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West 2015- The Itinerary, Part Two

West 2015- The Itinerary, Part Two

Heading West into the Four Corners area of the United States.

West 2015 by the Numbers

West 2015 by the Numbers

A summary of the statistics from my recent month-long trip around the American West.

East 2014 By the Numbers

East 2014 By the Numbers

The third installment of my popular “By the Numbers” series.

Where I Have Been

Where I Have Been

It’s been over 70 days since my last post, and I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries about this recent blog silence. Well, those of you who have followed this blog since the beginning (all 3 of you), know that I am prone to long periods of silence. This last one was caused by a […]

Don’t Overlook Grand Teton National Park

Don’t Overlook Grand Teton National Park

Often overshadowed by Yellowstone National Park to the north, Grand Teton National Park is certainly worth setting some time aside for.

Mission Espada- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Espada- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Espada is the furthest south of the missions in San Antonio Missions National HIstorical Park. It was also the last to be established, in late 1731. In it’s somewhat isolated position, it was the most vulnerable to raids. It was a successful mission, though, bolstered by the building of the Espada Acequia, a aqueduct that brought water from the San Antonio River to neighboring farmlands and the mission itself. The Espada Acequia is still in use today, and is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission San Juan Capistrano is the least preserved of the 4 missions in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Despite being a successful mission with a wide ranging trade network, the mission fell into such disrepair form a long period of disuse.

The mission opened in 1731, but was abandoned by the early 1800s due to Indian raids and epidemic sickness.

Mission Concepcion- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Concepcion- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Concepcion is the best preserved of the 4 missions in the National Historical Park. In October of 1835, it was the site of The Battle of Conception, which is considered the first battle in the Texas Revolution.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Formally established in 1983, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park protects four of the five missions established in the San Antonio River valley in the early 1700s. The fifth mission, The Alamo, located in downtown San Antonio, is maintained and operated by the State of Texas and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. These […]

Yosemite- ‘In My Mind’ Instagram Series Week 2

Yosemite- ‘In My Mind’ Instagram Series Week 2

For the second week of my ‘In My Mind’ series, where I revisit some of my previous trips by posting pictures from the trip redone on Instagram, I picked Yosemite National Park, which I visited back in September of 2011. I shared a total of 23, only 10 of which are in this post. For […]

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