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2014 HIGHLIGHTS*(and check us out on Pinterest too!)
- Death Valley National Park - It may well be over 120 degrees when we visit the depths of this below-sea-level basin (including the lowest point in North America) but that won't stop History on the Move from delving into the area's amazing history from borax mining to twenty mule teams, American Indians, and lost pioneers.
- Manzanar National Historic Site - Situated in the historic Owens River Valley, Manzanar served as one of the largest War Relocation Centers for Japanese American citizens who were interned here during WW II.
- Yosemite National Park - Considered "a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra," Yosemite was first protected in 1864 and we'll be there during the 150th anniversary. Ansel Adams shot some of his most striking photos here and Albert Bierstadt's paintings of Yosemite help define an entire school of art.
- Sutter's Fort and Sutter's Mill - In 1848, after gold was discovered here in the American River, a world-wide movement of people stuck out to strike it rich in California. This discovery changed the course of American history and the settlement of the Pacific Coast.
- John Muir National Historic Site - As America’s foremost naturalist and conservationist John Muir founded the Sierra Club, is the father of the National Parks program, and fought to protect the country's wild places including Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.
- Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front Historical Park - "Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss."
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial - "On the evening of July 17, 1944, . . . . a massive explosion cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when two ships being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theatre troops blew up. This was WWII's worst home front disaster."
- San Francisco - Spend four days in one of the most dynamic, diverse, and historically rich cities in the world! We’ll hit some of the regular highlights like the crookedest street in the world, Fisherman’s Warf, and the famous cable cars but we’ll also look deeper into the city’s beginnings as a Spanish settlement and its maritime past.
- Muir Woods - This redwood forest, donated in recognition of the conservation efforts of John Muir, was proclaimed to be "the best tree lover's monument in the entire world." Stand in awe of the trees and come to know the grove's human history too.
- Fort Ross - A former Russian fur trading fort north of San Francisco along the rocky Pacific Coast? Yep! This land used to be claimed and occupied by Russia. Amazing and true!
- Redwoods National Park - The tallest trees on earth and more! This park also protects "vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild river-ways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions."
- Jedediah Smith Historic Trail - Learn about the accomplishments of one of America's most amazing explorers. The lands here in northern California are little changed from when Jed Smith came through in the 1820s and this includes the last major free flowing river in all of California.
- Crater Lake, Oregon - It is said that there is no place on Earth like Crater Lake. The deep, stunningly blue, waters have inspired people for thousands of years and they will inspire you too! It is one of the deepest and most pure lakes in the entire world. Revel in its stunning beauty and learn of its cultural significance.
- Portland, Oregon -
From its world famous rose gardens to its off-beat culture (the food
truck revolution began here) Portland is different in many ways. We'll
explore its urban history as well as its modern architecture and storied
past. Originally called The Clearing, then Stumptown, the settlement finally got
a name that stuck when two real estate moguls faced off in a 2 out of 3 coin
toss. The other choice was “Boston”.
- The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - "The Gorge" is indeed scenic, but it is also filled with history. We'll see where Lewis and Clark navigated their way down the treacherous Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean in 1805. . . and then came back upstream in 1806. We will tour massive Bonneville Lock & Dam, one of seventeen dams that now harness the power of this mighty river. Along the historic Columbia River Highway there will be time to hike to the top of the 620-foot high Multnomah Falls. Environmentalist John Muir visited the Gorge in 1888 and thought Multnomah Falls the equal of Yosemite Falls.
- Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - Connect directly with the past at this "grand emporium of the West" at the center of the fur trade, exploration, occupation, and settlement of the Pacific Northwest. From 1824 through the settlement of the Pacific Northwest boundary dispute between Great Britain and the USA in 1846, this post was an integral component of British territorial claims maintained by the Hudson's Bay Company. Happily, the fort also paved the way for future American settlement.
- Fort Clatsop National Memorial - During the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis and Clark expedition built a make-shift fort and camped near the estuary of the Columbia River for four months before heading overland back to St. Louis. Learn how the explorers converted seawater to useable salt and what happened at William Clark's "dismal little nitch." Archaeologists argue about the exact site of Fort Clatsop. Almost certainly the replica built by the National Park Service is not correct. But where is the true location? Learn how they converted sea water to useable salt at the salt works and what happened at Clark's "dismal little nitch."
- Fort Stevens Historical Site - What was once a Clatsop Indian trading center eventually became an important military fort protecting the mouth of the Columbia River (from the Civil War to the end of World War II). Among the educational opportunities here we'll learn how the fort was shelled by Japanese subs during WW II and get up close to a hulking shipwreck on the beach.
- Mount Rainier National Park - "Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A." Native Americans called the mountain Tahoma, American railroads advertised it to tourists as Mount Tacoma in the 1880s, but Congress in 1899 chose the British name—Mount Rainier—when it established the mountain as the fifth national park. Oooops, the enabling legislation misspelled the name “Rainier” and it had to be voted upon a second time.
- The Olympic Peninsula and Mount Olympus - Named Mount Olympus in 1788 because it looked like a "home of the gods," Today it is a World Heritage Site meaning it belongs "in a way to the entire world." President Theodore Roosevelt had a special love for the rain forests that lie in the shadow of Mount Olympus. Although the idea of establishing a national park on the Olympic Peninsula was first conceived in 1890, it took until 1939 for Congress to enact the proper legislation.
- Seattle, Washington - Downtown Seattle once belonged to the Duwamish and Suquamish people of the Coast Salish language group. Life changed for them in 1851 when a steamboat arrived bringing a party of Oregon Trail emigrants to Alki Point on the final leg of their journey to Puget Sound. The Americans abandoned their settlement, which they called New York, after just one winter and moved into a sheltered spot on Elliott Bay and took the name of the local Indian chief. And oh how Seattle has grown! Today Seattle is the architectural gem of the Pacific Northwest, it is a transportation hub to Asia, a center of university education with a specialty in computer software design, and the city government is known nationwide for its liberal policies. We’ll explore the obvious and hidden history of Seattle.