Tag Archives: First Americans

Respect the rattlesnake’s privacy.

The Salinas Valley runs through the center of New Mexico south of Albuquerque.  First Americans lived there for hundreds of years.   From the 1300s CE to 1670, they had an advanced agricultural society living in stone and adobe buildings that … Continue reading

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Why the Ancients disappeared: Southwest United States

Early First Americans once lived in the four corners area where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet.  Often called “cliff dwellers” because of their homes built into the cliffs, they also lived on top of the plateaus, originally in … Continue reading

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When the river is too shallow: Utah Highway 279

We took boats twice on the Colorado River south of Moab to the edge of Canyonlands National Park.  We wanted to do it again.  But Colorado and Utah had been in a prolonged drought, and the river was too low … Continue reading

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Medicine Wheel / Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark, Wyoming

I first read about the Medicine Wheel in the 1970s.  It was around then we began to occasionally read novels by Louis L’Amour, simple “westerns” without much literary value that provided relief from the daily grind.  They were better than … Continue reading

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

We were heading down U.S. 212 to I-90 in Montana on our way to Sheridan. I am sure readers of this blog tire from repeated statements that we avoid Interstate highways because they are boring.  But we take them occasionally. … 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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A stop at Dominica, not the Domenican Republic

Dominica is not The Dominican Republic. I admit I confused them before our visit.  The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island with a population of about 80,000.  The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and has about ten … Continue reading

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