Four Days in February

Featuring the Diversity of Four Consecutive Days

The Fog Day

Today was a radical departure from “the fog” at The Pond yesterday… The above was written last evening.  Very challenging days for multiple reasons. Before presenting some of these challenges, let me focus on the three days at The Pond, beginning with Tuesday, the 23: This was the first “Fog Day” of the year at…

1958: Cornell to Boston and a Cold Drizzle

Report from The Pond: A cold drizzle with overcast skies created a chilly feel to the day, which under ordinary circumstance might have brought feelings of a somber silence amidst the frozen  lake with melted snow on the ice covered pone.  However, the morning sunrises during the majority of January’s 21 days have been so…

1950’s: From Westfield to Boston via Cornell

From Westfield, New Jersey, to Maine to Cornell  to Boston:  1952 -1059 Leaving Cornell University and traveling to my new home in Boston had many challenges.  Never thought I would live in a city.  My first college was the University of Maine, a long distance from home n Westfield, New Jersey, a suburban , primarily middle…

Resuming Posts

Hi all, A few changes slowed my progress in posting Olmsted’s musings from his nationwide trip, Passages to Yosemite. In the next few weeks, the remaining posts will make their way up to this site! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy editing them- and you know Gerry enjoyed writing them!…

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…