Category Archives: Travel

CAMP ABBOT, THEN and NOW

Part 1 of 2…. In the railroad survey section at the Bend, Oregon, High Desert Museum’s Spirit of the West exhibit, visitors learn that young Lt. Henry L. Abbot led an Army Corps of Topographical Engineers (all West Point graduates) … Continue reading

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Francis Drake and the Plate of Brass

On June 17, 1579, British explorer Francis Drake landed his ship, Golden Hind, for repair in what is now Drake’s Bay (pictured above in foreground) at Point Reyes National Seashore. Drake supposedly left a plate of brass proclaiming in Elizabethan … Continue reading

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WAGON WHEEL RUTS

Few wagon wheel ruts worn into the barren landscape more than a century ago remain accessible for curious rut rats to trace on foot. Many are on private property; others are buried under blacktop or shopping malls. The 1844 Emigrant … Continue reading

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DESERT WARFARE TRAINING CENTER

In early 1942, after the U.S. was drawn into World War II in Europe, the War Department believed the first place to confront the enemy would be in North Africa. U.S. Army Major General George Smith Patton Jr. selected 18,000 … Continue reading

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ADDITIONAL TRAVEL ENCOUNTERS

Years ago Lee and I traveled the equivalent of driving between the west and east coasts about 19 times to verify locations (adding GPS for remote sites) of more than 3,300 historical plaques in California for a guidebook. We encountered wildfires, earthquakes, … Continue reading

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

We learned to expect the unexpected while traveling in California. After resting on a fire hydrant at Broadway and Main streets in Redwood City to check my notes and directions, I returned minutes later to see police vehicles and a … Continue reading

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EENIE, MEENIE, MINEY, MOE

“I have some good news and some bad news,” the pilot said to the 10 of us at the boarding gate for the flight from Santa Catalina Island to Long Beach. “The good news is all of you will be … Continue reading

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