Author Archives: Julia Bradshaw

About Julia Bradshaw

Historian and writer living in Hokitika, New Zealand. Special interests are the goldrushes, the West Coast of New Zealand, crime and the stories of women and Chinese on the goldfields. Also keen on tramping (hiking) and involved in the Mt Brown Hut Community Project.

Invaders – pests in the southwest

I never imagined that tumbleweed, the iconic extra in any western movie, is actually an ‘obnoxious weed’, to quote from a sign at Cathedral Gorge State Park in Nevada. Tumbleweeds are the seed dispersing stage of ‘Russian thistle’ a plant … Continue reading

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Trip Highlights – part 2

This posting shows some more of the highlights in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and the start of our California experience. Of course it is hard to choose the photos that best show how it is, as I can’t show the sounds, … Continue reading

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Trip highlights – part 1

It’s been a real challenge to find time to get the blogs that I want to write finished because there is so much to see and do. In the meantime I thought I would put together a selection of photos … Continue reading

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The Great Depression & the great outdoors.

While travelling along the very scenic highway 12 in south-west Utah we stopped for lunch at the small town of Escalante. In the restaurant was an unattributed list of the 15 best drives in the world. US highway 12 between … Continue reading

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The Great Depression & the great outdoors.

While travelling along the very scenic highway 12 in south-west Utah we stopped for lunch at the small town of Escalante. In the restaurant was an unattributed list of the 15 best drives in the world. US highway 12 between … Continue reading

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Colour Country – southwest Utah

Since we arrived in southwest Utah we have been astounded by the colours of the landscape and the quality of the hiking. The colours are the result of the layers of mostly iron-rich rock and the many years of erosion … Continue reading

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Water that was – experiences in California & Nevada

So far everywhere that we’ve travelled has been in the grip of a drought. In California the snow-pack last winter was only five per cent of usual so there has been no snow melt to refill the reservoirs. There are … Continue reading

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