November 1, 2013

September 23, 2013

July 15, 2013

  • Touring Virginia’s Shoreline  

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    The lighthouse repainting appears to be about finished.

  • No, it’s not fog.

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    Achoo! This may look like fog, but it is blowing pollen from crested wheat grass in western South Dakota in early July. This is a common grass used for livestock feed in this part of the country. Bless you!

July 14, 2013

  •   Deadwood, South Dakota

    On a recent trip to South Dakota, we had the opportunity to walk the streets of Deadwood, a town with lots of old western history.

    Wild Bill Hickok was fatally shot in the back of the head while playing poker at the site of the Old Saloon No. 10.  Wild Bill usually sat with his back to the wall, but on this occasion the only seat available was back to the door.  Jack McCall (alias Broken Nose Jack) walked into the saloon on August 2, 1876 and promptly shot Wild Bill from the back.  He died instantly. McCall was arrested and tried, but for some reason was acquitted. He fled into Wyoming where he was again arrested and tried after bragging about his deed. He was found guilty, and hanged on March 1, 1877.

    At the time of death, Wild Bill was holding two black aces and two black eights. The fifth card is unknown. The hand became known as “Dead Man’s Hand”

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July 11, 2013

  • Xanga web host is changing. Not able to currently download videos, which we have. Not sure how long this website will survive, if it does.

    We have published here for more than 6 years and our hope is that we can continue.  Keeping fingers crossed.

May 28, 2013

  • The Assateague Lighthouse

    The Assateague Lighthouse stands on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, Virginia.

    The original lighthouse was constructed in 1833 at a cost of approximately $55,000. In 1867 the present taller and more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse was completed. Assateague’s lighthouse has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The lighthouse stands 142 feet high, with a base over 27 feet in diameter.

    It is trademarked by circular red and white bands. But not at the present.  In need of repainting, it has been sandblasted down to the brick in preparation for repainting. After repainting it will be open again for climbing.

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    Before and after of the lighthouse. As it stands on the right, bare of paint, it is nearly ready for its facelift.