Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Bears Ears National Monument

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Bears Ears: The Movement to Protect a Cultural Landscape. (Vimeo, 11min)

The film is outdated only in the sense that the area has now been declared a National Monument by President Obama; it sheds light on what there is to see and why the Native Americans value the land so much. Makes me want to see it even more!

Thanks for the link, Garret!

New National Monument in the USA

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

On December 28, 2016 President Obama declared the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. There’s no website for it yet on, but some info is available at Wikipedia.

Boston Globe Big Picture: Bear Ears Buttes in Utah.

“Known as Bear Ears for the pair of purple buttes at the region’s center, the newly proclaimed 1.9 million-acre National Mounument will preserve a photographer’s checklist of high-desert drama: spires, bridges, canyons. Yet the region’s true distinction is not its topography, but its cultural significance; perhaps no place in America is as rich with ancient Native American sites as Bear Ears. In October 2015, a coalition of five Indian nations, including the Hopi, Ute, and Navajo, formally proposed the monument, attempting to preserve the parcel’s 100,000 archeological sites from ongoing looting and grave robbing. Last June, in a letter to President Obama, more than 700 archeologists endorsed the proposal, saying that looting of the area’s many ancient kivas and dwellings was continuing “at an alarming pace” and calling Bear Ears “America’s most significant unprotected cultural landscape.””

(No typos added by me; the Boston Globe calls it Bear Ears instead of Bears Ears.)

Weißer Schwarzwald

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

We had a friend from the UK staying with us this week and went on a day trip to the Black Forest with her on Thursday. We had a little bit of snow at home (very low, very near to the Rhine river), but there was more than enough in the Black Forest! We stopped at the Mummelsee (elevation 1028m) and climbed the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest, the Hornisgrinde (elevation 1163m). We experienced a few short snow showers, but mostly the weather looked like this:

(Click photos to enlarge.)

Bayerische Auswanderer in den USA

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Auf Bayern 3 lief über die Weihnachtstage eine dreiteilige Serie von “Gernstl unterwegs”, in der er in drei Metropolen der USA bayerische Auswanderer besucht hat. Man kann sie in der Mediathek anschauen:

Gernstl unterwegs in Los Angeles. 25.12.2016, 18:45 Uhr, BR Fernsehen, 43 Min.

Gernstl unterwegs in San Francisco. 26.12.2016, 18:45 Uhr, BR Fernsehen, 44 Min.

Gernstl unterwegs in New York. 27.12.2016, 18:45 Uhr, BR Fernsehen, 43 Min.

Hoarfrost – Rauhreif

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Guten Rutsch! Happy New Year!

Taken on my walk today.