Hungry4History Out West 2015

OutWest2015

Out West 2015

6757 miles – 19 states – 16 days – 4 National Parks – 3 audio books – 2 birthdays – 2 nights camping – 1 National Battlefield – 1 state park w/0 diamonds found   😦 – 1 Navajo Nation – 1 double rainbow – 0 speeding tickets!

Every couple of years my family and I drive out to Spokane, Washington to visit my family. People are often perplexed? bewildered? to the fact that we drive over 6,000 miles round-trip. Why? The answer is easy. . .because you get to see so much! Sure, by plane you get to your destination faster but you’re flying over all these great places you could be experiencing.

Here’s just a snapshot of some of the places that we visited during our Out West 2015 trip:

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No trip is complete without seeing someone using a selfie-stick these days however I didn't expect to see it on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Oy! ;)

No trip is complete without seeing someone using a selfie-stick these days however I didn’t expect to see it on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Oy! 😉

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Petroglyph National Monument marred by vandalism, trash

Ike Eastvold, sitting in a graffiti-marred cave near the head of Boca Negra Arroyo at the Petroglyph National Monument, holds his hands to his ears to better hear the wind and the wildlife on the monument grounds. Eastvold, a longtime supporter of the monument on the Albuquerque's West Side, discovered the graffiti, litter and downed fencing while walking last week. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Ike Eastvold, sitting in a graffiti-marred cave near the head of Boca Negra Arroyo at the Petroglyph National Monument, holds his hands to his ears to better hear the wind and the wildlife on the monument grounds. Eastvold, a longtime supporter of the monument on the Albuquerque’s West Side, discovered the graffiti, litter and downed fencing while walking last week. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Petroglyph National Monument marred by vandalism, trash

A Twitter connection with a history related freebie!

Xiomaro

Every so often I connect with a person or organization on Facebook that turns out to be pretty interesting and worthy of following and sharing. My latest connection is Xiomáro (SEE-oh-MAH-ro) and you can find him on Twitter at @XiomaroPhoto. He’s currently the 2012-15 Visiting Artist at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Once I found out he was involved in the National Parks System, I figured he’d be worth checking out.

Xio is offering a F R E E photo eBook of his artistic photographs that document the estate, personal artifacts, history, and the burial grounds of the slaves of the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, Long Island, which is part of the National Park Service.

I downloaded my free copy of the eBook and finally had a chance to sit down and review it this evening. Interested? Visit http://xiomaro.com/ for your companion eBook to his photo essay featured in Aspect Ratio Magazine.