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North America » United States » California » Placerville October 17th 2019

CAPTAIN JONATHAN RUTLEDGE DAVIS Jonathan was born in 1829 and raised in South Carolina. When the War with Mexico broke out he joined up with the Palmetto Guards. He fought with distinction at Churubusco but was wounded there. So many officers went down that day that he was promoted to lieutenant for his gallantry. By the end of the war he had made captain. When the war ended he made his way to the California gold fields. On the morning of December 19, 1854 he was prospecting up Rock Creek Canyon above Placerville with two friends, James C. McDonald and Dr. Bolivar A. Sparks. They stumbled into an ambush set by a gang of 14sassy bandits who thought it would be amusing to murder them and steal their animals and provisions. McDonald was in the lead, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende October 17th 2019

This post will be mostly photographs. We took a LOT of them yesterday on our tour. The tour was put on by Patronato pro Niños, a group that helps kids with mostly medical care and transport: The volunteer guides are mainly expats (ours was Jay) and they each have a wealth of knowledge about the history behind the buildings of San Miguel de Allende. The tour is 300 pesos per person, well worth it. 119 pictures and 3 panoramas. Enjoy.... read more
Grackel haven
Out little tour group
Church Door

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee October 17th 2019

Today’s activity took us in a different direction other than amusement parks and beaches. Nicki Jo, our activities director, arranged for some of us (including Lulu) to participate in an annual event held countrywide. It’s called “Be Bold, Be Bald!” It is a national cancer fundraising event held in October each year, and takes place wherever you are. We are at Tropical Palms. We started out with a potluck lunch. That hit the spot. A nice variety of delicious food. Linda thought it would be a good idea to have a potluck lunch everyday. Yummmmmmmmm. Nicki Jo handed out our bald caps to decorate. Some folks really put the full glitz on theirs. We put a penny on ours to recognize a very dear person who is dealing with cancer at this time. She knows the ... read more
Thank you Nicki Jo for everything you do!
Busy beavers decorating their bald caps
Lulu and her newest friend!

North America » United States » New Mexico October 17th 2019

Day 23 Rest Day Bike maintenance,washing, relaxing, hot pool soaking and admiring restored vintage cars. Day 24 T or C to Carrizozo Out of T or C we were on seal for 30kms heading predominantly North. Our route then led us onto a gravel road which was easy riding, relaxing with no nasty bits. After 50kms of this we took another road which while good, had some tricks in store. Smooth dirt with very little gravel this road took us North through scrubby desert-like country although there was some stock being run here. Many dry washes to watch out for. These ranged from nothing more than a small bump to a good sized culvert full of loose gravel &/or deep sand, some with a deeper narrow culvert running through the middle that has been carved out ... read more
Sculpture Garden

North America » United States » New Mexico October 16th 2019

Day 22 Reserve to Truth or Consequences (T or C) From Motel to the town at 8am, our thermometer showed 1 degree C. Last night returning at around 8pm is was negative something. Firstly some information that we have missed on previous blogs. Arriving a few days ago in Ogo Caliente the motelier said she thought Ian looked like Ringo. Not sure if she meant from the Beatles or from Lorne Greene. However a new nickname. Critters:Yesterday Ian saw 2 deer, Keith saw one - so they are out there. In Reserve Ian & Keith spoke to the Deputy Sheriff dressed all in camo gear he said he had shot one earlier in the day. He didn’t elaborate on what he had shot (an escaping felon or an animal) but then he said watch out for ... read more
Dynamic Trio
Elk & Cow Urine
Keith & Vista

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis October 16th 2019

Where do I start? It's been a tough year... we lost our beloved Scaredy cat in March.... then Keith passed suddenly which threw us for a loop….and then the sweetest dog on Earth, my Simon, passed away just last month. September was the saddest month of my life thus far. I can still barely talk about losing Simon. I miss him almost every day. It's like a suffocating lump in your throat that doesn't go away. In other news, the St Louis Cardinals had a great year. I've always loved baseball and at some point in my life I switched from backing the KC Royals to the STL Cardinals. This year, with Simon being sick and blind, he couldn't do much.. he would whine if I didn't stay near I would sit with him after ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico October 15th 2019

Day 20 Cuba to Grants 16kms out of town, after a diner breakfast we were straight onto a gravel road. This was a good road with the odd patch of sand just to keep us alert. Our soft sand skills are either improving or there wasn’t as much of it as I remember. After 25km of this track we re-joined the main road. Here the BDR went straight ahead but with a map warning about deep sand on the remainder of today’s track. Ian opted to continue as he “loves” deep sand and Bryan, Keith & myself took the wimpy option to Grants via seal. This was boring riding but still interesting scenery. We passed a huge open cast coal mine which is owned by Peabody Energy, apparently the worlds biggest coal miner. They have mines ... read more
Deep Sand trail
Ian's bike on deep sand trail
Into the forest

North America » United States » New Hampshire October 15th 2019

BASICS We decided not to go into Chicago and instead explored more local places. Valparaiso ("Valpo") had a spectacular outdoor train layout. We drove on to the lakeside home of friends in Manchester, Michigan, stopping en route in Three Rivers, MI, at the bookstore which Linda remembered as wonderful. It is. After a delightful visit, we forged ahead at our not very fast pace toward home. We stopped in Thompson Ohio, where we encountered one of the nicest campgrounds ever. We stopped twice in New York state, at Chautaqua and Campbell. Then on to New England, which already felt like being home. After a night at a ski area in Bennington Vermont, we drove through the glorious fall leaf colors which entice people from all over to New England. And, finally, to Durham. Our yard has ... read more

North America » United States » California » Coalinga October 15th 2019

JOAQUIN MURRIETA As a kid growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Sacramento in the 1950s a favored family outing was an annual visit to the State Fair. I was fond of the tacos served there and of the snow cones. One year I saw something at the fair that had a profound impact on a lad of my tender years. It was a human head preserved in alcohol and contained in a glass jar. In a smaller jar beside it was a human hand that was also preserved in alcohol. The hand was remarkable because it had only three fingers. They were the mortal remains of a couple of sassy bandits named Joaquin Murrieta and Three Fingered Jack. They were killed by a posse of California Rangers in 1853. There was a ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Amarillo October 15th 2019

This will be a short post -- we were both exhausted today. As we left New Mexico and got closer to Texas, the land started changing. The beautiful mountains gave way to very. flat. land. We tried to capture it in the photos. Amazingly, we saw NO police through all of CA, AZ and NM, then literally saw about 15 in the brief time we drove through Texas! I know we didn't see the best parts of Texas, but my impressions were too many cops, very flat land, lots of cattle, and the worst interstate quality we've seen yet. What DID fascinate me was the wind turbines. They are EVERYWHERE and literally went on for miles and miles. My research indicates that West Texas A&M University began wind energy research in 1970 that led to the ... read more
Hello Texas!
Roadside view

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