Big Bend NP: Desert Clarity

“I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty.” ~ Joy Harjo

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Releasing the Content, Starting with Yellowstone

Aqueous Trickery - Hot Springs spillover, Yellowstone, WY
Aqueous Trickery – Hot Springs spillover, Yellowstone, WY

There are over 20 posts at varying levels of readiness lumbering in my WordPress Drafts folder. Life being one of constant interruption is a dismal excuse for not finishing a thing.

In blogging, my post-writing SOP is to vomit with fingers on keyboard a significantly lengthy piece (1,500+ words) while the details of such are still fresh in my head.  Provided the kids are occupied and I have no such other interruptions, it takes only about an hour.  Later, as I have chunks of time, I will start-and-stop the process of whittling it to a kinder, shorter read, say, under 500 words — the real chore.  By the 10th re-visit, cobwebs begin to build, I get less and less satisfied with the result, and opt instead for something…easier.  Meanwhile, the best posts just sit and sit and sit.

Some things are not meant to be whittled.

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Vacation is for the Birds

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East Glacier — Sun Peeps Through

“This is Nature’s own reservation, and every lover of wildness will rejoice with me that by kindly frost it is so well defended.” ~ John Muir, Our National Parks

Hey, peeps.  We’re back, and what a refreshing vacation that was.

It was essentially a repeat of last year, with the notable addition of five days in Glacier National Park — a place we’d been itching to get back to since last August.  We also spent a good amount of time in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well.

What with another 5,000+ miles on the Hummer, just about every memorable detail of the most awesome LEGO Movie is now permanently etched into my subconscious.  (How our parents survived road trips without DVD’s, I’ll never know.)  And thank goodness for Dramamine, which kept our two kids with motion sickness well and rested.

Needless to say, it didn’t suck.   Okay.  Now, your questions.

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Out West Adventure: A Short Photo Journal

5,500 thousand miles of road

+ 10 national forests hiked

+ 7 states out west

+ 6 people in confined spaces for 2 weeks

+ 3 national parks at peak season

+ 1 narrowly-missed grizzly bear

+ 1 escaped weather disaster

= One. Epic. Adventure.

Hiking the Tetons - Kids find a path to the beach on Jackson Lake, Grand Teton, WY
Hiking the Tetons – Kids find a path to the beach on Jackson Lake, Grand Teton, WY

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Friendship and Enchanted Rocks

“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.” ~ M. Scott Peck

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There’s nothing quite as magical as a new friendship.  Be it through a hobby, lifestyle similarities, a child’s play buddy, a neighbor, a grocery store clerk — just about any little old thing can set the stage for match-making.  My most endearing friendships have sparked spontaneously, with little work and effort put in on my part.  Those lasting connections just…happen.

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