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Zion

The Hebrew word zion has several meanings, but two that apply to Zion National Park are “raised up” and “monument.” This incredible national park is a monument to the creative power of Mother Nature. Roughly 250 million years in the … Continue reading

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Where the Red Trees Grow

Big trees make beautiful photos. A visit to King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks fed my current obsession — big, red trees. The more I learn about them…the more I learn from them. For example, these magnificent giants only need … Continue reading

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California Park Jam

The drive down California Highway 1 is truly spectacular. The splendor of the rocky coastline rivals any I’ve seen in the world, from Northern Ireland to New Zealand. I fell in love with the ancient redwoods and bought a tourist-packaged … Continue reading

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The Ancient Groves

The trees talk. Be still in their towering presence and you can hear them. A creak. A moan. The wind, high above, rushing through their limbs. I’ve come to the giant redwoods to humbly gape at their utter magnificence. The … Continue reading

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The Oregon Beach Bill

There’s a marker overlooking the Pacific coastline on Oregon’s scenic Highway 101 at Neahkahnie Mountain that reads: If sight of sand and sky and sea has given respite from your daily cares then pause to thank Oswald West. West was … Continue reading

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Hello from Idaho

On my last trip out West, I discovered Idaho. It really is the best kept secret in the country for lovers of the Great Outdoors. We’ve spent the last couple of days exploring the Priest Lake State Park in northern … Continue reading

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The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests … Continue reading

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