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Midnight makes for a dazzling display of stars in this shot of the Milky Way over Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. Photo by Matt Shiffler. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/26/16.

Midnight makes for a dazzling display of stars in this shot of the Milky Way over Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park. Photo by Matt Shiffler. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/26/16.

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Crater Lake National Park

A Blanket Of Snow

Crater Lake Sunrise

Spectacular

The Blue Lake

Posted July 27, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Looking Up   1 comment

Desert Moon   Leave a comment

Pure magic: An eclipsed supermoon rises over Arizona’s Saguaro National Park. Photo by Jack Suman, September 2015. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/20/16.

Posted July 25, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Alaska Vista   Leave a comment

Posted July 24, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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The Politics of Charity   2 comments

Mike Rowe has had some dirty jobs, but he's also a Distinguished Eagle Scout.

Mike Rowe has had some dirty jobs, but he’s also a Distinguished Eagle Scout.

Mike Rowe is a favorite media personality of mine. He hosts a show on CNN that’s about the tough jobs … “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” He believes in doing work that’s dirty. He’s a Distinguished Eagle Scout. And, he’s a consummate showman and fundraiser for his non-profit, non-partisan foundation, mikeroweWORKS, that exists to fund scholarships for people getting training in the trades.

Mike Rowe is a big supporter of honest work, where collars are not white, if they exist at all. He’s about to award $600,000 in scholarships. That may not be a dirty job, but it’s certainly an important one.

He regularly auctions off C.R.A.P. to raise funds for the foundation … that’s Collectibles, Rare And Precious, to the uninitiated. He typically finds thing in his storage room to auction, and occasionally one of his fans will contribute their skills to, for example, make his faded blue jeans into a purse. He regularly auctions off memorabilia from his shows, such as a warning light globe from the Mackinac Bridge, which was the subject of one of his shows several years ago.

Recently, he mused about auctioning off something from our leading political candidates in this tumultuous season … an autographed bathrobe from the Donald, or a similarly autographed pantsuit from the Hillary. Or something like that.

And a smart campaign worker made one of those ideas happen.

If you know Mike’s work, then you know he is independent. He did not seek one candidate’s contribution over another, and he’s specifically promised that he will auction off a contribution from the other candidate, with all appropriate pomp & circumstance, should they make a contribution. That didn’t stop the boo birds from coming out, though, and his Facebook page has been alive with flames saying “How COULD you?”

He’s doing it for the money to fund more scholarships, and I have no problem with that. Do you?

Want to own your own Trump bathrobe – and support mikeroweWORKS at the same time? The auction is open on ebay until August 1 … and, as I write this, bidding is now over $10,000. You can bid, here.

Posted July 23, 2016 by henrymowry in POTUS

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Stars   Leave a comment

Posted July 22, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Washington Vista   Leave a comment

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Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest

Ruby Beach

Second Beach Sunrise

Wonder

Posted July 21, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Man On The Moon   Leave a comment

“The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us.”

– Walter Cronkite, 1969

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong’s Out Of This World Souvenirs

Posted July 20, 2016 by henrymowry in Media

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Trail of Cedars   Leave a comment

In the Avalanche Lake area of Glacier National Park, abundant rainfall, prehistoric glaciers and rushing streams have combined to create a landscape of striking beauty and rich diversity. So much water allows nature to display vibrant colors –  from sparkling blue lakes to rich green forests. A hike on the Trail of Cedars is a great way to experience this gorgeous Montana landscape. Photo courtesy of Steven Bumgardner. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/11/16.

In the Avalanche Lake area of Glacier National Park, abundant rainfall, prehistoric glaciers and rushing streams have combined to create a landscape of striking beauty and rich diversity. So much water allows nature to display vibrant colors – from sparkling blue lakes to rich green forests. A hike on the Trail of Cedars is a great way to experience this gorgeous Montana landscape. Photo courtesy of Steven Bumgardner. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/11/16.

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Glacier National Park

Grinnell Formation

Grinnell Lake

Haystack Falls

Ninaistako

St Mary Falls

Two Medicine Lake

Which Is Prettier?

Posted July 20, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Delicate Arch   Leave a comment

A dazzling shot of one of the most famous geologic features in the world: Delicate Arch at Utah’s Arches National Park. After hiking for about 2.5 hours on a 3-mile route, Karen V. Peralta made her way to the iconic Delicate Arch. The storm clouds painted the sky above as rain drops showering the red rocks below, making the sun shine with all its might and leaving this breathtaking view of the arch, says Karen. “This photo was taken Memorial Day weekend of 2015, making it one of the most memorable weekends we've ever had exploring the beautiful Arches National Park.” Photo by Karen V. Peralta. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/8/16.

A dazzling shot of one of the most famous geologic features in the world: Delicate Arch at Utah’s Arches National Park. After hiking for about 2.5 hours on a 3-mile route, Karen V. Peralta made her way to the iconic Delicate Arch. The storm clouds painted the sky above as rain drops showering the red rocks below, making the sun shine with all its might and leaving this breathtaking view of the arch, says Karen. “This photo was taken Memorial Day weekend of 2015, making it one of the most memorable weekends we’ve ever had exploring the beautiful Arches National Park.” Photo by Karen V. Peralta. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/8/16.

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Arches National Park

Park Avenue

The Glory Of The Milky Way

Posted July 19, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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