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Whose Idea Was This Anyway

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Sticking to it and achieving your goals

Have you ever set a difficult goal for yourself and when the going got tough, asked yourself, “Whose idea was this anyway?” This has happened to me several times in my journey to lose weight and get in shape. In a perfect world, all my progress would be forward; but the world isn’t perfect and my self-discipline wavers, causing me sometimes to go two steps forward and one step back. I had found myself in a step back a couple of months before our trip this summer, and the thought of all the hiking we planned to do on our trip was giving me the motivation to move forward again. I knew I needed something challenging to work towards, and the hike that I was the most excited about was hiking from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I needed to get in shape! Keep reading

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Give a hoot don't pollute

Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute!

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I had a flashback earlier today. This one went way back. Back to my childhood in the 1970’s and early 80’s. I saw a big owl picking up trash until he had a bunch of other people following him around picking up trash as well. He exhorted us to not be “a dirty bird” and ended with his trademark slogan, “Give a hoot! Don’t pollute.” Anyone else ever have those kinds of flashbacks? I’ll never forget Woodsy Owl spreading his message about doing our part to keep the environment clean. Let me tell you what brought it all back to me. Keep reading

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The World’s Most Famous Arch

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AKA The Lady In The Pink Jumpsuit

Arches have been around since the dawn of time. The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis upon completion became the tallest man-made arch in the world. This modern masterpiece is built using engineering principles that are centuries old. As beautiful and magnificent as this engineering marvel is, it doesn’t compare to the arches found in nature. Built according to the design of the Creator and hewn with the tools of His trade, they stand as a testament to His handiwork. There are thousands of them the world over, but most fade in comparison to the one that is arguably the world’s most famous arch. Keep reading

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The Perfectly Roasted Marshmallow

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We’ve all seen them. You know the kind I’m talking about. They literally spend less than five seconds actually trying to roast their marshmallow before they thrust it into the inferno trying to speed up the process. Of course, we know the results. In another two seconds the innocent ball of processed sugar erupts into flames. The outside begins to blister and turn a black that only a blast furnace could make more heinous. As the unrecognizable blob begins to take on the likeness of a charcoal briquette, the person actually tries to convince those looking on in horror that they actually like them that way. No they don’t. Nobody likes blackened sugar. So let me help you with a few pointers to enable anybody to roast the perfect marshmallow. Keep reading

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Civility—Is It Dead Or Just Dying?

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It seems every day we are moving farther apart as a nation. We can’t seem to find anything to unite us as a country. Long gone is that foundational idea E Pluribus Unum—out of many, one. It seems we’ve gotten it backwards—out of one, many. The only thing we seem to be able to unite with others on as individuals is our vitriol and hatred for another individual or group. Which makes me ask myself this question. Is civility dead or just dying? Keep reading

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Cairns, Valley of Fire

Cairns, The Quintessential Trail Marker

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One of my goals in starting this blog is to enable you to hike, explore, and just do with confidence. So where do I start? What is that one key to hiking? What is that piece of knowledge that unlocks the wonders of the unknown? What is that elusive element of confidence? I have no idea! There you have it. Before I’ve reached the end of my first paragraph, my secret is out. I don’t have all the answers. Please don’t leave just yet. Keep reading

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