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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 29 August 2016

The Until We Meet Again Tour opened the day in the canyon lands of New York on a walking tour of Wall Street. A ferry ride to Governors Island followed for a visit that included the national monument and the newly opened The Hills. The day ended with a return to Community Food & Juice with Tricia, Nicole, Desi, and Boxster.

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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 28 May 2016

The Until We Meet Again Tour wandered out Long Island with Tricia. The first stop was Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.


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Sagamore Hill

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28 May 2016

Theodore Roosevelt House

Sagamore Hill, New York


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Purple flowers – Haleakala

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13 May 2015
Haleakala National Park
Maui, Hawai’i

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Remember those who sought peace and justice

Eggs in cannonToday marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. A National Park Service press release describes the event in these words (italics added):

The Sand Creek Massacre, tragic and unnecessary, impacted Federal-Indian relations and created the circumstances for years of warfare. With the events of November 29, 1864 fixed in their minds, Plains Indian nations faced an uncertain future between warring against and accommodating the federal government.

Cheyenne and Arapaho peace chiefs [Black Kettle among them], influenced by assurances of peace at the Camp Weld Conference, reported to Fort Lyon throughout October of 1864. The fort’s commander told Black Kettle and other leaders to await a peace delegation at their camp on Sand Creek and to fly the U.S. flag to indicate their peaceful intent. Throughout November, these elders waited.

On November 29, U.S. Army (Volunteer) soldiers
[under the command of Colonel John Chivington, a Methodist minister],
 attacked the village. Disregarding the greetings and calls to stop, these “beings in the form of men” fired indiscriminately at the Cheyenne and Arapaho. Of approximately seven hundred people in the village, about two hundred died that day. Two-thirds of the dead and mutilated bodies left on the ground were women and children.

Boasting of his victory and downplaying Army casualties, Colonel John Chivington paraded the body parts of dead Cheyenne and Arapaho through the streets of Denver, reveling in the acclaim he long sought. However, not all of Chivington’s officers and men agreed with his actions, and soon the
consequences of these actions would sweep up and down the Plains, back to Washington, D.C., and into the lives of thousands of people. [Captain Silas Soule refused to order his company to fire during the massacre; he and Major Ned Wynkoop played key roles in the investigation of the massacre.]

Learn more about the Sand Creek Massacre:


Remember those killed and wound and violated.

Remember the horror, the atrocity.

But remember also Black Kettle, who sought a just, honorable peace for his people; and remember Silas Soule, and Ned Wynkoop and the others who, in their way and fashion sought peace and justice for those touched by this day of horror.

May the day soon come when, by God’s grace, we transform weapns into implements of production and healing.

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A day for sports

IMG_4991 (800x533)I went to pick up another stamp for my National Park Passport.

I ended up in the middle of a multi-sport festival.

Governors Island has a long history. It lies a few hundred yards off Manhattan.

It served as part of the fortifications of New York during the War of 1812. However the guns mounted in Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and the South Battery did not fire a shot. During the Civil War it served as a prison for Confederates. The island housed military command headquarters and the U.S. Coast Guard.

I learned about this history as spent the afternoon on the island. I saw the barracks and touched the guns. I took in the views of Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.

In 2003, a portion of the island was designated as Governors Island National Monument; The Trust for Governors Island administers the rest. There are walks, opportunities to ride bikes, and cultural events.

Today one could view three different sporting events:

A badminton tournament

A large screen TV showing the World Cup

And the Gotham Base Ball Club played

All three made great additions to my visit. A good day. A fun day. And another stamp.

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Advent 11: Steady/Steadfast

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5 August 2013
Shiloh National Military Park
Shiloh, Tennessee


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