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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Vacay 2014: The Getting There

“Life is a pilgrimage.  The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.”  ~ Swami Sivananda

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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.

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Colorado Springs — A Break from the Chaos

This will serve as a photo post to our fabulous trip.  The Top Ten Teaser has already seen two weeks in between.

First, the annual school fundraiser — for which I’m in charge of the outdoor carnival portion — is in full planning mode.  Combine that with the not-so-timely “Spring Marathon” in my own yard, and sprinkle in an impending house remodel which requires moving into an apartment…I just want to throw my hands up in the air and wave the white flag.    There’s also that pesky thing call eating and sleeping that I have to shoe-horn in somewhere in all that mess.

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