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Dec 292012
 

It wasn’t the end of the world, but it is the end of the year.  Do you make new year’s resolutions?  I at times have but mostly don’t.  This year, though, if we could just muster up a bit more compassion for ourselves and each other, maybe, the world at large would be a better, safer place.  Happy New Year!

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Dec 272012
 

There are still a few fishing boats tied up here along the mouth of the Samish.  I used to work on one way-back-when.  It’s not a big river; in fact it’s only navigable here at the mouth for maybe a mile as it opens into Samish Bay, a piece of the larger Bellingham Bay.  Not sure why they keep these old wrecks around.  Probably just part of nature’s museum.  A bit of history rotting away as fiberglass takes over for wood.  At least the wood will eventually melt back into the canvas.  I rather like that.

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Dec 232012
 

Well, it seems we’ve made it past the ominous 12/21/12 date.  Now we can get on to having a wonderful Christmas.  Merry Christmas to you and yours.  May it be filled with the blessings of the season.

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Dec 212012
 

I was walking around Denver’s Capital Hill area as the sun was on its way down.  It’s a beautiful area with a mix of color and gardens and sprawling lawn with artistic statues and the large architecturally significant government buildings.  Government buildings always seem large and significant.  I’m often drawn to those areas when in a city that houses government.  Not that I get into politics that much, but I sure do appreciate the thought and care and artistic beauty that usually goes into these areas.  Denver’s is no exception.

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Dec 192012
 

The Grand Canyon that is.  This was our last morning on the river and we were celebrating in prayerful dance; honoring our incredible journey, each other, and our mighty host, the Colorado River.  There’s really nothing more to say.  It still brings back feelings of awe.

Final morning of prayer at Separation Canyon.

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Dec 172012
 

If you know where this bridge leads to please speak up.  I’m sure it goes somewhere, but where.

Coastal Oregon along Hwy. 101 is not all about the pacific ocean.  On the eastern side of the road is just as interesting and scenic.  Although you may have to take a little side road for a mile or so.  But, it’s always well worth it as much of the coastline is filled with interesting lakes and rivers and bridges.  This one is between Florence and Coos Bay.

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Dec 142012
 

I think I’ll post this news flash here, above the image in question.  It seems many of you read what’s above the photo as opposed to what’s below the photo.  What about you?  Anyway, to view many more images of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon go to my galleries page at

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It’s day 4 of a 15 day rafting adventure down the Colorado River inside the Grand Canyon.  Before heading back out onto the mighty river, many of us chose to take the trek up the side of the canyon wall along a well-worn path to the ancient Pueblo Indian graineries for a bit of canyon history and to get an incredible view of the river and canyon below us.  I always love the perspective of being up above the area I’m exploring.  I tend to feel more a part of it when I get back down.

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Dec 112012
 

I tend to stay away from things that make me dizzy.  I really don’t even like to look at a roller coaster as I know I’m not going to indulge.  However… I was looking to the east at the sunglow on the clouds and I spotted this particular roller coaster at Elitch Gardens in Denver.  Perfect.  Far enough away to not be affected, yet close enough for both the glowing clouds and the dreaded roller coaster.  I trust they were having fun.

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Dec 092012
 

A week or so ago we had some big storms blow through California.  And that makes for a great time to head out to the coast to check out the churning pacific ocean.  Unfortunately I wasn’t in time for the biggest wave action and the fog was starting to settle in again, limiting the visibility.  But, I did spy this couple, sitting on a log with their lunch, happily taking it all in, the waves pounding the shore in front of them.  What a lovely place for an afternoon meal.

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Dec 072012
 

Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places to explore.  The uniqueness of the land is stunning.  And to spend the night here in the quiet of the desert tops it off.  I chose not to stay at one of the campgrounds and simply set up my small tent in an out-of-the-way spot so as not to make any lasting impact on the land.  I woke before dawn on an incredibly chilly morning.  It was COLD out and, of course, I neglected to bring gloves.  Why would I bring gloves when going to the desert?   Anyway, I started hiking and the sun continued to rise and the beauty of the land came to life.

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