Prehistoric Colorado

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Even people who’ve never been to a Sinclair station know about the lovable dinosaur that proudly adorns its logo. Who knew there was still an actual dino out there? So the next time you’re driving through Golden, Colorado, stop by and pay him a visit. He’s not camera shy (but he doesn’t like to be touched).

Sinclair Dinosaur

Sinclair website

A Sign from the Past

Gem in the Desert

Many miles away from urban life, off of I-25 and about two hours from the Colorado state line, sits a town called Las Vegas. There’s no flashy lights or casinos here. This is New Mexico’s Las Vegas.

And in this town, on one of the main streets, you’ll find this relic from the past. A leftover from a time when art met functionality. You don’t see many of these anymore. Take in this piece of Americana for yourself the next time you’re driving through.

Fun fact: this sign can be seen at about minute 17 on the season three finale of House of Cards, as Doug enters the hardware store.


City of Las Vegas, New Mexico website

There’s Alice!

The Other Australia

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Many travelers to Australia know the big cities–Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth. Every American that does a work holiday Down Under will undoubtedly take away memories from Australia’s pristine beaches and well known urban spots, but few take the intrepid journey to its famous Outback.

We did.

If you want to know what the middle of nowhere looks like, look no further. Of course we mean this in a good way; there’s really no other place on Earth like the Outback. And in this far away place, right in the middle of the country, is a town called Alice Springs. A world within itself, Alice offers stunning views and outdoor treks through rugged terrain. Plus you’re literally in the middle of nowhere. How many people can say that?!

There’s also the wildlife–wild kangaroos, wallabies, giant lizards, and one of the deadliest snakes in the world. No worries, as the locals say. If you’re looking for a break from Australia’s urban scene, give this place a try. Our only regret is not staying longer.

Oh yeah, we got to ride camels, too.

Official tourism site

A Lake Near the Olympics

Somewhere in Canada…

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We love British Columbia. Maybe that’s evident from all the BC-related posts on this site. If you’re looking for something different and want to get away from civilization for a while, Callaghan Lake Provincial Park is the place to go. It’s not in the remote Canadian Arctic, but it’s far enough away to become one with nature for a while. It’s about a two-hour drive north of Vancouver, with a good chunk of that drive being on a gravel road–at least it was that way in 2009.

Be aware that there might not be much in the way of facilities. Maybe an outhouse, but that’s about it.

If you feel isolated and decide you need to connect with people again, Whistler, where all the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine events were held, is only an hour away. It’s an Aspen-like place. Basically, your typical ski village.

More about Callaghan Park

More about Whistler

A Walk Through the Woods

If You’re Up for a Stroll, This Will Work

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Unlike the grueling climb at Grouse Grind, Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a nice, easy stroll through the woods. A quick drive from the city center, this place looks like something out of a Lord of the Rings movie. Nature at its best. Lots of tall trees.

Learn more at the official site