Ho Ho Ho Buffalo

Happy Holidays from Great Plains Trail Alliance!

Photo credit Stephen Jaye – The Action Story blog

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GPT – Photo (Map this Time) of the Week

The 100th Meridian – long been seen as the dividing line between the West and the Midwest.  It serves as a rough boundary between dry areas to the west, and wetter areas to the east where there is enough rainfall to support trees.

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Photo of the Week – The Highest Point of the Great Plains

Fishers Peak – the highest point of the entire Great Plains

This is it.  The highest point of the entire Great Plains – Fishers Peak in southern Colorado – 9,633 ft.  It’s not geologically part of the Rockies, but instead is volcanic in origin, sits east of the Rockies and therefore is part of the Great Plains.

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The Great Plains – A Big Place, but not a “Megaregion”

America has been in the process of becoming more and more urbanized and suburbanized for a very long time.  Apparently, geographers think that trend will continue. The Regional Plan Association has identified eleven “Megaregions” in the United States that together have about 75% of the population of the country.  There’s lots to think about with this idea, and the map is fun to contemplate, but for the sake of this blog, just take a look and the  empty section where the Great Plains are.

Yes, I know, that means that there are far fewer economic opportunities there, but it also means it’s one of the last areas of the country where you can find some solitude, and see the country as it was.  In any of these “Megaregions,” if you were to go away and come back in 5 or 10 years, you wouldn’t even recognize it.  The Great Plains, by contrast, has a comforting stability in its sparseness and isolation.

Here is a link to the article where you can click on the map for a better look at it:  http://www.america2050.org/content/megaregions.html

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GPT – Photo of the Week

Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska.

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GPT Photo of the Week

Nebraska – The Pine Ridge rises in the distance.

 

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GPT – Photo of the Week

The Fabulous Picketwire Canyon in Comanche National Grassland, Colorado

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