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“Droolling mushroom hunters.”


Hiking in the great northwest of the US brings you into contact with many types of people. My first encounter with mushroom hunters began with the honk of a horn from a passenger van when I slowed on the roadway searching for a turn to a hiking trailhead near Mount Hood National Forest. I pulled over to let the two passenger vans pass, and I followed … Continue reading “Droolling mushroom hunters.”

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“Ascending.”


Life is like ascending a mountain one foot after another to accomplish what is desired. Standing atop of an accomplishment is a personal goal and time to reflect upon the journey it took.  After ascending and conquering any of life’s challenges builds confidence to propel you to handle whatever life puts before you. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Ascending.”

“Fashionable Beauty.”


Hiking a forest or desert trails with only the sounds of your footsteps crunching the ground quiets your soul to experience a believable sense of silenced spiritual connection. Natures natural landscapes expose and excite the emotions that are neither superficial or tamed. It is the genius of Mother Nature. No one can deny the emotional stimulating beauty of Mother Nature. WordPress daily word prompt. Continue reading “Fashionable Beauty.”

“Hiking a slot canyon.”


Ever since I viewed photos of slot canyons in Utah’s Zion National Park, I have dreamed of hiking within the vertical rock walls reaching towards the sky allowing glimpses of sunlight into the mystical formations designed by nature over millions of years. When there is a threat of rain, the possibility of flash floods increases causing torrents of water to fill the narrow canyon walls … Continue reading “Hiking a slot canyon.”

“I have no qualms on a precipice.”


After two months of preparations, working out at a gym and buying $987.94 worth of backpacking gear. We are on the John Muir trail in Northern California and have been hiking for two days. But, for the past two hours, we have sat on a precipice overlooking a valley into the Sierra Nevadas at just over 8000 feet. We were enjoying the unnerving silence of … Continue reading “I have no qualms on a precipice.”

“Mythical.”


Some things in life can become mythical within my thoughts. My hiking experiences encompass several decades as a Boy Scout, hiking trails in middle and southern Missouri. To becoming a Scout Leader hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail and many other forested trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virgina. Nothing prepared me for my first short hike in the Saguaro National Parks East … Continue reading “Mythical.”

“Hiking.”


As a young Boy Scout, I hiked and camped a lot which is my outdoors foundation that lives on within me to this day. I now intermix photography, some video and take moments to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have recently hiked several trails in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City Utah between 7000 t0 8000 feet. The sites along the trails can take your … Continue reading “Hiking.”

Stump


The daily word prompts ignite my imagination of times in my life. The word “stump” has me reflecting on the stump-grinder, I rented to remove two tree stumps from my front yard several years ago. After I returned the rented machine, I can honestly say, I should have paid someone because of my wrist, elbows, shoulders, and chest ached for several days. I felt like … Continue reading Stump

Radical Moose Encounter


What would be the radical experiences to capture morning photos of the sunrise at a place called Silver Lake at Brighton Utah, 8000 feet above sea level? I never thought the term wildlife and landscape photographer would describe me but after an encounter with a young bull moose. I can say it applies. As I stood with a jacket, cap, long pants, hiking boots and … Continue reading Radical Moose Encounter

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument & Museum.


I was fortunate to tour and learn about the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument & Museum that was established on June 14, 1997. It’s, location in Western Nebraska’s Panhandle is surrounded by rolling agricultural and cattle farms in a valley near the Niobrara River. There is no entrance fee to tour the monument & museum which has walking trails to fossil bed locations. There is … Continue reading Agate Fossil Beds National Monument & Museum.

Happy Birthday US National Parks


Today the US National Parks celebrate their 100th centennial. Yes, being 100 is cool when you have the gorgeous historic beauty surrounding you when you are a Park Ranger. The very first National Park was Yellowstone signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Congress moved to set aside 1,221,773 acres of public land making it America’s first national park. Although … Continue reading Happy Birthday US National Parks

“Keeping Up With the Jone’s”


Tell us about the one luxury item you wish you could afford, in as much detail as you can. Paint a picture for us. My durable poles feature innovative Aergon grips known for their edgeless shape for comfortable hand positioning. Plus, an internal tension cord automatically boosts durability at any length I choose. They are built for my gear-laden alpine approaches, combining three-sections compact with … Continue reading “Keeping Up With the Jone’s”

“Courage to Overcome”


Courage to overcome life’s obstacles is essential, however, what motivators are used to begin and sustain the courage to overcome? Awakening from what I hope was a nightmare is all I could imagine. My eyes were closed as my right hand felt the soft fur of something breathing. The breath reminded me of my ex-husband who is the reason and caused for this hike. However, the … Continue reading “Courage to Overcome”

“Write Here, Write Now”


Write a post entirely in the present tense. I walk along the wooded path listening to birds chirp morning songs. I see a pair of Blue Jays squawking and chasing one another. Cardinals, Gold Finches, and a yellow-throated warbler occupy a beautiful Sweetbay Magnolia tree. I stop walking to smell the pines and oaks along the trail and to absorb the beauty of  sounds, and … Continue reading “Write Here, Write Now”

“Geocaching for Dummies”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “(Your Thing) for Dummies.” Take a complicated subject you know more about than most people, and explain it to a friend who knows nothing about it at all I enjoy many hobbies, however Geocaching is one I get excited about whenever I travel. Geocaching is one hobby for the entire family, and it can be played on any … Continue reading “Geocaching for Dummies”