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.

New Mexico: Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

Leaving early in the morning the day after the fabulous immersion into the history and scenic wonders of Pikes Peak (read about it here), I drove through Raton Pass, entering New Mexico. No stops had been scheduled, but in previous travels through New Mexico, I had been drawn to both the dramatic dynamics of history,…

Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, and Garden of the Gods

Leaving the northern-most planned destination in Colorado, I headed south on Route 25, perhaps to reach New Mexico. However, the traffic was congested in the Denver area. My thoughts went back to my travels in 1962, when I circled and crisscrossed around America for 7 months and over 20,000 miles. Today, at age 80, I am…

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…

Travels Across the Great Plains: Breadbasket of America

After passing through St. Louis and the Jefferson National Historic Site, it was my intent to get a good number of miles on Interstate 70. However, with the sun setting in the West, it was best to find a place to stay for the night. I pulled over when I saw a bargain “8” motel….

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…

Lincoln Home National Historic Site: July 23

Reflecting upon a day’s immersion at the Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL, the impact and meaning grips me with more power than I realized. Interacting with so many people, from the visitors to frontline Park Rangers to Supervisors to the Director of History and Education to the superintendent, brought multiple moments of fun-filled exchanges that…