My last scheduled appointment in New England was on a Friday with my son Andy at the High Horse in Amherst, the day after the presentation in Hartford. We had lunch together and parted on a positive note, and so the journey began. Along the way I stayed overnight with family outside of Chicago, and then on through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming and Montana. Traveling along I-80 the autumn foliage was just starting to turn along the route. It was a cool, colorful, beautiful display.
Driving through Wyoming was some of the most interesting, not so much for the foliage but for it’s points of interest. Devils Tower was a site to behold.
Reaching straight up out of the ground, it climbs 1.267 feet from the surrounding terrain. It’s name comes from a misunderstanding of the translation of the native names, most of which center on the Bear.
From various tribes, the names include: Aloft on a Rock and Tree Rock (Kiowa), Bear’s House and Bear’s Liar (Cheyenne, Crow), Home of Bears (Crow), Bear’s Lodge (Cheyenne, Lakota), Bear’s Lodge Butte and Grizzly Bear Lodge (Lakota), Bear’s Tipi (Arapahoe, Cheyenne), and Tree Rock (Kiowa).
Driving further west in Wyoming,the next stop was the Big Horn Medicine Wheel, a site Andy and I had explored in 2005 along our cross country trip that year. It was June, and as a surprise to us, we had to forge our way through sizeable snow banks to get there, but forge we did.
“For centuries, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel has been used by Crow youth for fasting and vision quests. Native Americans also go to Bighorn to offer thanks for the creation that sustains them, placing a buffalo skull on the center cairn as a prayer offering. Prayers are offered here for healing, and atonement is made for harm done to others and to Mother Earth.”
Note the strange pictograph at the bottom center where some spirit appeared and disappeared just as I was taking the picture. (Snicker.)
Ivy and her daughter Evan
The next day I drove to Bozeman, Montana to meet with Ivy Merriot, a woman who recently earned her PhD for her work on the Medicine Wheel. With a 24 hour notice, we were able to set up a showing of the planetarium show at MSU (Montana State University) where one of the NASA astronauts saw the show, clapped enthusiastically and cried “Bravo, bravo!!”
Works for me!
Ivy later referred me to the production director of the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, who was an old friend of hers. Driving from Bozeman to Salt Lake, I met with him, and he was quite excited about the entire show and will run it through their board to see if we can offer it to the general public in Utah.
Who’s a busy boy?
After the meeting I set out for Boulder, and the upcoming presentation at Fiske Planetarium on Saturday the 11th. Driving back through Wyoming again, the winds were blowing at 35 mph consistently throughout the course of the evening and into the next morning. Pulling over at an official rest area, even the picnic tables were sheltered on three sides by a brick wall. I can only imagine that these high winds were/are the way it is up there.
On the 17th I will be driving to southern California to attend the CPAK presentation, the Conference for Precession and Ancient Knowledge to help spread the word. For any who are interested it seems to push back the notion that humanity was a lot wiser, a lot sooner than we have been led to believe. This gathering brings in many professionals, from many different disciplines.
There’s still room for any who might want to attend. Hope to see you there!
Blessings to all,