Driving through the West and Southwest, one notices that every little town seems to have a museum. If the town has a post office, it has a museum. Perhaps it doesn’t even have a post office, but it may have a museum…
I decided to stop by one of these museums, the Window on the Plains Museum, as I was passing through Dumas (pronounced “Doomus”), TX. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much more than a small room with a few Texas “antiques” – items one would usually find at a garage sale or estate sale.
Was I surprised! The museum really did provide a wonderful window into the history of the plains!
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Smoke over the Rockies and flames in the Colorado sky…
Human artists work in clay and bronze to create beautiful objects of art. Human painters work on canvas to create spectacular pictures. Humans are created in God’s image and copy their Creator.
God the artist works in living color. Living creatures created from the dust of the earth are His objects of art, and the skies are His canvas. He is constantly creating awe inspiring works of art, and no two are alike.
These are some of His artistic creations:
All this year I’ve been looking to photograph fall colors in the mountains with minimal success. While visiting The Lost Sea Adventure, the attendant suggested I check out the Cherahola Skyway.
“It should still be good fall colors in the mountains, and it’s only a 20 minute drive from here,” she told me. Read more…
Driving on I-75 near Sweetwater, TN, I saw a sign next to the interstate, “The Lost Sea Adventure.”
Lost Sea? Adventure? In the middle of the Appalachian Mountains? This I had to see!
So I followed the signs about 10 miles off the freeway. Honestly, I didn’t expect much.
Upon arrival I found nicely kept grounds, but no water anywhere to be seen. Obviously the sea had been lost!
Nevertheless I entered what appeared to be the main building and asked the attendant about the adventure.
“We have a cave with the largest underground lake in America. You can take our 90 minute tour; we also offer special group tours with reservations, including the overnight Wild Cave Tour,” she responded.
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In order to attract return visitors and new visitors, Shenandoah Caverns offers not just an opportunity to explore God’s marvels 300 feet underground, but several additional exhibits:
- American Celebration on Parade is a fascinating collection of parade floats and inaugural props
- Main Street of Yesteryear is a wonderful collection of animated displays depicting American culture, characters, and stories
- The Yellow Barn is an events center and antique mall combined.
I visited the first two; time prevented me from exploring the Yellow Barn. The exhibits are perfect for a family and children. One can easily spend an hour or two viewing these exhibits, and a most enjoyable full morning or afternoon for a complete tour of the caverns plus all exhibits. The grounds provide space for family picnics to complete a full day of adventures and activities.
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Caverns have always held somewhat of a fascination for me. While I don’t like the idea of crawling around on my belly in total darkness, I do find “civilized” caverns interesting. Shenandoah Caverns is one of these “civilized” caverns. In fact, it’s quite well developed with lighting and an elevator.
As with all caverns, a tour guide takes you through the caverns and points out the various formations and features. My tour guide was most knowledgeable and helpful in making the cavern tour a memorable experience.
Shenandoah Caverns is located in Virginia on I-81 at exit 269 and is definitely worth a visit.
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The Battle of Bunker Hill, fought on June 17, 1775, galvanized the colonial anti-British movement in Massachusetts and emboldened the revolutionaries. Although technically the British won the battle because the American defenders ran out of ammunition, British losses were so great as to significantly diminish their fighting capability. The Americans recognized this and were emboldened to stand up to the British army in subsequent battles. Col. William Prescott’s command to the colonial defenders, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” still rings in our ears to this day. Read more…