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Sunday, December 23, 2007 - Foscue Creek Park, Demopolis AL

Demopolis lock and dam
Demopolis lock and dam, photo courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers via Wikipedia

Anybody who knows me knows I'm a man of few words so finding enough of them to fill this space on a daily basis is quite a challenge. Wish me luck.

Later: I've been spending some time this afternoon adding photos where missing and doing some minor editing on the Journal. There should be a photo on all the journal entries from December 8th on. Have a look.

Night camp

Site 42 - Foscue Creek Campground, Demopolis AL

The Heliograph in the Apache Wars

"The mountains and the sun...were made his allies, the eyes of his command, and the carriers of swift messages. By a system of heliograph signals, communications were sent with almost incredible swiftness; in one instance a message traveled seven hundred miles in four hours. The messages, flashed by mirrors from peak to peak of the mountains, disheartened the Indians as they crept stealthily or rode swiftly through the valleys, assuring them that all their arts and craft had not availed to conceal their trails, that troops were pursuing them and others awaiting them. The telescopes of the Signal Corps, who garrisoned the rudely built but impregnable works on the mountains, permitted no movement by day, no cloud of dust even in the valleys below to escape attention. Little wonder that the Indians thought that the powers of the unseen world were confederated against them."

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