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The Mountain

I: Understanding the Mountain From a hundred miles awaywe could make out its silhouette jutting up far above the horizon, still visible in the waning light of dusk. ‘The Mountain,’ Seattleites call it, for it requires no further description. Its … Continue reading

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Basketball in Idaho

Some of you have asked about the wildlife we’ve seen on this trip thus far, if any. I’m delighted to report that Kevin saw a prowling fox at Grand Teton National Park that actually hopped up on the trail and … Continue reading

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Quite the Conundrum

Aspen, the Colorado ski town for the very wealthy, broke the gas price record for the trip. The previous high was $4.64, seen near the Grand Canyon nearly a month ago. Aspen shattered that mark with a price of $4.74. … Continue reading

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The Swing of the Pendulum

We are like a pendulum; even as we make our forays into America’s backyard, we sway from one side to the other, taking a dip into life’s extremes as we reach the height of each swing. Instead of staying true … Continue reading

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Havasupai

The Grand Canyon stretches for 277 miles in northern Arizona, and the National Park covers only a part of it. Somewhere to the west of the National Park, the Havasupai tribe takes root in a small village called Supai, nestled … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Park

We bagged Humphreys Peak today. Driving south to Flagstaff from the Grand Canyon, we passed the San Francisco Peaks. Humphreys, the highest peak of them all, rose above, but it seemed squat somehow. Like its girth was more overpowering than … Continue reading

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Wheeler Peak and the Mayor of Taos Ski Valley

“The wind’s blowing at sixty miles an hour up there,” the Mayor of Taos Ski Valley  told the women at the Village’s sole Fire Department station, a message the women relayed to us. We were deep in the heart of Carson … Continue reading

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In Between Destinations

As a child, I learned how to approximately judge the distance to the point a lightning bolt struck the ground. This indispensable piece of knowledge I learned from a Berenstain Bears book. Count the seconds after seeing the flash of … Continue reading

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A Surprise at Shenandoah

Our first destination was Shenandoah National Park, about 75 miles southwest of DC. To be honest, if there was a ladder of U.S. National Parks, Shenandoah’s rung wouldn’t be above the halfway point. Essentially, the Shenandoah National Park is a … Continue reading

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Ruminations Prior to Departure

The word ‘travel’ is a broad concept. When someone says to you, “I’m going traveling in Europe this summer for a month,” what are you supposed to visualize? Sure, you know that the guy’s going to Europe, and that he’ll … Continue reading

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