A Tree Named Joshua

By the mid-19th century, Mormon immigrants had made their way across the Colorado River. Legend has it that these pioneers named the tree after the biblical figure, Joshua, seeing the limbs of the tree as outstretched in supplication, guiding the travelers westward.  the National Park Service Amazingly enough when you’re driving along or hiking in …

Cliff Dwellers

The “Island Trail” at Walnut Canyon is not exactly an island, or at least it hasn’t been for a very long time even when the Sinagua (Spanish for “without water”), made their homes in these cliffs high above the canyon floor. Up to four hundred people may have lived in these cliff dwelling at one …

Meteor!

At some point about 50,000 years ago during the Pleistocene epoch,  everyone in the general area of what later was Northeastern Arizona looked up and that was it…. A place I always wanted to see – I blame the “The Wonderful World of Disney” – Meteor Crater in Arizona lived up to it’s billing of being …

Long Live Rock

When you drive, a lot, alone, music becomes incredibly important. Then again music has always been incredibly important to me – helped me, as it has many, through both the rough spots and the good times of life. I’m quite certain I never would have survived the trials of high school and the ups and …

Rattlesnakes & Ruins

One thing about traipsing around historic sites in Canada you rarely have to worry about the rattlesnakes. Things are a little different in New Mexico. As you set down the footpath to the Pueblo ruins at Abo & Quaria the sign above greets you. Noted. The ruins themselves were fascinating even with the absence, thankfully …

Drive Time Music…

Bill’s Top Ten Canadian Driving Songs… All of which were played multiple times on these voyages and song heartily each time. #10 “Let It Ride : BTO #9 “Carefree Highway” : Gordon Lightfoot #8 “Lunatic Fringe” : Red Rider #7 “Summer of ’69” : Bryan Adams #6 “Old Man” : Neil Young #5 “50 Mission …

Klaatu Komplete

Well at least this part… picked up the final piece today for the vinyl collection. Original studio albums 3:47 E.S.T. (1976 Canada No.40, US No.32) Hope (1977 Canada No.49, US No.83) Sir Army Suit (1978) Endangered Species (1980 Canada No.55) Magentalane (1981 Canada No.26) If you don’t know who they are… shame on you or you were born after 1985… …

A Little Blue Church

Some day I’m going to take the time to do this local historic site the justice it deserves. On January 1, 1790, inhabitants of Augusta and Elizabethtown townships agreed to build a church here in the “burying yard” of the proposed town of “New Oswegatchie”. Subscriptions were inadequate and nothing was built by 1804 when …