Archive for the 'Wilderness' Category

08
Jun
16

sense of solitude…

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08
May
16

Angles, altitude & attitude

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.”  John Muir

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07
May
16

a swath of dark clouds at dusk….

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07
Apr
16

Teetering….

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23
Apr
15

Snag & Shadows

blue skies and boulders

the snag starkly standing

contrasts in nature

snag & shadows-Joshua Tree NP-SwittersB-photography

23
Mar
15

Sara Fry: an inspiring woman…….

I know many of us in this WP ‘family’ come to know that some of us have (are) suffered various traumas in life that have brought us to our knees. I am ever inspired by the courage and tenacity of so many of you…all of you actually. 

Today, I came across Sara Fry at Living Life, Testing Limits. What caught my eye was her solo swim, self supported circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe. Interesting, heroic enough, but then I looked deeper into Sara’s past and there it was again…another courageous, won’t quit person that is meant to inspire those of us that might be treading in place, moving backwards, stalled out, uninspired in self.

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Sara of Living Life, Testing Limits

“I’ve decided that while I still have time here on this planet I’m going to follow my dreams. I’m going to LIVE my life. I want to inspire each of you to do what makes you happy.”

Sara Fry has already fulfilled many worthy physical tasks (rehabilitated through cancer and a traumatic brain injury) as well as completed my life long dream, the Pacific Crest Trail. Follow along with Sara’s exploits and become inspired!

11
Mar
15

escape the grip…

escaping the grip

that squeezes out energy

positive thinking

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07
Feb
15

saturation….

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12
Aug
14

Forces of Nature & Vulnerability

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All day the weather pattern in Oregon as been a bit ominous. Unusually humid, clouds rolling in and temps still high. In other parts of the country this is not that unusual. To the East, I could see the clouds stacking up and hear distant rumbles. Ultimately, a weather front combined along the west slope of Mt. Hood. Extreme downpours fell on the side of the mountain and cascaded down the valleys of Mt. Hood. One valley contains the Sandy River.

A couple hiking into Ramona Falls came upon a bridge spanning the Sandy River.. A flash flood came down the valley and swept away a bridge the man was standing upon. The wife watched the incident unfold.

Local weather channel radar showed a severe storm cell roll in shortly after noon. The unsuspecting couple and many others were likely unprepared for this powerful event. This is something you expect in November when flood water rage in this area. Other hikers were stranded from their cars after the bridge disappeared.

Be prepared to spend the night, for lightning strikes, high water, the whole sheeebang when in the wilderness. This hike, which I have done countless times, is an easy, pleasant excursion into the ‘wilderness’. Today the wilderness was truly wild.

10
May
14

Smoke & Mirrors

“There is in every American, I think, a bit of the old Daniel Boone–who when he could see the smoke rom another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved himself further into the wilderness.” Hubert H. Humphrey       Oh how quickly times change dear Hubert. The pioneer spirit is, for most, a distant memory, if they ever knew it at all. Below the Camas (Wa.) Paper Mill. The smoke is treated and less smelly than in years past.

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