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16 Day of Opening Feat. A Donner Party Christmas

So first off  I messed up and Opened the wrong door. I opened the 16th door last time and not 15th. So now here is the 15th door. 131 more words

24 Days Till Christmas


The New Donner Memorial Experience:   Gone   Gone   Gone

Okay,  I hope you enjoyed “Lake Life”  and  “Mountain Life,”  because I have to get a little negative here.   826 more words


Road Trip 2017 #26 - Calistoga

It is not often that, when travelling as a family of six, there are opportunities to be spontaneous with the itinerary where accommodation is concerned.  However, for a variety of reasons, we decided to stay north of San Francisco for an additional night.   1,230 more words

The Best Land Under Heaven, by Michael Wallis

How should Americans process the tale of the Donner party?  The popular idea of cannibalism as twisted metaphor for Manifest Destiny surfaced in newspaper accounts even before all those stranded at Truckee Lake were rescued.  782 more words


Setting The Record Straight On The Donner Party

Book review: The Best Land Under Heaven, by Michael Wallis

For as much true crime as I read and watch, I draw the line at cannibalism and anything near it. 1,138 more words

Book Review


This posting is just for fun.

Some of you may remember  the kind of winter my grandson Cooper had this year —  buried under 20+  feet of snow.    210 more words


The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown

Insightfully investigates fortunate (?) Donner party survivor who should’ve stayed home.