height.

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Adversity is a natural part of being human. It is the height of arrogance to prescribe a moral code or health regime or spiritual practice as an amulet to keep things from falling apart. Things do fall apart. It is in their nature to do so. When we try to protect ourselves from the inevitability of change, we are not listening to the soul. We are listening to our fear of life and death, our lack of faith, our smaller ego’s will to prevail. To listen to your soul is to stop fighting with life–to stop fighting when things fall apart; when they don’t go our away, when we get sick, when we are betrayed or mistreated or misunderstood. To listen to the soul is to slow down, to feel deeply, to see ourselves clearly, to surrender to discomfort and uncertainty and to wait.” – Elizabeth Lesser

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Brooks Range

Brooks Range

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151216-anwr-highest-peak-mt-isto-fodar-remote-sensing/

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“Music at its best…is the grand archaeology into and transfiguration of our guttural cry, the great human effort to grasp in time our deepest passions and yearnings as prisoners of time. Profound music leads us – beyond language – to the dark roots of our scream and the celestial heights of our silence. ”- Cornel West

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railroad.

November 20, 2013 § 1 Comment

“The railroads were the Internet of their day…..” – Untouched America, “Rocky Mountains”.

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Cumbres and Toltec RR car

Cumbres and Toltec RR car

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.another segment of the former Rio Grande network. Unlike the Durango & Silverton, which has a long history as a tourist attraction, this 64-mile section of the railroad was saved by a group of locals and rail enthusiasts who were (and are) passionate about preserving service over 10,015-foot high Cumbres Pass, the highest mountain pass reached by rail in the U.S. The railroad is owned by the states of New Mexico and Colorado and operated by an interstate agency, which hires a private group with rail operations and maintenance expertise to oversee daily operations.

http://tomandmarcia.blogspot.com/2009/11/october-2009-arizona-colorado-new.html

The trains have been chugging over Cumbres Pass since 1881.

http://www.gatewayreservations.com/chama/activity-provider/cumbres-toltec-scenic-railroad.html

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Cumbres and Toltec

Cumbres and Toltec

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g46978-d4548185-r182225155-Cumbres_and_Toltec_Scenic_Railroad-Chama_New_Mexico.html

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  – Mark Twain

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Durango and Silverton

Durango and Silverton…

A remnant of the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gauge railway system that once spread across southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The train runs from Durango north to Silverton, a distance of 45 miles, much of it through the canyon of the Animas River.

http://tomandmarcia.blogspot.com/2009/11/october-2009-arizona-colorado-new.html

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“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation- a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every states I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.”  – John Steinbeck

 

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Performance.

May 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp

 

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

http://bingfotos.blogspot.com/2013/04/gifford-pinchot-national-forest.html

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“For the virtuoso, musical works are in fact nothing but tragic and moving materializations of his emotions; he is called upon to make them speak, weep, sing and sigh, to recreate them in accordance with his own consciousness. In this way he, like the composer, is a creator, for he must have within himself those passions that he wishes to bring so intensely to life.” – Franz Liszt

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Woods Creek Canyon And Pinchot Pass

Woods Creek Canyon And Pinchot Pass

http://www.uvm.edu/~chansen/PCT%20-%20Kennedy%20Meadows%20To%20Tuolomne%20Meadows/index3.html

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“Flow can be described as the icing on the cake” – Derek Tate

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Adore.

April 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Do I love you because you’re beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?” – Richard Rogers, Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”.

 

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Mount Moriah Nevada

Mount Moriah Nevada

Mount Moriah is the 5th highest mountain in Nevada, a bit overshadowed by its neighbor Mount Wheeler, the highlight of Great Basin National Park.

http://www.willhiteweb.com/nevada_climbing/mount_moriah/summit_hike_064.htm

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“Life must have its sacred moments and its holy places. We need the infinite, the limitless, the uttermost — all that can give the heart a deep and strengthening peace.” – A. Powell Davies

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Mount Moriah wilderness

Mount Moriah wilderness

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/mount-moriah-wilderness
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“It’s like this when you fall hard for a musician. It’s a crush with religious overtones. You listen to the songs and you memorize the words and the notes and this is a form of prayer. You attend the shows and this is the liturgy. You’re interested in relics — guitar picks, set lists, the sweaty napkin applied to His brow. You set up shrines in your room. It’s not just about the music. It’s about who you are when you listen to the music and who you wish to be and the way a particular song can bridge that gap, can make you feel the abrupt thrill of absolute faith.” – Steve Almond, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life; A Book by and for the Fanatics among Us”.

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Quiet.

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.” – Ester Bucholz

 

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Bishop river PV

Bishop river PV

http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7137&garpg=27

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“I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” – Bob Newhart

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New.

April 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

“….. newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice. Truth and beauty and goodness are not determined by when they exist. Nothing is inferior for being old, and nothing is valuable for being modern. This has freed me from the tyranny of novelty and opened for me the wisdom of the ages.” – John Piper

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Magruder Corridor

Magruder Corridor

http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/showthread.php?14458-Idaho-s-stunning-Magruder-Corrider

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“If we stay where we are, where we’re stuck, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you’re dying. You’re saying: Leave me alone; I don’t mind this little rathole. It’s warm and dry. Really, it’s fine.

When nothing new can get in, that’s death. When oxygen can’t find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing – we had this all figured out, and now we don’t.

New is life.” – Anne Lamott

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Smoky Vista Magruder Corridor

Smoky Vista Magruder Corridor

http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/showthread.php?14458-Idaho-s-stunning-Magruder-Corrider

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“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then i realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.” – Austen Burroughs

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Small.

April 17, 2013 § 1 Comment

“The earth reflects the sky and the sky meets the earth and, every now and then, if we’re lucky, we have a moment to see how small we are.” – Ally Condie

 

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Bald Mountain NV

Bald Mountain NV

http://wildhorseeducation.org/roundups/roundups-2010/bald-mountain-nv-2010/

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade

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