JUNE  1988


I began my 1988 summer vacation by myself.

On day one I drove to Topeka, Kansas.
The state capitol is pictured above.


I began vacation day number two with a short
drive to Abilene, Kansas, where I visited
Eisenhower Center. Pictured above is the
boyhood home of America's 34th President.


By the end of day two, after driving almost
1100 miles, I had reached the Rocky
Mountains. Pictured above are some of
the towering redstone formations in
Colorado Spring's Garden of the Gods.


I spent four days in Colorado Springs visiting
many of the area attractions. I rode the Pikes
Peak Cog Railway to the 14,110-foot summit of
Pikes Peak. The view from the summit is
pictured above.


Seven distinct falls cascade down a steep
canyon at Seven Falls. The above photo
was taken from the Eagle's Nest.


Above is the world's highest suspension bridge.
The one-lane toll bridge spans Royal Gorge
1053 feet above the Arkansas River.


One of the last places I visited near Colorado
Springs was the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The academy chapel is pictured above.


I made a quick stop in downtown Denver.
The state capitol is pictured above.


I spent two nights in Boulder, Colorado.
From there I visited nearby Estes Park.
I rode the Estes Park Tramway to the summit
of 8700-foot Prospect Mountain, from
which the above picture was taken.


I made a short stop in the historic town of
Georgetown, Colorado. Pictured above is a
1920s steam-powered train which takes
passengers through silver mining country.


I spent my next night in beautiful Vail, Colorado.
I rode the Lionshead Gondola in Vail. From the
top of the mountain I got the above picture.


My brother Dan joined me for the rest of the
trip in Grand Junction, Colorado. Above is
the Colorado National Monument which is
near Grand Junction.


We followed the Colorado River on our very
scenic drive to Moab, Utah. The above photo
is from Arches National Park near Moab.


Near Salt Lake City we rode the tramway
at the Snowbird Ski Resort. The above
photo was taken from the 11,000-foot
summit of Hidden Peak.


Above is the world famous Mormon Temple
located in downtown Salt Lake City.


Above is Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Below the amphitheater's 10,000-foot rim
the slopes fall sharply away in rugged
walls, spires, columns and arches.


Bryce Canyon National Park (above) was
our next scenic attraction.


Utah's scenic wonders never cease,
above is Zion National Park.


Next we arrived in Las Vegas for our
first visit. We stayed at the Las Vegas
Hilton. At the time, it was the largest
hotel in the world.


After Las Vegas it was on to Arizona.
Pictured above is Dan standing at the
rim of The Grand Canyon. Due to the
total cloud cover it was hard to
get a good picture.


Above is Dan standing next to a large cactus
on the grounds of the state capitol in
downtown Phoenix, Arizona.


It was a LONG drive to our next destination,
El Paso, Texas (above).


We headed north out of El Paso. We spent
two nights is Albequerque, New Mexico.
Near Albequerque we rode the Sandia Peak
Aerial Tramway above the deep canyons and
spectacular terrain of the Sandia Mountains.


We spent one night in Oklahoma City.
The state capitol is pictured above.


We spent one night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The above picture was taken from
our downtown hotel.


The Ozark Mountains of Arkansas were next.
The above photo was taken at
Petit Jean State Park.


Above is the Arkansas State Capitol
in Little Rock.


We spent our last night in Memphis, Tennessee.
The above picture was taken from Mud
Island, which sits in the middle of
the Mississippi River.

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