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Our first backroads adventure; part six: good roads and great scenery.

Once we left the Tavaputz Plateau, we encountered just a few dirt roads, but the scenery was fabulous. Heading South, we passed through Helper, so named because coal trains required a “helper locomotive” to get over the mountain. There is … Continue reading

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Did confirmation bias influence us?

As Alie and I drove to the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, we remarked that Jerry Ford was an amazing person unlike any other politician who reach the highest levels of government. Except for of a few years in New Jersey, … Continue reading

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A remarkable tree, the largest Osage orange tree in the United States

This Osage orange tree isn’t remarkable just because it is a “Champion Tree,” the largest of that variety in the United States.  It is remarkable because of where it is — in Virginia. It is over sixty feet tall.  It’s … Continue reading

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Red Hill: “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”

Demagogues seem to be an ever-present feature of political life.  All I knew of Patrick Henry was his famous quote: “give me liberty or give me death.”  Even had I known he was called the “Voice of the Revolution,” I … Continue reading

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Iolani Palace: Oahu, Hawaii

There are many larger and grander homes in the United States, but there is only one royal palace.  It is the Iolani Palace in Honolulu on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawai`i, the home of a king … Continue reading

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Walking beneath the walls of old San Juan

Arriving early in San Juan, Puerto Rico with no plan in mind, I  went to get a map from tourism office but it wasn’t open.  So I walked across the street where the old wall that once surrounded Old San … Continue reading

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The U.S. road network is less than one hundred years old.

Click on photos to enlarge. We strongly advocate driving across the U.S. sometime.  So much is missed travelling only by plane.  But imagine if there were no paved roads. The modern American road system is less than one hundred years … Continue reading

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Smallwood Store: Chokoloskee, Florida

American history is relatively young.   But even in the U.S., we tend to think of “pioneers” as belonging to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  However, pioneers were eking out a living in Florida as late as the twentieth … Continue reading

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Joplin’s murals reflect history, good and bad.

Heading east  last April, we were chased by tornado-producing storms.  We left a late snow storm in Colorado.  We left rain in Dodge City, Kansas and shot across the state. At Greensburg, we turned off the main road to drive down … Continue reading

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The toughest mining camp in the West.

Last spring we visited what was called the toughest mining camp in the West.  One report said in Frisco’s heyday there were 12 men killed a night.  That might be an exaggeration, but it is agreed there were killings most … Continue reading

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