Category Archives: Photo

Alaska’s Kennecott Mine

The Kennecott Mine was once the richest copper mine in the world. It was depleted of profitable ore and finally abandoned in 1938. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, created in 1980, includes the remains of the mining operation, and a 14-storey mill building. The national park has hiking trails to one of the old mines on top of the mountain, and to Root Glacier. (Click any thumbnail for larger, lightbox view.)

A Ghost Town in South Dakota

Okaton, South Dakota was once a thriving community of rail workers and pioneer homesteaders. When the rail moved westward, so did the workers. The Great Depression made most of the remaining farmers move to the city looking for any kind of work.

Between the railroads closing that particular spur and the interstate highway I-90, the few remaining residents left only a shadow of a town and overgrown rail tracks.

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The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Due to the unrest in Turkey, our Mediterranean cruise was re-routed to call in Kotor, Montenegro.

We decided to ride the Hop On Hop Off bus because the Bay of Kotor has a few nearby towns worth visiting. On the way back to Kotor, Igor, one of the bus guides, joined us for lunch and told us about the situation in his hometown. Even though Kotor has seen an increase in tourism due to the number of cruise ships visiting, it’s economy is barely functioning. In the off season, the whole area is just a sleepy little hamlet.

Igor recommended the cafe where he always eats lunch. It’s right in the old town and associated with the Hotel Kattaro. We enjoyed Montenegro’s own beer, Niksicko;  and the local mussels fresh from the mussel farms in the Bay of Kotor were excellent!

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