Thursday, July 28, 2011

The History of Rock Mountain Alabama
Coming Soon

When I’m enjoying the outdoors at Rock Mountain, I can’t help but wonder about the people who were here before me. There is a big flat rock on Fire Tower Road where we like to picnic. It’s a certainty that people have been enjoying meals on that rock for thousands of years. Those people walked the same trails and they waded in the same creeks as we do.

Who were those people? Why did they leave this area? Who replaced them? Where did those people come from? Those are just a few of the questions that I have pondered during the half century since I first walked over Rock Mountain as a nine year old kid. Rock Mountain has been building a history spanning 10,000 years, but history books have barely mentioned it.

I set aside the time to write this book when I realized that I watched so much of the tangible history of Rock Mountain disappear, and I didn’t realize it until it was gone. Several years of prior research about the Native Americans who built their villages here and recently reading about the first settlers traveling down the Huntsville Road to Jonesboro convinced me that I had to spend more time writing that I had planned.

I think that I’ve written a book that will be an entertaining read for those who want to know more about where they live, as well a book for those who love history.

Coming soon from Dog Ear Publishing.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs - Utah

We visited Parowan Gap on a recent trip to Utah.

The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs are located not far off I-15 in southern Utah, a distance of about 16 miles from Cedar City.

Parowan Gap is a natural mountain pass.

The first petroglyphs on the rock walls date back more than 1000 years.

The petroglyphs are fenced off, but they are very easy to view.

It's fun to try to figure out the drawings. Some of the easier ones depict lizards, bear claws, mountain sheep, the sun and something resembling humans.

Several rock shelters are in the immediate area. Some are not fenced off.

A half dozen people would have found shelter in the largest one.

Oranges in Orange Beach. Alabama

Yes, orange groves were once common on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Postcard Back: "The Satsuma is a Mandarin type, "Kid-glove" orange of delicious dessert quality. It was introduced into the United States from Japan in 1876. Satsuma oranges are grown extensively in the Gulf Coast section. Single orchards in Mobile County comprising as much as 1100 acres." Postmarked 1947.

There are still some trees scattered about in Orange Beach. Here is a picture that we took earlier this year of a satsuma tree in a front yard.