Joshua Tree National Park – Lost Horse Mine

During, before and after the California Gold Rush of 1849, hardy men and women set off into the harsh California interior and mountains to find gold and hopefully make their fortune (not many did). The desert terrain of what is now Joshua Tree National Park was no exception and some 300 mines were developed there. Most…

Joshua Tree National Park – Wall Street Mill

The old Wall Street Mill can be found on a relatively short hike (3.54 km / 2.2. mile round trip) through the desert from the Wonderland of Rocks area of Joshua Tree National Park. This was a two stamp mill used to process gold found by gold prospectors within the region and was operated as needed from 1930…

Detroit’s Abandoned Packard Automotive Plant

In my previous blog I discussed the abandoned buildings of Detroit along with the renewal of the city and the great signs of recovery in certain areas. Of the abandoned sites dotted all around the city the most colossal one is the old Packard Automotive Plant. This is a place you have to see to believe! This was once a state of…

Abandoned Detroit?

It seems everyone has an image of Detroit, Michigan as a broken, bankrupt city ($18.5 million in debt). A place that has had a mass exodus of its citizens and is full of abandoned buildings. A city where pawn shops are a boom business and crime is a major problem. In many ways this image of Detroit is true. You can explore parts…

Bodie State Historical Park – A Gold Mining Ghost Town

Bodie State Historical Park in the high altitude Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California is a fascinating glimpse into the past. Bodie is a gold mining ghost town that as been preserved in a state of “arrested decay” (basically frozen in time) with the interiors of the homes pretty much remaining as they were left with…

Fort Spokane

April 29th, 2012 Fort Spokane in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreational Area of Eastern Washington was an army fort from 1880 to 1898 (the last built on the Northwest frontier). The fort was intended to confine the Spokane and Colville Indians on local reservations and separate them from nearby settlers. Despite conflicts with Indians in other parts of the Northwest…

Grand Teton National Park and the quest for Moose

Grand Teton National Park and the quest for Moose. Updating some of my earlier blogs. Grand Teton is such a beautiful place. Overshadowed somewhat by its northern neighbour Yellowstone National Park, it is a place that you should take time to visit some day.

Fort Stevens, Oregon – Japan Attacks!

January 13th, 2012 Fort Stevens State Park is located on the North coast of Oregon and has a very interesting history. Fort Stevens was built during the US Civil War in 1864 to protect the mouth of the Columbia River – particularly from potential British (from Canada) and Confederate raider attacks. Two other forts were built on the…

Nukes and Monuments: all in a typical day touring New Mexico

November 4th, 2011 THE STATE CAPITAL On this day I left the desert plains behind and headed for the mountains, valleys and forest that are around Santa Fe the state capital of New Mexico.  I paid an early morning visit to the historic downtown of Santa Fe to see the adobe style buildings, the Cathedral…

Grand Teton National Park and the quest for Moose

September 17th to 18th, 2011 The Grand Teton National Park is located in the Jackson Hole valley of Wyoming near the playground of tourists and the rich and famous: Jackson (it is close to the parks and ski fields). Jackson is a relatively small place, but has one of the nicest downtown districts I have ever seen….