Went on a guided bird watch through Fontainebleau State Park, located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. This land was originally owned by Jean-Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, born in New Orleans in 1785. He named his large holding Fontainebleau, after the forest near Paris, France. The state originally named the park Tchefuncte State Park and Conservation Reservation, after the Tchefuncte River. Who knows why they went back to the Fontainebleau name.
They had some 200 year old live Oak Trees:
Most of the birds we saw were bland:
The most colorful bird was this moorhen:
I did see this yellow-head sapien looker. Usually in this marsh area, they are on boardwalks or dirt paths:
The pelicans were flying in formation:
Patrick Dennis Bowlen, born February 18, 1944, is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos. The Bowlen Family, including his two brothers, John Bowlen and Bill Bowlen, and sister Marybeth Bowlen, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser in 1984.
On March 5, 1990, the Denver Broncos moved into the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, their state-of-the-art headquarters, named after Pat Bowlen’s father.
The Bronco’s training facility is situated on 13.5 acres in Centennial, Colorado, and also includes an administrative building and three outdoor full-size fields. The indoor field house was built in November, 2013.
The two-story 90,000 square foot Denver Broncos headquarters, Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, is now known as the The Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse, naming the entire complex the UCHealth Training Center.
This premier facility includes the Bronco’s Conditioning Center, which houses the team’s 9,000 square foot weight room and 18,000 square foot indoor conditioning area. Denver has invested more than $45 million in their facility over the past 5 years, including 9.5 million last year.
Aurora, Colorado, originated in 1890 as the town of Fletcher, taking its name from Denver businessman Donald George Fletcher, born September 29, 1849 in Ontario, Canada, who saw it as a real estate opportunity. He and his partners staked out four square miles on the plains east of Denver, around Colfax Avenue, but the town struggled mightily after the Silver Crash of 1893. At that point Fletcher skipped town, leaving the community with a huge water debt. Inhabitants decided to rename the town Aurora in 1907.
Colfax Avenue is the main street that runs east–west through the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. The street was named for politician Schuyler Colfax, born March 23, 1823 in New York City, who co-founded the Republican Party on March 20, 1854. Colfax Avenue has been a transportation and business corridor for the Denver area since 1870. It became Aurora’s Main Street, and continues to be an important thread in the city’s commercial life.
If you know what this is, you are really old:
Who knows where we will end up next.
We are now back here for the 5th time (see Day 605). We really enjoy this campground, especially when it is snowing in Maryland. The problem is that we have seen all the sights in this area. I guess we will have to look for something further out.
Technical Stuff: Holt, Florida to Ponchatoula, Louisiana: 234.3 miles
4 hours 52 minutes
Our last 1 night stopover before reaching Louisiana tomorrow. We are staying at River Edge Campground. Can you believe, it is on the edge of the Yellow River.
Technical Stuff: Madison, Florida to Holt, Florida: 217.0 miles
4 hours 8 minutes
Today’s and tomorrow’s stop are one night stands to get to Louisiana.