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Tom sent me some pictures of the exhibit at the


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things are starting to open up and enjoy the area a state park is about three miles from Where Tom lives on Sunday he enjoyed a hike on one of the trails in the park.

Explore Quincy's shoreline along the 3.5 mile soft surface trail, perfect for viewing wildlife and waterfowl.








we can also drive to Westminster Colorado
to The Butterfly Pavilion
Aurora is 26 min (20.7 mi) via I-270 W and US-36 W from Westminster










You enter the butterfly enclosure
there is a walking path to enjoy the thousands of butterflies you will find bananas placed though the area butterflies love the sweet taste.







If you want you can hold Rosie



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Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Wings) is located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. The museum is housed in the historic Hangar No. 1, built in 1939.The museum preserves the history of Lowry Air Force Base's operations from 1938 to 1994 in its collections, archives and research library while educating and inspiring visitors about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future.

The museum features dozens of historic airplanes, space vehicles and interactive exhibits. The collection includes a rare B-18A Bolo–one of only five remaining WWII-era bombers–five Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash and one of only two B-1A Lancers.








we will be able to climb into some of the air craft
see planes from ww 2












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Red Rocks State Park is a favorite place for fitness people to workout . as the run the steps and on the trails in the park.
Red Rocks Park, along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, is named for the towering 300-foot sandstone rock formations within its 640 acres. The red rocks near the amphitheater are called Creation Rock, Ship Rock (formerly called Titanic), and Stage Rock, and attract visitors from around the world. The giant rocks form the stage and seating area of a unique outdoor theater. There is not another amphitheater in the world like the naturally formed one in Red Rocks Park.
The giant rocks form the stage and seating area of a unique outdoor theater. There is not another amphitheater in the world like the naturally formed one in Red Rocks Park.
The park boasts a 200-mile panoramic view of Denver and the plains. On a clear day, the tent-like domes of the terminal of Denver International Airport 45 miles east of Denver are visible. Extensive hiking trails and natural areas surround the geological formations.

Red Rocks Hiking Trails. Red Rocks Park has 868 acres of pine tree-speckled geological marvels, meadows, wildlife habitats and dinosaur fossils to investigate.

A few pictures of our adventures at Red Rocks
you can see Denver from here!


shall we join those running the bleachers?


WE could take the steps along the side like Tom













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Touring Aurora Colorado I don't live in Aurora but have family who has lived there since 1999
i always enjoy going for a visit . and what fun things we find to do some are not right in Aurora but close and you visit a day. it going to be fun for me since i can't visit in person .







off we go




our first views of arrival to Denver





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The Four Seasons May 2020 Lilac Bloomsday Challenge celebrating Spokane & Bloomsday!

emoticon The Bloomsday course length is 12 km (7.456 mi).

emoticon The Lilac Bloomsday Run has been held the first Sunday of May since 1977 in Spokane, Washington.
" ... Spokane has welcomed the coming of spring and the sense of rebirth through the personal journeys of thousands of Bloomies through the streets of Spokane."

emoticon The 44th running of Bloomsday was postponed to September 20, 2020.
"We cherish each and every participant and volunteer because collectively they make Bloomsday what it is, a true community celebration that connects us all to the best part of what it means to be human. We don’t want to lose that, even for a year."

emoticon The race is called The Lilac Bloomsday Run which combines "The Lilac City" with the events of James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" about one day (June 16) in the life of one man (Leopold Bloom) in Dublin, Ireland. The premise of the novel is that ordinary people are involved in unassuming and yet heroic journeys every day of their lives.

emoticon Bloomsday Race ... flying over the route video
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bigger race map here
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United Airlines employees posted a very Boston video.
The video, shot at Logan Airport, features songs inspired by Boston.

www.boston.com/travel/coronavirus/20
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a list of virtual concerts and livestreams from boston.com

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BSO at Home has a collection of BSO performances.



Concert for Our City was videotaped live during a full-house performance at Symphony Hall on February 16.
www.bso.org/brands/bso/at-home/bso-a
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home-concert-for-our-city-stream.aspx

The concert was part of a series of free BSO musical offerings. The planned East Asia tour was canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. "One of my most fundamental beliefs is that music provides a lifeline to inspiration, reflection, power, and beauty that deeply touches us and opens us up to new realms of possibilities that can give us a pause from the distractions of the difficulties of the world at large. During these challenging times of social distancing and sickness due to COVID-19, I hope that the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concert for Our City YouTube stream and the many wonderful offerings at bso.org/athome will bring some comfort and inspiration to music lovers in Boston, throughout the country, and around the world."
— Thomas Wilkins


BSO musicians share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome.
www.bso.org/brands/bso/at-home/bso-a
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The Paul Revere House

www.paulreverehouse.org/



Learn about Paul Revere, his home, his family, and his business life.





Discover what really happened on the evening of April 18, 1775 when Paul Revere rode through the streets of Boston to Concord and Lexington after seeing the signal hung in the steeple of the Old North Church.



Walk the 2.5 miles along the Freedom Trail. Follow the red brick line set into the sidewalks. Visit the Boston Common, historic churches, burial grounds, Faneuil Hall, and other historic sites.



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The Boston Museum of Fine Arts
www.mfa.org/

On March 12, 2020, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced that it would close indefinitely due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic. The Boston MFA is the 17th largest art museum in the world, measured by public gallery area. The building was designed to be built in phases with construction over a period of many years.



The MFA collections include materials from a wide variety of cultures and eras. They have artifacts from the ancient civilizations.



They own a world-recognized catalogue of French impressionist paintings.



They house the largest museum collection of Japanese works under one roof in the world outside Japan.



Special galleries feature American art including rooms with work by Boston artists.



Visit exhibits and tour galleries.



Watch programs and view lectures.



Enjoy!



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I thought I would share some of my favorites. These are some suggestions when I'm asked "what should we do?". I've been to these wonderful places with local friends as well as when out-of-towners visit. I love having the opportunity to enjoy the tourist landmarks in my own hometown.

We can go sightseeing together! That's what the racers do when they visit Boston!



April 20 is Patriots Day, a holiday in Massachusetts and Maine commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1775.



Since the first race in 1897, the Boston Marathon has always coincided with Patriots' Day. 2020 would have been the 124th running of the Boston Marathon.



“Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring." ~ Tim Kilduff, former Boston Marathon race director who for the last 33 years has been a spotter on the truck that leads the men’s field to the finish line

The race was postponed until September 14 but it was cancelled on the afternoon of May 28.



Seven years after the Boston Marathon bombing, the city is keeping the traditions of One Boston Day. This is a day of citywide unity, reflection, and service in honor of those who were lost, injured, and impacted in the bombings on April 15, 2013. There was a moment of silence while the Old South Church bells ring at 2:49 p.m. to mark the time of the bombings.



This year, Boston police hosted a procession to honor first responders. It began in front of police headquarters and passed by Boston's major hospitals.




"This One Boston Day will be unlike any we've ever experienced. To honor this day, I urge our residents to stand together by staying apart." ~ Boston Mayor Marty Walsh







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Tour the New England Aquarium!



The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals—from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to African penguins. Visit the largest shark and ray touch tank on the east coast and the giant ocean tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals.



Join a virtual visit on Facebook. Daily presentations are posted on Facebook every day at 11 am. during the temporary closure.



www.neaq.org/visit/at-home-events-an
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Take a tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!



Enjoy the Gardner's art, music, gardens, and more!



www.gardnermuseum.org/



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Welcome to the Massachusetts State House Virtual Tour!

The magnificent setting of state government for over two centuries, the Massachusetts capitol is also a museum reflecting the history of the Commonwealth since colonial times. This tour describes nine historic spaces and highlights paintings, sculpture, artifacts, and decorative arts commemorating the people and events that helped to shape the Commonwealth and nation.



The Virtual Tour features large panoramic images. Use the List or Thumbnail views to see close-up details and descriptive information.

malegislature.gov/VirtualTour



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April 2020 Boston Marathon Challenge
Gail's hometown

honoring the Boston Marathon runners … of the past and future.


The 124th running of the Boston Marathon would have been on April 20, 2020. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), coordinating with state and municipal officials, supports the importance of taking measures to safeguard the health of the public in consideration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The only other time it was not held as usual was in 1918 during World War 1 when a military relay was organized.

Race day is always scheduled for Patriots' Day, the third Monday in April, a holiday only recognized in Massachusetts and Maine commemorating battles at the start of the Revolutionary War. The Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world, was founded in 1897 by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.). The number of participants has grown from a mere 18 men in 1897 to over 25,000 racers every year.
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The Boston Marathon course is 26 MILES, 385 YARDS (42.195 KILOMETERS) long from the start at Hopkinton to the finish line in Boston on Boylston Street in front of the Boston Public Library. Boston Strong!


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emoticon Monthly Challenge! Virtual sightseeing and visiting our hometowns!

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