No Selfie Sticks

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #21 |

Danger! No Selfie Sticks on the platform sign at a Japan Rail station

Danger! No Selfie Sticks on the platform sign at a Japan Rail station
Use of “selfie sticks” is prohibited on the platform!

By Alexander Klink (Own work) [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Accessed March 2017

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Ruth Glacier

21st Century Digital #25

Ruth Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska. Alaska 2008. August 6.

Ruth Glacier is a glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve in the U.S. state of Alaska. Its upper reaches are almost three vertical miles (4.8 km) below the summit of Denali. The glacier’s “Great Gorge” is one mile (1.6 km) wide, and drops almost 2,000 feet (610 m) over ten miles (16 km), with crevasses along the surface. Above the surface on both sides are 5,000-foot (1,500-m) granite cliffs. From the top of the cliffs to the bottom of the glacier is a height exceeding that of the Grand Canyon. Ruth Glacier moves at a rate of 3.3 feet (1 m) a day and was measured to be 3,800 feet (1,200 m) thick in 1983.

Surrounding the Ruth Gorge are many mountains of the Alaska Range, including the Mooses Tooth, with highly technical ice and rock climbs on their faces. (Wikipedia)

Photograph retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2010630826/. (Accessed March 06, 2017.)

Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Photograph: Carol M. Highsmith

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Highsmith, a distinguished and richly published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource.

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No Littering

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #20 |

Sign (“No littering - $500 fine”, “Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Please clean-up after your dog!”) near Conneaut Harbor in Conneaut, Ohio

Sign near Conneaut Harbor in Conneaut, Ohio.

Photo by Pbalson8204 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Accessed March 2017

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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

Three from the Road #25 – 2010 trip1

On the way to our next camping spot on July 11, 2010, we made a couple of stops in Casper, Wyoming.  The first was the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. Outside the center, a two-times-life-size bronze sculpture, “The Pony Express,” greets visitors.

“The Pony Express” sculpture by Dr. Arvard T. Fairbanks at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper Wyoming; July 11, 2010.

“The Pony Express” sculpture by Dr. Arvard T. Fairbanks.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is a 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) interpretive center about several of the National Historic Trails, and is located northwest of Casper, Wyoming on Interstate 25. It is operated through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the City of Casper, and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The center offers interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, and special events.2

The diorama theater at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper, Wyoming, July 11, 2010

Diorama Theater

The diorama theater at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center on the edge of Casper, Wyoming, showcases figures representing those who traveled the western trails: Native Americans, explorers and mountain men, the thousands of emigrants who traveled west and Pony Express riders.  An 18-minute multi-media program, Footsteps to the West, centering on the diorama, is presented on a regular basis through the day3.

Trail emigrant repairing wagon wheel, National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper, Wyoming, July 11, 2010

Trail emigrant repairing wagon wheel, Diorama Theater


Endnotes

  1. Three from the Road is a series sharing images from places we’ve visited.  Initially, each post included thee images, related by a randomly selected location or topic. Posts now may be random choices or pre-planned sequences.  This post is in a series sequentially sharing images from our 2010 trip west.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Diorama Theater – Haw Creek, December 19, 2015

References

  1. National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTCF)
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Ayres Natural Bridge Park

Three from the Road #24 – 2010 trip1

After leaving Fort Fetterman State Historic Site, we drove by way of backroads to Ayres Natural Bridge Park, a free public park owned and operated by Converse County.  Ayres Natural Bridge is about 10 miles south of the Fort Fetterman site.

Ayres Natural Bridge Park, Converse County, Wyoming, July 10, 2010

Ayres Natural Bridge, Converse County, Wyoming, July 10, 2010

The 150 acre Ayres Natural Bridge Park is a green oasis located in LaPrele Canyon in the grass and sagebrush covered Casper Sandstone Formation of east-central Wyoming. Red rock sandstone cliffs surround the canyon. A sandstone natural bridge spanning LaPrele Creek is in a rock ridge around which the stream once flowed.  At some point, the creek found a fissure or opening through the rock and began eroding it into the present remarkable natural bridge. With a span of 90 feet2, the bridge is considered to be a “young” meander type natural bridge or arch3.

Land for the park was from the ranch of Alvah W. Ayres, who had settled the land in 1882, after working twenty-two years as freighter in Colorado, the last four of which he ran his own business4,  It was donated in accordance with his wishes, by his son and daughter-in-law in 1920 to Converse County, to be maintained perpetually as a free public park and to be known as the Alvah W. Ayres Natural Bridge Park.5

Alvah W. Ayres - Ayres settled the land that included Ayres Natural Bridge, Wyoming. After his death, the canyon in which the bridge is located was donated by his son to Converse County, with the stipulation that it would always be free to the public.

 

Ayres Natural Bridge Park in the Casper Sandstone Formation, Wyoming

Satellite View Ayres Natural Bridge Park (from Google Maps)

Much of the park is level and green, a recreation area in a nature formed amphitheater.
It is a popular site for wedding ceremonies, family reunions, church picnics and other gatherings.
While its original discovery is unknown, it was a known landmark in the early 1940s for settlers traveling west on the emigrant trails, then only about two miles to the north, though it was difficult to access and rarely visited6.

Situated almost exactly one mile above sea level, the park is closed during the winter months, open from April through October. The park includes a picnic area, a sand volleyball court, fishing spots, horseshoe pits, and a twelve free camp sites. There are five large covered picnic shelters which must be reserved in advance.

Though the park is very family oriented, it is not pet friendly. Numerous problems with dogs running off-leash led the park to ban dogs completely in the late 1990s.

For birders, the many trees, willows and shrubs along the stream appeal to a wide array of bird species. Christina Schmidt, in a June 8, 2011 Casper Journal article7 writes,

After just an hour, I had seen several yellow warblers, black-headed grosbeaks, goldfinches, a gray catbird, a kingfisher and at least two swallow species, including the brilliantly colored violet-green swallow. An afternoon spent on one of the numerous benches with binoculars and a bird book would surely have doubled my list.

As many swallows as you would care to count use the area and their mud homes can be seen perched precariously on the surrounding cliffs and under the roof of the adjacent abandoned North Platte Irrigation Company power plant. Everywhere I looked, dozens of swallows were in constant movement, skimming the water surface for bugs and then heading high up to their nests. When I scrambled up the short path to the top of the bridge, the swallows seemed to increase in number and in bravery, since I was now in their territory and several swooped repeatedly just a couple feet from me.

Ayres Natural Bridge Park, Converse County, Wyoming, July 10, 2010

Ayres Natural Bridge Park, Converse County, Wyoming, July 10, 2010

While the red sandstone walls of the canyon seem barren, swallow nests abound along the walls and plant life, including cactus, find purchase on ledges and in cracks.

Prickly pear cactus on a canyon wall ledge, LaPrele Canyon, Ayres Natural Bridge Park, Converse County, Wyoming


Endnotes

  1. Three from the Road is a series sharing images from places we’ve visited.  Initially, each post included thee images, related by a randomly selected location or topic. Posts now may be random choices or pre-planned sequences.  This post is in a series sequentially sharing images from our 2010 trip west.
  2. Ayres Natural Bridge  (NABSQNO 13T-449893-4731482) – National Arch and Bridge Society
  3. Meander Natural Bridge – Natural Arch and Bridge Society
  4. History of Wyoming, Volume 3, edited by Ichabod Sargent Bartlett, S. J. Clark Publishing Company (accessed 6/10/2017 Google Books)
  5. Douglas Enterprise, October 28, 1919, page 1 (newspaper clipping accessed 6/10/2017)
  6. Natural Bridge and the Oregon Trail Marker – The Historical Marker Database
  7. Staycation: Don’t pass up Ayres Natural Bridge – Casper Journal, June 8, 2011

References

  1. Wyoming Places – Includes report by F.V. Hayden on day visit to bridge from Fort Fetterman and 1870 photographs by William Henry Jackson
  2. WyoHistory.org
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