American Frontiers PLIADOIBLMUSDA FSGeography Action from NGSHondaColemanCoca-Cola
Search
About
Dispatches
The Trek


The Trek

The Teams
Read bios about the team members and see photos.

Team Member Journals
Read online journals filled out by members of both Trek teams. Search by date, place and more.

Interactive and Downloadable Maps

Related Events

Trek Itinerary

Media Center



Exhibits
Lessons
Geo Action

PLIC Museum
Home

 The Trek: The Journals

•
Team: South
Lorie McGraw
Friday, August 2
The South Team is hosted at a Ghost Town in NM
What a treat for the cook! I did not have to cook tonight. The South Team was privileged spend the night under the roof of the Lake Valley Schoolhouse, a restored one-room schoolhouse managed by the BLM near Hatch, New Mexico. We were all treated to a wonderful dinner at the school by the local staff. They cooked green chili-cheeseburgers with all the fixings for us all. (Note to my South Carolina and Northwest friends: Chili burgers are not made with what we call chili, here. They had roasted whole green chilis that are peeled and used as a condiment on the top of your cheeseburger….a slow burn that will put sweat on your brow and a song in your stomach!).

Since I did not have to cook, I got to enjoy the festivities with the rest of the folks there. Homer Milford, local historian and BLM researcher of bats, took a few of us up to one of many abandoned silver and manganese mines where we got to peek inside the entrance. Just as we got there a huge Great Horned Owl came zooming out of the opening. Fascinating history of the relics of a bygone era, a town that once held over 5000 people, swindles and con men, and a silver mine that was so rich that the miners chopped the silver out with hatchets and sent it directly to the Denver Mint with no smelting. Homer also shared with me the story about Edward Cope, noted paleontologist and invertebrate biologist from the 1850s (he and Marsh from the American Musuem of Natural History had "Dinosaur Bone Wars" in the west, getting skeltons for their museums), who lost a lot of money through the swindlers that sold stock in bogus mines and claims. Since I love dinosaurs I recognized the name immediately. I had never heard the stories Homer told, so my horizon was broadened once more.

After our wonderful meal, a local cowboy poet, Tom Bryant, read us some poetry and told us some Cowboy Tales. The difference between a Fairy tale and a Cowboy Tale, according to Tom, is a Fairy Tale starts with “Once Upon a Time” , and a Cowboy Tale starts with “This is no bull…..”. He had us all in stitches with his stories and his poems.

Pat Buls, a lovely graceful lady who is a lifelong trainer of horses, entertained us with her lovely ballads and sweet guitar. She had me in tears at one point as her song yearned for loved ones far away. I do miss my husband Jerry and my sons, Chris and Patrick.
What a wonderful bunch of folks.
for Friday, August 2
North South Both




Biographical
•
Team: South
Lorie McGraw
Lorie McGraw

   >> more...



List of All Journal Entries
•
Saturday, September 21
Lorie McGraw
The Call of the Wild
   >> more...

•
Monday, September 16
Lorie McGraw
Rugged Beauty
   >> more...

•
Sunday, September 15
Lorie McGraw
Calf Creek and Grand Staircase
   >> more...

•
Sunday, September 8
Lorie McGraw
Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge
   >> more...

•
Saturday, September 7
Lorie McGraw
Rain in the Desert
   >> more...

•
Friday, September 6
Lorie McGraw
A River and a Rainbow
   >> more...

•
Wednesday, September 4
Lorie McGraw
Condors and Rock Art
   >> more...

•
Tuesday, September 3
Lorie McGraw
Trekkers Return and an Old Cabin
   >> more...

•
Sunday, September 1
Lorie McGraw
Hopi, Navajo, and The North Rim
   >> more...

•
Saturday, August 31
Lorie McGraw
A hike, a bike, and web frustrations
   >> more...

•
Friday, August 30
Lorie McGraw
The Big Ditch
   >> more...

•
Wednesday, August 28
Lorie McGraw
A New Job
   >> more...

•
Tuesday, August 27
Lorie McGraw
Halfway Point
   >> more...

•
Monday, August 26
Lorie McGraw
Doing a job, or not?
   >> more...

•
Sunday, August 25
Lorie McGraw
Red Rock
   >> more...

•
Sunday, August 25
Lorie McGraw
Sunset Crater and CO Bar Ranch
   >> more...

•
Thursday, August 22
Lorie McGraw
Flagstaff and showers!
   >> more...

•
Wednesday, August 21
Lorie McGraw
Skunks and a practical joke
   >> more...

•
Sunday, August 11
Lorie McGraw
Mountain Lake and a Visitor
   >> more...

•
Tuesday, August 6
Lorie McGraw
Silver City, Here We Come!
   >> more...

•
Monday, August 5
Lorie McGraw
Vanilla Trees at Iron Creek Camp, Gila National Forest
   >> more...

•
Sunday, August 4
Lorie McGraw
On to the Gila Forest
   >> more...

•
Friday, August 2
Lorie McGraw
Out of the (electronic) Darkness
   >> more...

•
Friday, August 2
Lorie McGraw
The South Team is hosted at a Ghost Town in NM
   >> more...

•
Wednesday, July 31
Lorie McGraw
First Day Highlight
   >> more...








TOP





All material copyright ©2002 - 2018, Public Lands Interpretive Association except photographs where ownership is otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.