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North Cascades Highway, Route 20, Washington, Now Open

If you’ve been planning to drive into or through North Cascades National Park in northern Washington, Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, opened about a week ago, the 3rd-latest opening in its history. Crews removed as much as 25 feet of snow from the only paved road that crosses the park, which is primarily wilderness.

For more information about what you see on the spectacular drive, visit this blog post.

Keep track for continuing status on other routes in the Cascades (not all currently open) at The NPS site for North Cascades National Park.

Glacier National Park: Boating and Camping Restriction Changes

Boating Restrictions in Glacier National Park

The National Park Service has revised the prohibition against boating on all waters in Glacier National Park, although restrictions remain.

Due to an invasion of non-native mussels, all boating had been prohibited until May 15, 2017. Effective now, hand-propelled boats are permitted on Lake McDonald and North Fork. Other waters will open to hand propelled craft on June 1, 2017.

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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Boaters must pass an inspection. Powered and trailered craft are still prohibited.

Read the full NPS notice with further details at this link.

Two Medicine Campground Opening Delayed: Snow

The Two Medicine Campground opening has been postponed due to snow. Read the current alert here to check status.

If you have an update, become a contributor. Contact Scaffolding Watch with information about Glacier or about any other site, location and nature of the obstruction or closure.

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© Brad Nixon 2017. Information will change. Check the NPS links above for latest conditions.

Closure Alert: Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Washington, District of Columbia

The Washington Monument is closed until an unspecified date in spring, 2019.

While visitors to the National Mall can still see and photograph the monument, it is closed to entry, meaning that one can’t walk the stairs or ride the elevators to the top.  The National Park Service (NPS) is modernizing the elevators.

One should anticipate some amount of disruption to the appearance of the monument for photography, involving equipment, railings, etc.

Visit the NPS website for current updates at:

If you have an update, please contact Scaffolding Watch with information, or about any other site, location and nature of the obstruction or closure.

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Copyright Brad Nixon 2017

The Washington Monument viewed from the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the Reflecting Pool


Bernini’s Elephant and Obelisk – Viewable, But Vandalized

One of our favorite sculptures in a city of sculpture, Rome, is still on view, but was vandalized on November 16, 2016.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed “Elephant and Obelisk,” which was unveiled in 1667 in the Piazza della Minerva.

The end of the left tusk was broken off by an unknown person. The piece was recovered nearby, and the restoration of the statue is being studied.

The statue is a brief walk south from the Parthenon. If you’re traveling between either the Campo de Fiori or the Largo di Torre Argentina, put it on your itinerary. The elephant was probably executed by an assistant of Bernini. The Egyptian obelisk was discovered in an  excavation in Rome.

If you have an update, or if you find the statue unviewable during some future restoration activity,  please contact us with information, or about any other site, location and nature of the obstruction or closure.

Copyright Brad Nixon 2017

Elephant and Obelisk image available on CLICK HERE to view the Underawesternsky image portfolio.

Italy, Pisa: Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Italy, Pisa

The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is current closed for repair/restoration. No reopening date is posted. Please check that link for latest status.

For a short review of what you can see, including the Leaning Tower and the surrounding Piazza del Duomo, CLICK HERE.

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