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A Photographic Moment in Time

A Really Cool Article about a Business Owner improving his Business Neighborhood


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Dick sent us an email the other day about how his wife and he were tired of looking at a blank wall across from their business and decided to do something about it. It’s a very interesting read, hope you enjoy!

Here’s the link to the newspaper story describing the mural on our building in Vevay, IN.  The photograph shows the mural and artist but (sorry to say) not the sign you made.  I sent several photographs to the paper with the sign included, but they opted to focus on the artist and include the text of the sign in the article.”

-Dick Yanikoski


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Susan Loves her Cats


Love the plaque!  Thank you.

It’s attached to the front of my house near the front door and just above the spot in the front garden where I have buried by 3 cats under a yaupon holly tree.  I intentionally kept is small because I didn’t want it to dominate the facade, and in the hope that the next owner of my house will  leave it in place.

Susan 7/2014

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Travel to Moscow, Some Common Misconceptions about Visiting the Russian Capitol

Moscow Red Square and St Basil's CathedralHere are some casual observations about the mismatch of expectations and realities of visiting Moscow.

Having just returned from a September 2013 visit to Moscow, I was struck by the mismatch of what I had expected and what I actually observed.

Soviet Era Ruins in Moscow

Expected a lot of Soviet Era Rubble


Moscow turns out to be a wonderful place for the casual traveler to visit. While Moscow might not match some other cities in cuisine, shopping, or magnificent sight-seeing, it does offer plenty of beautiful parks, history, culture, architecture, world-class art and museums, cathedrals, and enough sights to keep a traveler easily occupied for many days.

I expected a bit more of a “police state” atmosphere, and at least expected some gnarly looking scar-faced, bandoleer draped, machine gun toting, pressed uniform wearing guards prominently stationed at the airport and on every street corner. But, no luck and no photo ops (presuming that I would not be sent to the gulag for attempting to use my trusty Leica to expose the goings-on behind the Iron Curtain). Well…maybe too many old cold-war movies stored in my DVD collection, and too many John le Carre books gathering dust on the shelves.

Moscow City is a Modern Financial Center

Got, Moscow City, As Modern as anywhere


Vibrant colors in Moscow

Expected Drab. Got Color


The reality is that there is definitely a lot more overt police presence in any large American city than in Moscow. Actually saw or heard very few police sirens. But, since there are not any donut shops, I guess there is not any reason to turn on the blue lights and go fast.

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Kayaking the Snake River, Twin Falls Idaho to Pillar Falls

Photo of Hwy 93 Bridge from the Snake RiverKayaking the Snake River, what a great way to spend a summer afternoon in Idaho.

Top of the Snake River GorgeTravel plans left me with a free afternoon in Twin Falls ID. Having been to the Twin Falls area on numerous occasions over the years, I thought I had seen it all. I had visited the Evel Knievel motor cycle jump site, Shoshone Falls, Ice Caves, the path of the Oregon Trail, and drove to Jackpot Nevada for gambling. Yep pretty much done it all. Most of the best parts about the area center around the Snake River Canyon, the awe-inspiring, 500 feet deep chasm that nature carved into the volcanic rock when Lake Idaho emptied more than a few years ago. The one thing I had not done was to actually get on the water, so I decided to rent a boat of some sort and explore from water level.

mountain-home-address-plauqeKayaks and canoes are easily rented, and not very expensive either. There was a friendly vendor in a trailer only a few steps away from a dock dedicated to non-motorized boats. My single-seat kayak rented for $20 for four hours, including a life jacket.  Although the kayak may not have been professional quality, it was in very nice condition and well cared for. Not what I might have expected. Paddling upstream, my goal was to reach Pillar Falls, an easy 2 mile trip. There were only a very few other kayaks, a couple of canoes, and a handful of paddleboard boaters seen on this weekday afternoon. Only  2 powerboats passed, and they showed great respect for non-motorized traffic.

DIY Fish PlaqueThe scenery can only be described as spectacular. At times the canyon walls descend almost straight to the waters edge, while other stretches have an area of marshland or meadows buffering the cliffs and the river.

I was able to spot a fair amount of wildlife. Ospreys soared overhead, while gangly herons stalked the shoreline and felt like they needed to flee upon my silent approach. Looking onshore, I twice spotted what I believe were fishers from the weasel family. They were sleek, black, and moved very quickly from one hiding place to another.

Bear Cub Shaped Plaque for Mountain Cabin HomeAfter returning to shore, I looked at some websites dedicated to the wildlife to be experienced in the area. It turns out that I didn’t even begin to see the wide variety that call the gorge home. Furred, feathered, finned and slimmed creatures abound. There are even bears that reside nearby.

With little current, and easy paddling, my mind wandered to the address plaques that Atlas has designed that would be fitting to this unique environment. Had I been on the ridge, I would have seen snow-capped mountains both north and south. Had I ventured into the brush, I might have stumbled across a bear eating berries, and had I been under the water, I would have seen the abundant number of trout that are ready to fill the creel.

Pinecone Motif Mountain Address PlaqueThe Snake River Canyon is an area that is definitely worth exploring time after time. Spend a couple of days even if you are on your way to some other destination. You most certainly will enjoy all that Southern Idaho has to offer.

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