Visit Douglas Wyoming – Home of the Jackalope

We are staying in the Casper area for the month of July.  Only 90 degrees!  As always, we use the Jeep to explore the area and quickly came to the little town of Douglas.  Douglas is about 40 miles east of Casper on Highway 25.  So tell me … Have you ever seen a Jackalope? Home of the Jackalope One of the things we always do in a new town is find the local history museum.  I love to ask two questions. First, we ask about why the town was founded?  The second, similar question is “why is the town[…]

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8 New Travel Bloggers You Will Really Enjoy Reading

As a blogger, I love to read blogs!  As a traveler, I love to see where people have been and I thoroughly enjoy great photos!  So over my morning coffee, I browse through several travel bloggers who write on many different topics. I am going to list some of my favorites below.  I hope you will add some of these to your favorites!   Why Does a Blogger Blog? But let me take a minute to explain this whole blogging thing!  Most of us blog because we just can’t keep our virtual mouths shut!  I love to travel and to[…]

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Exploring Trail of The Ancients – Day 1

The Trail of the Ancients, a Beautiful Drive While spending June in Dolores, Colorado, we had what my husband calls a “target-rich environment”. So much to see! The Trail of the Ancients is a designated National Scenic Byway that runs through Colorado, Utah and a bit of Arizona.  The total route is 480 miles long.  We spent 3 separate day-trips exploring it.  Even so, we “left some for next time!”  The blue pins on the map, below, show the stops we made on this very long day.  The other colors are separate day trips. Day 2 of our tour Interesting Anasazi sites[…]

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Exploring Aztec Ruins – Not Aztec, Anasazi!

While staying in Farmington, New Mexico, Bill and I decided to explore several of the Anasazi Ruins in the area.  Our discovery of the Aztec Ruins, just 15 miles down the road was a sweet surprise!   Interesting Anasazi sites in the 4 Corners The Spanish Named it Aztec The ruins are located in the town of Aztec, New Mexico.  The name comes from the early Spanish explorers who came through this area in 1540-1542.  They were under the impression that all ruins in the area were built by the same builders as those in Old Mexico and so named[…]

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The Trail from Chaco – Visiting Salmon Ruins, NM

Ancient Residents of Chaco Canyon move to Salmon Ruins in Bloomfield New Mexico While staying in the Farmington, New Mexico area, we had several opportunities to explore the amazing culture that flowed from Chaco Canyon near the turn of the millenium, around 850-1200 AD.  We continue our series on the Anasazi culture here in Bloomfield at the Salmon Ruins.  See Visiting Chaco Canyon – Where did the Anasazi go? to start our tour at the beginning. Salmon Ruins marks the transition between Chaco and what happened afterwards.  The Ruins are what is left of a Great House directly North of Chaco Canyon,[…]

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Visiting Chaco Canyon – Where did all the Anasazi go?

Chaco Canyon – Home to the Anasazi I have always loved visiting ancient civilizations. I climbed the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru as a high school student. We spent our honeymoon climbing Maya and Toltec ruins in Mexico.  Chaco Canyon is North America’s version of these wonderful, mysterious sites. This amazing National Historical Park, just south of Farmington in New Mexico, is a ‘must visit’ location for those of us who crave the mystery of ancient wealth and glory, now covered in sand and myth. So where did the powerful, creative, sophisticated residents of this 11th century ruin all[…]

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Devils Tower – Oh the Stories They Tell!

Driving on Highway 90 in Wyoming, just west of the South Dakota border, you can’t help but see it.  To the north, jutting straight up out of the plains of Eastern Wyoming stands a rock tower,  known as Devils Tower, over 800 feet above the floor of the valley.  Even at 80 miles per hour it stays in your vision for several minutes, drawing you in for a closer look. For centuries, Native Americans have lived around the tower and been drawn to it’s presence.  Early explorers, trappers, settlers, all commented on it as they passed by.  Eventually, it was[…]

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Silver City Idaho – A Beautiful Jeep Trip from Boise

If you are looking for a road trip while you are in the Boise area, don’t miss Silver City Idaho.  This is a “living” ghost town that is a pleasure to explore. Our plan for the day – Swan Fall Dam and Bruneau Sand Dunes We started the day driving south from the Boise area to Swan Falls Dam, with no intention of going on to Silver City!   Well that’s pretty normal for us, I guess. The drive to the Swan Falls Dam went through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.  We got there too late[…]

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Did George Washington Really Start the French and Indian War?

We Love the Stories As we travel through this beautiful country we hear stories!  Here’s one we had never heard before.  George Washington, our favorite Revolutionary War Hero and First President, was accused by both the French and the British of starting the French and Indian War.  I missed that day in High School History class, so I never really learned about the French and Indian War.  The short story is that the French and British fought for the North American continent during the 1750s and 1760s mostly using Native Indians and Colonists as their surrogates.   For background on the[…]

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Pennsylvania Railroad was to be Sabotaged by Nazis

You know something is really important when the Nazi’s of WWII make it a target for sabotage!  The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Horseshoe Curve was one of several targets slated for sabotage by the Nazis in June 1942.  Before and during the war, the US Government secured and guarded the pass, knowing that its destruction would severely impede transportation of steel and other materials throughout the United States, potentially crippling the war effort and the US economy. The Germans named the mission “Pastorius”.  Eight German residents, who had lived in the United States, were trained in Germany in the use of explosives.  Their[…]

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