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“True Grit”

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“True Grit” “I don’t think I have ever exercised this much in my life!” Overheard on the Las Vegas Strip It was September 10, 2017.  We stood with hundreds of others near the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.  The sun had set, and darkness was creeping over “Madtown”.  As the temperatures fell, I eagerly […]

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“River Run”

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“River Run” “When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters.” Kristin Armstrong Flashback fifteen years… “Paddle” we yelled as the dozen tubes all tied together drifted like an island towards the rocky shore of the Wisconsin River. As we soaked up the warm sun, snacked on sandwiches and chips, drank lots of “strong” […]

“Jerry Joe Dodson”

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“Jerry Joe Dodson” 1935-2017 “We may not know what each day has in store for us… Any minute could truly be our goodbye. But we do have this moment. This time. Today. Right now.” Grace Gealey Life throws us all detours. No one is immune. As we travel, we often feel isolated due to the […]

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“Independence Day”

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“Independence Day” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence, 1776 “Was that a go find your Mom?” Sam leaned over and yelled in my […]

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“Rio Grande Del Norte”

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“Rio Grande Del Norte” “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump” I sit this morning criss-cross-applesauce high up on a plateau surrounded by pinyon pines, juniper trees, some yucca plants and lichen covered lava rocks. I am almost 8,000 […]

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“Real People”

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“Real People” “Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in the muscles” Alex Karras Traveling is not only about seeing new sites and having new experiences. Traveling is also about meeting people. Everyone has a story, and in some small way, everyone’s story becomes a part of our story. The result is a thick […]

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“The Unexpected”

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“The Unexpected” “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” Angela N. Blount We were in southeastern Utah at a campground in Hovenweep National Monument, home to amazing prehistoric villages built by the Puebloan Indians in the 1200s. We had just finished a dinner of cold sausages, carrot […]

“The Cook”

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“The Cook” “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” Richard Bach Sam made dinner. Upon entering the kitchen, she drew a picture of our family and hung it on the wall. Before you continue to paint your mental picture, I must […]