historic trail

It used to be much harder to send a selfie. In the 1860s, riders carried the mail from Missouri to California – covering 1,800 miles in 10 days. Today, visitors can explore sections of this famous mail route along the Pony Express National Historic Trail and learn about the challenges faced by the young men who kept the coasts connected. It might have been dangerous work, but you couldn’t beat the views. Photo from a section of the trail in Utah by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

There is more underneath the glass and steel of Hong Kong

When it comes to Hong Kong as a travel destination, scenes of the hustle and bustle, all kinds of cuisine and hundreds of shopping complexes probably flood your mind in a blink. No we are not going into the obvious beauty of the city. We are here to unravel the mesmerizing gem of the city’s cultural diversity. Let us freshen your vision and mind with some colorful hues!


For those who want to explore the city from an unconventional perspective, check out the HKwalls! For four years in a row, HKwalls has been making efforts to strengthen the link between art and the public space. Last year, HKwalls took place in Sham Shui Po, one of the earliest developed areas in Hong Kong. The mixed land uses and history has given the district a distinct character, making it an ideal area for the annual street arts celebrations. The festival featured 40 art pieces created by artists from 17 countries, 42 workshops, 3 free film screenings and a pop-up print exhibition.

This year HKwalls reignites the partnership with Vans as part of the Hong Kong Arts Month in Wong Chuk Hang. Unlike other events during the month, there are scattered happenings for the public to stumble upon.  Though Wong Chuk Hang may be a little far from the city centre, it is chosen for a reason. While the art and creative community has been blossoming in the industrial district, the mural art pieces and interactive programs would perfectly compliment the growth. Just remember to have your camera ready!

Feeling revitalized now? Let’s dig deeper into the city’s cultural matrix, here is our recommended guide for you.

Old Town Central

Here we go a compact experience in the culturally diverse city!

Old Town Central (OTC) refers to the rectangular shaped neighbourhood in Central bounded by Wyndham Street, Caine Road, Possession Street, Queen’s Road Central and Hollywood Road. A miniature of the big city, it hosts many must-go including heritage sites, landmarks, historic architecture, religious buildings, designer boutiques, local shops, dining and entertainment outlets. It mirrors the transition of Hong Kong from a fishing village to a British colony to a metropolitan city throughout the decades.

Possession Street

The story of modern Hong Kong began at Possession Street in 1841, where the British soldiers landed and the colonial governance commenced.  Fast forward to 176 years later, it is now the Hollywood Road Park, a Chinese-style garden.  Still, you can find a mix of nostalgic and modern shops at Possession Street.


Climb a few staircases to POHO; fill yourself with the artsy air. Surrounded by Po Hing Fong including Tai Ping Shan Street, Po Hing Street, Tung Street, Sai Street, and Upper Station Street, the up-and-coming neighbourhood is analogous to Hong Kong’s hipster village with plenty cafes, quirky boutiques and art galleries.

YMCA Bridges Street Centre & Ladder Street

You will find YMCA Bridges Street Centre and Ladder Street at the east of OTC. Constructed in 1918, the YMCA Bridges Street Centre is an architectural epitome displaying a crossover between Chinese green glazed tiled roofs and Chicago School style. Ladder Street, a Grade 1 historical building, which is made entirely of stone steps, connects Queen’s Road Central all the way uphill to Hollywood Road and Caine Road.

Man Mo Temple

At the corner of Ladder Street, Man Mo Temple is a masterpiece of long-lost traditional Chinese architectural craftsmanship. It would certainly take your breath away the moment you step in. The temple was built for Gods worshipping and as “Kung Sor” where community issues were discussed and resolved.


Go along Hollywood Road and you will arrive at PMQ, the Police Married Quarters. It has been revitalized as a creative hub where over 100 shops, pop-up stores, design studios and restaurants are nested. The mission of PMQ is to nurture local designers, provide a place for organizing exhibits and for visitors to have a taste of creative lifestyle. With this in mind, you cannot miss this place from your to-go list in Hong Kong.

Gough Street and Kau U Fong

Also known as NOHO, there is a great deal of independent boutiques and contemporary art galleries awaiting your discovery; cafes and old-style dai pai dong (cooked food stalls) ready to fill you up. Be sure to spare some time and belly for them!

Pak Tsz Lane Park

Pak Tsz Lane Park, located at a quiet square behind Aberdeen Street, Hollywood Road, Gage Street and Peel Street, is a park featuring a monument in memory of anti-Qing Dynasty activities in the late 19th century by revolutionaries from Furen Wenshe and Xing Zhong Hui. Enlighten yourself with some knowledge on Hong Kong’s role in overthrowing the monarchy in China.

Hollywood Road

One of the oldest built in 1844, Hollywood Road has evolved into a renowned art hub, accommodating numerous contemporary art galleries, antique shops and boutiques. Get your art and shopping fix here and you won’t be disappointed.

Tai Kwun

At the junction of Old Baileys Street and Hollywood Road stands a gorgeous colonial-style establishment – Tai Kwun, or “big station” in Chinese. That was how the Chinese used to colloquially refer to the former law enforcement complex. Initially where the Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison were, it is now under transformation into the next talk-of-the-town hub of heritage, arts and leisure. Stay tuned!

Pottinger Street

Named after Hong Kong’s first governor, Pottinger Street is made of uneven slabs of cobblestone, and thus given the name “Stone Slab Street”. If you need ideas for your costumes and props to Halloween celebrations or themed parties, look no further, you can find everything here.

Lyndhurst Terrace

Lyndhurst Terrace is another featured spot of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail. The old Xing Yan Lou Western Restaurant was one of the secretive bases where Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his comrades meet as well as a refuge for overseas revolutionaries during the First Guangzhou Uprising in 1895. You may be hit by some shiok buttery aroma and it probably comes from Tai Cheong Bakery, renowned for “the best egg tarts in the world” hailed by the last British governor Chris Patten.

This content was produced in partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board.


A voided velvet ceremonial train, probably Worth, late 19th century, probably worn by Lady Margaret Etienne Hannah, (Peggy) Primrose, daughter of the 5th Earl of Rosebery for her marriage to the 1st Marquess of Crewe, Robert Crewe-Milnes in 1899, woven with ivory velvet renaissance style palmettes on an ice-blue damask satin ground studded with rhinestone flowerheads, silver sequins

The Iditarod National Historic Trail in Alaska encompasses a 1,500-mile system of winter trails that first connected ancient Alaska Native villages, opened up Alaska for the gold rush and now plays a vital role for travel and recreation. Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, the trail is now mostly closely identified with the famous annual sled dog race. The race, which started this weekend, challenges the racer and the 21 dog team with harsh conditions across rugged, but beautiful terrain. Photo by Kevin Keeler, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

Nudge Theory

Characters: CastielXReader, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester

Word Count: 5323 (Act V)

A/N: The [extended] conclusion to a five-act miniseries. The reader and Castiel must work together to solve the curious case of the missing Winchesters. Fluff, smut, and a plot for kicks (I’ve been informed it got kinda angsty – so, uh, yay, something for everyone?!). All mysteries and roads converge in Clifton Springs, NY – whither will they lead from there? Here’s a hint about the roads – there is a 100% probability they all lead to a mountain of fluff.

Previous chapters:  Act I,  Act II, Act III , Act IV - Part I, Act IV - Part II

Originally posted by caa-s

Nudge [verb] –

·       “Coax or gently encourage someone to do something.”


The familiar rumbling whisper thundered through your pounding head with the boom of a freight train. You groaned in response.

“They’ve left for the moment,” the whispered onslaught continued, “there was a heated argument. Mrs. Kinlay did not want to miss bingo night at the senior center despite Mr. Kinlay’s wounds. Evidently, a Mrs. Reynolds recently returned from an extended cruise which was in reality a cover story for obtaining plastic surgery and the so-called botch job isn’t to be missed.”

You groaned again.

“Are you hurt?”

More discombobulated yet distinctly incensed syllables somersaulted from your tongue. You meant to say: “Bingo? Seriously? Well at least something about those impostors stinks of being geriatric.”

Cas took the irate tone of your incoherent groans as confirmation you were unharmed save for the diminishing effects of the cataleptic drug in your system, “They intend to perform some sort of ritual. We appear to be central components. Fortunately, it seems important to them that we remain largely unharmed.”

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Originally posted by ohbaekhyuns

everything was blue.

soundtrack to this scenario here. [ x ]

because i can never resist a good soulmate! au.

A sense of creativity had always flowed in your veins, mingled with the smell of oil paints and the brushstrokes of a watercolor artwork. Being an artist had always been your dream, despite the fluctuating salary that came with the occupation. But, you never felt entitled to pursue it. Cooking was always more your passion anyway, but you figured, since you had to take a class on the arts, you might as well learn a bit more about its history.

Your art history professor had taken your class on a field trip to a museum that housed “the finest of arts, the treasures of the historical eras!” Trailing in after your fellow classmates and tourists, you feasted your eyes upon the inside of the museum.  The museum had a sort of modern glow to it, plain white walls lined every so often with a sculpture or a painting, sometimes even an artifact. You filed in past the front desk where an elderly lady sat with a stamp ready in her hand, the fresh red mark of the current exhibit appearing on your flesh.

Your professor had marveled about this very exhibit in the weeks leading up to the trip, eyes glazed over in anticipation and revere. The exhibit for the Mystery Woman in Blue, practically a version of not a very known Mona Lisa, was known all throughout the world. The painting had made its fair trips around the country, but now, it had appeared at the museum near your university. The artist left nothing but his initials, PCY.

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Amboy Crater is an extinct cinder cone located just off of historic Route 66 – basically in the middle of nowhere (between Barstow and Needles) once the area was bypassed by Interstate 40 in the early 70s.  Before then, especially from the end of WWII through the 60s, it was a major attraction along this Main Street of America and many visitors would “get their kicks” by climbing Amboy Crater so they could brag about conquering a real volcano. 

After the climb, visitors would head to Roy’s Cafe in the nearby town of Amboy, just a few miles away, to have a cold drink or a meal.  Roys once employed 70 people and was a bustling stop for travelers.  Business dropped to almost nothing when I-40 opened and it fell into disrepair.  Luckily the current owner is interested in preserving this piece of Americana.  I snapped a picture of the restored diner (no food served, only sodas) when I stopped for gas.

-Bob Wick, BLM-California

Lives of 18th Century British Troops Unfold in Upstate New York
Muskets, gun flints, animal bones and wine glass stems unearthed in Fort Edward, N.Y., help paint a portrait of soldiers in the French and Indian War.
By Paul Post

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. — Stuart Sutton wasn’t interested in a typical summer vacation, so he traded in suntan lotion and a towel for bug spray and a trowel.

“The classic Maryland vacation is go to Ocean City,” said Mr. Sutton, 66, a retired industrial arts teacher from Glen Burnie, Md. “I can’t get excited about sitting on the beach, baking myself on a white sand background.”

Instead, he has spent the past two weeks here, painstakingly scraping away more than 250 years of history at one of North America’s most significant 18th century military sites.

Every summer from 1755 to 1759, Fort Edward was the base of operations for more than 15,000 British soldiers and officers in support of Fort William Henry in Lake George, N.Y., about 14 miles north, during the French and Indian War.

Back then this region was a frontier wilderness.

“They would come up the Hudson River from Albany,” David Starbuck, an anthropology professor at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, said, referring to the soldiers. “This is where they would disembark because there were rapids north of here. Then they would walk 13 or 14 miles through the woods on the Old Military Road to Lake George. Fort William Henry was sort of the front-line position. With bateau and whaleboats they would head up the lake to attack French forts to the north.”

Since 1992, Professor Starbuck has been leading archaeological projects at numerous sites in Fort Edward and Lake George under the auspices of the State University of New York Adirondack.

Three dozen people — students from several colleges, who earn academic credit, and volunteers from across the country, who pay their own expenses — joined this year’s six-week effort, which ends Friday. This summer the work has focused on Rogers Island, a long, mostly wooded parcel in the Hudson River, separated by a narrow channel from where Fort Edward once stood.

Thousands of soldiers and low-ranking officers lived in barracks, huts and tents on Rogers Island, while higher-ranking officers stayed in the main fort.

“You’re getting a little picture of how these soldiers lived and what they were doing,” said Dorothea Cornell, a retired special education teacher from Ridgecrest, Calif., in the Mojave Desert. “I left 108 degrees to be here, so even the humidity and bugs here are better than that.”

Ms. Cornell and her sister, Michele Boak of Burke, Va., travel about an hour each way to the dig site from their family-owned cabin in the Adirondacks. They both returned this summer after taking part last year’s dig.

Many of the volunteers have an interest in archaeology and learned about the project from magazine or newspaper articles, or from relatives and friends.

“We couldn’t do this if we didn’t have enough people willing to pay out of their pocket to participate,” Professor Starbuck said.

One of the goals this summer has been identifying the precise location of soldiers’ dwellings, which is critical to plans to turn the site into a historic park with walking trails and interpretive exhibits.

Rogers Island has a small visitors center that features frontier-themed exhibits and artifacts from past years’ digs. The site was privately owned until three years ago when it was purchased by the town and village of Fort Edward, relying largely on state funds.

“Archaeology is its own catalyst,” Professor Starbuck said. “The things we find tell stories and create public interest. We’re generating story lines that I think people will come for in the years ahead.”

Jean-Line Lewis, 20, and her boyfriend, Nicholas Neals, 26, who is pursuing a degree in archaeology, have been making the 100-mile roundtrip every day from their home in Schenectady, N.Y., to take part in the excavation.

“Each time you uncover something, everybody runs over and wants to see what you found,” Ms. Lewis said. “It makes you want to keep going.”

Among the things that have been uncovered are musket balls, gun flint, animal bones and numerous pieces of pottery, porcelain and glass, including wine glass stems. They are pieces of a puzzle that shed light on soldiers’ daily activities.

“That’s my favorite part of archaeology, imagining who was here, what it was like, and realizing you’re on the same land people were on 250 years ago,” Mr. Neals said.

Dene Rivera, 48, who works at Hunter College in New York City, has taken in part in Professor Starbuck’s field schools since 2006. “One time I found a complete bottle, another time a key,’’ she said. “It feels like it’s my find. If you ever see it in a display case, you can say, I found that! It makes you feel like you’re contributing.”

Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga, farther north, enjoy a prominent historical profile because they were the scenes of major battles and massacres, which have been depicted in film versions of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, “Last of the Mohicans.”

But Professor Starbuck said Fort Edward was equally important. Rogers Island is named for Major Robert Rogers, who led Rogers Rangers, a light infantry unit attached to the British army that made daring attacks on the enemy. It was here, in 1757, that Rogers wrote his “Rules of Ranging,” which are still included as an appendix in the Ranger Handbook used by the United States Army.

“We consider this the birthplace of modern-day special forces,” Mr. Starbuck said.

With history and artifacts in hand, the next challenge is determining how best to present the story of Fort Edward.

“This is one of the last undeveloped British military sites in North America,” said Ed Carpenter, president of the Rogers Island Heritage Development Alliance, a nonprofit that oversees the island and operates the visitors center. “We’re at the crucial time where we need to get some funding, we need to get a master plan done, so we can move forward.”

Professor Starbuck said Rogers Island probably won’t look like other historic sites in the region. “They don’t rebuild forts any more,” he said. “People won’t come just to see signboards. We have to figure out what the most forward-looking, most interactive, most modern way of telling stories is for 20-year-olds who are used to looking at screens all the time, not just us old baby boomers.”

He added, “You can’t just throw money at an island, and hopefully some wonderful tourist attraction will suddenly appear. We’re trying to make stories come alive and gradually feed the stories into planning so Rogers Island can take its place among the greatest 18th century sites in the country.”


Celebrate the passage of the National Trails AND Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts with photos of the BLM river and trail segments included in the original 1968 legislation signed #OTD in 1968!

The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River, located within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, includes 74 miles of the river as it passes through the 800-foot deep Río Grande Gorge. The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, luring anglers, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts.  

In addition, the Rogue Wild and Scenic River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. Some of the wildlife that calls the Rogue home include black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese.

Featuring 30 miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.

The 43-mile stretch of the PCT in southern Oregon includes countless scenic views and well-known recreation points: Mount Shasta; Pilot Rock, Hyatt Lake; Soda Mountain Wilderness; and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, to name a few.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM


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Farah Goes Bang dir. Meera Menon

The road-trip comedy of Farah Goes Bang follows a woman in her twenties, Farah Mahtab, who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. 

Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country. Roopa aspires to a job in politics, K.J. brawls her way through a personal motivation to end the war in Iraq, and Farah struggles to locate not just her desirability, but her desire.