Videos uploaded by user “zeekzilch”
Scalping and other ritual mutilations explained at Little Bighorn National Monument
This recording was made at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. In the video you can hear the guide explain why bodies were "mutilated" after Custer and his troops were killed in battle. The warrior's' idea, at the time, was to disable a dead enemy in the afterlife by removing his trigger or bow finger, cutting his legs so he couldn't ride again, or even shoving dowels into ears so that the dead would listen better in the afterlife (in the case of Custer Indians friendly to him felt he didn't listen to them while he was alive so dowels were pushed through his ears to open them up). The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is located in southern Montana just above the Wyoming border.The Battle of the Little Bighorn, often referred to as "Custer's Last Stand," was an armed engagement between combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. The battle occurred on June 25 and 26, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory and was the most prominent action of the Great Sioux War of 1876. The Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho, realized an overwhelming victory over the U.S. Calvary. Several major war leaders, including Crazy Horse and Chief Gall, were inspired by the visions of Sitting Bull (Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake). Here's my personal webpage about history: http://www.rogerwendell.com/history.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 08-24-2013
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Healing and Living with Herpes- Dr. Kelly Martin, D.C. on KGNU
For about five years I had the pleasure of working with Leilani Rashida Henry at radio station KGNU here in Colorado. In this recording Leilani is interviewing Dr. Kelly Martin about how she has been able to control her own Herpes symptoms. Dr. Martin's website: http://www.ExpressionofLife.com My page about KGNU: http://www.rogerwendell.com/kgnu.html 08-21-2009
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A drive through the Billy Graham Training Center at "The Cove" in Asheville, North Carolina
The Cove is a Christian conference center in Asheville, North Carolina. Despite a security stop and a big freeway, nearby, I found the center to be a peaceful, enjoyable experience. It was early fall and the leaves were just starting to change and fall - very pretty! At 1:34 I follow the loop in front of Chatlos Memorial Chapel to head back the way I came. Here's my personal webpage about spirituality: http://www.rogerwendell.com/spirituality.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 10-01-2012
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Barefoot: Running Long Distance Without Shoes! Michael Sandler
While riding my bike to work, this early fall morning, I saw a guy running barefoot on one of Boulder's many multi-use trails. I was so fascinated, especially seeing him barefoot on concrete, that I made a quick U-turn and pulled up behind him with my camera in recording mode. As you can learn from the video, it turns out this runner is Michael Sandler, coach of the nation's largest barefoot running club. Called the Barefoot Running Club, it's a growing organization of advocates who believe (and can demonstrate) there are benefits to running without shoes - something our ancestors were doing one or two million years ago! I don't know much about it but will certainly give it a try once my own aches and pains subside from a summer of extensive mountaineering... NOTE: This video was not "staged" or rehearsed as was suggested by some running forums a few days after I had posted it - I really did ride my bicycle up behind Michael, unannounced, and started asking questions. And, thankfully Michael is in such great shape he was able to answer me while still running! Here's a link to the Barefoot Running Club: http://www.meetup.com/Barefoot-Running-Club/ Here's Michael Sandler's website: http://www.runBARE.com Here's a follow-up YouTube interview I conducted with Michael Sandler a few months later: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA2gp1EzjFU Here's a link to my own page on exercise: http://www.rogerwendell.com/exercise.html Here's my own page about Boulder, Colorado: http://www.rogerwendell.com/boulder.html 09-16-2009
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FPS Snow Thrower (Troy-Bilt Storm 2410) - A blizzard in Denver, Colorado
Please don't do this at home! The auger control on this machine was clamped into the "on/active" position so that the camera could be held in one hand - NOT SAFE! The Troy-Bilt Storm 2410 is a 179-cc 24-inch two-stage electric start gasoline powered snow blower. This recording was made on the day a fast moving blizzard immobilized most of the Denver area (March 23, 2016). Average snow depth, around the city, was over 25 centimetres (10 inches) with the average depth in the area of this video being over 41 centimetres (16 inches). Here's my personal Snow Day webpage: http://rogerwendell.com/snowday.html Here's my page about snow caves: http://rogerwendell.com/snowcaves.html Here's my skiing page: http://rogerwendell.com/skiing.html 03-23-2016
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Click consonants and an African click language demonstrated by Sibs
Sibs was one of our guides in Zimbabwe who had all kinds of knowledge about language, animal tracking, and life in the bush. In this video he's demonstrating different aspects of an African click language he grew up with. Technically, clicks are obstruents articulated with two closures (points of contact) in the mouth, one forward and one at the back. The pocket of air enclosed between is rarefied by a sucking action of the tongue (i.e. clicks have a lingual ingressive airstream mechanism). The forward closure is then released, producing what may be the loudest consonants in the language, although in some languages such as Hadza and Sandawe, clicks can be more subtle and may even be mistaken for ejective stops. Here's my personal webpage about our trip through southern Africa: http://www.rogerwendell.com/africa_southern.html 04-23-2012
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Mark takes me on a tour of his Teepee (Tipi) in Golden, Colorado
Okay, although I admire the lifestyle Native Americans led (before the European invasion) I know next to nothing about Tipis (also spelled Tepee and Teepee). So, whenever I run across one I enjoy taking a closer look. The tipi in this video, especially, caught my attention because it's in a residential neighborhood in Golden, just a few kilometres from my own house! It was the Presidents' Day holiday so I had a little extra time on my hands and was bicycling by when I stopped to photograph this particular tipi. Mark, the owner, stepped out and invited me in for a closer look - thanks Mark! In preparation for this upload I took a quick look around the Internet and learned this about tipis: The tipi was originally made of animal skins or birch bark and used by the Native Americans of the Great Plains. The word "tipi," itself comes from the word "thípi" in Lakota language and is a verb/noun mixture meaning "to dwell," or simply, "house." Historically, the tipi was durable - providing warmth and comfort in winter, but remaining dry during heavy rains. And, apparently, the tip was cool in the heat of summer where temperatures on the Great Plains can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). Tipis were easily disassembled and packed away quickly - making them very portable for the nomadic lifestyle of Native Americans of the Great Plains. Here's my personal web page about camping: http://www.rogerwendell.com/camping.html 02-16-2009
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A drive through Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
Whitehorse is largest city in the Yukon and also the territory's capital. It's also the largest city in northern Canada. Whitehorse was incorporated in 1950 and is located at kilometre 1426 on the Alaska Highway in southern Yukon. Whitehorse is at an elevation of 640 metres (2,100 feet) and a population of over 23,000 at the time of this recording. Here's my personal webpage about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html Here's my travel overflow page: http://www.rogerwendell.com/traveltwo.html Here's my page about transportation: http://www.rogerwendell.com/transportation.html 09-08-2015
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Test deck being run through a Delivery Bar Code Sorter (DBCS)
This is a "Phase II" model 994 Delivery Bar Code Sorter (DBCS) used by the United States Postal Service throughout the United States. This is their most basic sorting device as it takes mail that has already received a bar code and gives it a greater depth of sort - right down to your letter carrier on his or her delivery route. At the time of this recording there were nearly 600 sites using various phases and versions of the DBCS - my guess is there were easily a few thousand of these machines in use before the Postal Service started to downsize in the late 2000s. Each machine averaged about 30,000 pieces of mail per hour (depending on the length and thickness of the individual mail pieces), thus requiring a hefty amount of preventive maintenance each day. In this case the technician has placed a "test deck" in the machine's feeder to ensure accuracy of sortation and other adjustments. Normally, during the middle of the night, when most of the sortation takes place, there would hundreds of feet of "real" mail to run through the machine during a regular shift. Also at the time of this recording the Postal Service was using a "Phase 6" model that was the newest design but still looked pretty much like the 15-year-old phase II you see in this video. Also, this particular machine was manufactured by ElectroCom Automation but the Postal Service purchased similar equipment from Siemens, Pitney Bowes, and other manufactures at different times from the early 80s through the 2000s. Here's a link to my personal web page about the Postal Service: http://www.rogerwendell.com/postal.html 03-13-2009
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Learning to drive an airboat in the Florida Everglades
We had a most excellent tour of a mangrove swamp adjacent the Florida Everglades in late November. In this recording Amber learns to drive the boat for us! Here's my personal webpage about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html Here's my page about water issues: http://www.rogerwendell.com/water.html 11-24-2011
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A walk through the abandoned village on  Agrigan Island, CNMI
My climbing friends and I spent a considerable amount of time on Agrigan Island (also spelled Agrihan) in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This was in preparation for a first ascent to its 965 metre (3,166 feet) summit. Agrigan is uninhabited and rather remote - located about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Saipan. There's almost no water on Agrigan and, of course, almost no other supplies as well. My time on Agrigan, and throughout the All of it is a grand adventure I'll never forget! Oh, the Mariana Islands are part of Micronesia, which is a subregion of Oceania but remain part of the United States as their citizens had asked for decades ago. Here's my personal webpage about our climb and CNMI in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/cnmi.html Here's my page about camping: http://www.rogerwendell.com/camping.html Here's my page about highpoints: http://www.rogerwendell.com/highpoints.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html Here's my travel overflow page: http://www.rogerwendell.com/traveltwo.html 06-03-2015
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Snowblowing a driveway in Colorado with a Yamaha YS 828
This was a relatively heavy storm across the entire Denver Metropolitan area (although we've certainly seen much worse!!). Glen is always eager to put his decade-old snowblower into action and I love watching how much snow it throws into the air! (I usually follow-up with my shovel after he knocks out the hard parts...) Here's my personal webpage about snowday issues: http://www.rogerwendell.com/snowday.html 12-22-2011
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MicroMark letter mail canceling machine used by the United States Postal Service
This is a very old-style canceling machine that was in wide use by the U.S. Postal Service until it was replaced with the Advanced Facer-Canceler in the late 80s. The MicroMark in this video, like the few others that were still around in the mid 2000s, had its tube electronics replaced with solid-state stuff on circuit boards. Also, this machine features the once famous "Alhambra" modification that added additional "stackers" for mail to end up in. Here' s my personal webpage about the Postal Service: http://www.rogerwendell.com/postal.html 10-27-2009
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The Mayan ruins of Altun Ha explained by our Belizean guide
Jenivieve Lamby was our most excellent guide for the start of our tour at the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha in Belize! Altun Ha is the name an ancient Maya city in Belize, located in the Belize District about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Belize City and about 10 kilometres (6 miles) west of the Caribbean Sea. The site covers an area of about 8 square kilometres (5 square miles) but did not come to the attention of archeologists until 1963. Altun Ha was occupied from about B.C. 900 to A.D. 1000. Most of the information on Altun Ha comes from the Classic Period from about A.D. 400 to A.D. 900, when the city was at its largest. Here's my personal webpage about history: http://www.rogerwendell.com/history.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 02-12-2015
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Dr.  Duck's Quack Shack CB Radio Repair - Walsenburg, Colorado
First, a disclaimer - although one of my passions has always been radio communications (I've been an interviewer on public radio, an amateur radio operator, and Coast Guard Radioman) I've never had much interest in CB (Citizens Band, 27 MHz) radio. In fact, I kind of figured CB was nearly dead with such widespread use of cell phones and other technologies. Neverthless, I guess I was wrong - as you can see, Dr. Duck'sQuack Shack is still servicing CB radios and other electronic equipment. I was fascinated with Dr. Duck's mobile radio shack and appreciate him allowing me to make this recording. If you're ever in southern Colorado, around Walsenburg along Interstate 25, stop in and get your radio repaired! His phone number is 719-989-7651 Here's my personal web page about amateur radio: http://www.rogerwendell.com/qrp.html 08-29-2009
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Lone, 75 year old woman completes the entire John Muir Trail on top of Mt. Whitney
I had the pleasure of interviewing this woman on top of Mt. Whitney - California's highest mountain (14,508 feet / 4,420 metres) and the highest mountain in 49 states (except Alaska). "Rattling Grandma" started her hike in Yosemite on July 2nd, 24 days prior to this recording on the 26th. The distance she traveled was about 340 kilometres (approximately 211 miles) with many thousands of feet and metres of elevation gain and loss. Here's my personal webpage about 14ers: http://www.rogerwendell.com/14ers.html Here's my page about hiking in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/hiking.html 07-26-2012
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Spud Gun, goats and antennas by WG0AT at the Colorado QRP Club
Steve Galchutt brought this version of the "spud gun" (Pneumatic Launcher) to our Colorado QRP Club meeting. It was built for him by his friend John Evans (N0HJ) as described in the March '09 issue of the American Radio Relay League's QST publication. Amateur radio operators use all kinds of devices to launch antennas over trees and other obsticles. At http://www.youtube.com/user/w0cqc we have more videos of Steve, his goats, and antennas! Here's my personal web page about antennas: http://www.rogerwendell.com/antennas.html Here's the American Radio Relay League: http://www.arrl.org Here's the Colorado QRP Club's page about WG0AT: http://www.cqc.org/gallery/meet0309/index.htm Here's Steve's "Goat Hiker" YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/goathiker 03-14-2009
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Inside secret passageways at the Post Office (Lookout Gallery)
In most (yes, most!) Post Offices there's a series of secret passageways called a "Lookout Gallery" (LOG) that's used by Postal Inspectors and the Office of Inspector General for surveillance purposes. Commonly referred to as a "LOG" the purpose of these structures is to monitor and observe the Postal work environment so as to prevent mail theft. Yes, unfortunately a small minority of Postal employees have been known to steal letters and packages while on the job. The good news is that, thanks to the LOG (and law enforcement personnel in general) internal theft at the Postal Service is probably a lot less than in most other work environments. In addition to the two-way mirrors (visible at the start of this recording) another critical component of the structure is the "Breakout Door." The breakout doors are usually located at the the base of the LOG, at workroom floor level, so that law enforcement personnel can "breakout" into the work area and make an arrest or take whatever action is needed. Postal law enforcement personnel aren't generally too fond of working in the "LOG" as it's not usually air-conditioned and it's exempt from fire codes and other safety related regulations. In this video you can see a couple of different ladder configurations for access to and from the "breakout" doors. Law enforcement personnel have been known to fall and get hurt in these areas as the lights you see in this video are normally left off during regular LOG use (the lights are normally kept available for the use of maintenance personnel that need access to the LOG for various reasons). Starting sometime during the first decade of the second millennium the Postal Inspection Service started installing extensive video monitoring systems in their new facilities instead of a LOG. The LOG is extraordinarily expensive, despite its lack of creature comforts, plus nobody likes spending a lot of time in 'em anyway! Here's my personal webpage about the Postal Service in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/postal.html 11-06-2011
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Telescope Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Here's some very heavy breathing as I finish the last few metres to the top of Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park, California. At 3,367 metres (11,049 feet), Telescope Peak is the highest point in Death Valley. From the top you can see Badwater, at -85 metres (-280 feet) the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, and Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Starting at the Mahogany Flat campground, there was about 915 metres (3,000 feet) of elevation gain to reach the summit - with a few patches of snow still visible this first week of June. Here's my personal webpage about climbing in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/climbing.html Here's my page about hiking: http://www.rogerwendell.com/climbing.html 06-07-2011
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Barefoot Running described by Michael Sandler at KGNU in Boulder, Colorado
In an earlier video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKbG2oAkYNk) I recorded my surprise discovery of Michael Sandler jogging through Boulder, Colorado without shoes. I was so impressed with what he was doing I invited him to record an interview with me at KGNU's radio studio. After that recording we stepped outside for some barefoot running basics. After the interview airs on KNGU I'll try to remember to post the link here. Until then, here are other related links: Here's a link to the Barefoot Running Club: http://www.meetup.com/Barefoot-Running-Club/ Here's Michaels Barefoot Running School and Community: http://www.runBARE.com Here's a link to my own page on exercise: http://www.rogerwendell.com/exercise.html Here's my own page about Boulder, Colorado: http://www.rogerwendell.com/boulder.html 12-18-2009
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Life on Alamagan Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
At the time of our visit there were 3 (three) permanent residents on Alamagan Island! So, because of my friends and I landing on the island we probably quadrupled their population the day of our visit! Alamagan is located about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Saipan and is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). My climbing friends and I spent a considerable amount of time in the area to climb island highpoints in addition to our attempt at a first ascent up neighboring Agrigan. The Mariana Islands are part of Micronesia, which is a subregion of Oceania. Here's my personal webpage about our climb and CNMI in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/cnmi.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html Here's my travel overflow page: http://www.rogerwendell.com/traveltwo.html 05-30-2015
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Train and escalators to B gates at London Heathrow Terminal 5
David and Susan are seen in this video as we all take the train and escalator to the B gates at London's Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. Heathrow, and London in general, is a pleasant, well organized place to stop during international travel! Here's my personal web page about travel, in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 11-22-2008
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Self-sufficient Motorcycle - BMW R100CS "Airhead"
This video is of my friend Vince's 1981 BMW RC100CS motorcycle. I was fascinated with the amount of "secret" storage beneath the riding seat. This particular model of BMW is affectionately referred to as an "Airhead" because there was no liquid cooling. It's also shaft-driven and has dual disc brakes up front. I believe this was the first year BMW replaced spoke wheels with the die-cast set you see here. Overall, this BMW is a well-built model that should stay in Vince's family for generations to come! Oh, I later learned that the "CS" stands for "Classic Sport" in the bike's model type. Paul Narramore sent this info in 2013: "And both Airhead and Oilhead engines are known as 'Boxers' ie flat twins." Here's my personal webpage about transportation issues: http://www.rogerwendell.com/transportation.html Here's my page about fuel economy: http://www.rogerwendell.com/fueleconomy.html 10-30-2011
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Boarding the underground train at Denver's Airport
Boarding the underground train at Denver International Airport. If you look around my YouTube page you'll find a bunch of other Denver International Airport videos - enjoy! Oh, here's my personal travel page: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html
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Open border between Aldergrove, British Columbia and Lynden, Washington State
There's no fence between Lynden, Washington State, USA and Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada. Zero Avenue (on the Canadian side) and Boundary Road (USA) parallel each other just a couple metres apart along this side of the border. However, it's illegal to cross the border here - you need to enter either country at a proper crossing. Despite its tranquil appearance, this section of border is carefully monitored and patrolled. At the very beginning of this recording, at about 0:02 to 0:06 there's a border patrol vehicle moving away from the camera. At about 0:23 to 0:30 there's another border patrol vehicle moving towards the camera. Finally, there's another border patrol vehicle parked on Boundary Road itself, with its headlights on, monitoring the situation as well. The Oregon Treaty of 1846 set the boundary between the United States and Canada at the 49th parallel west of the Rocky Mountains, veering around Vancouver Island and then proceeding through the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. Here's my personal webpage about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html Here's my travel overflow page: http://www.rogerwendell.com/traveltwo.html Here's my page about America: http://www.rogerwendell.com/america.html 05-12-2016
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Ely, Nevada
Here's a drive through Ely, Nevada - located about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ely is at an elevation of 1,962 metres 6,437 feet) with a population of about 4,200 (2010). Ely is located in White Pine county and was founded as a stagecoach station along the Pony Express and Central Overland Route during the 19th century. Here's my personal webpage about Nevada: http://www.rogerwendell.com/nevada.html 08-02-2011
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A summer's drive through Vail, Colorado
The video was recorded on the solstice, the first day of summer, although I regularly drive by Vail every week. Rocky Mountain summers are short, dry, and in complete contrast to the winter playground most people know the area for. This particular route of travel was along Vail Valley Drive and the I-70 Frontage road to the roundabout at mile 176. Vail is located about 150 kilometres (95 miles) west of Denver, Colorado. Here's my personal web page about ski resorts and skiing: http://www.rogerwendell.com/skiing.html Here's my page about Colorado in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/colorado.html 06-21-2010
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Crow Agency, Montana
Crow Agency is located in Big Horn County, Montana, in the southeast section of the state. Here's my personal webpage about travel in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 08-24-2013
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Glenwood Canyon, Colorado - a drive through its tunnels along Interstate 70
Glenwood Canyon is about 240 kilometres (150 miles) west of Denver, Colorado. It's an extremely scenic area that's transited by thousands of motorists each and every day. Yes, the 25 kilometre (16 miles) drive through Glenwood Canyon is one of the most beautiful on the planet. Nevertheless, many of us fought the road's construction in the early 1980s. Some of the reasons for this were because we believed the road to be environmentally damaging to the canyon, a waste of money and resources (both for building the road and the gasoline that would be used by the huge increase in traffic), and pretty much an eyesore adding to the railroad tracks, powerhouses and other junk already cluttering the canyon. Anyway, the environmental actions lost in court and the huge construction project that was started in 1984 was completed sometime around 1992. The irony and sadness in all of this is that as much fun as the drive through Glenwood Canyon can be it's clear that this and other joyrides aren't going to last much longer. There simply isn't enough fuel, money, or construction material to keep these kinds of projects viable in the future. Just a year before I recorded this video gasoline prices went well above $4.50 USD per gallon in all of the towns along Interstate 70 and at each end of the canyon. The state of Colorado, and the United State government, were entering an era of such huge budget deficits they weren't even sure they could maintain the current road system let alone start the construction of any new highways. So, here it is in 2009 with state governments (especially big ones like California) going broke, energy isn't getting any cheaper, and most of our roads and bridges are in poor repair. Those wild-eyed environmentalists back in the 70s and 80s were right - Glenwood Canyon and other superhighways should never have been built! Here's my personal web page about Peak Oil: http://www.rogerwendell.com/fossilfuels.html Here's my page about the state I love most: http://www.rogerwendell.com/colorado.html 08/08/2009
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FSM 1000 Flat Sorting Machine at the United States Postal Service
When this video was taken, in 2009, there was already a much larger more modern flat sorting machine in use by the United States Postal Service. Nevertheless, these FSM 1000s were a solid workhorse for many smaller Post Offices around the country. Also in 2009 an even newer, larger (and much more expensive) Flat Sorer Sequencer came out that went into regular use in early 2010. Again, the newer equipment was bit too large and expensive for smaller Post Offices. Oh, at the very end of the video you'll notice the machine stops and all the lights come on - that's because a safety light-barrier was interrupted during the recording. Here's my personal webpage about the Postal Service: http://www.rogerwendell.com/postal.html 10-28-2009
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A winter walk through Nederland, Colorado during the Solstice
Despite what may look like "wet" pavement everything was still frozen as the temperature was only about 15 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 9 degrees Celsius)when I took this video at 3:30 in the afternoon on December 21, 2008. Nederland is a great little town, known for all kinds of things (including the nearby maintenance of Bredo Morstoel's frozen body), and I love stopping there whenever I pass through on climbing or ski trips! Here's my personal web page about nearby Boulder, Colorado: http://www.rogerwendell.com/boulder.html 12-22-2008
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Denver International Airport underground train
Nothing like a quick ride between terminals on the Denver International Airport's underground train system! Here's a link to my personal web page about flying and travel in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 03-03-2008
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Tour de Barr Camp, Pikes Peak, Colorado
I regularly hike up Pikes Peak to Barr Camp a few times each year and enjoy hanging around the cabin. In this video I was able to catch my friends Steve, Linda, Tom and others before everybody was getting ready to hike back down to Manitou Springs. This particular hike took place in early December with temperatures averaging about -5 Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) along most of trail - we each hiked 22.5 kilometres (14 miles) roundtrip for this outing. Here's my personal web page about Pikes Peak and Barr Camp: http://www.rogerwendell.com/pikespeak.html 12-05-2009
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Antique bicycles on display at the Forney Transportation Museum
Lots of interesting trains, antique cars, bicycles, and other historical items at the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver, Colorado! Here's my personal webpage about cycling: http://www.rogerwendell.com/cycling.html Here's my page about transportation: http://www.rogerwendell.com/transportation.html Here's my page about history: http://www.rogerwendell.com/history.html 02-06-2016
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Military airplane crash site - Rampart Range, Pike National Forest, Colorado
This is a recording of the wreckage from the final flight of Captain Sydney Harrison, veteran of WWII and the Korean War. The crash occurred in 1952. This plane was a Cessna Bird Dog L19. On an adjacent tree, the Boy Scouts of America have since placed a small plaque that reads: In Memoriam Captain Sidney Harrison 1912 - 1952 WWII Korea Sidney Harrison was one of the country's finest soldiers. He had been through the invasions of France and Germany and lived to tell the tale. His last flight was from Wichita to Buckley Air Force Base in Denver. His plane went down in a blinding snowstorm. Plaque Contributed by BSA Troop 17's Warhawk Patrol Monument, Colorado - - - The plane and memorial are located at: N 39° 08.565, W 104° 58.156 at an elevation of about 2,560 metres (8,400 feet) in the Rampart Range between Denver and Colorado Springs. The Colorado Mountain Club, and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, have proposed that the natural area in and around the crash site, comprised of about 12,140 hectares / 30,000 acres) be protected and preserved for future generations due to the relatively pristine condition of the area's natural environment. Here's my personal webpage about the military: http://www.rogerwendell.com/military.html Here's my page about Colorado: http://www.rogerwendell.com/colorado.html Here's my page about hiking: http://www.rogerwendell.com/hiking.html 07-05-2015
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Boundary Peak , Nevada's highest point!
In this video I'm on top of Boundary Peak in western Nevada - just a couple hundred metres away from the state's border with California. Boundary itself is 13,140 ft (4,005 metres) but is pretty much a sub-peak of neighboring Montgomery that's one kilometre away. I have also posted videos of Montgomery and Nevada's more famous Wheeler Peak over on it's eastern border with Utah. Here's my personal webpage about Nevada: http://www.rogerwendell.com/nevada.html Here's my page about climbing 13ers: http://www.rogerwendell.com/13ers.html 08-03-2011
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Pumpjack - Lufkin conventional pumping unit
I have no idea why this thing stopped pumping oil during my recording - there were no people around, no security systems, nothing to stop it as far as I could tell! However, Perdyfly1 wrote to say, "The pumpjack stopped because it was on a timer. I repair the wellheads and often have to wait for the timer to restart the pumpjack so I can shut it down myself." Thanks for the info Perdyfly1!!!! Anyway, a "pumpjack" can also be called a "nodding donkey," "pumping unit," "horsehead pump," "beam pump," "sucker rod pump (SRP)," "grasshopper pump, ""thirsty bird," and "jack pump." These types of pumps are used to mechanically lift liquid out of a well if there's not enough bottom pressure to naturally force the fluid up. I found this particular unit near the town of Rangely, Colorado, about 440 kilometres (270 miles) west of Denver. "Ken Bailey" provided this information on September 12, 2014: This pump is on a well not far from the Blue Mountain Cutoff, about 2/3 of the way eastward through the ten-mile-wide Rangely Field. The pump model is a Lufkin conventional we used to call '64's," the approximate length in inches that the pump would pull the "polished rod" out of the well on each upstroke. In the 1950's, Rangely had 500 pumping wells; today only about 90 still have surface pumpers remaining (many are pumped from underground). This Lufkin is an older model, the curved lines on the "Equalizer" (the part of the rear of the "walking beam" where the arms from the crank come up to meet it) give it away. At one time, these stretched out in straight rows for as far as the eye could see, set apart from each other on neat 40' spacing like a checkerboard. It was a neat place to grow up, and I wandered the field freely as a kid, but I wouldn't recommend it today..." In August 2013 GilbertLA63 provided this info: "These Lufkin pumping units were ubiquitous in the Long Beach and Signal Hill areas of southern Los Angeles County in the 1950's. None of the pumping units then were on timers, and there were literally wells everywhere you looked. Of course, that included the whole Los Angeles basin." [ed note: as a small boy in Long Beach, during the sixties, I, myself, remember so wells still visible in Long Beach while my family lived there] In October 2011 hefley4 provided this additional info: "Rangely is located in the great Uintah Desert in the extreme northwest corner of Colorado -- the desert stretches deep across the border into Utah, and much of Dinosaur National Monument is found on or near it. It is reputed to be the bed for an ancient inland sea, not surprising as many large oil deposits are found beneath former oceans that provided the immese pressure to crush the fossil remains into oil over long periods of time." "hefley4" added this information in October 2011 as well:: Artesia's named was changed to Dinosaur somewhere around 1960 to capitalize on the growing tourist trade coming to view the amazing bone discoveries and spectacular scenery of Dinosaur National Monument. In my days in Rangely in the '60's, Dinosaur had no high school, and their kids were bussed the 20 mi into Rangely -- Dinosaur was the Rangely "suburbs" ... ! In January 2011 hefley4 added this info: "This pump is a conventional "walking beam horsehead" type manufactured by Lufkin Industries, probably in the 1950's. Once found in Rangely by the hundreds, Lufkin conventional pumps shared the field with "Bethlehem," "National," "Continental EMSCO," and "Oil Well Supply" model pumps on original placements, many under silver derrick towers. Most were black back than, before environmental rules mandated the sand paint. All ran continuously back then, but have auto-on-off "load-sensors" now. There was a picture on the Colo. School of Mines website of this same wellsite with a wooden derrick over a 'National Oil Supply' 1940's oil pump..." In December, 2010 lucincutoff provided this info: Some wells have timers, others are controlled remotely etc.. I know exactly where this well is. It is about 2 miles west of the town of Rangely. This particular pump is one of the older styles found in the Rangely Weber Sand Unit and is more than 60 years old. Here's my personal web page about fossil fuels and Peak Oil: http://www.rogerwendell.com/fossilfuels.html 08-23-2010
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Removing a rattlesnake with my bicycle tire on Green Mountain, Colorado
On the last afternoon of August I was cycling around my neighborhood when I discovered this rattlesnake on the bike path along C-470 on Green Mountain west of Denver. Since there were no branches or sticks around I attempted to gently persuade the creature to leave the path before somebody ran over it. Turns out I was successful despite trying to not get bit - while pushing my bike and video recording all at the same time! Here's my personal web page about wildlife: http://www.rogerwendell.com/animals.html Here's my personal web page about cycling: http://www.rogerwendell.com/cycling.html Here's my page about Green Mountain: http://www.rogerwendell.com/greenmountain.html 08-31-2009
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Boarding the underground train at Denver's airport
What could be more fun than and underground train ride to your airplane flight? Well, Denver International Airport offers such delights between each of its three terminals. Never mind that the train ride, combined with baggage claim and the long ride to I-70 will take you well over two hours to get home if you live on the other side of Denver. Nevertheless, the underground train ride at Denver International Airport is a lot of fun - especially if you have layover and are looking for something to do!! Here's a link to my personal web page about flying and travel in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 03-03-2008
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Self Cleaning Trash Screen for Irrigation Water - Delta, Colorado
When I first posted this video I described it as a "Waterwheel filtering device," only to find out, later, that it's called a "Self Cleaning Trash Screen for Irrigation Water." Anyway, it's obvious this waterwheel driven device is lifting and filtering debris out of the canal before the water moves through the irrigation pipes. I discovered it (and dozens of others) while poking around the outskirts of Delta, Colorado - a small rural community located about 380 kilometres (235 miles) southwest of Denver, Colorado. Here's an audio holiday "stocking stuffer" I created for this device on KGNU: http://www.rogerwendell.com/audio/kgnu/kgnu_how_on_earth_self_cleaning_trash_screen_12-20-2011.mp3 About 9 months after I posted this video I heard from SawGrip: I'm the builder and developer of this product. Co-Op in Olathe is not carring my product any more. If the machines you see now are GREEN they are not mine. I have made improvements to them for better chain wear and lower water use. All of the original designs are BLUE in color like the one in the video. I have been building these for over 25 years. If you have any questions contact M & A Welding in Delta, Colorado. 970-874-8246 Here's my personal webpage about water issues: http://www.rogerwendell.com/water.html Here's my page about Colorado: http://www.rogerwendell.com/colorado.html 05-11-2011
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Fabric block-printing - Jaipur, Rajisthan State, India
Here we took a tour of a fabric block-printing center and learned a lot about the textiles representative of Jaipur and the surrounding area of Rajisthan State, India. Here's my personal web page about our trip through India: http://www.rogerwendell.com/india.html 11-27-2008
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Union Pacific "Big Boy" Steam Locomotive # 4005 - Denver, Colorado
Manufactured by the American Locomotive Company, the "Big Boy" 4884 (Whyte notation) series is considered to be some of the largest locomotives ever built. This locomotive, number 4005, was over 40 metres (132 feet) long and, combined with the tender, weighed about 567,000 kilograms (1,250,000 pounds). A total of 25 of these models were built - 20 in 1941 and another 5 in 1944. These units were designed for Union Pacific's main route over the Wasatch Mountain Range between Green River, Wyoming and Ogden, Utah. At the time of this recording there were eight surviving "Big Boy" engines from the original 25. Number 4005, seen in this recording, is one of the few that's being preserved indoors - it's located at the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver, Colorado. Locomotive 4005 was involved in an accident on April 27, 1953 while pulling a freight train through southern Wyoming. While traveling at 80 kph (50 mph) the trained jumped a switch track throwing the engine onto its left side and derailing its tender and the first 18 freight cars of the 62-car train. The engineer and fireman were killed instantly on impact while the brakeman would die in a hospital a few days later from severe burns. After tje accident, 4005 was repaired at Union Pacific's Cheyenne facility and then operated until about 1959. This note from Richard Mattingly in September, 2017: "The 4005 was originally to be moved to its new location in pieces but it was decided to move the Iron Monarch of Confluence Park intact along with other trains at Forney Museum by rail. Heading the odd mixture of locomotives, rail cars and even a rotary snow plow Big Boy hop scotched its way taking track from behind as it went." Here's my personal webpabe about history: http://www.rogerwendell.com/history.html Here's my page about transportation: http://www.rogerwendell.com/transportation.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 02-06-2016
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Taking off  from Tampa International Airport in Florida
This flight took place in late November as I was heading back to Denver. Tampa International Airport is a major public airport located six nautical miles (11 kilometres) west of the central business district of Tampa, in Hillsborough County, Florida. This airport is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Here's my personal webpage about travel in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 11-27-2011
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Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, Arapaho National Forest
The Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is located on the top of the same mountain that provides a lot of VHF and UHF repeater coverage to the Denver area in Colorado. The fire lookout tower, and radio antennas and towers, are all located at about 11,400 feet (3,475 metres) in Clear Creek County directly west of the Denver area. Here's my personal webpage about antennas: http://www.rogerwendell.com/antennas.html 05-26-2014
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Pronouncing Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao in New Zealand
Our guide, "Girly," teaches us how to properly pronounce the name of her village at Rotorua on New Zealand's north island, "Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao." I believe the town's names means, "The gathering place for the war parties of Wahiao.” I highly recommend a visit to Whakarewarewa, The Living Thermal Village if you're ever in the area of Rotorua on New Zealand's north island! Although the Maori people in this community have completely opened their village to tourists (including permission to photograph and record) they've done an excellent job of preserving their culture and language. I enjoyed my visit with these people and hope to return again someday. I have a number of other videos posted on my channel from my visit to New Zealand. Here's my personal webpage about our trip to New Zealand: http://www.rogerwendell.com/newzealand.html Here's my page about travel in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 12-03-2013
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Proper camel riding technique
Daisy (Padmaja Bharti) demonstrates how to properly get onto the camels we are about to ride through the Indian countryside. The "camp" we were staying at is located on the outskirts of the village Geejgerh, near Sikandra in the state of Rajasthan. SeaofSongs wrote to say that at 0.34 Daisy is saying "Sometimes I need to be over dramatic!" - thanks for the translation SeaofSOngs!! Here's my personal web page about India: http://www.rogerwendell.com/india.html Here's my page about domestic animals: http://www.rogerwendell.com/pets.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 11-30-2008
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Kashmir hand-knoted silk rug demonstration in New Delhi, India
Kashmir remains a sad situation with many expatriates living in different parts of India. This gentleman and his family maintain a factory, in New Delhi, where the traditional hand-knotted method remains in use. Here's my personal web page about our travels throughout India: http://www.rogerwendell.com/india.html 11-24-2008
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Hanging Lake Tunnel, I-70, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado - 5 months before the huge rock slide
I regularly travel this route through Glenwood Canyon for business purposes and climbing trips. This particular video was taken in September, 2009 when I was driving westbound toward Grand Junction, Colorado. Five and and a half months later, at 12:09 am Monday morning (March 8, 2010) a rock slide punched large holes in the highway near mile marker 125 (approximately minute 3:05 in this video) on the west side of the tunnels. The rock slide occurred just after midnight, two hours after I had just passed through on yet another business trip, with a 66 ton boulder doing most of the damage. The highway, in both directions, was closed for almost four full days, opening up to single lanes in each direction on Thursday afternoon, March 14th. I drove through it a night later and took a video of the roadwork that I've posted on YouTube as well. Unfortunately you can't see much of the damage but internet archives should help give you a better idea of how badly a 66 ton boulder can damage a highway! Anyway, Glenwood Canyon is an extremely beautiful place with a very interesting section of Interstate 70 running through it. The highway, and these tunnels, created a lot of controversy during their development due to the huge environmental impact. Nevertheless, the project went through and most of us use this route traveling between Grand Junction and the Denver area (they say there's an average of 25,000 vehicles going through these tunnels each day with I-70 itself, of course, get much heavier use the closer you get to Denver). I, myself, have driven the route many dozens of times for both business and pleasure... Here's my personal web page about transportation: http://www.rogerwendell.com/transportation.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 09-28-2009
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Street percussion along the 16th Street Mall, Denver, Colorado
These guys did a great job using an old skateboard, trash bucket, and other bits and pieces for their street percussion. Here's my personal web page about music in general: http://www.rogerwendell.com/music.html 07-17-2010
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Self checkout at a New World grocery store in New Zealand
I love grocery shopping wherever I travel around the world. In this recording we're using the self checkout at New World grocery store on New Zealand's North Island. At the time of this recording New Zealand had already eliminated their pennies and nickles so any change is rounded up or down depending on the store's policy. Getting rid of small coins, and implementing dollar coins, saves the government a lot of money in printing and replacement costs. Here's my personal webpage about our trip to New Zealand: http://www.rogerwendell.com/newzealand.html Here's my page about economics: http://www.rogerwendell.com/economics.html Here's my page about travel: http://www.rogerwendell.com/travel.html 12-01-2013
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