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Pedersen Glacier


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Ominous strength and might,
yet silently retreating.
As you drift away,
beauty is created.

In your silent, unhurried death,
life abounds, harbored here, in your sanctuary.

Peace and strength.
Death and life.
Harmoniously bound together in this special place.

As I skate along the glassy water and carve through crystal mountains,
I whisper farewell, forever changed.

National Parks

Joshua Tree National Park: The Story of Benjamin


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Joshua Tree National Park is a curious place.   Ryan and I pass signs for it all the time driving to Southern California from our house in Arizona.  From the highway the landscape isn’t very exciting, arid desert as far as the eye can see and hazy mountain ranges looming in the distance.  But just a short drive from the I-10 is a majestic land of towering boulders, extraordinary trees and interesting people. (more…)

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Yosemite National Park Part 3: Tioga Road & Tuolumne Meadows


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After spending three days In Yosemite, we knew we weren’t ready to leave when we woke up on our last day.  So instead of slowly cooking our breakfast, we quickly packed up our car and drove towards some of the first come first serve campgrounds off of Tioga Road.  We were fortunate enough to snag a spot at Porcupine Flat and thrilled that we would to get to spend another two days exploring the quieter areas of the park.  
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Yosemite National Park Part 2: Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point


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Yosemite Valley

Finally, I am getting around to finishing up my recap of our trip to Yosemite in August 2013.  I’ve been putting it off for a while now, not because there is nothing to share, but because it’s so hard to put into words how I feel about Yosemite.  Both Ryan and I agree that Yosemite is our favorite park that we have visited so far.  There is something so special about it.  Obviously we aren’t the only ones that feel this way.  Last year Yosemite was the third most visited park with almost 4 million visitors. (more…)