Wupatki National Monument

  The Wupatki National Monument protects 56 square miles of dry, rugged land on the Southern Colorado Plateau. Here, a part of the Puebloan people called Wupatki lived in the midst of this vast dry area, which included trading routes both north and south, east and west. The choice of a place seemed brilliant from my observation,…

Sunset Crater Volcano

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is one of the less known, but extraordinary places, where we have an opportunity to learn much about Nature and Humanity. The experience was special because Hilary Clark had made arrangements for the presentation of the Olmsted Play at the Amphitheater located in a magnificently beautiful and an educational marvel for all…

Petrified National Forest

Here’s a scene which really gets you to thinking about history, the present and the past. The Petrified Forest is a rock solid door into the incredible past of Planet Earth. Clearly, my mind has never been as focused on the ancient history of humans and the movements of air, rock, and water, which have…

Painted Desert National Park: Remembering Naomi & Isaac

Here words do not find sufficient substance sublimity to capture the rare beauty of the landscape. As I have traveled now for the fourth time across America, I am grasped how differently the scenery is observed, and how important are the dimensions of the geological history and human history for understanding.   However, no matter…

“El Malpais”: The Bad Lands

Once again, the drive off the highway was a long, winding, slowly climbing experience. Along with the magnificent Sandstone formations, there were fields that appeared to be covered with black rock. Philip at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge (read about it here) had spoken of volcanic activity at this place, which he had recommended. A…

New Mexico: Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Driving again about 10 miles off the highway, I arrived at the turn leading to the highest elevation of a very large plateau surrounded by mountains, which appeared to be anywhere from 15 to 20 miles away. I had arrived at the Visitors Center at the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge. A sign on the door…

New Mexico: Fort Union

In leaving Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge (read about it here), the thoughts of visiting Fort Union National Monument had become the mission. How interconnected the landscapes and humanity had become in my mind, heart, and spirit. The geographic and geological features of the land had been great motivators for the movement of civilizations. Strong forces…

WBUR Interview

If you didn’t have a chance to catch the interview of Gerry that aired on Friday, you can check it out online: 150 Years Ago, Olmsted Released His Historic Yosemite Report.

A Morning Conversation and Heading up and into the Rockies

I was ready to head up into the mountains, but the coffee wasn’t quite ready, and I asked the other person waiting where he was heading. “Just finished my delivery of Kia’s. Headed back to the St. Louis.” Burt, a truck driver, was a delight to speak with as he readily shared his life as a…

Upcoming Radio Interview

WBUR-FM 90.9 plans to broadcast its July 7th interview, which took place at Fairsted, with Gerry Wright during one of its local Morning Edition segments between 5:00 am and 9:00 am on Friday morning, August 7th. The focus of the interview was Frederick Law Olmsted’s involvement with Yosemite in the 1860s in connection with the…

On the Road: Springfield to St. Louis

Leaving the Lincoln Home, I headed toward St. Louis, where I would cross the Mississippi, and pass near the Jefferson Memorial Site, recognizing the beginning of the Lewis & Clark’s Expedition. This journey was a result Jefferson’s success in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and wanting to get a report on the land acquired. As a…