leave.

June 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C..S. Lewis

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Wyoming Peak

http://www.visitpinedale.org/explore/mountain-ranges/wyoming-mountain-range

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

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again.

June 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Scheitzer

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Lenticular cloud over the Crazy Mountains

Lenticular cloud over the Crazy Mountains

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/items-belonging-to-missing-hunter-found-in-crazy-mountains/article_f64d4c83-a1dd-5f73-9ba7-d08d3aea7089.html

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“You’re beautiful and sad,” I said finally, not looking at him when I did. “Just like your eyes. You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.” For a long moment there was only the whirring sound of the tires on the road, and then Sam said softly, Thank you.” – Maggie Steifvater

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Gallatin Forest

https://www.bozemannet.com/mountains/

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“This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can’t feel real joy unless you’ve felt heartache. You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. – Kelly Cutrone

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serendipitous.

June 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“In real life we have a hard time recognizing serendipitous moments because we’re not making the story up as we go along. It’s not a lie—it’s really happening to us, and we have no idea how it will end. Some of us will look back on our lives and recall events that were a bit too perfect, but until you know the whole story, it’s impossible to see the universe at work, or even admit that there is something bigger than us, making sure everything that should happen does happen. If you can surrender to the idea that there might be a plan, instead of reducing every magical moment to a coincidence, then love will find you.” – Renee Carlino

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Table Mountain, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, AZ

Table Mountain

https://visionarywild.com/workshops/vision-catalina-mountains-arizona/

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“…interests are not discovered through introspection. Instead, interests are triggered by interactions with the outside world. The process of interest discovery can be messy, serendipitous, and inefficient. This is because you can’t really predict with certainty what will capture your attention and what won’t…Without experimenting, you can’t figure out which interests will stick, and which won’t.” – Angela Duckworth

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San Francisco Peaks

San Francisco Peaks

https://www.allflagstaff.com/mountains/

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“• The stronger the signal you send yourself of your highest purpose, the more likely you are to notice ways to serve it
• Your specificity boosts your clarity, credibility and memorability.
• The specific detail proves the general conclusion, not the reverse yet we are most likely to write and speak first in generalizations.
• Your focus on interconnectedness increases your frequency of serendipitous encounters, unexpected insights and deeper friendships.” – Kare Anderson

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Black Mountains

http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/route_66/topock_kingman.html

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“Predictions that digital tools would allow workers to telecommute were never fully realized. One of Marissa Mayer’s first acts as CEO of Yahoo! was to discourage the practice of working from home, rightly pointing out that “people are more collaborative and innovative when they’re together.” When Steve Jobs designed a new headquarters for Pixar, he obsessed over ways to structure the atrium, and even where to locate the bathrooms, so that serendipitous personal encounters would occur. Among his last creations was the plan for Apple’s new signature headquarters, a circle with rings of open workspaces surrounding a central courtyard. Throughout history” – Walter Isaacson

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Santa Rita Mountains

Santa Rita Mountains

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arizona/az-mountains/

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“In 1928, Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming found that a mysterious antibacterial fungus had grown on a petri dish he’d forgotten to cover in his laboratory: he discovered penicillin by accident. Scientists have sought to harness the power of chance ever since. Modern drug discovery aims to amplify Fleming’s serendipitous circumstances a millionfold: pharmaceutical companies search through combinations of molecular compounds at random, hoping to find a hit.” – Peter Thiel

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Superstition Mountains

http://www.mygrandcanyonpark.com/check-out-these-mountains/

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“Writing often in the pages of the New York Times, Allison Arieff is a powerful spokesperson. “Bring back the sidewalk!” she urged in one of her articles, explaining: “Community is born from social routine—running into neighbors at the mailbox or while walking down the street. Design for these serendipitous encounters.” – Bella DePaulo

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home.

June 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon….it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.” – Jon Krakauer

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Amethyst Basin

https://intermountainhealthcare.org/services/wellness-preventive-medicine/live-well/move-well/healthy-hikes/find-a-hike/amethyst-basin/

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“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.”  – Cecilia Ahern

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East Fork of the Bear River

East Fork of the Bear River

https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/51960/

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“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” – Sarah Dessen

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Triangle Mountain and Reconnaissance Lake

Triangle Mountain and Reconnaissance Lake

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/high-uintas-wilderness-180952570/

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“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.” – Pierce Brown

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Uintas

https://www.cordellmandersen.com/2011/10/salt-lake-tribune-article-on-high_10.html

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“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes.”
Madeleine L’Engle

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King’s Peak, Utah

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/epic-mountain-ut/

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“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” – Gladys Hunt

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mystery.

June 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

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Virgin River

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nevada/rivers-nv/

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” – Anais Nin

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West Walker River in Nevada

East Walker River, NV

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nevada/rivers-nv/

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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, There Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves

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Owyhee River

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nevada/rivers-nv/

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“Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.

– Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.

– Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure

– Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.” – Dan Millman

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symmetry.

May 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“But why are we attracted to symmetry? Why do we human beings delight in seeing perfectly round planets through the lens of a telescope and six-sided snowflakes on a cold winter day? The answer must be partly psychological. I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in. The search for symmetry, and the emotional pleasure we derive when we find it, must help us make sense of the world around us, just as we find satisfaction in the repetition of the seasons and the reliability of friendships. Symmetry is also economy. Symmetry is simplicity. Symmetry is elegance.” – Alan Lightman

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GC lodge north rim

GC lodge north rim

https://www.outdoorproject.com/adventures/arizona/lodging/grand-canyon-lodge-north-rim

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“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.” – Derek Walcott

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GC north rim

http://www.acmnp.com/employment/grand-canyon-north-rim-jobs

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“Symmetry is only a property of dead things. Did you ever see a tree or a mountain that was symmetrical? It’s fine for buildings, but if you ever see a symmetrical human face, you will have the impression that you ought to think it beautiful, but that in fact you find it cold. The human heart likes a little disorder in its geometry, Kyria Pelagia. Look at your face in a mirror, Signorina, and you will see that one eyebrow is a little higher than the other, that the set of the lid of your left eye is such that the eye is a fraction more open that the other. It is these things that make you both attractive and beautiful, whereas…otherwise you would be a statue. Symmetry is for God, not for us.” ― Louis de Bernières, Corelli’s Mandolin

 

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GC North rim

http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/sam-mcmanis/article29554204.html

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“The old concept of chronological, orderly, symmetrical development of character died when it was discovered that the unconscious motivations are entirely at odds with fabricated conventions.Human beings do not grow in perfect symmetry. They oscillate, expand, contract, backtrack, arrest themselves, retrogress, mobilize, atrophy in part, proceed erratically according to experience and traumas. Some aspects of the personality mature, others do not. Some live in the past, some in the present. Some people are futuristic characters, some are cubistic, some are hard-edged, some geometric, some abstract, some impressionistic, some surrealistic!” – Anais Nin

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GC North

http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/grand-canyon/2017/05/12/grand-canyon-north-rim-reopens/317697001/

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“My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours,
Albert Camus”

I like this because only one part is usually quoted but the full quote has such symmetry.”
Albert Camus

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Cape Royal at Grand Canyon North Rim

https://grandcanyon.com/category/planning/north-rim-planning/

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“The fullness of life’s balancing grace will demand the symmetry of recompense for all your loss and pain.” – Bryant McGill

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lightning.

May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” – Mark Twain

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Stanislaus River

http://www.mercedcountyevents.com/parks-zoos-museums-2/stanislaus-national-forest

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“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.” – JM Darhower

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Stanislaus National Forest

https://www.allyosemite.com/nature/stanislaus_national_forest.php

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“Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.” – Edward Abbey

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Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/california/stanislaus-national-forest

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“Electricity is really just organized lightning” ― George Carlin

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Cherry Lake

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“What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?”

“Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced — from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination.” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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