tour of 7 National Parks on our circuitous route to San Francisco. The unnecessary government shut down has closed all of the National Parks. We are meeting lots of foreigners as well as other retired travelers who are being turned away at the entrance. It is a major inconvenience to those of us traveling, but much more serious for the towns and businesses located near the entrance to the 59 National Parks of the USA. Moab and Springdale, UT, Carlsbad, NM, Estes Park, CO and Crescent City, CA are but a few of the towns full of businesses that totally depend upon tourists visiting the National Parks. Last night we had reserved two nights in the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, but left after only one. We are now on our way to Estes Park, Colorado to visit the closed Rocky Mountain National Park. If the recent major floods did not do enough damage to the towns, maybe the government shut down will do them in. They certainly played no role in the childish squabbles of Congress, but they are among those paying the price. Those working in the private sector will not receive any “back pay.”
These two photos were taken about 50 yards from the back of the Dunes Motel at the entrance to Great Sand Dunes National Park.