I Am A Racist

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 072020
 

My Mama didn’t raise me this way, and I know my Dad must be very disappointed in me, but it turns out I’m a racist. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was in myself when I got the news yesterday. I honestly never knew. This apparently stems from yesterday’s blog, when I mentioned a […]

Willapa Seaport Museum

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082020
 

We never know what we’re going to find when we go out exploring a new area, or even one that we’ve been to many times before. But we always try to give ourselves plenty of time and keep our options open just in case we stumble upon something we didn’t know existed. A good example […]

Feb 122020
 

Today I thought I would give you part two of an update on our trip from Florida to Arizona, with more to follow. After two days in Hondo, Texas, we hit the road again, traveling thirty miles north on a two-lane state highway to the small town of Bandera, which bills itself as the Cowboy […]

Feb 062020
 

Your first view of Devils Tower National Monument, rising 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and surrounding grassland and Ponderosa pine forests of northeastern Wyoming like a rocky sentinel, is always breathtaking. The closer you get and the more time you spend here, the more the power and beauty of this natural wonder takes […]

Ohio Indian Wars

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042019
 

While we were in Ohio doing research for a new book series we visited two places that recognize the struggle between Native Americans and settlers as the newcomers moved onto what had long been traditional Indian homelands. One of those places was Fort Meigs, located on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River. After suffering several […]

Nov 272019
 

When I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio, the father of one of my friends was a seaman working on freighters plying the Great Lakes. A couple of times when he was in port my buddy and I went down to the ship, a massive freighter, and he gave us a tour. I can […]

No Blog Today

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 272019
 

Sorry, but no blog today. I was having a reaction to new meds most of the day and evening and just don’t have the energy. It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. […]

True Dignity

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262019
 

Travelers on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, South Dakota are often delighted by a beautiful 50 foot tall sculpture of a Native American woman located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River between exits 263 and 265. This amazing work of art is called Dignity and represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and […]

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, […]

Apr 032010
 

 In spite of very slow internet service, Kingman, Arizona has a couple of things going for it that make the city well worth a visit, especially if you enjoy history as much as we do. The Mohave Museum of History and Arts has many interesting displays on the area, from Native Americans to gold prospectors, […]

Apr 222009
 

With the Affinity rally over, yesterday morning we said goodbye to several of our vendor friends and made ready to pull out of Albuquerque. We were both more than ready to be somewhere else. I don’t like cliques. I didn’t like them in high school, and I find them even more childish in people our […]