Field Trip Friday #6: Downtown Aquarium (Denver, Colorado)

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  Friday again already?   I don't know about you, but at My Place, the Summer is flying by! Kids in our neighborhood go back to school in only 2 1/2 more weeks...   Hopefully you've made time for some Summer outings. If not, these brief Field Trip Friday posts are especially for you! We really have to get out of our own little worlds every now and then, don't we?   On my most recent visit to Colorado to see Daughter the Older, Renaissance Man and I joined her for a day at Denver's Downtown Aquarium.     There was some interesting architecture that required looking at the fish from below—as if the viewer were at the bottom of the ocean looking up toward the ... Keep Reading...

Field Trip Friday #5: A Trip Back in Time

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  There's something about derelict old buildings. They call my name.   It's almost as if they're begging for someone to listen to their stories—and someone to help them write new ones...   One of those buildings is located in the middle of a beautiful East Tennessee valley not far from my home. In its heyday, the Jefferson County community of Mt. Horeb revolved around the church, the school, and the mercantile.     But that was then... and this is now.     I drive past this old beauty almost every day—and hear its pleas...   The classy brick building with its arched windows and door was built in 1869. A post office consisting of 40 pigeon holes was opened ... Keep Reading...

Field Trip Friday #4: Texas Rose Museum (Tyler, Texas)

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  Welcome to the weekend—and another field trip!   Today we're headed back to my home state where the east Texas city of Tyler (population 96,900) is known for its roses. It's said that at one time Tyler grew half of the commercial roses in the U.S. Pretty impressive, huh?   I guess it would come as no surprise, then, that there's a Texas Rose Festival. It's been in existence since 1933, and there's a wonderful museum that showcases festival memorabilia. You're gonna love it!     The building isn't particularly impressive, but beyond its doors lie the very impressive Tyler Rose Garden Center (a field trip from the past) as well as the Tyler Rose Museum.     Step inside—and prepare to see ... Keep Reading...