From Earth to Vulcan

Welcome to Vulcan

A couple of days ago I posted an article about Earth, Texas.  Back in 2007 I had occasion to visit a friend of mine in Alberta, Canada.  One of the side trips we tool was to the town of Vulcan, which has taken full advantage of its name and the association with the TV show Star Trek.

Welcome sign in Klingon

Vulcan is a town located midway between the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge inthe prairies of Southern Alberta, Canada.  The population of the town was 1,940 in 2006, and the population of the county, which is also named Vulcan, was 3,718.  According to Wikipedia, “The town was named by a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1915 after the Roman God of Fire – Vulcan. Originally all the streets of Vulcan were named after gods and goddesses of the classical world such as Juno, Mars and Jupiter.”

Star Trek Wall

There are indications all over the town of Star Trek.  The town took on the Star Trek theme after the great popularity of the TV Show and now has Star Trek visitations all the time, as can be evidenced from their website (linked above).

Vulcan Public Library Sign

There is an Enterprise Restaurant, the visitor’s center is space themed (and you can even buy pointed Spock Vulcan Ears there!!).  They even have a statue of the Starship Enterprise!

Starship Enterpise – Crafty Jack and Sumoflam

As one drives around the town, there are signs for parks, etc., with the Enterprise logo…

Vulcan Iceplex Sign
Vulcan Country Club Sign

All told, Vulcan is a unique and interesting place to visit….

Vulcan Visitor Center
Welcome to Vulcan Plaque


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Vulcan, Alberta, Canada

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A Boring Trip

Entering Boring, OR

Today I actually flew to Portland for iHigh work and a couple of hours to spare, so I took a drive south of Clackamas, where I am staying and made my way to Boring, a small town south of Portland.

Welcome to Boring

Boring really is actually a nice town nestled in the fir covered hills heading towards Mt. Hood.

Boring was actually  named after William H. Boring, who was an early resident of the area.  He  was a Union veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War and had served with the 33rd Illinois Infantry. Boring died in 1932 at the age of 91 and was buried with his wife Sarah in Damascus Pioneer Cemetery, just north of Boring.

Boring Fire Department

Indeed, like other towns, there are many Boring things in Boring….like the fire department training tower above, and the Boring Mini Storage as seen below. (And wonder if the Yuuup guy, Dave Hester, from Storage Wars, would come here for an auction…)

Boring Mini Storage

And, of course, there is even a Boring Post Office–

Boring Post Office

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Boring, OR

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Staying Cool..in Texas

Welcome to Cool, TX

Just over 2 years ago I was making my way from Fort Worth to Mineral Wells High School.  Along the way I came across the VERY small (blink your eye small) town of Cool, Texas.  In fact, the town is only 1.6 square miles in size.

The only thing of significance in Cool is the Cool Cafe.

Cool Cafe: If We Ain’t Shut We’re Open

I had hoped to visit but they were “Shut”.  On a subsequent visit in April 2010 I made my way to Mineral Wells again and tried again.  One more time:

Cool Cafe Shut

I thought it would be a Cool place to eat, but I may never know.

The April trip did offer a very pleasant surprise…fields of Indian Paintbrush and Texas Bluebonnets.  That made the trip worth it.  Here’s a couple of pix.

Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Texas Bluebonnet

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Cool, Texas

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