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. […]

Fuzzy But Functional

 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 092018
 

Thank you to everybody who left blog comments and sent emails or messages about the return of my back problems. I had a rough night and woke up yesterday morning about 8 AM with the pain back in full force. I really don’t like to take heavy-duty pain meds, but every medical person I know […]

Aug 062018
 

We are very familiar with Bowling Green, Kentucky because back when we were teaching at Life on Wheels one of our regular venues was at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. It’s a friendly small city with a lot to see and do in the area, including cave tours and the always popular National Corvette […]

Pearson Field

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082018
 

We got an unexpected bonus when we visited Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state and discovered one of America’s oldest operating airfields adjacent to the old fur trading outpost. The past met the future at Vancouver Barracks on September, 19, 1905, when Lincoln Beachey took off from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, […]

Father’s Day

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172018
 

My dad’s been gone for over 30 years now but I still think about him. Not just on Father’s Day, but every day. He was quite a guy and I’d love to be able sit down and talk to him again. He was part of the Greatest Generation who helped to push the Japanese out […]

The Things You See

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 232018
 

I’ve heard it said many times that to be a good writer you have to be observant of the world around you, and I think that’s probably true. I’ve always been a people watcher. I can remember as a kid seeing someone at the grocery store or walking down the street or wherever, and making […]

Christ On The Ohio

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042018
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. Poised high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River in the tiny Indiana town of Troy stands a beautiful testament to love that was conceived during a terrible period of ugliness and hate. The Christ of the Ohio monument towers nineteen feet […]

Castle Air Museum

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112018
 

Atwater, California, located 120 miles east of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley, is the former home of Castle Air Force Base, which opened near there in 1941 as an Army Air Corps Basic Flying School, to meet the needs of the military buildup in the days before World War II. Besides pilots and […]

Wings Over The Rockies

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 092017
 

Note: This story if from the January-February, 2014 issue of the Gypsy Journal. If you like airplanes and you find yourself in the Denver area, you really owe it to yourself to visit the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, housed in a historic 150,000 square foot 1930s-era hangar located at what was […]

Nov 272017
 

Note: This story is from the September-October, 2016 issue of the Gypsy Journal. The world of baseball was changed forever thanks to an enterprising German immigrant and his son. J. Frederick Hillerich and his family first settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1842, and then moved to Louisville, Kentucky a few years later. He started a […]