Panoramic Photography Project

Nels accepted a challenge in 2005 to visit every national park in the United States of America. Living in Boulder, Colorado at the time provided an excellent base camp centrally located between dozens of national parks, which started the national parks tour off on the right path. A degree of localization will benefit the current park tour within the State of Colorado.

The panoramic photography project will involve a summer tour of Colorado parks. Several parks will be involved during the summer tour including Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Pueblo State Park, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and Spinney Mountain State Park. Most of the parks are within a day trip of driving from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Given the current economic conditions, parks and recreation day trips are an excellent alternative to the expense of traditional vacations. Nels is currently considering several more extended vacations that will include traveling to Grand Canyon National Park, Creator Lake National Park, and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.


Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun Panoramic
Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun Panoramic



Colorado parks summer tour

  1. Rocky Mountain National Park
  2. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  3. Pueblo State Park
  4. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  5. Spinney Mountain State Park

Completed national park tours

  1. Rocky Mountain National Park (20050518)
  2. Mesa Verde National Park (20050628)
  3. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (20050812)
  4. Great Sand Dunes National Park (20070714)
  5. Arches National Park (20070802)
  6. Canyonlands National Park (20070803)

National park tours under consideration

  1. Wind Cave National Park
  2. Badlands National Park
  3. Capital Reef National Park
  4. Bryce Canyon National Park
  5. Zion National Park
  6. Great Basin National Park
  7. Grand Canyon National Park
  8. Creator Lake National Park
  9. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Sea World San Diego Review

Nels was able to experience Sea World San Diego during the Borys wedding festival weekend. Traveling provides the opportunity for unique experiences outside the confines of traditional normative processes. Routines dominate daily life. Average citizens thrive within the rigid constructs of predictable environments. Sea World San Diego follows precise schedules and provides carefully documented and managed encounters within the bounds of exhibits.

Tourists with maps wonder the exhibits. Sea World San Diego has a large number of killer whales. Trainers work with the killer whales to master certain behaviors that maximize crowd interaction. For the ticket price, Sea World San Diego should provide access to a larger number of interactive exhibits. As a transaction, the ticket purchase guarantees a guest the opportunity to experience the Shamu killer whale show and the dolphin show.

High ticket prices probably reduce the total number of guests. Overall, Sea world San Diego was very clean and has reasonable amenities. Almost every exhibit concludes with a walk through a gift shop. The total amount of merchandise available for purchase easily outpaces demand by a factor of ten. For most visitors the central motivation for taking the trip involves being able to see the trainers interact with killer whales. Dolphins of course also attract significant audiences.

Internet Free Weekend Revisited

Can Nels spend an entire weekend without the internet? The simple answer to the question is yes. Nels was able to complete a weekend without internet. During the course of the Borys wedding weekend, Nels was able to sustain a complete moratorium on all internet usage. Completing this task required avoiding all potential devices capable of achieving internet connectivity. Nels did not enjoy the weekend without internet access. The rules only allowed the usage of standard electronics incapable of internet access. For example, devices accessible during the weekend included cellular phones, a GPS receiver, two automobiles, and multiple digital cameras. Live coverage of the event involved using the Short Messaging Service (SMS) associated with cellular phone text messaging. In order to avoid internet access, the micro blogging service Twitter functionally transferred the SMS messages to the internet making them available worldwide during the internet free weekend.

Unexpected automobile malfunction

Today the Ford Explorer unexpectedly malfunctioned during the process of safely making a turn across incoming traffic onto a side road. Gradually the momentum glided the Ford Explorer across the road and into a parking lot just off the side road. With any luck, during the scheduled seventy-five thousand mile maintenance the dealership automotive technicians will discover the problem.

Standards for Travel

Today is probably a good day to get things done. A trip to a retail store will start the process of building two automotive safety kits that include first aid materials. Automotive safety kits are probably a reflection of good planning. Actually having to use a care safety kit would be unfortunate. After returning from the retail store, the next step in the traveling process will involve packing clothing for the trip. Two entire days during the trip will involve driving. The rest of the time during the trip will involve celebrating Thanksgiving and talking to family members. Traveling between Colorado Springs, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas takes about a day.

Planning family trips back to Kansas City, Kansas takes time. Family trips normally happen during the summer wedding season, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. On average, the entire family only gets together only a few times a year. Education provides the single greatest equalizing factor contributing to realizing the American Dream. At the same time, highly specialized education programs require people to move around the United States of America for employment. The entire family rarely follows one family member. Fragmentation results from the current educate then disperse pattern.

Traveling does provide a momentary change in daily activities. Riding in an automobile provides the opportunity to listen to radio programming. Both news talk radio and sports talk radio are frequently available during a trip. Increasingly finding a quality radio signal is becoming more difficult between Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Satellite radio solves the reception problem in exchange for a monthly fee. Automobile manufacturers build the vast majority of vehicles without the capacity for satellite radio. Special portable units provide satellite radio anywhere at anytime.

This particular road trip will probably require at least one audio book. Finding a high quality audio book that will be acceptable for the whole family is challenging. Most of the world of highly technical writing will never end up in audio book format. The amount of fiction available in audio book format is staggering. Being able to select one or two audio books from the vast catalog requires targeted informed searching.