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‘The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey’ By Rinker Buck — Interesting, But Not As Compelling As I Had Hoped.

by Anura Guruge


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I had seen this book at a bookstore during our trip to ‘Moosehead Lake‘, Maine in April, but bought it, used, from Amazon as is my wont with books like this.

The ‘Oregon Trail’ and all stories of the 19th century Western migration intrigues I mainly because I was lucky enough to have read a few very compelling books on the topic, ket among them: James Michener’sCentennial‘, Irvin Stone’s mesmerizing ‘Men to Match My Mountains‘ and J.S. Holliday’s ‘The World Rushed In‘.

Well, I am glad I read this book. I learnt a LOT, about the history of the trail, about mules (that I knew next to nothing about), the seemingly incredible ‘Buck’ family and some American history. Given that I am a history buff (in my old age) this book had some wonderful information and insights.

But, this book left me ‘hungry’ — and a lot of that, quite literally, was because Rinker was so stingy with his details of how and what they ate! I kid you not. I was hoping that this would be more of a trail diary — maybe a journal. Lots of stuff, on a daily basis, about what they did, what they saw, how they got from A-to-B, what they ATE, where they slept etc. Well, there isn’t that much of it as I would have liked. That was the let down. It was also sparse on the exact route they took — whether they were on main roads, back country roads, dirt roads etc. I got two maps (below) to try and and follow the trail. I also used Google Maps.

It was OK. Obviously it was a bestseller. So, he obviously hit on the right formula. Good for him.

Yes, I will recommend it with a slight hesitation. Do what I did. Pick up a used copy. That way you won’t feel as bad if you felt let down by the entire trip narrative. SMILE.



 

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Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Its 100th-Year BIRTHDAY Today — Happy Birthday.

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It shares a birthday with my other favorite National ParkAcadia.

That is how I know.

Strange. I haven’t seen anything in the media acknowledging this significant birthday.

I adore the Grand Canyon. I have visited it at least 8 times and know that I haven’t even scratched the surface. It takes my breath away each and every time without fail.

A natural wonder of the world.

Happy Birthday, the Grand Canyon National Park.

We need to be precise on this. The Canyon itself is much older. SMILE!


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100-Years Ago, Today, Acadia Graduated From Being A ‘National Monument’ To A ‘National Park’.

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Click image to access this post that EXPLAINS the transition from ‘National Monument’ to ‘National Park’.


Click to access the ‘WE WERE THERE’ post.


Well, first and foremost a fond Happy Birthday to a National Park we have visited 11-times (and counting).

Debatable as to what was the more significant centennial — the one in July 2016 when it became a National Monument or toady, when it was upgraded to a National Park.

The ‘Park’ itself commemorated the 2016 birthday. That made sense. Becoming a National Monument meant that it got ‘National’ status and protection. Plus, it was in July which made it a great time to celebrate. A bit difficult to have a birthday celebration in Acadia at the end of February.

But, let’s mark both.


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Our “White Mountain National Forest” Celebrates Its Centenary TODAY.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Mountain_National_Forest


So, the park was established on May 16, 1918. Neat.

This was just 2-years after the U.S. National Park Service was established — and around the same timeframe as the founding of Acadia.

I am not sure how widely this was marked and celebrated in New Hampshire. It should be a BIG deal. We, the State, make a LOT of money from the Park.

Well, the next time I am there, and I am sure to visit this year, I will tip my hat and remember that this is the Centennial Year.


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‘Our Lady of Fátima’ Marian Apparition Took Place For The First Time This Day, 100-Years Ago; May 13, 1917.

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Just to refresh our collective memories.



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This, i.e., the Centennial, was why Pope Francis was in Fatima to canonize the two younger cousins who died in 1918. Click image to access “The New York Times” original.


100-years ago today!

Our Lady of Fatima‘ has figured prominently in World history and culture since then — especially in the last 30-years, with all three of the popes during that period being avid fans.

Today’s canonization was timed to coincide with the anniversary. Neat.

The reason that only two, of the three, were canonized was because Lúcia Santos, the oldest, did not die until 2005 — aged 97. The canonization process can’t start until you die! Hence the delay. Her canonization has been fast-tracked — as was the case for Pope John Paul II, a huge Fatima fan. She will be canonized in a ‘few’ years.


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“Mount Desert Oceanarium”, ‘Acadia’, Maine — The Place To Learn About Lobsters.

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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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We stopped at the “Mount Desert Oceanarium“, just outside Bar Harbor, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, on our way back from our 3-day jaunt to “Acadia National Park” for the Park’s Centennial. I had always wanted to check it out and the kids, of late, are BIG into things Aquarium-related. It was a damp and cloudy afternoon and visiting the Oceanarium seemed like a good option. We are so glad we did.

Though it has a “Touch Tank” with starfish, horseshoe etc. and some exhibits of fish this delightful place really should be called a “Lobsterarium” as opposed to an “Oceanarium”. 96% of it, in my estimation, is all lobster-related. Nothing wrong with that, especially in Maine. It is a treasure trove of exhibits and information about lobsters and the working, extremely busy “Lobster Hatchery” is a sight to behold. I, though Deanna is the daughter of a lobsterman, had no idea as to the early life of lobsters. Wow. 10,000 or more eggs laid at a time by a mother lobster but in the ocean less than 1% of these result in an adult lobster. The survival rate is much higher in the Hatchery — the only one in New England.

A visit to the “Oceanarium” includes two 30-minute presentations, one at the Hatchery and the other at the “Lobster Museum” as well as 30-minutes exploration at the Touch Tank. The presentations were very informative. I, as usual, lucked out. I got to have a long and meaningful chat with founder and owner David Mills (seen in the pictures above). This led to him spending nearly half an hour with Deanna and the kids showing them how to ‘knit’ lobster bait pots etc. That was a bonus.

All together a very good experience. Well worth the entrance fee, i.e., $15 for adults, $10 for kids. If you are in the area definitely stop by but make sure you have allocated at least 2.5 hours for the visit. Enjoy.


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Flowers Of Acadia National Park — July, 2016 (Part I).

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All taken with the Fuji X-T1 I rented.

These were in the main taken on the periphery
of the Park, e.g., Somes Sound, Bar Harbor
& Northeast Harbor.
Another post of flowers within the Park Soon.

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During the Summer months and well into September Acadia National Park and the whole area around it is festooned with tantalizing flowers — off all shapes, sizes and colors — many wild but also quite a bit diligently (but lovingly) planted and nurtured to add to the ambience of this magical area. Though we live South of Acadia we in New Hampshire do not have 1/20th of the flowers that abound the Acadia area. It is so noticeable. I love to take pictures of the flora. Interestingly enough there isn’t that much fauna that you in this area — though we were lucky enough, once again, to see a solitary deer fairly close to the “Kebo Valley Golf Club” which is where we invariably see them.


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