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Playa Punta Chiqueros, Cozumel, Mexico
Oct 21, 2014 / 2 notes

Playa Punta Chiqueros, Cozumel, Mexico

Driving from Phoenix, AZ to Cheyenne, WY in a span of over 2 weeks was an epic adventure. We passed varied terrain that encompassed the dry, Arizona dessert, the jaw-dropping grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the windy plains of Wyoming. There were so many highlights along the way, so it’s difficult to pick just one. But, one of the most exciting legs of this journey was driving through the Million Dollar Highway, a narrow 2-lane road cut out of the edges of the Rocky Mountains and gives way to spectacular, heart-thumping drops into the canopy of tall alpine trees below.
Oct 20, 2014

Driving from Phoenix, AZ to Cheyenne, WY in a span of over 2 weeks was an epic adventure. We passed varied terrain that encompassed the dry, Arizona dessert, the jaw-dropping grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the windy plains of Wyoming. There were so many highlights along the way, so it’s difficult to pick just one. But, one of the most exciting legs of this journey was driving through the Million Dollar Highway, a narrow 2-lane road cut out of the edges of the Rocky Mountains and gives way to spectacular, heart-thumping drops into the canopy of tall alpine trees below.

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.

If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and 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.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

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, “Into the Wild”
Oct 20, 2014
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus
Oct 18, 2014 / 6 notes

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus

Appalachian Trail in Harper’s Ferry, WV
Oct 18, 2014

Appalachian Trail in Harper’s Ferry, WV

Dramatic, stormy skies over a historic Civil War battlefield in Harper’s Ferry, WV.
Oct 18, 2014

Dramatic, stormy skies over a historic Civil War battlefield in Harper’s Ferry, WV.

Several years ago, my sisters and I decided to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Spain. While there, our family friends, who live in Burgos, came down to Madrid to spend Thanksgiving day with us. We started off by having the quintessential Spanish breakfast of churros and rich hot chocolate in Plaza Mayor before exploring this lovely city. Later, we sat down for our Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant serving local fare. Now that Thanksgiving is again just around the corner, I can’t help but think back on this trip and feel very lucky. I am very fortunate not only for the constant love and support of family and friends at home and around the world, but also because I have been privileged enough to travel and get glimpses of the wonderful, colorful and ever inspiring world just waiting for all of us to explore.
Oct 17, 2014

Several years ago, my sisters and I decided to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Spain. While there, our family friends, who live in Burgos, came down to Madrid to spend Thanksgiving day with us. We started off by having the quintessential Spanish breakfast of churros and rich hot chocolate in Plaza Mayor before exploring this lovely city. Later, we sat down for our Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant serving local fare. Now that Thanksgiving is again just around the corner, I can’t help but think back on this trip and feel very lucky. I am very fortunate not only for the constant love and support of family and friends at home and around the world, but also because I have been privileged enough to travel and get glimpses of the wonderful, colorful and ever inspiring world just waiting for all of us to explore.

Hubby flying over the Port of Nice during our exploration of La Colline du Chateau in Nice, France.
Oct 16, 2014

Hubby flying over the Port of Nice during our exploration of La Colline du Chateau in Nice, France.

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, but others build windmills." -Chinese proverb
Oct 16, 2014

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, but others build windmills." -Chinese proverb

Wat Phra Kaew, Buddhist temple in Bangkok.
Oct 14, 2014

Wat Phra Kaew, Buddhist temple in Bangkok.