barbed wire at xit museum

The XIT Museum

The XIT Museum is located in downtown Dalhart, Texas in the old courthouse.  The museum is free to enter, but graciously accepts donations.  It’s operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-5pm, even during COVID.  Visitors just need to ring the doorbell to call a friendly volunteer to unlock the door.

The XIT Museum includes four show rooms.  The first, large room features the history of the XIT Ranch.  The XIT Ranch began as the largest fenced area in the world in 1880.  It was 3,000,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle set aside by the Texas constitution to be used to finance a new capitol building.

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The Perimeter Trail at RMANWR

Today, in my quest to find unpopulated open spaces in Denver, I walked part of the perimeter trail at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  I keep ending up in Commerce City as it is so close to Park Hill in Denver.

Regardless, the perimeter trail around the Arsenal is 12.4 miles, far too long for a girl with recent knee surgery.  Having explored much of the Southwest part and Southeast part of the area, I selected a portion of the trail on the Northern side of the refuge.

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Prairie Basin Park

In a previous post about Northfield Pond Park, I mentioned Prairie Basin Park was located just north.  Today, I visited this area in the Northeast part of Denver near the Shops at Northfield.  Given it was a Saturday morning at 10am, I expected it to be somewhat busy as it is situated between the US Postal Service distribution center and a housing development.

Surprisingly, however, I passed less than ten people.  Perhaps, the recent snow was calling people to the mountains.  Regardless, I took advantage of the quiet morning.

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Travel Photo Challenge Day 1

I’ve been nominated by some fellow bloggers, Tony and Margie with Back Roads and Other Stories, to post one favorite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate.  That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations.  It is my understanding that the idea behind the challenge is to expose audiences to new bloggers and vice versa.  I’m always up for helping fellow bloggers, so I have accepted the challenge. 

That said, my rule following self is going follow Tony and Margie’s lead and break a handful of them.  First, while a picture paints a 1,000 words, I’m incapable of posting a photo without some explanation.  Sometimes the story makes the image that much more special.  Second, though not specified, I think the intent is to post 10 days in a row.  I’ll be lucky if I post 10 weeks in a row.

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First Creek at DEN Open Space

In an effort to let my dog Annie get some exercise off leash while I’m restricted to 45 minutes of walking a day by the physical therapist, I have been searching for unpopulated open spaces near Denver.  As, if I break the leash law, I’d like to do it when nobody is around.  Today, albeit freezing cold, I found the best place…First Creek at DEN Open Space.

First Creek at DEN Open Space

First Creek at DEN Open Space borders the east side of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  It is essentially a long, narrow strip of land through which the chip seal Buckley Road travels.  I’m certain this initial description would not entice many to take the walk.  Particularly in the summer when it is scorching hot and there is a potential for encountering rattlesnakes.

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annie at northfield pond park

Northfield Pond Park

I often visit the Target at The Shops at Northfield.  Each time I make the U-turn off of Quebec St. and onto Yosemite St. in order to turn into the shopping center, I pass by a small open space.  In an effort to give Annie a place to run around while I’m recovering from knee surgery, I checked it out.  Not that well kept, I was surprised to find the area has a name, Northfield Pond Park.

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pemaquid point lightouse

Favorite Lighthouses on the East Coast

During my road trip across the USA many years ago, I visited several lighthouses.  Listed below are a few of my favorite lighthouses on the East Coast.

New York

History of Sodus Point

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse is located in Sodus Point Beach Park.  Technically, it is not on the East Coast as it directs boat traffic in Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario.  Due to the surrounding area’s history, however, I could not leave it out.  And it is this history that made in one of my favorite lighthouses as I drove the Seaway Trail along Lake Ontario.

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Park Hill Golf Club Stroll

History of the Park Hill Golf Club

The Park Hill Golf Club has a long and controversial history.  The land was originally owned by George W Clayton a prominent businessman and civic leader.  Upon his passing in 1899, most of his $2 million estate was left to the City of Denver in the form of a trust.

The trust was to fund a permanent college for poor orphaned white boys.  As a result, the city constructed a campus on Martin Luther King Blvd and Colorado Blvd. This campus served many underprivileged white boys and later expanded its support to all ethnicities who they still serve today. 

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geese at parkfield lake park

Parkfield Lake Park

This post about Parkfield Lake Park is part of my unpopulated parks in Denver series.  As I mentioned in previous articles, I’ve been visiting deserted parks in order to let my energetic dog Annie run around without bothering anyone while I am limited in walking due to knee surgery.  The dog walker and my helpful friends can only do so much.

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Aurora Sports Park

In my quest to find unpopulated parks around Denver, I selected Aurora Sports Park.  I had been there previously to watch my niece’s and nephew’s soccer games and of course the sports fields were packed with people.  This summer, however, when we passed by it while riding the High Line Canal, it was empty.  As a result, I returned on a weekday morning in hopes to find a deserted park.

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