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.

A week in the Sierra Nevadas

After a great experience picking up our ‘Minnie Winnie’ from Apollo RV at San Leandro (near San Francisco), and despite horrendous head-colds, Eddie and I bravely set out for the mountains. First we had to stock up with supplies so … Continue reading

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Exploring southwest USA

After having such a fabulous time in 2012, we’re about to do it again – only this time for longer. Eddie & I were enraptured by the grandeur of the scenery and the fascinating geology on our last visit and … Continue reading

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Travelling America’s Pacific Rim of Fire

After our sojourn in the desert and prairies of eastern Oregon we drove west to the Cascade Mountains. These are part of the ring of volanoes and mountains that make up the ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’.  As usual we skipped the towns … Continue reading

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You can’t pump your own gas in Oregon

When we arrived in Baker City, Oregon, we managed to get a ‘parlour suite’ at the Geiser Grand Hotel. This fantastic old hotel, which was built in 1889 during a gold-mining boom, was going to be demolished to make room … Continue reading

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Idaho – Craters of the Moon, Sawtooth Mountains and really good potatoes

After Yellowstone National Park we headed down to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idado which is described as the strangest 75 square miles in the US. When we arrived, after quite a long drive through land used by … Continue reading

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Yellowstone: geysers, bison….and people

Yellowstone National Park was on our must-see list for this trip. We knew that it was going to be busy (it gets 3 million visitors a year) so we had a couple of cruisey days at Grand Teton National Park, … Continue reading

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Dinosaurland

So far we’d seen lots of nature and some farming but between Colorado National Monument and our next destination Dinosaur National Monument we were very definitely in mining country. It wasn’t clear what was being mined – we think natural … Continue reading

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