Travels with Charlize-23 Hunting for MAN HUNT

Charlize and I spent two days in the San Luis Valley trying to visit the places I identified while doing research for my historical novel MAN HUNT. The book is a fictionalized account of the intersecting lives of Tom Tobin, a frontiersman and the Espinosas, a family of New Mexicans. After the Mexican-American war the …

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Travels with Charlize-22 The Future of the Colorado River Dams

Our journey from the Fruita Campground to the San Luis Valley took us over the upper reaches of Lake Powell. I assume the engineers and planners who designed, proposed and built the Glen Canyon Dam anticipated the amount of water borne debris that would end up in the lake. After setting up Frog for the …

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Travels with Charlize-20 Zion, Bryce and Awesome Back Roads

Growing up in Arizona and spending significant time camping at and in the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon, along with a whole summer working on the Navajo Reservation produced in me a serious flaw. I am less than overcome by emotion when viewing wind and water sculpted red rock formations. Charlize and I spent …

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Travels with Charlize-19 The Mohave Desert

For two days Charlize and I drove through the Mohave Desert. It’s different, different than the Sonoran Desert of my youth. I grew up in that desert, hiking and camping and loving the harsh environment that required skill and knowledge to survive. From Indio to Lake Havasu and from there to the Zion National Park …

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Travels with Charlize-18 More musings

I’ve been re-reading John Steinbeck, returning to his books after a thirty to forty year hiatus. I read differently now, not surprising with so many additional years to experience life and interpret and perhaps even understand what I am reading. Steinbeck points out that good human qualities include wisdom, tolerance, kindliness, generosity and humility. Good …

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