Thursday, December 31, 2015

NYE in Manhattan

New Year's Eve in Manhattan. What a wonderful idea. Leadville, Colorado. Elevation 10,152. (No, I'm not back in Colorado. This was from late September)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

An autumn storm building over the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge in Alamosa, Colorado.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Well we drove up to the city,
On an autumn Saturday night
Ah and damn that girl looked pretty,
In the artificial moonlight
And I swore she looked right at me,
Like we were meant to be
But what's a girl like that gonna want to have to do
With a country boy like me?
'Cause I left my heart in Tulsa,
On the corner of Easton and Main
On the Cain's Ballroom floor,
Soaking up cheap champaign
And I'm going back to see her,
Just as soon as I can
'Cause I left my heart is Tulsa,
On the corner of Easton and Main.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Conowingo Numbers

Why do I go to Conowingo Dam every year? The numbers. I don't know of anywhere else I would get the opportunity to see the numbers of Bald Eagles as I would/do get at the Dam. This picture was taken at about 10 am just as the fog was starting to lift. You gotta remember that there are eagles in the trees behind me. And sitting on the dam walls. And on the power towers on the island. The rest of those big birds sitting on the rocks are Black Vultures.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, 320 6th Avenue, Ouray, Colorado. Ouray County. Founded in 1886. The original station is right next door in the City Hall, originally built in 1900.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

San Juan County Fire Department, District 12

San Juan County Fire Department, District 12, US 491, Shiprock, New Mexico. San Juan County. Shiprock Fire Department joined San Juan County Fire Department in 1992 and covers 982 square miles of New Mexico's northwest corner, on Navajo Indian Reservation. All from one station with 30 volunteers and four pieces of apparatus.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Frohliche Weihnachten

Merry Christmas from all the staff here at the home offices of the Outskirts of Suburbia. I've been a little out of the Christmas thing here for the last couple of weeks, so this morning I took some pictures of the ornaments I got while I was stationed in Germany. 30 years ago. I hope everyone has an awesome holiday season and thank you very much to all my regular viewers. Both of you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Western Scrub Jay

Some birds make you work for the prize. This dude here was a pain. I chased him for a half hour. He finally stopped for some pine nuts and I had him. I had caught up with him between the Scotsman's Picnic Area and the Siamese Twins in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Colorado Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Colorado Fallen Firefighters Memorial, West Virginia Avenue, Belmar Park, Lakewood Colorado. Jefferson County. The Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation was formed in 1989. The monument honors all Colorado firefighters who have died in the line of duty whether career, volunteer, union, non-union, structural or wildland and federal firefighters assigned to Colorado. The annual memorial ceremony is held in mid-May each year.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Chimney Rock (Montezuma County, Colorado)

There is more than a couple rock outcrops in Colorado known as Chimney Rock. This is the second best known and is in Montezuma County, 18 miles south southwest of Cortez and 18 miles east northeast of 4 Corners. I know about this stone building on the back side of the Rock but a sign similar to the one pictured dissuaded me from driving around. A local saw me turn around and flagged me down. After 45 minutes of talking and him telling me it was fine to drive around I was able to check this destination off the road trip to do list.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Here's Your Sign

 Denali National Park, Alaska. This was right where the bus dropped you off to stretch.

Niagara Falls, Ontario. Don't jump over the railing.
This was at the Casino (notice the club and heart).

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado.
This one is obvious, but the temptation was there. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Placerville, 81430

Placerville, Colorado. San Miguel County, elevation 7320'. A small mining camp named after the placer gold mines in the area. Located 15 miles northwest of Telluride and 20 miles southwest of Ridgway.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dam Foggy Day

While waiting for the fog to burn off at Conowingo Dam, I found other pictures to take.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Smith's Store & Mkt

This is Smith's Store and Market in Blanca, Colorado. I stopped because I thought the east side was cool. But the Dr Pepper sign on the west side was cooler than cool.