“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” ~ Susan Polis Schutz
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers." ~ Ray Bradbury
“Come with me,' Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
~ Lisa Schroeder (Was Mom thinking of Murder in the Rockies?)
Colorado's History of Olympic Athletes
As athletes compete to be on the U.S. Olympic team (born in Colorado, many more have trained a the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs) we are reminded of Olympians past and present.
The first who jumps to mind is swimmer Missy Franklin who's parents live in Thoughts and Opinions hometown of Centennial, Colorado. Missy grew up here. Go Missy !!!
Another swimmer, Amy Van Dyken is an Olympic champion, former world record-holder, and national radio sports talk show co-host. She has won six Olympic gold medals in her career, four of which she won at the 1996 Summer Olympics, making her the first American woman to accomplish such a feat and the most successful athlete at the 1996 games.
Glenn Edgar Morris was a track and field athlete. He won a gold medal in the Olympic decathlon in 1936, setting new world and Olympic records. His accomplishments are most often overshadowed by Jesse Owen's performance in the 1936 Olympic's.
Adam Goucher is a retired American cross-country and track and field athlete. He primarily competed in distance events, half mile and greater distances..
Alexi Singh Grewal is an Indian-American Olympic gold medalist and former professional road racing cyclist. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Grewal became the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in road cycling.
Mason Finley in the discus throw will attempt to repeat his medal win. The competition in Rio is expected to be especially close. Finley is putting in long hours of practice, four and five hours, five days a week.
Two sports, two metals. Edward "Eddie" Eagan who is notable as being the only person to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in different events...boxing and four-man bobsled
Henry Carlos Cejudo is an American, Olympic gold medalist in Freestyle Wrestling. Freestyle is not the style/type of wrestling that is normally an event in U. S. college and high school competition.
Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan was born in Denver, September 29, 1908. A track and field athlete who competed in sprints. He set world records in the 100-yard dash and 100 meters event and Olympic records in the 100 meters and 200 meters events. He set world records in the 100-yard dash and 100 meters event and Olympic records in the 100 meters and 200 meters winning gold medals both events.
This list does not include all of the Colorado born summer Olympians, but it gives you an idea of the talent in this state. Also, there are even more winter Olympians because Colorado is the known as the skiing capital of the U.S.
Did you know...?
President Theodore Roosevelt signed his name in hotel registration books all over Colorado. Among them: Denver's Oxford Hotel and the Brown Palace and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray. It was during his stay at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs that the Teddy Bear was allegedly invented, when some hotel maids sewed and stuffed a toy bear for the President to cheer him up after a fruitless grizzly hunt.
*Yes there were grizzlys in Colorado in the first decade of the twentieth century. The last one was killed in 1979 and before that none had been confirmed since 1952. Colorado is not known as grizzly country today, even though fish and game officers claim there are some grizzlys in the state. The state officers do not want the federal officials or hunters to know where the bears are for the bears protection.
Places to Visit
Dinosaur National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Although most of the monument area is in Moffat County, Colorado, the Dinosaur Quarry is located in Utah just to the north of the town of Jensen, Utah. The nearest communities are Vernal, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado. It was declared a National Monument on October 4, 1915.
This park contains over 800 paleontological sites and has fossils of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Deinonychus, Abydosaurus a nearly complete skull, lower jaws and first four neck vertebrae of the specimen and various long-neck, long-tail sauropods.Sauropods are a subgroup of the "lizard-hipped," dinosaurs. This group of quadrupedal (four-legged), herbivorous animals had a relatively simple body plan which varied only slightly throughout the various species.
Kids love dinosaurs and will have a great time on your visit. How much you will enjoy a visit to Dinosaur National Monument will depend on how well you have prepared. See the links at left or below to learn more about operating hours, fees & passes, current conditions, permits & reservations, and traveling with pets. Proper planning and preparation will help ensure you have an enjoyable visit and get the most out of your time at Dinosaur National Monument. It can take over four hours to drive from the Quarry Visitor Center in the Utah portion of the monument to the Gates of Lodore area located on the north end of the monument in Colorado. Remember that the nearest fuel, lodging, and other services may be over an hour drive from various points in the monument.
Keep in mind, this is not a visit to your local city park. Your visit will depend on bringing every thing you will need and planning for the unexpected. There is no corner convenience store to buy lip balm or a six pack of soft drinks. On the other hand it can be a trip you and your family will never forget.
A rancher on the open range with his cows counted 196 of them, but when he rounded them up he had 200.
Why don’t you ever see hippopotamus hiding in trees? Because they’re really good at it.
My friend recently got crushed by a pile of books, but he’s only got his shelf to blame.
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