16th 2009
Tuesday morning mountain town blogging: hitchin’ a ride

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thumbingstationHello, friends!  Famille Historiann is on its way East again to return to the High Plains Desert and our little ranch on the plains.  (And what a stall-mucking awaits us when we return!  Horse sitters ain’t what they used to be, I tell ya.)

I thought I’d share with you a little clue as to where we landed yesterday afternoon, and where we’ll be spending some of the day today.  This town is like Martha’s Vineyard in that it’s one of the last places one can hitchhike without (much) fear–see the photo of the designated “Thumbing Station” (like a Bus Stop) sign at left. Like Martha’s Vineyard, this is probably because this is an isolated and rather exclusive little town–it got a lot of attention in the 1970s as one of the few places in the U.S. where the Sixties still raged on.

The first commenter to guess our exact location wins a Historiann tee-shirt!  (As in, from my dresser drawer.  I don’t have a blog tee-shirt designed yet.)  Carry on with the discussion in the archives below, or guess away in this thread!


14 Responses to “Tuesday morning mountain town blogging: hitchin’ a ride”

  1. Dame Eleanor Hull on 16 Jun 2009 at 8:58 am #

    Santa Cruz, CA.

  2. Erica on 16 Jun 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Wow — amazing holdover. I was raised in the era where all you saw of hitchhikers was in horror films or suspense thrillers and they were all obviously axe-wielding maniacs (except the young women, who were invariably picked up by the axe-wielding maniac, presumably after he butchered the original kind driver and stole the car). It’s neat to see it portrayed more as “informal carpooling”…

  3. GayProf on 16 Jun 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Madrid, New Mexico? Okay — I know that’s not true, but I like to push New Mexico anyway.

  4. Cordelia V on 16 Jun 2009 at 9:41 am #

    Taos, NM?

  5. Historiann on 16 Jun 2009 at 10:08 am #

    Nope! We’re in Colorado. That should be a pretty big clue. Think gonzo, folks! Gonzo!

  6. CanadaGoose on 16 Jun 2009 at 10:32 am #


  7. Eduardo on 16 Jun 2009 at 11:37 am #


  8. GayProf on 16 Jun 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    You would have had a better time in New Mexico.

  9. Meg on 16 Jun 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    I’m pretty sure it’s Aspen… same sign as from this story, right?


  10. Indyanna on 16 Jun 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Can/t be Vail. Gotta be Breckenridge? Is the Whale/s Tail still there?

    Hey, that reminds me. I want a Historiann T shirt. I wonder if there could be a generic template design, like with the stone family at the top of the blog screen. Then everyone could reproduce their favorite lead post paragraph from the archive, with corresponding graphic.

  11. ck1 on 16 Jun 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    hmmmm……betting it isn’t Provo?

  12. Fratguy on 16 Jun 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    “a blog tee shirt designed, yet”. I’m picturing the intersection of the clenched fist and female sign from the early seventies with the double thumbed fist holding a peyote button. All in keeping with recent travels and pictures.

  13. ortho stice on 17 Jun 2009 at 5:55 am #

    I’m going with CanadaGoose’s guess: Aspen. I hope you had a fantastic conference, Historiann, and that you and your family are enjoying the road trip!

  14. A-S-P-I-N : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present on 17 Jun 2009 at 7:07 am #

    [...] Yes–CanadaGoose and Megwere correct:  I spent Monday night and Tuesday in Aspen.  (Or, ”Aspin,” as Harry and Lloyd might call it.)  It was the usual Colorado mountain town mix of swells, old hippies, college ski bum waiters, immigrant seasonal laborers, and the strolling poor–only moreso.  I can see why all of the Hollywood types like it–it looks exactly like a set design of a Colorado mountain town.  [...]

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