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Jun 302014
 

Today is the anniversary of Lincoln signing into law the Yosemite Grant Act.  Done during the civil war, it was the first act to set aside and protect wild land for the enjoyment of all future generations of people.  And today, 150 years after, the park service and the Yosemite conservancy are investing over 35 million dollars to help protect and save the incredible sequoias from the mariposa grove.  This image is not from the mariposa grove, but from the merced grove of sequoias, also in Yosemite National Park.  Wherever they are, the sequoia tree is an awesome sight to behold and spend time with.

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Jun 282014
 

One year I had a goal of going somewhere, anywhere, at least once a month.  A difficult task but I think I got away 10 of the 12 months.  On this particular month I decided to take a day trip up north on the California coastal highway.  A beautiful winding road up the coastline, highway 1 is a must if you’ve never done it.  North of San Francisco is wild and scenic all the way up until it runs into highway 101 and the redwoods.  But here, at Pt. Arena, is a lighthouse, one of a handful on the entire coastline.  It sits atop some rugged cliffs, warning the ships of yesteryear of the presence of the hazards.  A beautiful place, a beautiful drive.

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Jun 262014
 

We arose early in Athens and took a bus up to Delphi.  Another tale of two cities.  There’s the modern one and then the ancient one; the one everyone comes to visit.  And to go to Delphi, certainly go to the ancient ruins.  But this image was taken from our hotel balcony that hangs over a cliff, tumbling down into this ancient valley.  It’s awe inspiring!  In case you can’t tell, most of those trees down at the bottom are olives.

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Jun 232014
 

I was wandering the bayou country of Louisiana.  I forget which river this is, though I think it’s the Atchafalaya.  It’s quite exciting driving around the levee roads, seeing what’s over the break, just taking in everything that’s there.  I wonder who lives here and what their story is to have such a pristine place over the river?  Did they build it themselves?  Was it once a small river cabin used just for weekend fishing trips?  I wonder such things.  Life stories are always so interesting and individual.

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Jun 192014
 

Can you smell the pine tree scent?  Hear the quiet?  I can.  It’s so peaceful and relaxing here.  The trail isn’t even that steep.  Depending on how far you want to go it’s a relaxing day hike or the start of an adventurous mountain back pack.  It’s on the Kings Canyon National Park Rae lakes loop trail at the end of the road.  I hiked for a few hours, went past the infamous mist falls, then up to Paradise Valley, turned around after a relaxing lunch, and went back.  A nice day hike indeed.  Very few other people, following a raging, swollen river much of the way.  So beautiful!

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Jun 172014
 

Not me, but someone.  Canals are just part of the topography in Amsterdam.  Such a beautiful city, too.  It’s Europe.  It’s old.  At least compared to the western U.S.  The architecture is old and spectacular.  I imagine this particular speed boat demon racing to his favorite breakfast eatery.  Or, maybe he’s a delivery man, off to deliver his wares.  Whatever he’s doing, there isn’t much traffic here on the canal.  Of course it’s never like a freeway.  There always seems to be a relative ease tooling around on an Amsterdamian canal.

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Jun 142014
 

A large park in the middle of the city.  Love it.  We need all the natural spaces we can get.  When I stayed in Tempe I decided to get up early and head on over to Papago Park in Phoenix.  A beautiful, expansive desert park.  I love watching the sun rise and found a place within the desert rocks that looked down on other parts of the park.  Sure like the perspective of height.

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Jun 112014
 

Yes.  There are plenty of big buildings in Los Angeles.  But I was quite surprised to find how easy it was to get around downtown.  Getting around to different parts of the city when needing to use the freeway is quite different, but within downtown is actually not so bad.   Personally, I had a wonderful time walking around, driving when need be  and just generally enjoying this big city.  I wonder what it is about big buildings that attract me?  I seem to just like the architecture of the area I’m in, in general, wherever or whatever that happens to be.

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Jun 092014
 

It’s such a beautiful drive out of Bellingham onto the Lummi Indian Reservation.  The road eventually hugs the water.  You cross over and then pass the mouth of the Nooksack River and then find yourself with unencumbered views back into Bellingham.  Expansive views that take in the whole panorama of the city.  If it was clear out all the way to the east, the ominous presence of Mt. Baker would be showing itself.  But today the ever present cloud cover is here yet again.  Clouds aren’t so bad really.  Especially when enjoying the drive, the air is warm enough and the views magnificent.

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Jun 062014
 

Gracie.  From the Bonaventure cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.  The cemetery itself became more well known when it was featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  Being quite close to Savannah, it’s easy to get to and I really enjoyed my time wandering around and looking at the elaborate grave sites.  I don’t know what it is about cemeteries, but I seem to be quite attracted to them.  I often go visit one and walk around to pay my respects in various cities I’m in.  I just find it fascinating to think about the lives that have come and gone.  We have such a relatively short time here.  No one gets out alive.

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