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Grand Tour 12: The Museum Has Become the Artifact

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

The museum has become the artifact. These days one can often tell more about a people from how they structure and present their museums than from what those museums contain. Thursday, May 10, 2018, Santa Fe to Taos: This was a day mostly about visits to various sites and there is enough to say about …

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Trees and Adobe

Grand Tour 11: Intimations of Mortality in a Town Too Pretty to be Beautiful

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Santa Fe: A day on foot in the heat and altitude of Santa Fe leaves me feeling ten years older and ruminating on my mortality. The themes for the day are towns that try too hard to be beautiful and end up looking contrived, and a reflection on mortality in general …

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Pecos Historic Site showing surrounding higher hills

Grand Tour 10: The Stunning Similarities of Ancient Sites

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Las Vegas NM to Santa Fe NM  Today our Grand Tour takes us to the Pecos National Historical Park where we notice the stunning similarities between the ruins here and the stone circles, Roman, and Medieval ruins of Britain. We also note just how much it matters what things look like …

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Grand Tour 7: The Best Museum on Route 66 is About Barbed Wire

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 5, 2018 Oklahoma City to Amarillo Themes for the day: into the West, barbed wire, weak beer, parking meters, and killer slip roads. The landscape changes quickly west of Oklahoma City. Now you feel like you are in the West. Now you can imagine a dustbowl happening. (Later we see a map of the …

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Another celebrated service station

Grand Tour 5: A Thousand Tiny Attractions

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 3, 2018. Springfield Missouri to Tulsa Oklahoma Themes of the day are ugly English tourists, underwhelming attractions, and decent ice cream. A storm system passes overnight and it continues raining for most of the morning. The day’s planned route is not terribly long so we make a leisurely morning and hope for the weather …

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Military Flags decorating the Elbow Inn

Grand Tour 4: Memorializing Corporals, not Generals

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 2, 2018. St. Louis to Springfield MO We head out of St. Louis toward Springfield, Missouri on a route that takes us through the Ozarks.  Themes for the  day: thousands of tiny attractions, bridges that memorialize corporals rather than generals, and wonky navigation units. The Garmin, which served us so well in Chicago, decides …

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Henry's Rabbit Ranch

Grand Tour 3: The Road as a Museum to Ordinary Eccentricity

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

Monday, April 30, 2018 Springfield to St Louis I resume the long-delayed transcribing of my Grand Tour travel diary in the midst of a pandemic which has meant, among other inconveniences, that I am at home on my laptop instead of somewhere in Utah, as originally planned for this October. Some say that the purpose …

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Grand Tour 2: The Lincoln Museum as Shrine and Reliquary

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Every Page is Page One. The series on our Grand Tour will continue here. Monday, April 30, 2018, Bloomington to Springfield, Il. The second day of our Grand Tour, Monday, April 30, 2018, covered only 100 km from Bloomington to Springfield Illinois. The day was really about …

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