Historian’s believe that the first human beings came to the America from across the Bering Straits about 20, 000 years ago.
These were the ancestors of the many Native American cultures, which would people the landscape for thousands of years.
Around the year 1000, a small number of Vikings would arrive. Five hundred years later, the great European migration would begin.
Crossing the Atlantic meant two to three months of seasickness, overcrowding, limited food rations, and disease. But the lure of available land and the hope for political and religious freedoms kept the Europeans coming.
In some places, the meeting of Europeans and Native Americans was peaceful. In others, the cultures clashed, leading to violence and disease. Whole tribes were decimated by such newly introduced diseases as small pox, measles, and the plague.
Continue to read the timeline here.
Words on Wednesdays
Finally, semester is over! I took my last class, passed the QE, and can finally say I am ABD 🙂Unlike last year, when I planned and flew to Hudson River & Montauk Point in April 2017
Or the previous year, when I planned and went down to Australia & New Zealand in April 2016,
Or the previous year, when I planned a trip to the National Museum of the USAF in April 2015,Or the previous year, when I planned and flew to Sun & Fun in April 2014,
I am free to once again start planning … OSH!
I am also planning a repeat of Douthat State Park and a whole lot of flying once I get current again.
And of course more down under.
Stay tuned as Flynthings picks up where it left off last fall and takes to the skies again.
The possibilities are immense!
Not everyone is capable of such sane behavior!
I promise this is the last post on this matter…. but if you haven’t already visited the Tidal Basin, the time is now!
Enjoy this weekend while it lasts 🙂
What’s on you mind?
The last few posts, I have posted teaser content and photos of Cherry Blossoms from previous year. To prove my previous post, and reiterate that while winter seems to be making a fuss about leaving (we had flurries almost all day today), here are the first official pictures of some pink from this year 🙂
This time of the year, if you live in the DC area, Cherry Blossoms are what’s on most people’s mind. End of March and early April is when throngs return to the Capital city, to catch a glimpse of the Blossoms along the Tidal Basin, around the city and neighborhood. In a way, the Cherry Blossoms are a harbinger of spring: once they are here and gone, winter is officially over.
Believe it or not, while it is quite pleasant to be able to walk around the city without being trampled upon, I do miss the hustle and bustle that returns with the Cherry Blossoms. It is exciting to see new faces and the awakening of the city for the new tourist season which continues till Labor Day.
The trees around the Tidal Basin are still slow to bud, but come this time next week, I am sure there will be more life in them. Today’s storm, is hopefully the last of the year, and temperatures are expected to return to normal after tomorrow.
So pink is here to stay, at least for the next 2-3 weeks….Enjoy!
Despite the wild mood swings the weather around the country appears to be experiencing,
Despite all the winter blues we are being forced through, the Cherry trees are budding!
My tulips survived the cold and the snow…. are still green and growing…
The Cherry trees near my office are starting to turn pink.
There is not a leaf in sight, still…
All other Cherry trees appear to be budding…. including the ones in the Tidal Basin.
Spring officially kicks off today. While the next four days reek of warmth, snow is in the forecast for Tuesday. It seems winter is not done yet with it’s mood swings.
But nothing can stop the Cherry Blossoms from blooming…. and before we know it, the heat and humidity, will be upon us and we will be cursing about the heat instead of the cold 🙂
Enjoy it while it lasts….
The downside of living in a touristy town is, one gets to repeatedly revisit the same sights over and over again. But it never seems to tire me…
In fact, I revisit them on a regular basis… very often 🙂
either to run, hike or walk…
There is something to be said about threading the path of giants 🙂
While I like to sleep in the extra hour back in November, springing forward in March is so much more endearing to me. Not the least because:
- Spring is almost here, finally….
- Sun sets, henceforth around or after 7 pm.
- Days are longer, and continue to expand all the way from now, until June 21st, the longest day of the year and the official start of Summer (my favorite day!)
- and continue to provide glorious days of summer until September 23rd, the official start of Autumn, the most beautiful and pleasant days to experience the North East
- until we spring back again in November, in preparation of Winter
- not the least until Dec 21st, the shortest day of the year and the official start of Winter
- and the cycle continues, irrespective of what Punxsutawney Phil says.
The best part of the year I enjoy, is almost here….Hurrah for it!
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this Sunday. Don’t forget to Spring forward.