United States Travel

Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II
Nature Lovers, United States Travel, Virginia

Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II

Sometimes the best trips are right in one’s own backyard. Shenandoah National Park is only 25 miles from my door, but when I was ill 25 miles seemed like 2,500 miles. Today was my first day back to nature and back to real hiking since the beginning of August, and I […]

“Yanks Caught Hell”
History & Archaeology, United States Travel, Virginia

“Yanks Caught Hell”

A Confederate hand, long ago, scratched those words in charcoal on the wall of the Graffiti House. A Union hand came along later and  wrote “United States of America,” with such flourish that the line from the “s” in States covered up the offending slogan. So it goes in Graffiti House, where multiple […]

Rainy Day at Montpelier
History & Archaeology, Photo Highlight, United States Travel, Virginia

Rainy Day at Montpelier

“Let it be red.” Those are the words of Dolley Madison, when asked how she wanted the parlor of Montpelier decorated. Oh and what a red it is. The walls are covered in a soft, velvety red fabric wallpaper, and the chairs are upholstered in the same rich red fabric. Even the parlor […]

Mysterious Markings: Petroglyph National Monument
History & Archaeology, United States Travel

Mysterious Markings: Petroglyph National Monument

My first impression when looking out over the plain is that something happened here. I can’t articulate exactly what happened, but the sensation was there, along with a prickly feeling on the back of my neck. Before I even started exploring the site, I had to stand there and take […]

Ghost Stories Told Here
History & Archaeology, United States Travel

Ghost Stories Told Here

Last weekend I had a chance to visit The Old Talbott Tavern or Old Stone Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky. The tavern was built in 1779, and claims to be the oldest stagecoach stop in the west. There are even a few reports that the Talbott Tavern was once the site of […]

America’s First (European) City
History & Archaeology, United States Travel

America’s First (European) City

It’s not Boston, New York, or even Jamestown, Virginia. America’s first (European) city is St. Augustine, Florida. That statement is augmented with  “European” so the civilizations of Cahokia, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde are not minimized. I’ve had several opportunities to visit St. Augustine, and there’s something new and exciting to see every time. […]