Historic Camp Roberts

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 032018
 

For centuries the land that now makes up Camp Roberts Military Reservation, a California National Guard post in central California, has been an encampment for Native Americans and soldiers serving a number of governments, from the Colonial Spaniards to Mexican troops to Americans soldiers who rode into battle on horseback or in tanks and helicopters. […]

Sep 192018
 

History is written by the victors, and unfortunately, we Americans have not always been the nicest people in the world. Evidence of that is in the movies and television shows of my childhood, which portrayed Indians, whom we now call Native Americans, as ruthless savages who spent their time raiding settlers’ isolated cabins and ambushing […]

Honoring The Pioneers

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 222018
 

It’s no secret that we are fans of museums, and some of the best museums that we have ever found have been in small towns. While on a brief stopover in Douglas, Wyoming we discovered one of the best historical museums to be found anywhere. The Wyoming Pioneer Museum, located at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds […]

Jan 252018
 

I’ve only been stung by bees a couple of times in my life but I don’t remember it as being a pleasant experience. So I’m sure being stung by a killer bee, or worse yet, a swarm of them, wouldn’t be much fun either. So why does the little town of Hidalgo, Texas have a […]

Jan 142018
 

In the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, 100 miles east of Sacramento, the Emigrant Trail Museum, located at Donner Memorial State Park, tells the story of one of the most tragic events of the Old West. In the mid-1800s, lured by the promise of cheap land and a better life for their families, thousands of pioneers […]

Dec 272017
 

Little did we know when we pulled into the Trees of Mystery, a popular roadside attraction on U.S. Highway 101 near Klamath, California, that we were going to discover an unexpected treasure! We originally stopped to grab a quick photo of the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues and then go on our […]

Mar 092016
 

Note: This story was first published in a previous edition of the Gypsy Journal. Travelers along busy Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona are often delighted and amazed at the rock formations of Texas Canyon, located between Benson and Willcox. But few know of the historical and cultural treasure awaiting them at the Amerind Foundation Museum, […]

Nov 062015
 

Since we didn’t have any plans or anything on our calendar, we treated ourselves by sleeping in yesterday morning. The fact that it got down into the 30s overnight was added incentive to stay snuggled under the covers once we woke up. Like we needed an incentive. Not! Eventually we did get up, and after […]

Lost River Cave

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202014
 

Since I have been spending most of my time working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, I have dusted off a story from our July-August, 2004 issue. But first I want to wish happy birthday to two very special ladies, my cousins Beverly McKiddy and Berni Frees. I hope you both have a […]

Canyon de Chelly

 Posted by at 7:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 032010
 

I have just two things to say about our visit to Canyon de Chelly National Monument – “Awesome!” and “If you have never been to this natural wonderland, put it at the very top of your travel plans NOW! You won’t regret it!” I have been to the Grand Canyon and the Salt River Canyon, […]