Drift ashore

Driftwood 4Have you ever looked at driftwood along the shore and wondered its origin?

Drifwood 2How long has it been there and how long will it stay?                                                                  What use has the wood provided in time’s past,                                                                      And where it stands, how long before decay?

Driftwood 5

Driftwood is wood washed ashore, along a beach, a sea, lake or river,                                  By the action of winds, tides or waves.

Most driftwood is remains of trees – washed into the ocean, by flood, high winds,                It could exist from logging, or other natural events.

Maybe the tree that once was, and is no more,                                                                          Has no use today, so we think.                                                                                                          But isn’t it still a tree, although different from what we believe?                                          Maybe it was in an important mission, or a boat that would sink.

Driftwood and OspreyDriftwood has a new purpose, to provide a home for birds.                                                  And maybe during its journey – a place for fish or other life, some now extinct.

Driftwood 7But we see the special beauty in the passing of time,                                                              And take photos to remind us how it stands there alone;                                                        For us to behold the splendor,                                                                                                          Of life as it carries on.

Driftwood 3We may think our life’s use won’t last,                                                                                        And we wonder if we drifted ashore.                                                                                                But we must look beyond our past,                                                                                              And know there is more.

Driftwood 1(Additional note from Wikipedia: “There is also a subset of driftwood known as drift lumber. Drift lumber includes the remains of man-made wooden objects, such as buildings and their contents washed into the sea during storms, wooden objects discarded into the water from shore, dropped dunnage or lost cargo from ships (jetsam), and the remains of shipwrecked wooden ships and boats (flotsam). Erosion and wave action may make it difficult or impossible to determine the origin of a particular piece of driftwood.”  (Wikipedia)

Blessings!

Ron

 

 

 

Rainbow over White Sands

Rainbow over white sands coming from ArizonaWhile traveling from Arizona to New Mexico on Interstate 10, there is a beautiful mountain range, part of White Sands.

I would have enjoyed taking the off-road tour but here is a view from the Interstate.  It was a unique mix with clouds, rain, rainbow and white mountains.

So where does the white sand originate?  Wikipedia has excellent information.  Here are a couple of photos from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Sands_National_Monument to provide some insight.

1024px-White_sands_moon_&_clouds - Photo by White Sands National Park
White Sands.  (Wikipedia)

 

White_sands_panorama_2009 (1) - Photo by White Sands National Park
White Sands.  (Wikipedia)

I didn’t get a chance to visit the White Sands National Park but maybe I’ll get back there in the next couple of years.  It seems interesting.  National Park Service at White Sands states:

Each generation of visitors to the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument have left their mark. Today monument visitors can experience some of the most iconic historic places associated with the basin’s rich history.

These places include the monument’s historic district, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the historic Lucero Ranch on the western shoreline of Lake Lucero.

Visitors interested in learning more about the Tularosa Basin’s military history can also visit the White Sands Missile Range Museum and Trinity Site, the place where the first atomic bomb was tested in 1945.  https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

There is beauty in everything we do and see – if we only keep watch and appreciate it.  Isn’t beauty in the eyes of the beholder?

Blessings!

Ron

Gunfight – Part 3 – Finale

Gunfight layout with figures
Museum figures of those involved in the gunfight.

The day has come!

The restless cowboys and presumed outlaws have decided there would be a showdown.  They began forming at O.K. Corral and had their guns prepared.

According to a timeline by John D. Gilchriese, writer and collector, these are the major events of the gunfight:

The Street Fight – October 26, 1881

Earps and Holliday head to gunfight

After meeting and wondering what to do about The Cowboys forming at the O.K. Corral and making threats, the Earps and Doc decided to head there.  Rounding the corner of Fourth and Freemont Streets, the Earps head west to the rear entrance of the O.K. Corral – and a date with destiny. (Photos by RonLin Photography from images posted in the Gunfight at O.K. Corral Museum.)
Gunfight 1
Town Marshal Virgin Earp (with cane) says “Hold on, we don’t want that,” as Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton take the first bullets from Doc and Morgan.
Gunfight 2
Billy Clanton (second from right) draws his gun and begins to fight as his brother Ike begs Wyatt Earp not to shoot him. Morgan and Doc are concentrating on Frank McLaury, and Billy Clanton, though mortally wounded, fights back.  Frank and Tom maneuver their horses as shields.
Gunfight 3
As Ike Clanton flees, Virgil Earp and Tom McLaury bring their guns into action.  Doc Holliday turns to fire at the fleeing Ike while Morgan continues to fire at the wounded Frank McLaury.
Gunfight 4
Frank McLaury moves his horse into the street and fires back under the horse’s neck as Holliday pulls his sawed-off shotgun from under his coat.  (The researcher who commissioned these paintings believes a shot was fired from within the O.K. Corral at this point, which shows why the Earps are giving their attention to that possible threat at the moment.)
Gunfight 5
Frank McLaury still manages to hang onto his horse for cover as brother Tom, shooting over his saddle, hits Morgan Earp.  Billy Clanton (who is already dying)  returns fire at Virgil and Wyatt.  A shot from Frank hits Marshal Virgil Earp in the right leg.
Gunfight 6
Morgan Earp goes down, shot through the shoulder muscles.  Tom McLaury’s horse, grazed by a bullet from Wyatt, finally bolts, leaving Tom exposed to Holliday’s “murderous” shotgun blast.  Billy Clanton, still firing, begins to slide down the wall.
Gunfight 7
Tom McLaury, mortally wounded, has stagger out of the picture.  Frank’s horse finally bolts, leaving him exposed.  His last shot strikes Doc Holliday’s holster, producing a painful but not serious wound.  Though seriously wounded, Morgan turns and fires, killing Frank with a head shot.  “I got him,” says Morgan Earp.  Billy Clanton would spend his last breath begging for more cartridges.

The gunfight lasted about 30 seconds.

According to Gilchriese, Wyatt Earp, when asked about the “Gunfight at O.K. Corral,”  stated: “It was a street fight between my brothers, Doc, and myself and those who believed they could shoot down the Earps.”  Wyatt apparently had a chuckle about the allusion of the “gunfight” at O.K. Corral, that was probably created by fictional writers to make it more exciting.

Wyatt also drew the locations of the shooters as he recounted the scenario.

Gunfight locations according to Wyatt Earp

Gunfight locations according to Wyatt Earp-2

The exact location of the fight?  Freemont Street, south side and east of 3rd Street

Who fired first?  Frank McLaury and Wyatt Earp

Who died?  Frank and Tom McLaury, Billy Clanton

Who was wounded?  Virgil and Morgan Earp

Where did each man stand?  (as drawn by Don Perceval)

Gunfight layout image - 2 by Don Louis Perceval (1908 - 1979)
Don Perceval’s rendition located in the O.K. Corral Museum.  Note O.K. Corral sign on the upper, far left.

Did the fight start in the street?   No, for six seconds the antagonists were in the vacant lot before they backed into Freemont Street

Where is Sheriff John Behan?  Behind Fly’s Boarding House

Where is Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne?  Hiding in Fly’s Boarding House

More photos by Gilchriese are viewable at  http://kbbooks-tucson.com/Photographs.htm.

A photo showing the town layout, during the gunfight, developed in the Tombstone Fly Studio based on research from John D. Rose,  is at https://www.wyattearpexplorers.com/ok-corral.html.

How would the Earps escape this eventual tragedy?  They wanted to prosper in the thriving town of Tombstone, mainly due to the silver ore that was being mined and the businesses developing in the west.

Tombstone Epitaph location

I have to wonder where the town’s people stood on the issues.  Did they not care enough to get involved to help those who were there to protect them?

There is an old saying (paraphrased) that for evil to prevail is for good men (and women) to do nothing.

What about the families of the Clantons, Claibornes and McLaurys?  While there is evidence they too wanted to be business affiliates, but also were entangled with the criminal element, I wonder how their side of the story goes?

Here is a link for further information about the McLaurys.  http://www.worldcat.org/title/mclaurys-in-tombstone-arizona-an-ok-corral-obituary/oclc/806040205&referer=brief_results.

What about Curly Bill Brochius?  Do you know his part?

There is another previous outlaw who was friends with Wyatt Earp in Dodge city – Sherman McMasters.  What was his involvement?  (He had also stolen a valuable thoroughbred in Tombstone).

This is a link with a few more details about the Clantons.  http://clantongang.com/oldwest/ganlaury.html

Who knows how Tombstone could have flourished during the day had the Earps succeeded in business and built the town as they had envisioned?

Tombstone Saloon

Regardless, things could have turned out differently had the various factions worked together to resolve their conflicts.

Tombstone Billiards where Morgan Earp was shot
Modern-day photo of the billiards where Morgan Earp was shot in the back and died at midnight.

I’ll close this post with words mentioned in the video clip – what Wyatt Earp said in his last words:  “Just suppose.”

(Don’t forget to check out the video re-enactment below, which was performed just off Freemont as they tried to replicate as much as possible.)

Blessings!

Ron

 

Daytona Beach beckons

Daytona Beach Welcome Overhead Sign on A1A

What comes to mind when you hear Daytona Beach?  Is it racing, hotels or condos, or beaches?

Daytona Beach Oceanside Main EntranceIf you are a regular guest at Daytona Beach, Fla. then you probably come for a specific purpose.  I make trips there occasionally and it seems the main reason is the beach.  The beautiful white sandy beach is a natural attraction and you can still drive your vehicle on it – compared to many other beaches in Florida.

Daytona Beach Ocean View from Perry'sDaytona Beach is “one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.” (Wikitravel)

And yes, there is racing too.  I’ll talk about racing in another blog later.

Daytona Beach Ocean Entrance TunnelDid you know?  Daytona was founded in 1870 by Matthias Day, from whom it takes its name. It was incorporated as a city in 1876. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged to form Daytona Beach in 1926. In the 1920s, the city became known as The World’s Most Famous Beach.  https://wikitravel.org/en/Daytona_Beach

Daytona Beach Lifeguard
Lifeguards are positioned along the beach to reinforce safety.
Daytona Beach Oceanside fishing
Ocean fishing is often noticed along the beach – intermingled with surfers and people enjoying the water, although those fishing attempt to avoid conflict when possible.

 

 

 

 

Daytona Beach Parking Garage Street Art
Street art on parking garages and other buildings adds color and description to the the area.
Daytona Beach A1A Overhead Sign
Overhead safety crosswalks combined with push-button signals at ground-level crosswalks enhance safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Breezeway on A1A

The amusement park, shops and restaurants are popular attractions.

Daytona Beach Amusement Park

Daytona Beach Amusement Park Beachside

A1A - Daytona Beach Hog Heaven building
Bar-B-Q is popular in the area and one doesn’t need to go far to visit the Hog Heaven restaurant across the street from the amusement park.

 

 

Daytona Beach Joe's Crab Shack
For those who love seafood there is Joe’s Crab Shack right on the beach with a fantastic view.
Daytona Beach Ice Cream Shop
Everyone has room for ice cream.

There are many vacation club rentals available along with hotels and resorts.  One of the cost-effective resorts is a little farther south in Daytona Beach Shores at Perry’s Resort.  They’ve been there for 75 years and are currently expanding and remodeling while providing excellent rates and service.   https://www.perrysoceanedge.com/

 

 

 

Daytona Beach Perry's Resort Donuts
One of the favorites at Perry’s is complimentary homemade donuts along with other breakfast items.
Daytona Beach Shores view from bridge
View of the south end of Daytona Beach Shores from the Intracoastal Waterway.

Additional information and highlights are located at https://www.daytonabeach.com/.

Live a Victorious Life!

Ron