Friday, December 18, 2020

POST CARDS FROM OLD ROAD TRIPS

I picked these up on a few road trip, going back as far as 12 years ago.

One of my memories on one of them was hearing wolves howling in the distance just before dawn.  We were staying at the Lake Jackson Lodge, and I stepped out on the patio with a blanket wrapped around me. I curled myself up in a chair sipping on a hot drink, with the sight of those magnificent mountains, and listening to this ethereal sound.  An amazing moment, one which I didn’t want to end.  

So many memories from Yellowstone.  On one visit, later than when I bought these postcards, memories of a huge bull elk running toward us.  We had always been warned about staying a safe distance away from wild animals.  This fellow, however, covered three, almost four hundred yards at a fast trot in no time at all, and ran between the back of our car and the one parked behind us.  Why?  Because he wanted to get to the other side of the road!  I just remember him coming towards us, looking as though he was going to jump over our car, only to turn on a dime at the last minute to squeeze through the space behind us.  He disappeared as quickly through the trees beyond.  It was a moment of sheer terror but incredible excitement at the same time as Gregg and I looked at each other wide-eyed.  Moments before I had been thinking about getting out and taking a photo along with dozens of others.  I had opened the car door, had my foot on the ground and when I saw what was happening, put that foot back and slammed the door.  All the other photographers scattered and I heard a lot of car doors slamming.   That bull elk at full tilt was an incredible sight to see, but I was glad that no one was in his way, except for our cars parked alongside the road.  


This is an amazing place.  I was lucky enough to find an empty chair in front of the fireplace.  This one was in mid October, and sitting there and watching the flames, feeling the warmth of a log fire, so toasty!
I enjoy sending postcards to family and friends. It is something I have done ever since I was a little girl. Mum was always very conscientious about sending them, to grandparents in particular.  Whenever I have traveled I never fail to take my list of addresses with me.
Another memory, this time from Seattle and it is to do with a small restaurant we visited.  We were looking across the water at the city skyline.  I can't remember what our main meal was, but what I do remember is the sour dough bread that came with the meal.  It was the best I had ever tasted.
When Gregg used to travel a lot on business (he has been retired several years now) he never failed to bring me back a few, usually from the airport when he was waiting to board. 
Just like looking at other people's photographs, and browsing through my old collection is like armchair traveling. Instead of a suitcase in my hands I have a cup of tea. 

Enjoy your own traveling my friends, be it on the road or via your armchair, and thanks for dropping in.  Stay safe, healthy and happy!





36 comments:

  1. They are beautiful. My favorite is the second one. Good postcards are hard to come by nowadays. Or ANY postcards, for that matter. They used to even be sold in drugstores.

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    1. Thank you Ginny, I hope we can revisit some of these places one day. I remember looking at post cards inside drugstores, and also the gift shops inside the lodges we stayed in.

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  2. These are beautiful and makes one want to visit those places.

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  3. Wonderful souvenirs- and memory triggers.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them, definitely memory triggers for me.

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  4. they are beautiful. I think the reason there are no postcards, is the fact everyone carries a camera or phone everywhere and takes their on photos plus we can seee any of these thing at any time on the internet. back even in 1984 i bought postcards in every truck stop while we drove 90,000 miles in 3 months in a semi. i have none of them now.
    it is good you are saving these because they are getting rare now... we do still have them here in our tourist town. don't know about other places since i don't travel...

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    1. Thank you Sandra, that's an interesting thought and I think you are right. Wow! A lot of miles!

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  5. Hello, Denise
    Wonderful collection of post cards. I do love all our national parks.
    Take care, stay safe! Have a happy day and a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, me too. I wish you a happy day and great weekend also.

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  6. Postcards are great memories of places you’ve been to, or of the people who sent the card.

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  7. I love them! When my children were young I always had them pick postcards for their souvenirs everywhere we went, so much better than some overpriced little trinket that would soon be forgotten. I still have their postcard collections and they still enjoy looking through them to this day.

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  8. I don't believe in taking photos, on a trip. I buy post cards. Taken by much better photographers, than I. -smile- Plus, I spend my time, enjoying what I am seeing. Instead of having a camera to my eye, much of the time.

    Greetings from the North Pole,
    ⛄ 🎄 🎅 🎁 ⛄

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    1. I do both as I love taking photos, but I make sure after I have taken them to sit down and absorb my surroundings. I remember many happy moments doing just that, like the Great Tetons. The memories of them are so vivid and I have my photos that give me such great memory joggers of those moments in time.

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  9. Hi Denise,
    Some super postcards, I notice several on Yellowstone, we have had a series of programs lately on the television on Yellowstone, what a wonderful place to visit with such varied wildlife, I would love to have a visit when all this virus has cleared up. Old postcards I always find fascinating especially the really old ones.
    You and Gregg have as good a Christmas as you can and stay safe, soon be vaccinated
    John

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    1. Thank you John, I would love to see those. It's a great place for animals. :) I will wish you and your dear wife the same :)

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    1. That's great, and you are very welcome. thank you Cloudia :)

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  11. Thanks for this armchair road trip,Denise, and I did not even have to leave my own warm home.

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    1. You are very welcome Dorothy, glad you enjoyed it :)

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  12. I really enjoy postcards and these are lovely. We've been to the Old Faithful Inn. The architecture is something.

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    1. Thank you Ellen and how wonderful that you have seen the inn. I agree, it is an amazing place.

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  13. You always show the most interesting places, Denise. What a lovely collection of postcards you have collected. I enjoyed seeing them. I can just imagine how nice it must have been to sit by the huge fireplace at the Old Faithful Inn!

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    1. Glad you enjoy them Martha Ellen and thank you :) I remember it being the most wonderful experience sitting by the fireplace, and looking up at that magnificent clock hanging from the stonework.

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  14. These postcards have such a nostalgic feel to them...I enjoyed them. I get on google maps, and hit the little man and choose a road and travel down it that way. I can waste so much time. But also, like you, I get in the archives and it takes me on a stroll down Memory Lane.

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    1. Thank you Rose and I do the same. I have looked at the old house I grew up in, both my grandmothers houses also :)

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  15. I'd like to go to Yellowstone, if we get control of this virus before I'm too old.

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    1. I know the feeling Linda :) I hope you get there one day, sooner than later :)

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  16. Sound like you've had some lovely adventures.

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