Loveland, CO–Rocky Mountain National Park

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We entered Colorado for the first time as motorhome travelers.  Our first stop was Loveland, in order to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.  In Loveland we parked at Riverview RV Park.

Rocky Mountains National Park

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Galveston Tree Sculptures

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On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike covered most of Galveston in a tidal surge.  The combination of powerful winds and waves uprooted many of the islands’ trees and led to the eventual demise of thousands of them.  Where many saw destruction and waste, many Galveston homeowners saw an opportunity to transform the tree stumps into signs of rejuvenation.  They enlisted local artists to carve them into symbols of Galveston Island.

"Pod of Dolphins and Mermaid"

This was a privately funded initiative with most of the sculptures found in the East End Historic District but there are several in other areas of the island.  We did a walking tour of among the historic homes which have the bulk of the sculptures and we present the photos of a sample.  And the bonus is that you can also view some of the beautifully restored historic homes.

Other Paris Sights

It’s not difficult to find something around Paris (pics) that you want to photograph: monuments, fountains, sculptures, museums, food.

Place de la Concorde is one of Paris’ most impressive plazas, anchoring one end of the Champs-Élysées opposite the Arc de Triomphe.  In the 1790’s, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were guillotined in Place de la Concorde along with some 1340 others over a two year period.  And then, of course, the Arc de Triomphe is another Paris icon.

Louvre - Four Captives

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Palm Springs, California

It’s no mystery why so many people come to Palm Springs during the North America winter.  While much of the country is suffering through the latest polar vortex, Palm Springs is framed by brilliant blue sky, the dark mountains rising behind the town contrasted with the bright green grass of the golf courses and the profusion of flowering plants and shrubs.  And of course, there are the palm trees.

Marilyn Monroe sculpture

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