Honeymooning in Paradise—the Crow Canyon Way

Supporters celebrate their marriage with a Crow Canyon trip to Italy

Travelers in Italy
A “selfie” of Crow Canyon travelers in Italy—(front row, left to right) Pete Boyce, honeymooners Pam Dowd, and Terry Dowd; (back row) Bruce Milne, David Phillips, Becky Milne, and Don McGuire. Not pictured: Judy and Cole Thomson.

After most couples decide to tie the knot, they might spend weeks planning their nuptials. Then they turn to thinking about a honeymoon. Not so for Pam and Terry Dowd: After planning to travel with Crow Canyon to Italy this year, they thought, “Why don’t we just get married and make the trip our honeymoon?”

Now the newlyweds are home, and Pam says it was a perfect trip. “We traveled with a great group of people,” she said. “It was a small group, and everyone clicked. I felt like I went on my honeymoon trip with some of my best friends.”

Before the trip, the couple was married at Sapphire Point in Summit County, Colorado—an area that held fond memories for them.

“In a way, we actually eloped,” Pam said. “It was complicated bringing in friends and family from across the country, so we had a small ceremony overlooking Lake Dillon. The honeymoon trip just fit right in there, and it saved me a lot of planning!”

Pam met Terry, who owns Terry Dowd, Inc., an art packing and transport company, at a museum conference in 2003. While Pam and Terry have been a couple for almost a decade, Pam’s association with Crow Canyon stretches back much further. In 1990, she traveled with Crow Canyon on a San Juan River archaeology trip.

“When I came back from that trip everything came together for me,” Pam noted. “In some ways the trip changed my life. I had an experience that made me see things differently.”

“I always loved museums and was always interested in the Southwest,” she continued. “Before the San Juan River program, my interests and goals were kind of floating around, but they congealed after the trip. I fell in love with Crow Canyon, the experience, the people, and the archaeology. I wanted the opportunity to do something with what I was learning.”

Pam had been what she called a “terminal student” since the late 1970s, and then in the late 80s and early 90s, she became more committed to continuing her education. Her original goal was to pursue an MBA, but after her first Crow Canyon experience, she decided to change her focus. She completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and then her masters in museum studies/anthropology. Afterward, she served as a museum director and a registrar/collections manager and held positions as a consultant with several organizations and museums, including the Smithsonian Institution.

Along the way, Pam continued to enjoy Crow Canyon trips.

“Every experience I’ve had with Crow Canyon has continued to help me develop,” she said. “Having the opportunity to learn with scholars such as Bill Lipe and Gwinn Vivian has been amazing.” She credits her Crow Canyon trip to Landakh, a region in northern India, with giving her the ability to connect art and history. And she said Don McGuire, the scholar on her Italian honeymoon trip, was exceptional.

Pam has also been a committed Crow Canyon supporter. She stresses that understanding the history of our country—before the written word—is vitally important and she lauds Crow Canyon for its extensive research publications. And she credits Crow Canyon for its work with its Native American Advisory Group to honor the history of the people who lived in the Southwest so long ago. “Crow Canyon provides a service that’s really crucial: preserving the knowledge of the past for all people.”

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