Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Battle at Greasy Grass

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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 scoutsĀ  many …

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Before the battle at Greasy Grass Part 2: The man at the center of it all

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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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Before the battle at Greasy Grass Part 1: Treaties signed. Treaties broken.

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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 …

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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 …

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