I started this blog to write about my trip on the Trans-Mongolian Express. I have expanded it to include my June 2012 trip to Malta and further to include trips taken subsequent to 2013.¬†The former trip taken in May and …

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There are a few things we know for certain about the events of June 25, 1876. We know that Custer led the 7th Cavalry (566 enlisted soldiers and 31 officers) that was accompanied by as many as 40 scouts¬† many …

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The previous entry touched upon some of the broad circumstances – westward expansion by European Americans, broken treaties and relationships between some of the different tribes that lived on the plains – that led to the Great Sioux War of …

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Those of you who have followed my travels through these journals know that I try not only to share my journey with you but that I also attempt to share the way I experience travel by including geology, geography, history …

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A Big Rock, a bit of Spock and a very short river

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I picked the wrong night to stay at the Hotel Blackfoot a few kilometers south of Calgary’s town center. There wasn’t a problem with my room, the meal or any of the service. It was the wrong night simply because …

 

25 years too late for a sulfur spring bath

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The previous entry took a rather brief (though for some, perhaps too lengthy) look at the forces and processes that created the mountains and lakes of Banff National Park. Before I turn my focus to a different shaper of the …

 

Bing Banff Boom

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A Brief Forward There are many ways a person can benefit from the experience of travel. Perhaps one of the more unexpected benefits is developing an ability to be flexible because sometimes, no matter how carefully planned a trip might …

 

A little spicier than its name

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Coincidental matters Before I begin the main course of this final entry, I want to share a story that was published in the August 1 print edition of the Washington Post’s Health and Science section. The thrust of the story …

 

The Salmon Arches

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While today is technically the antepenultimate day of the trip it is, for all practical purposes, the next to last day because Monday is almost entirely a travel day. I’ll have to drive several hours to reach my first and …

 

The Salt Lake – Great yet not so great

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I had such a busy day in and around Salt Lake City that it earned three posts. And now, while I may not have a lot left to do, I do have plenty left to write. (Surprise!) Setting out from …

 

Stones, ponies and different drumming dinosaurs

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At the end of the previous post, I’d just finished visiting Pioneer Memorial Museum but the day was still young and there was plenty left to see and do. Let’s start by walking down the hill from the Capitol to …