Photos from the Road, 2021

I’ve been racking my brain about what to post this month. It’s not that my life is boring or there’s no shortage of topics to write about—just that I don’t feel that I need to talk about any of that right now.

Yesterday I was reviewing some old messages and found the Google Hangouts chat I had with my parents during my 2019 Central Europe adventure. Then I started going through some of the photos I took on trips for the past few years.

Needless to say, the travel bug has bitten me again. And while I have a couple adventures planned for the near future, I do enjoy reliving adventures from the past.

So, enough rambling. Here are some of my favorite, unshared photos from the road from last year.

Mountain Fork in Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma. Image unedited.
The “hot tub frog” hanging out by its namesake hot tub in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
Stars at twilight in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Image unedited.
A Union Pacific “Big Boy” locomotive visiting Fort Worth, Texas.
Standing where Lewis and Clark did, overlooking the Missouri River Valley in Iowa and into Nebraska.
A yellow jacket (I think) and a honey bee enjoying a goldenrod in Waubonsie State Park, Iowa.
A monarch butterfly in Waubonsie State Park, Iowa.
Some kind of fungus (I’m not a biologist, if you can’t tell) growing on a log in Waubonsie State Park, Iowa.
Various decommissioned missiles on display outside the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.
The SR-71 that greets you upon entering the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.
I was chatting with a museum volunteer by the museum’s hangar door. He asked if I wanted to see something cool, and I said I did. He opened the door to reveal this very rare Avro Vulcan, to be restored and put on display in the museum in the near future. RAF Vulcans were co-stationed with the USAF Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska.
B-29 Superfortress Lucky Lady.
C-47A Skytain War Weary.
An F-117 Nighthawk under restoration. Note all stealth surfaces have been removed from the aircraft.
“Who Fears?” on the side of a B-47 Stratojet.
The front of the massive B-36 Peacemaker. It’s impossible to get the whole aircraft in the frame.
The B-36 Peacemaker at scale to other, smaller aircraft.
Bikes delivered to needy children as Christmas gifts, via Bikes for Mission Arlington.
Azaleas blooming in December at the Mize Azalea Gardens in Nacogdoches, Texas.
A different type of flower blooming at the Mize Azalea Gardens. (Again, I’m no biologist or horticulturist!)
A lonely trail in the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest, southwest of Nacogdoches, Texas.

I’m looking forward to adding more photos to my collection from this year’s travels!

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