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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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We made it.

Getting to the Window in the Santa Catalinas is a challenge, mostly because of the 4000 foot elevation gain. In the past two years Diane and I have made three previous attempts, all of which were aborted because we simply either ran out of time or energy.

Today, we left very early in the morning, and because we are right now in very good shape, made it with little trouble, completing the entire hike in just under eleven hours. Some pictures below the fold.

first glimpse
This first glimpse of the Window is seen after you have hiked more than 4 miles and gained about 2,200 feet elevation. At this moment we still had about 2.6 miles and 1,800 feet of elevation to climb.

approaching the Window
I took this picture of Diane when we were still about 400 feet below the Window, on a wide ridge that not only looked out to the south at Tucson but if I turned around I would look north toward Phoenix. From here the views were breath-taking.

in the Window
Yours truly under the Window.

looking up at the arch
While there, I laid on my back and took this picture looking up at the arch, about thirty feet above my head. Quite impressive.

Hikes like this energize me, even if I feel totally wiped out for a day or two afterward. By challenging yourself to do things that few people attempt, you get to see things that most people never see. On this particular day only one other person made the hike to the Window. From what we could gather on our way up as well upon our return, almost everyone else limited their hike to the first three miles of the trail. They saw some pretty spectacular scenery, but missed the best parts for sure.

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