In the Middle of Somewhere
I spy with my little eye ...
Angular art, with a tiny little hitchhiker.
You can get to just about anywhere from here ... assuming you can make yourself get up and leave!
“I did everything by the seat of my pants. That’s why I got hurt so much.”
Built in 1901, this is the actual home of Nelson and Rosa Ellen Parker, and their three kids. And their boat!
An extremely frothy and foamy section of the Pacific Ocean
Musically inclined rocks near Pipestone, Montana
The Giant's Causeway. A geological feature or a decrepit path to Scotland?
The grave of George H Mallon, who had one particularly impressive day
Stone marker depicting the somewhat awkward baptism ceremony of King Angus.
May Peace Prevail on Earth
The Golden Fire Hydrant, which saved San Francisco's oldest building after the 1906 earthquake
The Geurnsey Ruts, Oregon Trail wagon ruts carved four feet into solid rock
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León came ashore here... possibly.
This fire tower called "The Guardian of the Gulch" was built in 1874 to protect Helena's residents and wooden structures
The trap door leads to a 4'x4', 8' deep room that was used to hide slaves running to freedom.
The Gallarus Oratory is puzzling in many ways. Let’s start with the obvious. How is it still standing?
A cell phone tower shaped like a tree
The Leaning Tower ... of Niles, Illinois ...
All roads lead to Archie McPhee’s world-famous Rubber Chicken Museum.
Here's a challenge. Next time you're in Egypt, try to find the Big Cairn.
The Grave of Medal of Honor recipient Leo J. "Pop" Powers
History Rock, in Hyalite Canyon, south of Bozeman, Montana
Ironically, one of the first shipwrecks was a navy sloop, which was mapping the harbor entrance so ships could enter safely.
Churchill's statue has one foot in the U.S., and one foot in the U.K., and for good reason.
A sundial unlike any other.
Although Oregon was the destination to begin with, Jonathan and Elmira fell in love with the Helena Valley.
The team happened upon a bluff, now known as Clark’s Lookout.
This harbor has a small Coast Guard Station, known to locals as the "Hole in the Wall Gang."
"Let's remember this." One stone, one memory.
Art that not only provides a great view, but that also has a great view.
The Goodsell Observatory was directly responsible for numerous trains getting side-tracked!
“It ought to be plain how little you gain by getting excited and vexed. You'll always be late for the previous train, and always on time for the next.” ~~ Piet Hein
No matter how different we may seem, we’re all in the same boat.
See the gnarled rock on top? That’s where the ground used to be.
Japanese Friendship Garden on an island in the middle of the Snake River, in Idaho Falls.
The (almost) universal practice along the Oregon Trail was to bury the dead in unmarked graves. Rebecca Winters was the exception.
In addition to "The Wall," there are many Vietnam Memorials, such as this one in Missoula, MT.
Keep your eyes peeled. You never know when you'll come across one (or two) outstanding view(s)!
A dramatic illustration of how much shifting can take place during an earthquake.
The flaming sword reflects the 2nd Division's first battle in response to a dire circumstance in World War I.
"La Porte de l’Enfer" (the Gate of Hell).
Two rivers created the palisades, one slow, one fast.
Performing an endless melody chosen by the wind.
The heart-shaped remnant of heartwood is a memorial to all wildfire firefighters who have perished in the line of duty.
The mounds are placed on the very edge of the highest point of the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley.
Winter in Minnesota can sometimes feel very looooooooooooong. Let's talk flowers.
One wonders who first determined you could remove the neurotoxin, making parts of the deadly tree edible.
Let's pencil in a table.
She has sacrificed her own transition to enlightenment in order to share her mercy and compassion with all people.
a bridge over the River Cam (a Cam bridge), located in Queens College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
You may be surprised to find out that the jackalope is part of a wildlife subgroup called "fearsome critters."
You can visit this cabin because ol' Sanford Cady built it to last.
Whether you're an elderly lover of books, or a lover of elderly books, the George Peabody Library is for you.
He lived a moment in history - but probably not exactly like we picture it.
Big stairs, big rooms, big space ... except for this one little place.
How the U.S. Army and the British Royal Navy came oh-so-close to bullets flying because of a pig and a few potatoes ...
Where two brothers didn't quite make it home, but lived to tell about it ... sharing three scars between them from one of the arrows.
Here's a dash of overconfidence: "But in the hands of skillfull riflemen they are by no means as formidable or dangerous as they have been represented."
It is not carelessness to leave a poem lying around.
A gift from The Netherlands to the U.S. as a post-World War II 'thank you.'
If you step into the ditch right here, you're standing exactly where every wagon that used this pass, passed. Not to mention, the pony express ponies.
You can see that again! And again! And again gin gin!
The perfect machine to delicately pluck and carry fresh tea leaves!
The "first" Memorial Day took place about 3 years after the end of the Civil War, "with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year."
Thirteen pounds at birth? Well, that’ll get your attention!
The Fallen Firefighter's Memorial in Seattle.
The "Pietz Cemetery."
And eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
Why is there a washerwoman on a sign for a restaurant?
The only place to get Elsie's famous burger and fries ...
Anyone up for a boat ride from Minnesota to ... well, just about any port on earth?
Mix some random convergence with an ongoing tempest, and this is what you get.
You will have achieved a milestone if you learn how people would have used the milestone.
Swede Hollow Park, where a town hid inside a city for 100 years!
A curtain of water creates a 'wall' that provides a surprisingly secluded space to read several of Martin Luther King's wise words.
The Lincoln Memorial, version 1.
St. Alban's Church, the "English Church" in Copenhagen, is striking in more ways than one.
Fort Falls waterfall.
A place to visualize the impact the 1906 earthquake.
The Boise Greenbelt, proof that a horrible mess need not be permanent.
The Vietnam Women's Memorial is an extraordinary work of art.
Location: This 'hidden gem' is located just up the hill from one of the bridges of Madison County. Go to Winterset, Iowa, and head south on 9th street until it turns into a park (see Clue...
A nice view of the Missouri River, flowing through a section that is only slightly downhill on the Nebraska / South Dakota border.
Arctic tundra ... in West Virginia?
Willa Cather. She had a way with words.
A statue in Minnesota representing the victory by Germanic tribes over the Romans
The Freemont Troll, grasping a life-sized beetle.
From the north edge of Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, you get a small taste of those who fought for US.
Shedding light on the Pike Street Hillclimb.
She second most decorated U.S. Navy Ship in World War II, exceeded only by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise.
The Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota
According to legend and Nehemias Tjernagel, it was during the 'stilts' craze of (about) 1870 that ....
The actual rails Jesse James loosened to derail a train, which (to the future detriment of law abiding citizens) worked like a charm.
A great view of a place to get a great view of Copenhagen
"Mirall," the mirror sculpture in Seattle, is intended to trigger reflection
Frank Lloyd Wright designed one gas station in his illustrious career, and you're looking at it.
The wave organ at the tip of the spit in San Francisco.
Bessie and Vickie have a lot to share about art, and about nature.
The grave of Robert J. Pruden, whose last moments entailed "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action ..."
Watt Munisotaram is a Cambodian Buddhist temple where you might expect to find none.
The grave of Whoopee John Wilfahrt, Polka King.
Public art in Detroit, which can only see, and be seen, by a highly select group of strollers.
“Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.” ~Prince
One day you're an intricate drinking fountain. The next you're a monument to human spirit.
The Susquehanna River headwaters lead to a new take on the theory of relativity! Time to read on!
A very pleasant waterfall in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
The childhood home of Bob Dylan
Really groovy trees in San Francisco.
A musical mosaic at the Carr Center for the Arts in Detroit
The Roe River, 201 feet in length
A place to see, and learn fascinating details about, the San Andreas Fault.
The hidden cat, and other details of the 'hidden garden' steps.
The upper end of the 'hidden garden' steps in San Francisco
The Devils Backbone. Rocks that were old when Pangaea was a place. What a ride!
Green sea turtles swim 1300 miles on an empty stomach, do their business, and then swim home
Minnesota's Largest Candy Store, a treat any time, but especially on Halloween.
What's a service station?
Connections that appear to be random coincidence ... but what a nice convergence.
Sculpture on the skyline, leading you even more art
A somewhat humorous statue can lead to surprising and impressive discoveries.
Giant Westport Plank Chairs
A geological marvel that must be believed to be seen ...
The First National Bank building in Northfield, Minnesota, where Jesse James met his match.
She had her faults, but was kind to the poor.
Lost lake is what remains after a tremendous water flow scoured and abraded, and then dried up.
This tiny church comes complete with a bell tower.
"He couldn't hit an elephant from that distance"
The Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
Their name liveth for evermore. The Airborne Cemetery, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands.
A traditional maypole in Mittenwald, Germany.
A beautiful river leading to (and from) a beautiful waterfall. And the geology is so interesting.
Meditative path outside Grace Cathedral.
Some 'out of this world' geology.
Walking 'around' Segovia is easier than you might expect.
An inspirational emblem from an extraordinary relay. Read more about the Peace Run.
Hjem Sveet Hjem
The "princess' of the Milwaukee Railroad is in Minneapolis.
What did the mayo inside the refrigerator say? "Close the door, I'm dressing!"