Category Archive: historical sites

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

After finishing my Habitat for Humanity stint in New Mexico I headed back east. I took my time driving in order to read and generally relax so it was a few days before… Continue reading

Mission San Luis de Apalachee

The Mission San Luis de Apalachee was first built by the Spanish in 1633, housing both Franciscan friars and Spanish soldiers in addition to the Apalachees until its abandonment in 1704 due to… Continue reading

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

The Lake Jackson Mounds State Park contains two earthen mounds available for public viewing. Once part of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex which was the largest ceremonial center of the Fort Walton Native American… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 3: Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park on Key West was my favorite place that I visited in the Keys. Away from the crowds and traffic, the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor is an oasis… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 2: Gardens at Fort Martello

One of the first things I came across after arriving in Key West was Fort Martello, a Civil War-era defensive structure now maintained as a public garden by the Key West Garden Club.… Continue reading

Shasta, California

I skirted San Francisco and decided to head right to the Redwoods from there, making time by driving the I-5. Overnighting off the highway, I then crossed the gorgeous wooded Klamath Mountains of… Continue reading

Salmon Ruins, New Mexico

From Chimney Rock I drove to the Salmon Ruins, which lies along the San Juan River near Farmington, New Mexico. The first phase of construction here in 1068 – 1072 AD was limited… Continue reading

Redstone Coke Ovens and the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Viewing Area: The Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park

One of my favorite things on this trip has been the liberty to make unplanned stops. Sometimes it’s a point of interest I see marked in my atlas as I check my route… Continue reading

Diamond Craters and Round Barn

Next up was an exploration of Oregon’s Diamond Craters, an area that – other than the craters – has more lava flows, cinder cones, and spatter cones. Located in a fairly remote area… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 3: Sheep Rock

I visited the Sheep Rock Unit last, spending an entire day there. While this area has rock formations no less stunning than the other two units, the stars here really are the fossils.… Continue reading