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Rio Grande Gorge Taos New Mexico

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2017 by gerilewis001

Hello friends, its been a few. I’ve been on the road traveling 2200 miles all across the north and south-west in addition to catching some fire incident work. Therefore not much time to write or blog. I’m back on the seasonal rec crew with USFS. My assignment is Camino Real and Questa Ranger Districts. New Mexico is a wonderful state rich in history and natural wonders. Check out Rio Grande gorge! A regular stop for me is the Cebella Mesa and gorge area. It is magnificent. The camping on the gorge rim is not crowded in summer as it is very hot in the day but spring and fall are perfect and a bit more used than summer which is virtually vacant. The temp quickly drops in the evening to pleasant 60s and by early dawn it is in the 50s. Well pardner I will be posting more as time allows. Untill then hang ’em high and happy trails! Thanx for reading!


Substance Abuse. Rural America. Pomona, WA.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2016 by gerilewis001



20160704_160604Substance Abuse such a scourge across the land. Most often many of us never give thought to the rural communities and substance abuse. Pomona WA is a small rural town on the outskirts of Yakima, WA.





As I day tripped along the highway, I noticed the dilapidated stables and items for sale. As I entered the stables and conferred with the “proprietors”, the tell tale signs of meth, alcohol and all the degenerate, horrible and sad symptoms of substance abuse confronted me in the stench, decay and pathos of drug addiction. A sledge hammer of self abuse, abuse of others and what appeared to be animal cruelty. Pornography, meth pipes, rigs, and assorted garbage littered the stables as did the rotten teeth and open sores and skin eruptions on the faces of the three 40ish White men selling off the remnants of the horse stables.




I am told thoroughbred horses appear skinny but these animals looked starved. The entire set up is a testimony to moral and social decay of America and a oft overlooked results of America’s substance abuse dilemma. 20160704_160911


American Guide: Museum of Glass. Tacoma WA.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2016 by gerilewis001

Mosaic of Portland OR. Artist Lino

Mosaic of Portland OR. Artist Lino

20160611_125402Culture and art the artist and artesian. All have been cheapened by this horrible double edged sword known as the internet. “I don’t have to buy it. I will look it up on you tube.” How often have you heard that phrase? I’ve been out in the sticks for a bit and I was feeling like washing the dust off, so I headed for me old friend the Pacific Ocean. On the way I stopped to meet up with another old friend Rene, and we decided to take in a ballet recital and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma WA.

Mosaic on glass.

Mosaic on glass.

Tacoma Washington, the town has rough and tumble and colorful history. Tough and calloused as longshoreman’s hands and just as rich with the history of building America. Tacoma is a working persons town and is chock full of sights and sounds of industry. The Museum of Glass celebrates that industrious and mesmerizing medium of expression and utility known as glass. I have included pictures of the pieces I enjoyed most. The colors are eye popping and muted just as varied as the artisans and their subject matter. Enjoy the art work and the artist while you can!20160611_125606.jpg

Glass vases

Glass vases



Glass fruit display

Glass fruit display