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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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“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 […]

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Mojave National Preserve

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Mojave National Preserve”A visitors experience” If you think the desert is a deserted landscape, think again. The Mojave Desert is filled with life and is a peaceful gem in eastern California. A visit to the Mojave National Preserve will either leave you relaxed and grateful for yet another gift from Mother Nature, or due to the […]

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“The Hitchhiker”

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“The Hitchhiker”  “I like chance meetings – life is full of them. Every day, without realising it, I pass people whom I should know.” Krzysztof Kieslowski Our lives have rhythm. Right now, my family’s life is beating to a different rhythm than most. Our current rhythm is born from a desire to truly experience life with just the […]

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“Prickly Pear”

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“Prickly Pear” “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Socrates Joshua Tree National Park. It was a beautiful, sunny winter day in early February as we made our way past the snow capped San Bernardino Mountains and into the Mohave Desert. Being the first time […]

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National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

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National Park Service Junior Ranger ProgramOur national parks are true gems, and the junior ranger program is just one reason why. With right hands raised and serious looks on their faces, my daughter and her cousin proudly repeated the junior ranger oath, promising to respect the environment and the national parks. From afar, it was reminiscent […]