choice.

July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.”  - Patrick Ness

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Flaming Gorge Green River

Flaming Gorge Green River

http://jasonstravels.com/2013/03/22/floating-down-the-flaming-gorge/

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“One of the greatest feelings in life is the conviction that you have lived the life you wanted to live-with the rough and the smooth, the good and the bad-but yours, shaped by your own choices, and not someone else’s.”  - Michael Ignatieff

 

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Green river

Green river

http://www.dvorakexpeditions.com/specialty-trips/green-river-yoga/

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“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.
For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.”  - Mike Erickson

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kindness.

July 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”  - Mary Anne Radmacher

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Tokopah Falls

Tokopah Falls

http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-kings-canyon-national-park

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“Each time I perform an act of kindness, a part of me heals.”  - Lupi Ngcayisa

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

http://www.americansouthwest.net/california/kings_canyon/kings-canyon-view_l.html

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“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”  - John Joseph Powell

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Kings River near Zumwalt Meadow

Kings River near Zumwalt Meadow

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kings_Canyon_National_Park_-_Kings_River_near_Zumwalt_Meadow.JPG

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“Kindness is like a muscle, the more we exercise it the better we are at it.

Kindness starts as a thought but ends as an action. Acting kindly toward others is the only real way to let people know we care about them and their happiness. Without action, kindness just lives in our minds but never touches the real world.

Being kind to others doesn’t have to be complex or fancy. Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness are seen as the most sincere, such as holding the door, helping with directions, saying “please” and “thank you,” or even just a smile.”  - Steven Handel

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enough.

July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes I lose perspective, but it helps to stop and look around. I may not have it all, but I have more than enough….” – J.M. Darhower

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Jarbidge Wilderness

Jarbidge Wilderness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarbidge_Wilderness

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“The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know…Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.”  - John Adams

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Safety.

July 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”  - Ryel Kestenbaum

 

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 Mesquite Valley

Mesquite Valley

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/HiddenHills.html

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“These are all I have. I do not have the wide, bright beacon of some solid old lighthouse, guiding ships safely home, past the jagged rocks. I only have these little glimmers that flicker and then go out.”  - Rebecca Wells

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Nopah Range wilderness

Nopah Range wilderness

http://travelingluck.com/North+America/United+States/California/_5377194_Nopah+Range+Wilderness.html

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“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”  - Steve Goodier

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vulnerable.

July 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

“…when someone is honest and vulnerable, they wring my heart – I want to hug them for being real…”  - John Geddes

 

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Sand Canyon Pueblo

Sand Canyon Pueblo

http://www.dennisrhollowayarchitect.com/SandCanyon.html

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“I’ve realized the most effective writing and living are done when we are willing to be vulnerable. I think we spend most of our lives trying to cover up our insecurities.”  - Katie Kiesler

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

http://www.tripomatic.com/United-States/Colorado/Cortez/Crow-Canyon-Archaeological-Center/

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“Everything I know, everything I put in my fiction, will hurt someone somewhere as surely as it will comfort and enlighten someone else. What then is my responsibility? What am I to restrain? What am I to fear and alter–my own nakedness or the grief of the reader? I want my stories to be so good they are unforgettable; to make my ideas live and my own terrors real for people I will never meet. It is a completely amoral writer’s lust. If we begin to agree that some ideas are too dangerous, too bad to invite inside our heads, then we stop the storyteller completely. We silence everyone who would tell us something that might be painful in our vulnerable moments.”  - Dorothy Allison

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heart.

July 14, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Every heart needs healing.”  - Veronica L. Anderson

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Cottonwood tree by Kachina Bridge

Cottonwood tree by Kachina Bridge

http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/natural_bridges/kachina3_l.html

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“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”  - Alphonse de Lamartine

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Turett Arch

Turett Arch

http://kristieandjohn.wordpress.com/tag/natural-bridges-national-monument/

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“The journey I’m taking is inside me. Just like blood travels down veins, what I’m seeing is my inner self and what seems threatening is just the echo of the fear in my heart.”  - Haruki Murakami

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 Moki Dugway

Moki Dugway

http://candynjohnrv.blogspot.com/2012/07/2012-july-17-moki-dugway-and-national.html

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“As he was about to climb yet another dune, his heart whispered, “Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and thats where your treasure is.”  - Paul Coelho

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 Sipapu Natural Bridge

Sipapu Natural Bridge

https://travel.yahoo.com/blogs/compass/april-16–1908–president-roosevelt-establishes-natural-bridges-national-monument-

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“Storytellers are the most powerful people on earth. They might not be the best paid– but they are the most powerful. Storytellers have the power to move the human heart– and there is no greater power on earth.”  - Laurie H. Hutzler

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Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

http://3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/poster/html/k.html

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“People will not remember what you did for living, they will remember how you touched them with kindness and loving.”  - Debasish Mridha M.D.

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trust.

July 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The truest smiles are those which spread across our faces when no one’s watching us.”  - Minhal Mehdi

 

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Kanab Creek Wilderness

Kanab Creek Wilderness

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recarea/?recid=11705

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“Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Tonto Plateau

Tonto Plateau

http://www.sierradescents.com/hiking/grand-canyon/rim-to-rim-4.html

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“There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery, trust, is about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return.”  - Bear Grylls

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 meadow on the Kaibab Plateau

meadow on the Kaibab Plateau

http://www.cs.unca.edu/~boyd/touring/tour04/day22/day22.html

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“Truth for anyone is a very complex thing. For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include. What lies beyond the margin of the text? The photographer frames the shot; writers frame their world.”  - Jeanette Winterson

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near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

http://jenontheedge.com/2013/04/05/spring-break-2013-remote/

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“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them.”  - Lauren Tate

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House Rock Valley

House Rock Valley

http://www.summitpost.org/house-rock-valley-arizona/819387

 

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“The most wonderful type of love, she had learned, was the kind built with care and over time, through forgiveness and understanding, compromise and compassion, trust and acceptance. It was hidden in the minutiae of every day life; it was in the traded smiles during a radio show or the peaceful lulls on an evening stroll.”  - Kristina McMorris

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