A Travellerspoint blog

May 2022

Visit to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia sits on 313 acres a few miles from the University of Georgia although it is operated by the university; admission and parking are both free

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia sits on 313 acres a few miles from the University of Georgia although it is operated by the university; admission and parking are both free

Island Romance Orchid; the Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum opened adjacent to the conservatory in 2021 but was closed when I visited although what I could see from outside made it look worth seeing

Island Romance Orchid; the Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum opened adjacent to the conservatory in 2021 but was closed when I visited although what I could see from outside made it look worth seeing

This was my first visit to Athens with early March clearly not the best time of year in which to view the gardens; five miles of nature trails explore different native plant habitats with some frontage on the Middle Oconee River

This was my first visit to Athens with early March clearly not the best time of year in which to view the gardens; five miles of nature trails explore different native plant habitats with some frontage on the Middle Oconee River

Tazetta daffodils; the various species of daffodils were about the only flowers blooming so early in the season although some tulips were starting to appear; most plant species were identified which I found very helpful

Tazetta daffodils; the various species of daffodils were about the only flowers blooming so early in the season although some tulips were starting to appear; most plant species were identified which I found very helpful

The University of Georgia's College of Journalism administers the Peabody Awards, known as the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasters; Athens, population 127315, is also known for it's music scene famous for acts such as the Indigo Girls, REM, and the B-52s

The University of Georgia's College of Journalism administers the Peabody Awards, known as the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasters; Athens, population 127315, is also known for it's music scene famous for acts such as the Indigo Girls, REM, and the B-52s

Vanda Judy Miyamoto Orchid; the orchid family contains between 22,000 and 26,000 accepted species with more than 100,000 hybrids developed by horticulturists; orchids occur in almost every habitat - from the tropics to above the Arctic Circle

Vanda Judy Miyamoto Orchid; the orchid family contains between 22,000 and 26,000 accepted species with more than 100,000 hybrids developed by horticulturists; orchids occur in almost every habitat - from the tropics to above the Arctic Circle

The Collegiate NCAA Tennis Hall of Fame is located on the University of Georgia campus in the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, which is also the semi-permanent home of the Men's NCAA Tennis Championships

The Collegiate NCAA Tennis Hall of Fame is located on the University of Georgia campus in the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, which is also the semi-permanent home of the Men's NCAA Tennis Championships

Magnificent Magnolias, carved wood by Cindy Lewis and Mark Holland; Berckmans' Orchard, named for the founder of the Georgia State Horticultural Society, featured heirloom fruits of the South

Magnificent Magnolias, carved wood by Cindy Lewis and Mark Holland; Berckmans' Orchard, named for the founder of the Georgia State Horticultural Society, featured heirloom fruits of the South

There was a myriad of small gardens with different themes such as shade, international, native flora, herb, physic, heritage and flower; Athens is located about 70 miles east of Atlanta

There was a myriad of small gardens with different themes such as shade, international, native flora, herb, physic, heritage and flower; Athens is located about 70 miles east of Atlanta

The peach trees were starting to blossom which were spectacular to see as I drove across southern Georgia with the many orchards there; a few weeks later there was a very hard freeze so I worry about this year's crop

The peach trees were starting to blossom which were spectacular to see as I drove across southern Georgia with the many orchards there; a few weeks later there was a very hard freeze so I worry about this year's crop

Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 27, 1785, the University of Georgia is America's first state chartered university; I didn't find the campus very attractive from my brief drive and felt reassured in my choice of the University of Houston

Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 27, 1785, the University of Georgia is America's first state chartered university; I didn't find the campus very attractive from my brief drive and felt reassured in my choice of the University of Houston

The Alice H. Richards Children's Garden is one of the newest additions; this 2.5 acre garden features a granite map of the state, an edible garden and a sensory garden and  hosts many birthday parties where kids can learn and have fun at the same time

The Alice H. Richards Children's Garden is one of the newest additions; this 2.5 acre garden features a granite map of the state, an edible garden and a sensory garden and hosts many birthday parties where kids can learn and have fun at the same time

Orglade's Mandarin Orchid; Athens is the home of America's first garden club, the Ladies Garden Club of Athens founded in 1891; the State Botanical Garden is also the home of the Garden Club of Georgia headquarters

Orglade's Mandarin Orchid; Athens is the home of America's first garden club, the Ladies Garden Club of Athens founded in 1891; the State Botanical Garden is also the home of the Garden Club of Georgia headquarters

The sculpture at the top of the photo is entitled Sunflower Gate; it was obvious from the infrastructure that the gardens are well-funded with top-notch facilities

The sculpture at the top of the photo is entitled Sunflower Gate; it was obvious from the infrastructure that the gardens are well-funded with top-notch facilities

Glass Yellow Lady's Slipper; special events at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia include the Sunflower Music Series during the summer months, other live music performances, and nature rambles and workshops

Glass Yellow Lady's Slipper; special events at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia include the Sunflower Music Series during the summer months, other live music performances, and nature rambles and workshops

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Stebbins Collection from Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL

View of Rome and the Coliseum (sic), John Linton Chapman, ca. 1860; the Stebbins Collection features paintings from America's Gilded Age, a generally optimistic period, when huge fortunes were made and great mansions and art collections built

View of Rome and the Coliseum (sic), John Linton Chapman, ca. 1860; the Stebbins Collection features paintings from America's Gilded Age, a generally optimistic period, when huge fortunes were made and great mansions and art collections built

Vegetables on a White Tablecloth, William Oscar Roelecke, 1889; the Stebbins Collection wasn't very broad, covering just a few decades, but did have depth, especially with still-lifes which I appreciate

Vegetables on a White Tablecloth, William Oscar Roelecke, 1889; the Stebbins Collection wasn't very broad, covering just a few decades, but did have depth, especially with still-lifes which I appreciate

Apple Blossoms, William M. Davis, ca. 1862; Theodore Stebbins Jr was the Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for decades; he was college roommates with future Senator John Heinz III at Yale

Apple Blossoms, William M. Davis, ca. 1862; Theodore Stebbins Jr was the Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for decades; he was college roommates with future Senator John Heinz III at Yale

Arcadia, Thomas Eakins, 1883; this work ranks as Eakins sculptural masterpiece, and it was his own favorite sculpture; Eakins's finished sculptures were done in relief representing the artist's merging of painting and sculpture

Arcadia, Thomas Eakins, 1883; this work ranks as Eakins sculptural masterpiece, and it was his own favorite sculpture; Eakins's finished sculptures were done in relief representing the artist's merging of painting and sculpture

Citrus Fruits, James H. Cafferty, ca. 1850s; the realism depicted here was almost certainly due to creative license since citrus, at this time, had to travel from the Mediterranean; citrus from Florida would not begin until the turn of the 20th century

Citrus Fruits, James H. Cafferty, ca. 1850s; the realism depicted here was almost certainly due to creative license since citrus, at this time, had to travel from the Mediterranean; citrus from Florida would not begin until the turn of the 20th century

Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, Alfred R. Waud, ca. 1863-64; Waud was one of only two artists present at the Battle of Gettysburg with his depiction of Pickett's Charge thought to be the only visual account by an eyewitness

Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, Alfred R. Waud, ca. 1863-64; Waud was one of only two artists present at the Battle of Gettysburg with his depiction of Pickett's Charge thought to be the only visual account by an eyewitness

Cherries, Joseph Decker, 1886; the Stebbins Collection amassed a wealth of realistic fruit still-lifes at a time when European painters were adopting the Impressionist style and embracing landscape painting

Cherries, Joseph Decker, 1886; the Stebbins Collection amassed a wealth of realistic fruit still-lifes at a time when European painters were adopting the Impressionist style and embracing landscape painting

Mixed Flowers in a White Vase, Martin Johnson Heade, 1861; this painting appears very realistic but that's just the artist's interpretation since he has included flowers from Malaysia and Europe that, at this time, could not be alive together

Mixed Flowers in a White Vase, Martin Johnson Heade, 1861; this painting appears very realistic but that's just the artist's interpretation since he has included flowers from Malaysia and Europe that, at this time, could not be alive together

Cyrus, Frederic Edwin Church, 1883; this master of romantic landscapes from around the world takes on a more domestic subject here, the family pet; you sometimes see dogs in paintings of this era but seldom a cat

Cyrus, Frederic Edwin Church, 1883; this master of romantic landscapes from around the world takes on a more domestic subject here, the family pet; you sometimes see dogs in paintings of this era but seldom a cat

An Orange with Strawberries and Currants on a Table, Paul Lacroix, ca. 1860s; the pyramidal arrangement of the fruit recalls the still-life compositions of Raphaelle Peale and the other painters of his family

An Orange with Strawberries and Currants on a Table, Paul Lacroix, ca. 1860s; the pyramidal arrangement of the fruit recalls the still-life compositions of Raphaelle Peale and the other painters of his family

Master Draper, Ignaz Gaugengigl, ca. 1907-09; this Bavarian-born artist emigrated to Boston where he primarily painted portraits of the wealthy Boston Brahmins and their families

Master Draper, Ignaz Gaugengigl, ca. 1907-09; this Bavarian-born artist emigrated to Boston where he primarily painted portraits of the wealthy Boston Brahmins and their families

Red Plums, Purple Plums, Levi Wells Prentice, ca. 1890s; this is one of Prentice's largest and most beautifully handled works, in which there is little evidence of his self-taught beginnings

Red Plums, Purple Plums, Levi Wells Prentice, ca. 1890s; this is one of Prentice's largest and most beautifully handled works, in which there is little evidence of his self-taught beginnings

Calla Lilies, George Cochran Lambdin, 1874; widely regarded as one of Lambdin's masterpieces, this is a work of heightened realism, devoid of context and background to amplify the stoic beauty of the subject matter

Calla Lilies, George Cochran Lambdin, 1874; widely regarded as one of Lambdin's masterpieces, this is a work of heightened realism, devoid of context and background to amplify the stoic beauty of the subject matter

Apples and Plums, John William Hill, 1874; this incredible painting was created with translucent watercolors, not oils as you might think; the artist created textures through a stippling and hatching technique

Apples and Plums, John William Hill, 1874; this incredible painting was created with translucent watercolors, not oils as you might think; the artist created textures through a stippling and hatching technique

Hanging Bunch of Grapes, Morston Constantine Ream, 1880; this is a unique work in the artist's oeuvre since his typical compositions were tightly detailed pictures of fruit, wine glasses and the like on tabletops, in the Dutch tradition

Hanging Bunch of Grapes, Morston Constantine Ream, 1880; this is a unique work in the artist's oeuvre since his typical compositions were tightly detailed pictures of fruit, wine glasses and the like on tabletops, in the Dutch tradition

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Boston's Historic Freedom Trail, part 1

The USS Constitution, launched in 1797, is the world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel; she is most noted for her contributions in the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated 5 British warships

The USS Constitution, launched in 1797, is the world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel; she is most noted for her contributions in the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated 5 British warships

The Warren Tavern, founded in 1780 and named after General Joseph Warren, one of the revolutionary leaders killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill, is reportedly one of the oldest pubs in MA and one of the most historic watering holes in the country

The Warren Tavern, founded in 1780 and named after General Joseph Warren, one of the revolutionary leaders killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill, is reportedly one of the oldest pubs in MA and one of the most historic watering holes in the country

The Old North Church, built in 1723, is the oldest standing church building in Boston; it's the location from which the famous 'One if by land, two if by sea' signal is said to have been sent prompting Paul Revere's midnight ride of April 18, 1775

The Old North Church, built in 1723, is the oldest standing church building in Boston; it's the location from which the famous 'One if by land, two if by sea' signal is said to have been sent prompting Paul Revere's midnight ride of April 18, 1775

The Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, completed in 2003 as part of the Big Dig (the most expensive highway construction project in US history at the time), spans the Charles River and connects Boston and Charlestown

The Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, completed in 2003 as part of the Big Dig (the most expensive highway construction project in US history at the time), spans the Charles River and connects Boston and Charlestown

The skinniest house in Boston, across from Copp's Hill Burying Ground, is 4 stories but only 10.4 feet at its widest point facing Hull St tapering to 9.25 ft wide at the back; the 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with 1165 sq ft sold for $1.25 million in 2021

The skinniest house in Boston, across from Copp's Hill Burying Ground, is 4 stories but only 10.4 feet at its widest point facing Hull St tapering to 9.25 ft wide at the back; the 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with 1165 sq ft sold for $1.25 million in 2021

Two centuries after the original signal lanterns alerted colonists, President Ford began the nation's bicentennial celebration by lighting what is called the Third Lantern as a new signal to guide our country with hope and fortitude into its third century

Two centuries after the original signal lanterns alerted colonists, President Ford began the nation's bicentennial celebration by lighting what is called the Third Lantern as a new signal to guide our country with hope and fortitude into its third century

The 1759 Johnston organ in the Old North Church was the first constructed of parts totally sourced within the colonies; nowadays, the bellows operate with electricity but, in the event of a power failure, it's still possible to use the original hand pump

The 1759 Johnston organ in the Old North Church was the first constructed of parts totally sourced within the colonies; nowadays, the bellows operate with electricity but, in the event of a power failure, it's still possible to use the original hand pump

This equestrian statue of Paul Revere was modeled in 1885, then cast in bronze in 1940 for this installation; depicting Revere's famous midnight ride, the statue (Old North Church in the background) is one of the most photographed spots in all of Boston

This equestrian statue of Paul Revere was modeled in 1885, then cast in bronze in 1940 for this installation; depicting Revere's famous midnight ride, the statue (Old North Church in the background) is one of the most photographed spots in all of Boston

The Paul Revere House, built c. 1680, was his colonial home during the time of the American Revolution; the oldest house in downtown Boston, it was one of the first historic homes in America opened to the public when it began receiving visitors in 1908

The Paul Revere House, built c. 1680, was his colonial home during the time of the American Revolution; the oldest house in downtown Boston, it was one of the first historic homes in America opened to the public when it began receiving visitors in 1908

Faneuil Hall, built in 1742, has been called the Cradle of Liberty for it was here that colonists first protested against the Sugar Act in 1764 and established the 'No taxation without representation' slogan

Faneuil Hall, built in 1742, has been called the Cradle of Liberty for it was here that colonists first protested against the Sugar Act in 1764 and established the 'No taxation without representation' slogan

The Old State House (1713) is renowned for hosting the first elected legislature in the New World; it is the oldest public building in Boston and today hosts a museum where visitors can see John Hancock's coat and tea from the Boston Tea Party

The Old State House (1713) is renowned for hosting the first elected legislature in the New World; it is the oldest public building in Boston and today hosts a museum where visitors can see John Hancock's coat and tea from the Boston Tea Party

Boston Common was used as a camp by the British before the American Revolutionary War, from which they left for the Battle of Lexington and Concord; Frog Pond is home to the summer spray pool but is transformed into an ice skating rink in winter

Boston Common was used as a camp by the British before the American Revolutionary War, from which they left for the Battle of Lexington and Concord; Frog Pond is home to the summer spray pool but is transformed into an ice skating rink in winter

Boston Common marks the start of the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail which is easily followed thanks to pavers on the sidewalk; this bronze 1869 equestrian statue of George Washington sits in Boston's Public Garden, directly adjacent to Boston Common

Boston Common marks the start of the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail which is easily followed thanks to pavers on the sidewalk; this bronze 1869 equestrian statue of George Washington sits in Boston's Public Garden, directly adjacent to Boston Common

The original King's Chapel (1754) bell, cast in England, was hung in 1772 but cracked in 1814 and was recast by Paul Revere; it's the largest bell cast by the Revere foundry, the last one cast during Revere's lifetime, and has been rung at services ever since

The original King's Chapel (1754) bell, cast in England, was hung in 1772 but cracked in 1814 and was recast by Paul Revere; it's the largest bell cast by the Revere foundry, the last one cast during Revere's lifetime, and has been rung at services ever since

John Hancock  served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of Massachusetts; before the Revolution, he was also one of the wealthiest men in the colonies, having inherited a mercantile business from his uncle

John Hancock served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of Massachusetts; before the Revolution, he was also one of the wealthiest men in the colonies, having inherited a mercantile business from his uncle

The Boston Latin School was established on April 23, 1635, making it both the oldest public school in the Americas and the oldest existing school in the US; on its original site is the old Boston City Hall, completed in 1865

The Boston Latin School was established on April 23, 1635, making it both the oldest public school in the Americas and the oldest existing school in the US; on its original site is the old Boston City Hall, completed in 1865

The Old South Meeting House, built in 1729, gained fame as the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773; five thousand or more colonists gathered at the Meeting House, the largest building in Boston at the time

The Old South Meeting House, built in 1729, gained fame as the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773; five thousand or more colonists gathered at the Meeting House, the largest building in Boston at the time

Sam Adams's 1768 Massachusetts Circular Letter calling for colonial non-cooperation led to the city's occupation by the British resulting in the 1770 Boston Massacre; Adams had been a brewer, leading the Boston Beer Company in 1985 to introduce Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Sam Adams's 1768 Massachusetts Circular Letter calling for colonial non-cooperation led to the city's occupation by the British resulting in the 1770 Boston Massacre; Adams had been a brewer, leading the Boston Beer Company in 1985 to introduce Samuel Adams Boston Lager

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East Building favorites from the National Gallery of Art

I entered the museum through the rotunda of the 1941 National Gallery of Art West Building (the original building and made of pink TN marble); an underground tunnel connects this building to the I.M. Pei-designed East building

I entered the museum through the rotunda of the 1941 National Gallery of Art West Building (the original building and made of pink TN marble); an underground tunnel connects this building to the I.M. Pei-designed East building

The tunnel between the National Gallery of Art West and East Buildings features a cool waterfall as well as the largest, most complex light sculpture by Leo Villareal featuring 41,000 LED nodes(there's also a large gift shop and cafe)

The tunnel between the National Gallery of Art West and East Buildings features a cool waterfall as well as the largest, most complex light sculpture by Leo Villareal featuring 41,000 LED nodes(there's also a large gift shop and cafe)

Madame Picasso, Pablo Picasso, 1923; the East Building houses the Gallery’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art; a just-completed $70 million renovation adds 12,250 sq ft of new exhibition space

Madame Picasso, Pablo Picasso, 1923; the East Building houses the Gallery’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art; a just-completed $70 million renovation adds 12,250 sq ft of new exhibition space

ONE through ZERO (the numbers), Robert Indiana, 1978-2003; I always thought zero was the smallest number so how does Indiana rationalize calling this work ONE through ZERO?

ONE through ZERO (the numbers), Robert Indiana, 1978-2003; I always thought zero was the smallest number so how does Indiana rationalize calling this work ONE through ZERO?

Still Life with Pineapple, Henri Matisse, 1924; planning for the East Building began in 1968 — on a site set aside by founder Andrew W. Mellon in the 1930s for the Gallery’s future expansion

Still Life with Pineapple, Henri Matisse, 1924; planning for the East Building began in 1968 — on a site set aside by founder Andrew W. Mellon in the 1930s for the Gallery’s future expansion

Green Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1962; completed just a month after her suicide in 1962, Marilyn is part of one of Warhol's most iconic series; works from this series have sold for $4.5  million

Green Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1962; completed just a month after her suicide in 1962, Marilyn is part of one of Warhol's most iconic series; works from this series have sold for $4.5+ million

Sacrificial Moment, Mark Rothko, 1945; after seeing this work, it's easy to understand why Rothko went to painting blocks of solid colors; I just fail to see the talent here

Sacrificial Moment, Mark Rothko, 1945; after seeing this work, it's easy to understand why Rothko went to painting blocks of solid colors; I just fail to see the talent here

A Corner of the Moulin de la Galette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892; scion of one of France's great aristocratic families, Lautrec suffered physical maladies and stunted growth due to genetic factors and was encouraged to draw during his convalescence

A Corner of the Moulin de la Galette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892; scion of one of France's great aristocratic families, Lautrec suffered physical maladies and stunted growth due to genetic factors and was encouraged to draw during his convalescence

Glass Stratum, Robert Smithson, 1967; I've seen pieces much better than this from Bob and David!; it would be fascinating to understand the dynamics of how pieces get selected for the Gallery

Glass Stratum, Robert Smithson, 1967; I've seen pieces much better than this from Bob and David!; it would be fascinating to understand the dynamics of how pieces get selected for the Gallery

Look Mickey, Roy Lichtenstein, 1961; this work is notable for its ironic humor and aesthetic value as well as being the first example of the artist's employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery as a source for a painting

Look Mickey, Roy Lichtenstein, 1961; this work is notable for its ironic humor and aesthetic value as well as being the first example of the artist's employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery as a source for a painting

Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, Paul Cezanne, c. 1900; I was relieved to see the East Building didn't contain solely modern works but also included works from European masters

Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, Paul Cezanne, c. 1900; I was relieved to see the East Building didn't contain solely modern works but also included works from European masters

Glass Case with Pies, Claes Oldenburg, 1962; I work with very simple things that I come across while walking to work, Oldenburg explained in 1964, such as a certain kind of pastry  or certain kinds of displays or presentations

Glass Case with Pies, Claes Oldenburg, 1962; I work with very simple things that I come across while walking to work, Oldenburg explained in 1964, such as a certain kind of pastry or certain kinds of displays or presentations

Balm, Bridget Riley, 1964; Riley's mature style, developed during the 1960s, was influenced by a number of sources, including the French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat

Balm, Bridget Riley, 1964; Riley's mature style, developed during the 1960s, was influenced by a number of sources, including the French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat

Ex. 5 - Mind's I: Translation #12, JESS, 1965; when I visited DC earlier in the summer the East Building was still closed with work ongoing to repair significant structural weaknesses in the building's design

Ex. 5 - Mind's I: Translation #12, JESS, 1965; when I visited DC earlier in the summer the East Building was still closed with work ongoing to repair significant structural weaknesses in the building's design

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Jackson Pollock, 1950; though the work contains no lavender, the webs of black, white, russet, orange, silver, and stone blue industrial paints radiate a mauve glow that inspired Clement Greenberg to suggest the title

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Jackson Pollock, 1950; though the work contains no lavender, the webs of black, white, russet, orange, silver, and stone blue industrial paints radiate a mauve glow that inspired Clement Greenberg to suggest the title

The Farm, Joan Miro, 1921-22; Miro described this piece as a summary of my entire life in the countryside; it was given to museum by the daughter of Ernest Hemingway (he had purchased it for 5000 francs as a present for his wife)

The Farm, Joan Miro, 1921-22; Miro described this piece as a summary of my entire life in the countryside; it was given to museum by the daughter of Ernest Hemingway (he had purchased it for 5000 francs as a present for his wife)

A Black Bird with Snow-Covered Red Hills, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1946; the National Gallery is one of the largest museums in North America and art lovers could easily spend an entire day here

A Black Bird with Snow-Covered Red Hills, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1946; the National Gallery is one of the largest museums in North America and art lovers could easily spend an entire day here

Ground Swell, Edward Hopper, 1939; this work was in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1943 until it was purchased by the National Gallery of Art in 2014 when the Corcoran dissolved

Ground Swell, Edward Hopper, 1939; this work was in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1943 until it was purchased by the National Gallery of Art in 2014 when the Corcoran dissolved

Classic Landscape, Charles Sheeler, 1931; Sheeler has painted the classic landscape of the modern age: streamlined, machine-made structures (a Ford car plant) situated in a nature that has been irrevocably transformed by the progress of industry

Classic Landscape, Charles Sheeler, 1931; Sheeler has painted the classic landscape of the modern age: streamlined, machine-made structures (a Ford car plant) situated in a nature that has been irrevocably transformed by the progress of industry

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Hiking the scenic New River Gorge in West Virginia

The New River Gorge Bridge, completed in 1977, is the longest single span arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and third longest in the world; the bridge is the third highest in the country and is featured on West Virginia's state quarter

The New River Gorge Bridge, completed in 1977, is the longest single span arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and third longest in the world; the bridge is the third highest in the country and is featured on West Virginia's state quarter

I did 3 hikes when I visited the Gorge saving the Kaymoor Miner's Trail for last; that trail goes from the rim of the Gorge down 1000  steps to the old mine (I went a little farther to the river itself) and then back up again

I did 3 hikes when I visited the Gorge saving the Kaymoor Miner's Trail for last; that trail goes from the rim of the Gorge down 1000+ steps to the old mine (I went a little farther to the river itself) and then back up again

One of the largest and most productive mines in the Gorge, Kaymoor produced almost 17 million tons of coal from 1900 to 1962; whitewater rafting on the New River began commercially in 1968 with some of the best rapids (class III-V) in the eastern US

One of the largest and most productive mines in the Gorge, Kaymoor produced almost 17 million tons of coal from 1900 to 1962; whitewater rafting on the New River began commercially in 1968 with some of the best rapids (class III-V) in the eastern US

The first confirmed breeding pair of bald eagles in the New River Gorge established a nest in the winter of 2009-10; they came back to the same nest the next year with the number of bald eagles growing over time to almost 40 last year

The first confirmed breeding pair of bald eagles in the New River Gorge established a nest in the winter of 2009-10; they came back to the same nest the next year with the number of bald eagles growing over time to almost 40 last year

The River has exposed 4 seams of coal, considered among the best bituminous coal in the world; the smokeless coal from 50  mines here once fed the boilers of the nation's trains, factories, and power plants, and its coke fueled the nation's iron furnaces

The River has exposed 4 seams of coal, considered among the best bituminous coal in the world; the smokeless coal from 50+ mines here once fed the boilers of the nation's trains, factories, and power plants, and its coke fueled the nation's iron furnaces

The New River Gorge Bridge is made of COR-TEN steel; the unique quality about this steel is that it does not require the bridge to be painted saving millions of dollars over the years; country singer Hank Williams died in nearby Oak Hill

The New River Gorge Bridge is made of COR-TEN steel; the unique quality about this steel is that it does not require the bridge to be painted saving millions of dollars over the years; country singer Hank Williams died in nearby Oak Hill

New River Gorge National Park is the country's newest national park (2021); the misnamed New River is one of the oldest in the world (360 million yrs) and, like the Nile, unusually flows south to north from originating in NC to emptying in the Ohio River

New River Gorge National Park is the country's newest national park (2021); the misnamed New River is one of the oldest in the world (360 million yrs) and, like the Nile, unusually flows south to north from originating in NC to emptying in the Ohio River

The Kaymoor mine at the bottom of the Gorge was connected to the town at the top by a single-track, gravity incline, which lifted workers and equipment up a 1,000-foot slope at a 30° incline; 200  coking ovens operated at the mine during WW1

The Kaymoor mine at the bottom of the Gorge was connected to the town at the top by a single-track, gravity incline, which lifted workers and equipment up a 1,000-foot slope at a 30° incline; 200+ coking ovens operated at the mine during WW1

The Gorge is home to the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival: Bridge Day, held annually the third Saturday in October; on that day you can rappel from the Bridge or opt to walk across a 24 inch wide catwalk suspended 25 feet underneath the Bridge

The Gorge is home to the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival: Bridge Day, held annually the third Saturday in October; on that day you can rappel from the Bridge or opt to walk across a 24 inch wide catwalk suspended 25 feet underneath the Bridge

The National Park includes 53 miles of the River; when driving across the New River Gorge Bridge you have limited views and can't appreciate the height of the bridge nor how spectacular the bridge is beneath you

The National Park includes 53 miles of the River; when driving across the New River Gorge Bridge you have limited views and can't appreciate the height of the bridge nor how spectacular the bridge is beneath you

Nearly 50 coal towns once existed in the Gorge with railroads built along both sides of the river to ease transport; hellbenders, a rare type of gigantic salamander and the largest in North America, live in the Gorge with some reaching 2 feet long

Nearly 50 coal towns once existed in the Gorge with railroads built along both sides of the river to ease transport; hellbenders, a rare type of gigantic salamander and the largest in North America, live in the Gorge with some reaching 2 feet long

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