Thursday, July 14, 2011

Benson Sculpture Garden

Driving back from Wyoming, I stopped in Loveland, CO and visited the Benson Sculpture Garden. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through this park, enjoying the sculptures here - there are more than 130 of them!

This is also the site of Sculpture in the Park, the largest juried outdoor sculpture show in the United States, which takes place each year the second weekend in August. The show features over 1,000 works by about 200 different sculptors from the United States and Canada.

If you're ever in the area, you really should stop and take a walk through this park.

This was an unusual situation where I'd taken a lot of pictures. Here are a few unique pieces. (Click on any picture for a larger view).




Even the rest room exterior wall was decorated.


Here are some of my favorites.






Now, here are my top 3.


This one was so lifelike. A kid riding her bike past here, stopped and told me that when she first saw it, she thought it was a real man.


My most favorite of all requires a few pictures.




Which is your favorite?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wyoming

Though I lived in the Denver area for about 7 years a couple decades ago, I never visited Wyoming, a mere 1.5 hour drive. I'm happy to say that I've remedied that horrible error now!

I visited my friend, Karen, in Cheyenne. Here's a pic of Karen and Chuck taken in Phoenix earlier this year.


Karen gave me a tour of Cheyenne. We visited the state capitol building downtown. They were doing construction outside, so I just snagged this picture from the web.


The interior was beautiful...


...especially the stained glass ceilings.


We also went to the Wyoming state museum. It had a good mix of geography, geology, natural history and cultural exhibits. And it was FREE. I especially liked the exhibits on saddles, mining and dinosaurs. When I was growing up in Connecticut, we used to go to the Peabody Museum to see the dinosaur bones assembled there. Interestingly enough, some of those bones came from a site in Wyoming.

The museum website also has some interesting online exhibits, including one on a WWII POW camp that was in Wyoming.

The following day, we went up to Snowy Ridge and did a wonderful hike. It was raining later (and it rained on us a bit during the hike), but the rain didn't spoil the beauty of this area at all. I was surprised to see SO MUCH SNOW still on the ground. In places, the snow banks were taller than I am (which isn't saying a lot, but you know what I mean).


Thanks, Karen, for the wonderful hospitality and the tour of your beautiful and peaceful area.

You know, whenever I've thought about what places I might consider settling down some day (yes, I really do think about it despite the fact that "settling down" isn't really likely to happen), I've never considered Wyoming. Now, it's got to go on the list. It's ALMOST the perfect place. If only there was a Trader Joe's...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Lots of Catching Up


As I mentioned, I used to live in Colorado and it's been good catching up with old friends. I'm still usually bad about taking pictures, but I actually brought my camera AND took pictures when meeting with Rex and Candace who I hadn't seen in about 20 years.


Don't they look great?

Thanks for the pizza, frozen yogurt and the great time, you guys! Hope to see you again soon.

I've since been to Wyoming to visit my friend, Karen, but did I take any pictures of her? (sigh!)

I DID take some pictures of Wyoming. They're still in the camera tho.  Stay tuned...