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Solitude Mountain Resort – Utah

Solitude Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains, thirty miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. With 66 trails, 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) and 2,047 feet (624 m) vertical, Solitude is one of the smaller ski resorts near Salt Lake City, along with its neighbor Brighton.

I grew up at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon, I love this area! Tonight I am actually staying up at Solitude resort. It’s gorgeous up here! Fresh mountain air, good friends and colleagues to hang out with and cool temps. My good buddy Michael gave me this postcard he picked up from the gift shop today. Thanks Mike! Continue reading

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Seattle Center / Space Needle – Seattle, Washington

When I got this postcard we were visiting family in the Mukilteo area of Seattle which is part of the Puget Sound. This area is honestly one of the prettiest places I have been. My wife went to high school in the area and lived there for half a decade (although I didn’t know her at the time I was there as a kid). My great Uncle and Aunt’s home overlooked the Puget Sound and had incredible views! Shortly after we visited the area I remember hearing my great Aunt ran for mayor, or city council or something of the area and won. Continue reading

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Reef Motel – Crescent City, California

One of the coolest trips I remember growing up was when we drove up the western coast to Seattle and eventually Vancouver, Canada. I remember going to Southern California to visit family then picking up my Grandma (Nana) from LAX. From there we headed up the coast toward Seattle to visit my great Uncle Norm.

We must have stayed one night here in the Reef Motel in Cresent City, California. The city is located on the Pacific coast in the upper northwestern part of California, about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Oregon border. Continue reading

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Old Tucson – Tucson, Arizona

Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona. Built in 1939 for the movie Arizona, it has been used for the filming of several movies and television westerns since then, such as The Three Amigos, and Little House on the Prairie. It was opened to the public in 1960, and historical tours are offered about the movies filmed there, along with live cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts.

I remember going there when I was just a kid. At one point my parents had thought of moving to Tucson. Although it has its beauty in many ways, i’m glad we ended up where we did. Continue reading

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Bloomington Golf Course – St. George, Utah

Bloomington is a community in southern Washington County, Utah, United States, which now forms the southwestern part of the city of St. George. Bloomington itself goes back to the pioneer era but more notably was established as a suburb of St. George in the late 1960s by the Terracor Corporation, who also built the Bloomington Country Club which is now under new management and is beginning again to take on a new life as a desired membership only course opportunity. Continue reading

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Dixie Forest – Veyo, Utah

So the other day I was passing through Veyo, Utah. A very very small bedroom community outside of St. George, Utah. Its located near the Dixie National Forest. This postcard photo of the Dixie Forest looks like it was taken at a small reservoir called Baker.

The thing that I found interesting about acquiring this postcard was that it was in the very back of the “Spanish Trail” Sinclair service station (which also has a vintage roller rink on the second floor) on a small rack with quite a bit of dust on it. Since the copyright on the postcard is 1993 I had to wonder if this card had been sitting on that rack for 23 years. Something to wonder for sure. Continue reading

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Lake Powell – Wahweap Marina & Lodge – Page, Arizona

I still remember the first time I was at the Wahweap Marina and Lodge. There were a set of clocks on the wall behind some kind of registration desk. I recall seeing one clock with Utah time and then one next to it with Arizona time. My 7 year old brain was having a hard time understanding how with Arizona being in the same time zone as Utah they could be different by an hour.

Lake Powell is one of the most beautiful man made locations in the world in my opinion. In 1972, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was established. It is public land managed by the National Park Service, and available to the public for recreational purposes. It lies in parts of Garfield, Kane, and San Juan counties in southern Utah, and Coconino County in northern Arizona. Continue reading

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Miami Vice – Universal Studios Hollywood, California

Before I begin let me slip into my hot pink neon t-shirt and white blazer. Oh and my boat shoes, cannot forget the shoes. Picture it, 1989, the last year that the hit TV show Miami Vice ran. I’m 8 years old and everything is about fast cars and fast boats with me sitting there watching Miami Vice LIVE at Universal Studios Hollywood California! Explosions, trick stunts, fast boats, guns, and jumps!

1984-1989 isn’t too shabby of a run for a show about cops, boats, t-shirts and crazy mullet styled hair. Plus having a whole live action show at Universal Studios is a pretty good indicator of success. I think that Uncle Rico would be proud to still be living in 82′. Continue reading

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Cliff Palace – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

First of all, when was the last time you saw something printed in Japan?! Look down at the bottom right copyright on the postcard!

Back in the 80’s my family was taking road trip vacations around the western united states. One of the stops was Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado located in Montezuma County, Colorado. It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites in the United States. Continue reading

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Double Arch – Arches National Park, Utah

Ah Utah! I honestly don’t remember where I got this postcard, but I do know that it was on one of our family vacations through Arches National Park. On many of the postcards I got I had written the date that I picked it up. This one looks like it was 1987.

It’s interesting to note that if you look down in the bottom of the smaller arch you can see a guy standing there. I wonder who he is. Continue reading