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One of the things I most eagerly wanted to see during our trip to Death Valley were the sailing stones at the Racetrack Playa, having learned about them many decades ago when I was attending design school. However, a month or so before we went out to explore that vast area with my dad and sister, vandals struck the Racetrack and created 10-miles of ruts in the delicate dry lake bed — ruts that have ruined the experience for others of seeing the sailing stones for at least years, if not decades. You can read all about the horror story of the initial vandalism here, here, and here; a follow-up one-year later where the damage had begun to fade somewhat here; and a variety of other images of the damage that was caused here. Continue Reading →
Normally that’s not the title you want to read, because you can pretty much guess what the awful result is going to be — but this one has a positive outcome.
We were blasting down the road, happily headed for a day of exploration and family bonding in Death Valley National Park, when we flashed by a lump in the middle of the road. We all shouted at the same time while my dad was driving, “STOP!!! That’s a desert tortoise!!!” We quickly came to a halt and rushed back, taking care to not run over the petrified creature. Continue Reading →
With all the recent news about Kilauea erupting, I thought I’d share one of the images we took of the same area almost a decade ago.
If you’ve ever been to Bryce Canyon National Park and explored the deep fissures among the hoodoos, you’ll find the impossible — trees that somehow spring up out of nothing. Trees that rarely get water from any rain, trees that only see an hour or so of sunlight each day, trees that just shouldn’t be there at all — and yet, there they are — impossibly tall and reaching for the sky.
It’s hard to believe, but this pastoral scene was once the epicenter of a pivotal battle of the American Civil War — Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is the viewpoint of the Confederates, looking toward the Union lines — a hard-fought contest that resulted in a decisive defeat for the South (with over 50 percent casualties) and effectively signaled the beginning to end for them, as they never fully recovered from their losses here.
While the total casualties at Gettysburg over a three-day period were appalling for both sides (23,049 for the Union and well over 23,000 for the Confederates), it still didn’t match the one-day total for both sides at Antietam, just 9-months prior to the battle here and which remains the bloodiest day in US history.