August 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

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The night sky over Great Basin National Park | Dan Duriscoe/National Park Service


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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  – Henry David Thoreau

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City of Rocks NP dirt road


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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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City of Rocks National Preserve


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“Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.” – Carl Sagan

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Preston Idaho Land


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“The perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore.”  – Rosita Forbes

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Preston Idaho Historic Barn


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“Maybe dream chasing is like climbing a mountain. You know, finding the trail, stepping onto it. At first you’re energetic and it’s easy. Then you trip over a root, face a huge boulder, or a steep incline. So you stand up after the fall, find your way around the boulder, and trudge up the vertical. Eventually, you’re on top of the mountain with an expansive view of the world.” – Peggy Strack

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City of Rocks NP Idaho

This view is looking north through a sagebrush meadow along the Tea Kettle Trail. Nematode (rock) is near the center of the image. Private Idaho (rock) is in the upper right in the distance.


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“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”  – Judith Thurman

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Morning Glory Spire

Morning Glory Spire (a.k.a. The Incisor) is a favorite of climbers at City of Rocks National Reserve. NPS photo.

City of Rocks National Preserve in south-central Idaho is more than just a geologic wonder, a touchstone of our pioneer past, and a magnet for climbers. It’s also a model for interagency cooperation.

Though it gets little publicity, City of Rocks is certainly one of our more interesting and unique parks. Its unusual geologic formations alone make it a fascinating place. Some of its ancient (up to 2.5 billion years old) granite pinnacles and monoliths tower 60 feet high. This wondrous array of rock formations lends a dramatic and even ghostly atmosphere to the landscape. Small wonder that this place amazed our pioneer forebears headed west on the California Trail. Today the smooth granite monoliths also appeal to climbers. During a climbing season that extends from April into October, more than 500 established routes attract climbers from all over America and the world.



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“Travel is broadening. It’s time to hit the road again.”  – Carl Sagan

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City of Rocks Sunrise


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“Once upon a time, we soared into the Solar System. For a few years. Then we hurried back. Why? What happened? What was ‘Apollo’ really about?”  – Carl Sagan

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City of Rocks path


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“…I try to incorporate life’s lessons from everyone around me and pay it forward anytime I can. I look at every person I meet as a new and thrilling experience with which I’m gifted. Every new city or country or continent that I visit is a beautiful exploration from which I can learn. Every new client or project represents the possibility of meeting new people and having new adventures.”  – Andrea Michaels

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