Sunday, September 30, 2007

Adventures in a Ghost Town

The family enjoyed a long weekend adventure, again in the Eastern Sierras which luckily for us is just up the road. These photos are of the old 'Ghost Town' of Bodie, California, the epitomy of the 'wild west' in the gold rush days (1850's - 1880's). The interior shot is of a saloon, where there's a post office box inbetween the table and the old stove. I've included their website for further exploration of their photo album.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

An Egyptian in a Belay Rigging?

How were the Pyramids built? Countless people over the ages have often wondered this. Ancient man was just as intelligent and resourceful as today's version; in fact, I wonder if they weren't more ingenious, because you could say, they had to make do with less? Whether it's the intricate design of Viking ships, the Calanais (Callanish) Stones, or the Sphinx, it's absolutely incredible and a reflection of human spirit that the people of 'ago' were able to accomplish what they did with what they had. With all of our modern advances and gadjets, are there still things we can learn from them?

I've been involved with a team of innovative people who are asking such a question. My husband, who was a wilderness guide, and I, a former rockclimber, were asked to join a recon team that was going to the Met in New York to look for evidence that the Egyptians may have harnessed wind power in the form of kites to move the Obelisks and Pyramid stones. You'll see in this photo, an Egyptian that looks like he's belaying something. This will be included in the second documentary that is currently being written. I'll include the links for both documentary trailers, but you can see the first documentary on the History Intl, I believe. Our kite friends also were just in the news, so I'll add their link as well....they are working on using kites to reduce fuel consumption/emissions for sea vessels amongst other things. Hope you enjoy the info. (1st Documentary trailer) (updated link) (2nd Documentary trailer) (updated Link) (kites at sea)

Pyramid update 10/03/07

Per an email from Dr. Clemmons, the Conservator of the Pyramids in Spain is interested in her current research. Information of a collaboration pending!

interesting link for the Spanish pyramids

04/04/08 Update
Plan to see the movie...

03/09/12 update: Look for the book, Soaring Stones!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

unexpected visitor

Eastern Sierra Nevadas, California