Nah, Won't say that Uhm? Ged' Along 'lil Pardner; Yah! Yah! Mush!
Hopefully, Tacoma Bureau Chief Mary Ellen, Pixie-the-Wonderdog; WUF-WUF! Be Quiet Silk; Hya! And thou never ending scribe Tomaso wilts Art thoust beeth somewhars' upon the Oregon Trail, rumblin' towards Warshington, as it's my Christmases break in January, having never quite shut Ye No Fenders BLOB' Down over Thar Holidazes; Yah, Yah, Mush!
As Once Upon a Time I used to regale Y'all 'bout taking two weeks off over Christmas, a la that fine black & white paper magazine called Ontrack I subscribed to Waybback Yonder! Especially now whilst tryin' to poond out a few more riveting BLOB stories before leaving; but I digress...
Having struggled to focus solely upon my latest CD Audiobook selection, made for me by Ruth, one of my friendly local Librarian Assistants. It seemed quite Apropos, after checking thou book out a second time, I'd finally settle down to listen to I-T just before leaving for California's Redwoods and a Roadtrip back North Eh!
The book's titled: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck, published in 2015. And what struck Thy Fancy, besides the Pioneer Spirit, along with the author's crazy desire to travel the entire Oregon Trail via Mule-drawn Wagon, with his brother as the Mule Team Driver! Was the brief portion 'bout a pioneering woman named Narcissa Whitman.
As my only critique of Narcissa is her professional choosing, since I cannot help but think of Timothy Egan's interesting book Short Nights of The Shadow Catcher.
A book about Edward S. Curtis's prolific attempt to capture Native American Tribe's authentic Heritage, primarily upon his famous plate glass photography, before Disappearing. Where Egan points out how the white Christian Missionaries set about converting Native Americans into the "White Man's" Christian Doctrine via forced Schooling, attempting to eliminate the Native American's ancestral culture...
But what most impressed Mwah 'bout Narcissa Whitman, was not only was she the first woman to successfully travel the then still undefined Oregon Trail in 1836, but that she made much of the trip while being pregnant!
Hence, this set my mind racing towards the thoughts of le Femmes', the Fairer Sex, and their unquestionable tenacity! And thus, why are we trying to set them back a further generation with this sullied European notion of a Female's Only Women's Motor Racing league!
Ana Bia' Beatriz heading into Turn 1 at 225 mph on the second lap of her Qualie' attempt for the 2013 Indy 500. (The Tomaso Collection)
Having realized that in my thirty-plus years of following Open Wheel Racing, I've never witnessed a Female participate in any Formula 1 activity in person around the Globe! Since they've been given sparse opportunity! As it was nearly two dozen years before Susie Wolff got her token chance with Team Willy.
As the only Femme Fatales I've witnessed racing in the flesh in thee Top Echelons were primarily at Portland International Raceway, where Lyn St James flew Solo. Before crossing over to thou Bevy 'O Femme Fatales at Mother Speedway...
Whilst it's hard to believe, sorta', that it's a decade now since I first attempted chronicling female racers...
Abigail Scott, another pioneer woman, who I believe the author spends great time musing 'bout her riding Side Saddle, possibly noting that she rode this way across thee entirety of thou Oregon Trail; Me Thinks? As she was also noted for her detailed Journal during her family's crossing, which was an assignment given to the 17 year old Adventurer.
As once again, thou Karmic Whip, Ged' Along TOMASO KEEEE-RACK! Hits me when searching for information upon Miss Abigail, who's riding Side Saddle seems to have something to do with women not getting their Dresses Dirty! For those few women provocative enough to ride Horses on the journey!
As this Oregon Trail Tenderfoot, after marrying would go onto publish her own Woman's Pro Suffrage Newspaper, The New Northwest, with fierce opposition from her younger brother Harvey Weinstein; ZOINKS! Y'all knew that was coming, righto? Err, Harvey Scott and The Oregonian Newspaper he was the longtime Editor of.
Although women wouldn't be granted the right to vote in Oregon until 1912, with legislation being defeated five times, including fierce opposition voiced by Mr. Scott and his Oregonian Newspaper.
Suffrage legislation finally succeeded in Oregon, signed into law by Governor Oswald West., who asked Abigail to write the Proclamation for the 19th Amendment, which sadly, Abigail would pass away before Women were finally granted the right to vote nationally in 1920!
Since naturally, ironically Oswald West State Park is one of my favourite places to stop along the trip to 'n from thou "Other Florence!" Which may be, if it's not too Cold, Wet, Rainy 'N Nasty; We'll stop at to take the Hoonds, and Tomaso on a Walkabout?
Meanwhile, once again whilst bobbing in thou ever frothing Seas 'O Synchronicity circling Thy Isle of Nofendersville. I came across another unknown female Pioneer, albeit this time of someone most likely having way less notoriety.
As I'd definitely never heard of Mamie Johnson, who was the only female to ever pitch Baseball in the oft, forgotten Negro Leagues.
With another modern day female activist embracing the Pioneer Spirit, Janet Benshoof also catching my Attenzione upon thou Daily News Trawl of the New York Times...
To continue reading more Haberdashery from thou Oregonian Trail trek, see; The Tomaso Files: More Wild Buffalo Tailz' from The Oregon Trail
No Fenders Doggie Train photograph c/o Clarity Pictures
BIA' photograph c/o No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer CARPETS'