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Hot Air Ballooning – Albuquerque, NM

International Balloon Fiesta – For 9 days every October, Albuquerque hosts the worlds largest celebration of balloon flight.  Billed as the most photographed event in the world, hundreds of balloons fill the autumn skies. Why Albuquerque? The phenomena of the “Albuquerque box” provides the ideal setting for the balloonist.  The lower altitude of the Rio Grande River Valley to the west and the higher altitude of the Sandia Mountain range to the east create a wind pattern that flows in a box. Lower altitudes move the balloon south and higher altitude[…]

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Taos, NM

Taos Pueblo Pueblos, American Indian settlements, are found throughout the southwestern US. They consist of multistoried adobe houses built by the Pueblo people. Today I visit the Taos Pueblo.  35 people live within the Pueblo full time and 1,000 plus in the town nearby. The Taos people have a detailed oral history which is not divulged due to religious privacy. Archaeologists say that ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in this valley long before Columbus discovered America. Ancient ruins in the Taos Valley indicate the Taos people lived here nearly 1000[…]

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Roswell, NM – What Happened? –

What Happened in Roswell? – Like many age-old questions: Is there life after death, how were the pyramids built, where does the universe end,  and what’s really in a Chicken McNugget?  These are conundrums that philosophers and great minds of science have wrestled with for ions. In such, it’s not likely I’ll answer the Roswell question in my self-imposed 1000 word limit blog entry. First off, I believe the earth is round. I don’t believe in ghosts or Santa Clause. I do believe our government will lie to us for our[…]

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Amarillo, TX: Route 66 –

I don’t follow Route 66 as much as I had hoped, in fact, there isn’t much left traveling from Oklahoma City to Amarillo. It is mostly I-40 with a few stretches of the original highway. There isn’t a whole lot going on this section of the iconic highway. In such, I don’t see many of the venues that the highway is known for. However, there are many things to explore during my brief visit to Amarillo. Cadillac Ranch Erected in 1974 (relocated in 1997) by a group of artist known as[…]

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National Weather Center- Norman, OK –

Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains – During this visit, there is large hail,  50 mile per hour winds, and rotating thunderstorms. For many local news stations, this would warrant wall-to-wall coverage of radar shots and dire prognostications. Here it’s a mention during commercial breaks with “no interruption to our scheduled programming” It’s a place where afternoon drives are met with increasingly ominous skies. A place where commercials for storm shelters are as common as car commercials. A place where even a budget campground has an underground bunker. […]

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Oklahoma Native Americans-

Oklahoma (from Okla Humma by the Chocktaw)  becomes home to 5 “Civilized” Native American Nations in the 1830-40’s as part of the Indian Removal Act. US Forces uproot the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, and Seminole nations from the deep south.  Forcing them to move to “Indian Territory” – land west of the Mississippi River.   I, being in Southern Oklahoma – Chickasaw Country, seek to learn more about these indigenous people. A Chickasaw Legend Somewhere in the west, long ago, an Indian tribe wishes to escape constant warring and strife.  The tribal elders consult[…]

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