Colonial Williamsburg

•July 12, 2015 • 1 Comment

Probably best known for its wonderful architecture and living history interpreters, there’s a lot of pretty things to see at Colonial Williamsburg as well!

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Little Round Top, July 2, 1863

•July 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been to any number of historic sites and battlefields. Some, like the battlefield at Gettysburg are heavy with history and loss.
There’s something in the air there, you can actually *feel* the battle’s residue there; or at least, I did.

Little Round Top was the only place that I can think of that I’ve visited like this where all the visitors – young and old alike – were quite somber and reflective. Kids weren’t fighting with their brothers, babies weren’t screaming bloody murder and everyone talked in whispers.
If you stop and listened; and got quiet – you could hear things in the wind.
This place remains one of the most powerful spots I’ve ever visited in my various travels and it’s something every American needs to see.

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Alamogordo

•June 9, 2015 • 2 Comments

One of my favorite places in New Mexico is Alamogordo… and one of my favorite places there is the Museum of Space History. It’s a cool spot!

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It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas…..

•May 28, 2015 • 1 Comment

Stevie Ray said it best…. 

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Hopefully… it will stop raining sooner or later!!

Badlands

•May 5, 2015 • 2 Comments

They don’t get their name for nothin!!!

We were there in March – I can’t even begin to think how miserably hot this place would be in the summer heat.  No shade. No water… pretty damn rough place!

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Bisti sundown

•April 29, 2015 • 9 Comments

Took a little bit of an effort to get out to it… but it was really worth it!

The Cracked Eggs

The Cracked Eggs

Bisti Badlands

•April 15, 2015 • 7 Comments

I was fortunate to be able to visit a remarkable place in northwestern New Mexico last month – the Bisti Badlands.

What a truly remarkable place it was!  At first glance, after you park in the designated parking lot, it’s a flat, dried up ancient riverbed and following the old watercourse itself makes for fairly easy, flat walking.

It doesn’t take long, however, to start exploring the side canyons of the place and it’s there that the magic is found.  Bisti is definitely not a place for someone who’s unfamiliar with reading a map, using a compass and GPS; if you don’t know how to do those things, there’s a good chance that you’ll wind up a statistic in the confusing jumble of canyons and side canyons.

It’s a bit of a hike (my buddy and I walked about 7 miles total) and I damn sure wouldn’t attempt it in the heat of the summer.  But for a winter hike…. it’s pretty sweet!

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