memory.

January 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

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little cottonwood canyon

little cottonwood canyon

http://www.pine-canyon.info/northern-utah-skiing-with-a-chance-of-little-cottonwood-canyon-snowbird-utah/

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“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” ― Mitch Albom

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State Road 150, Utah

State Road 150, Utah

https://rootsrated.com/stories/one-of-the-highest-mountain-roads-in-utah-mirror-lake-scenic-byway

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“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
Haruki Murakami,

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UT NorthStansburyWSA

NORTH STANSBURY MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS

https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/utah/north-stansbury-mountains-wsa

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When Great Trees Fall

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.” ― Maya Angelou

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north_utah_valley

North Utah Valley

http://www.willhiteweb.com/provo_hiking/y_mountain_269.htm

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“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.” ― R.J. Palacio

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2015-north-utah-county-page

http://www.utahhome.me/utah-county-north/

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“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won’t really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we’ll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.” ― Anne Lamott

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depend.

January 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Life is like a prism. What you see depends on how you turn the glass.” – Jonathan Kellerman

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Mount Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/epic-mountains-in-ut/

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“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington

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Mt. Peale

https://www.templesquare.com/blog/explore-utah-mountains/

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“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” – Albert Einstein

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relocate.

January 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Our bodies know that they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless. Guided by longing, belonging is the wisdom of rhythm. When we are in rhythm with our own nature, things flow and balance naturally. Every fragment does not have to be relocated, reordered; things cohere and fit according to their deeper impulse and instinct. Our modern hunger to belong is particularly intense. An increasing majority of people feel no belonging. We have fallen out of rhythm with life. The art of belonging is the recovery of the wisdom of rhythm.” ― John O’Donohue

 

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Highway 96 along the Klamath RIver

https://www.kcet.org/shows/socal-connected/how-much-can-california-ask-of-its-rivers

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“Finally, I began to write about becoming an older woman and the trepidation it stirred. The small, telling “betrayals” of my body. The stalled, eerie stillness in my writing, accompanied by an ache for some unlived destiny. I wrote about the raw, unsettled feelings coursing through me, the need to divest and relocate, the urge to radically simplify and distill life into a new, unknown meaning.” – Sue Monk Kidd

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Klamath River

Klamath River

http://vacations.humboldtca.com/Natural_Beauty.html

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“Time machines, magic portals, transporters, worm holes, flying carpets, relocation charms—such things do exist. They’re called books.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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preferences.

January 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

“We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it’s easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.” – Cecilia Ahern

 

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Canyon-of-the-Ancients

https://www.gocolorado.com/off-the-tourist-track-the-quieter-side-of-southwestern-colorado/

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“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.” – Julian Barnes

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Canyons of the Ancients aerial view

Canyons of the Ancients aerial view

https://www.colorado.com/national-monuments/canyons-ancients-national-monument-anasazi-heritage-center-blm

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“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” – Carl Sagan

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/colorado/canyons-of-the-ancients

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“Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.” ― Dean Koontz

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awareness.

January 5, 2018 § Leave a comment

“you can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemmingway

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Manti-La Sal National Forest

Manti-La Sal National Forest

https://www.wheretraveler.com/play/america-beautiful-14-spectacular-national-forests

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“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne

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Wasatchcache National Forest

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“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.” ― Lao Tzu

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arches_winter

Arches National Park

http://www.discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

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“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.” – Dan Brown

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Near Escalante and Boulder

https://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=44848051&nid=1268&title=utahs-top-5-motorcycle-rides

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“It’s worth making time to find the things that really stir your soul. That’s what makes you really feel alive. You have to say ‘no’ to other things you’re used to, and do it with all your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

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Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest

Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest

http://www.scenicusa.net/080211.html

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” – Martha Graham

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Sardine Canyon

Sardine Canyon

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/utah/uinta-wasatch-cache-national-forest

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“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” ― Janis Joplin

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Fishlake

Fishlake NF

https://utah.com/fish-lake-national-forest

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“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” ― Dolly Parton

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fishlake-national-forest-stream

Fishlake National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/utah-national-forests/

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“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” – Bell Hooks

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explorer.

December 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” – Edward P. Morgan

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Pine Creek Cookhouse

http://pinecreekcookhouse.com/

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“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” – Ansel Adams

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http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/

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“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” – John Steinbeck

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Boulder, Colorado - Winter Farm Pano

Boulder Winter Farm

http://www.arrowphotos.com/Colorado/Panoramas/

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“I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know – unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.” – James Kavanaugh

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winter-park-colorado

https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g28927-Reviews-Colorado-Vacation_Rentals.html

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“Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.” ― Jason Mraz

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wild-elk-and-mountains

http://salida.com/salida-best-of/best-of-salida-wildlife.html

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“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” ― Gene Roddenberry

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colorado winter

https://thebigchilicookoffevergreen.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/a-rocky-mountain-winter/

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“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” ― Pema Chödrön

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Rocky Mountain National Park

http://www.natezeman.com/photo/dawn-of-winter/

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“I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better to go at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.” – Pat Conroy

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Cont Divide Alpenglow

Continental Divide Alpenglow in Winter Park

http://www.playwinterpark.com/top-things-see-do-fall-winter-rmnp

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How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness.” ― Daisaku Ikeda

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rocky_mountain_holidays

http://www.thelifeofluxury.com/rocky-mountain-holidays-in-colorado/

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“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” ― Sophia Loren

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colorado

https://colorado.ourcommunitynow.com/2016/11/04/colorado-winter-activities/

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“We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe” ― Stephen Hawking

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pioneer.

December 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” – Albert Einstein

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Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/sharing-a-beautiful-sunset-with-the-summit-of-box-elder-peak/572181

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“remind me that woman must be still as the axis of a wheel in the midst of her activities; that she must be the pioneer in achieving this stillness, not only for her own salvation, but for the salvation of family life, of society, perhaps even of our civilization.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Moab Utah Mountains

https://roadslesstraveled.us/

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“Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a west as distant and as fair as that into which the Sun goes down. He appears to migrate westward daily and tempt us to follow him. He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow. We dream all night of those mountain ridges in the horizon, though they may be of vapor only, which were last gilded by his rays.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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Red Mountain

Red Mountain

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/travel/utah-desert-spa-happy-red-article-1.320517

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“Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.” ― George Takei

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