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.

Canyons, cliffs & a bear!

From Silverton we drove over Black Bear Pass, past the Red Mountain mine, through Ouray, another historic town which is lovely but more touristy than Silverton, and on to Black Canyon of the Gunnison (river) National Park. We are now in bear … Continue reading

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Land of the ancients – the Colorado Plateau

From Arches National Park we headed south and crossed the border from Utah to Colorado. The Colorado Plateau is an enormous upland with towns at 5,000 to 6,000 feet (1500-1800m). It is still dry country, though large scale irrigation schemes … Continue reading

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“It don’t rain in Green River” – the desert

After leaving US50 (which was pretty dry) it got really dry. Interstate 70 was an unexpected pleasure. We’d thought it was simply the quickest was to get to our next destination but it travels through some amazing scenery – including … Continue reading

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US50 – not such a lonely highway anymore (but still very cool)

After leaving San Francisco we drove to Sacramento and then on to Lake Tahoe, which is huge and beautiful but horrendously busy. We’d planned to have a late picnic lunch but when we drove in the carpark it was full … Continue reading

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‘Welcome to San Francisco, it’s very expensive.’

This from John, the shuttle bus operator who expertly hustled us at SF airport. We’d had such a long day – 32 hours by the time we touched down – that we took the easiest option and allowed John to … Continue reading

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Welcome to my page for occasional blogs and for information about my books and research projects.

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