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TG#27 Arkansas River rafting, CO

Another sticker I picked up last summer, during this vacation. I’ve rafted on the Arkansas several times and always had a great time. It was only the second time rafting for my daughter and one of my niece’s, and the first time for the other niece and my sister-in-law. The water was low but we still had a lot of fun :) 21 months ago

TG#26 Hoosier Daddy Liquors in Alma, CO

I saw this liquor store when I was on vacation last summer & just had to stop. For those who don’t know (which is probably most of you), this is based on an old joke about on Indiana’s nickname, “The Hoosier State.” Nobody really knows what the word Hoosier means, but the joke is that the nickname comes from the question “Who’s your daddy?”- which isn’t exactly intended to be a complement to Indiana’s residents :P

The reason that this name shows up over 1000 miles west, in central Colorado, is that the small town of Alma (the highest incorporated town in the US, at 10,578’ / 3225 meters) lies just south of Hoosier Pass.

Since I spent most of my first 24 years in Indiana, and was thrilled to finally escape it ;) I couldn’t pass up the bumper sticker.

I have a couple more entries to post under this goal. Unfortunately, due to this, I’m going to have to start all over again! :(22 months ago

TG#25 Leadville, CO

I got this one in August, when I was on this trip. We passed through Leadville a few times and spent one afternoon shopping there. It’s a cool old mining town with a view of the highest peaks in Colorado.

It’s said that Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the US, at 10,152’ (almost 3100 meters), although there are a few small towns that are higher. I also remember reading once that newborns in Leadville never get perfect Apgar scores- the city is so high that babies born there are all least slightly blue from hypoxia.

So, you don’t want to be born there, but it’s a fantastic place for outdoor recreation! 23 months ago

TG#23 Steamboat, CO

I picked this sticker up when I was on this vacation earlier this year. Great town, great location, and also a great ski area :)2 years ago

TG#22 Loveland Ski Area, CO

This is one of the lesser-known ski areas near Denver (mostly because it’s an old-style ski area, not a resort) but it’s about the only place I ski anymore. For one thing it’s the closest major ski area, so I don’t have to fight that horrendous traffic on Interstate 70 for as long. But it’s also a great area with a nice “family” feel. Parking is free and food and lift tickets are reasonable. Much of the ski area is above timberline so it’s not the best place to ski when the weather’s bad, but on a nice day it’s a glorious place!

I posted a few pics from skiing at Loveland with my daughter last spring here. 2 years ago

TG#21 Liberty Bottle Works

I got this sticker when I bought a really cool recycled-aluminum water bottle while I was on vacation in May (a photo of the water bottle is below). 2 years ago

TG#20 Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT

I picked this one up when I was on vacation in early May. Kodachrome Basin is a beautiful state park in southern Utah. The park got its name from the members of a 1948 National Geographic expedition who were impressed with the bright, varied colors of the rock in the area. 2 years ago

TG#19 Colorado Nat'l Monument, CO

One of my favorite national monuments and one that most people have never heard of, even people who live in Colorado. There is a drive along the rim of the plateau that has fantastic views and the park has a variety of gorgeous hikes, from very easy to relatively difficult. I would highly recommend a stop here to anyone traveling Interstate 70 through western Colorado- a drive through the park could take as little as an hour of your time and you won’t regret it! 2 years ago

TG#18 2007 NSS Convention

I actually didn’t have this car when I attended the 2007 convention in Marengo, IN. But the car sticker that year was a “window cling” so I saved it and have transfered it to this car.

Other than the weather (here is a YouTube video that shows that much more effectively that I could ever explain it! The video is kind of long but if you click on it, make sure that you flip through to about the 7-minute mark to see the shade canopies that were destroyed by the storm) it was a fantastic convention and I met a lot of great people there. Unfortunately, although Josh was there, he wasn’t one of them- we didn’t know each other on here yet :P2 years ago

TG#17 2011 NSS Convention

The car sticker from last year’s caving convention.

Another fun convention, with much better than average weather :)2 years ago

TG#16 Sierra Club

The Sierra Club was the first environmental organization I joined, back in the 70’s when I was still in high school. I actually haven’t been a member for years (I just can’t afford to pay for membership in every organization I believe in, and they also leaned a little too heavily in the political direction for me) but I still support many of their efforts. They keep sending me these stickers in their membership appeals so I may as well display one on my car :)2 years ago

TG#15 Death Valley National Park, CA

I got this one while finally completing this goal last year. The photo is a view from Zabriskie Point and is an iconic image from Death Valley. 2 years ago

TG#14 Cure Lupus

A magent that Tartsy gave me when I met her last fall. And since May is Lupus Awareness Month, this seems like the perfect time to post this pic!

You can read more about Tartsy’s trials and tribulations with Lupus here.

Thanks, Tartsy! :)2 years ago

TG#13 Fat Head's Brewery, Cleveland, OH

My sister & I saw this place while we were on our way to meet Tartsy last fall. Since my sister is a real fan of microbreweries we stopped to check the place out afterwards. We had just had dinner so we didn’t try the food but the beer was definitely worth the stop :)

BTW, one of the reasons I picked up this sticker was that if you put some more hair on the guy, he looks an awful lot like one of my brothers! I picked up a nice beer glass for him with the logo on it. I’m not sure that he completely agreed about the resemblance, but it’s there! :D2 years ago

TG#12 Upland Brewing Co.

I visited this microbrewery in Bloomington, IN with my sister and her husband last September. The beer was pretty good, the food was delicious, and it’s a really nice place. I’ll be back sometime, I’m sure :)

Josh, have you been here?2 years ago

TG#11 America's National Parks

As you may have guessed from my national parks goal (even though I haven’t kept up with it ;)), I really love the U.S. national park system! I bought this sticker at Cuyahoga Valley National Park last September. 2 years ago

TG#10 "International caver" symbol

I also got this one at the national caving convention last year. Another sure sign of a caver in the vehicle! 2 years ago

TG#9 Reflective bat

This one is kind of an unofficial trademark of cavers- if you ever see this on a car, there’s probably a caver driving!

I picked this one up at the national caving convention last summer. 2 years ago

TG#8 Badlands National Park, SD

Another bumper sticker that I picked up during my vacation to the Black Hills last summer. My daughter loved the prairie dogs on the sticker :)2 years ago

TG#7 Hiker

I picked this up at a gas station/convenience store on my way up to the Black Hills last summer. I had to get this one- it’s my favorite (outdoor ;) ) activity! 2 years ago

TG#6 Ireland

This one was a gift from Irishpheonix. I’ve never been to Ireland, but it’s high on my list of other countries I’d like to visit!

And not just because littlesoul lives there ;)2 years ago

TG#5 Capitol Reef National Park, UT

I picked this one up last spring during this trip. I think that Capitol Reef is one of the most underrated national parks I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot of them! I believe that this was my third time at the park and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. 2 years ago

TG#4 National Sarcasm Society

Sometime last year the site sent me an email for a free bumper sticker (it was just $2-3 for postage) so I picked this one out. I have occasionally been accused of being slightly sarcastic so I thought it was appropriate ;)2 years ago

TG#3- Route 66

A sticker for the famous Route 66, one of the original US highways that ran from Chicago to LA. I’ve never driven the entire route but I’ve been on bits and pieces of it all along the route. I picked up this sticker in Kingman, Arizona on the way back from Death Valley after completing this goal last February. 2 years ago

TG#2 Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

I picked this one up about a year and a half ago, I think, when I took my daughter up to the park for a weekend of camping.

RMNP is considered one of the “crown jewels” of the US National Park System and I feel very fortunate to live just about an hour and a half drive from it. Although the park can be very crowded (especially since the high season is very short- approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day) if you’re willing to do some hiking you can quickly get away from the masses. One of my “unofficial” goals is to climb all of the named peaks in the park- there are about 125 of them and so far I’ve enjoyed the summits of about 30 of them. 2 years ago

TG#1- Caverns of Sonora, Sonora, TX

I actually picked up this sticker before I bought this car but my old car was acting up at the time so I saved it just in case (a good move for once, because the car turned out to be not worth fixing). I bought this sticker in July of 2009. On the way home from the national caving convention in Kerrville, Texas I stopped at this commercial cave with my daughter and took one of the tours. It’s an amazingly beautiful cave (one of the most stunning show caves in the country) and taking the tour is well worth the stop if you’re ever in the area (which is, unfortunately, in the middle of nowhere in western Texas, about 170 miles (275 km.) northwest of San Antonio). I’ve been wanting to visit this cave since I first became interested in caving over 30 years ago and I was not disappointed despite the many years of anticipation.

One very sad side note to this story, though- the formation shown on the sticker was the famous “Butterfly” of the Caverns of Sonora, truly unique in the world- there are other formations that look similar to it (althought they are also relatively uncommon), but no others known that so well represent a butterfly. Less than three years before I visited the cave the formation was vandalized by a person on one of the tours, who broke off the upper part of the right “wing.” The lost piece has never been recovered and a $20,000 reward stands for information leading to the recovery of the broken piece. This malicious destruction (in my opinion at least equally as vicious an act as vandalizing the Mona Lisa) led to the Texas legislature passing a law making it a state felony to damage or deface any cave in the state. 2 years ago

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