On the Trail the Pecos Trail, Part I

Unlike the Chisholm Trail, the Goodnight-Loving/Goodnight/Pecos Trail is not very well marked or celebrated. It’s not even well-mapped, as I discovered to my dismay when I started trying to match the few places mentioned in my research sources with modern maps. In fact, most maps you can find on Google are drawn wrong. So I […]

Where am I?

Howdy all! We’re here in Colorado Springs, and the Internet in our hotel was from the 19th century. Yes, there was an Internet in the 19th century, but the telegraph was considered the better option. Heck, smoke signals were faster and more reliable. Right now I’m sitting in a Starbucks catching up on things, and […]

On the Pecos Trail from Carlsbad to Trinidad.

Yesterday morning (July 3rd) we spent at Carlsbad Caverns. Absolutely gorgeous formations. Well worth the time and money. The ranger-guided tours were all full and we didn’t have time to hike to the Natural Entrance, so we just did the Big Room, but that was still a lot of cave. After leaving Carlsbad, we headed […]

On the Pecos Trail

We left Abilene this morning to start the research portion of this little road trip. The trip from Abilene to Pecos is long and dull and looks something like this: But we eventually made it. However, both city and river were a bit of a downer. Pecos and the Pecos River. Pecos City was originally […]

The Anatomy of a Cattle Drive

I promised a more informative post. Well, here ya go 🙂 The foreman was the boss of the herd, though not necessarily its owner. He was in charge of expenses and pay, and was responsible should anything happen to the herd. He also had to scout out the trail ahead, test fords and figure out […]

Days 2 and 3–Dallas, Texas.

Well, technically, we’re not in Dallas, for which I am greatly thankful, since the few times I’ve driven through the Dallas-Fort Worth area I have been terrified. I don’t like big cities, and I really don’t like lots of traffic. For that matter, I don’t particularly like going fast. Horseback is a nice speed for […]

First Day on the Trail

We’re safely in Nashville, TN. We left home around 9 a.m., and didn’t arrive until nearly 9 p.m. local time. Hit road destruction even before we left the county, then in numerous locations along I-81 and I-40. To add to our delays, we ran into severe weather in Tennessee. However, I was expecting something like […]

T-Minus 10 Hours

It’s the night before we hit the trail, and I can’t focus at all on packing or planning or anything I’m supposed to be doing. I think all is in readiness. Grub and equipment are packed, mules were checked out last week by the farrier, loading the wagon in the morning. Lists have been made […]

A Slow Road Trip Home…

Greetings! I know–it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything here (in all honesty, I’ve never really gotten in the habit of posting to this particular blog). However, that is about to change. A week from today, I will be headed out for a 5,000+ mile road trip to the West. This is mainly a research […]

A Great Wide Nowhere is now available on Amazon!

The sequel to An Uncivilized Yankee is now available, both as a paperback book from CreateSpace (Amazon’s printing company) and as a Kindle e-book.