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July 4 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – JULY 4

We are actually off the road this July 4, taking a day of R&R at the foot of Ute Mountain near Towaoc, Colorado, about 10 miles south of Cortez, along Route 160.  The history of the Ute Indians is an interesting one along with the histories of other Native American tribes and pueblos and the

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June 29 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – COLUMBIA RIVER

Four days along the Columbia River, 2nd largest in the United States.  Named Columbia by Robert Gray, the first to sail across the bar and into the river in 1792. The Mississippi River – 593,000 cubic feet per second. The St. Lawrence River – 348,000 cubic feet per second. … The Columbia River -265,000 cubic

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June 21 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – OREGON

Just north of Coos Bay, Oregon, (North Bend), we turned off Highway 101 and the place we wanted to go was closed so we kept driving for about a mile and saw this big driveway on the left which turned out to be Clausen’s Oysters.  We turned the truck and camping trailer around in their

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June 20 , 2020 /

SOLSTICE 2020

Today, June 20, 2020, 2:43 PM, PDT marks the annual event known as solstice, summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern hemisphere. Literally, it’s the moment when the “sun stands still” before it starts back in the other direction and for those of us in the north, it is the “longest” day, meaning

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June 16 , 2020 /

CAMPING WITH AMENITIES

Like many “younger” couples, we started camping in a tent, either a ground pad with sleeping bags and just the basics that fit into a giant duffle bag. Easy to transport, set up, enjoy being outdoors, break down and move on.  Cooking was simple with a Coleman stove or open fire.  Bathing was either via

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June 9 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Flagstaff, Arizona, June 9, 2020. Partly to escape the heat of southern Arizona this time of the year, partly due to being quarantined with COVID and partly as one of our regular, longer camping trips we drove north about 300 miles through Phoenix, a sprawling southwestern city, 5th largest in the U.S We were delayed

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May 31 , 2020 /

A FAILURE TO EDUCATE

What we are seeing and experiencing in our society today is testimony to the failure of our educational systems to transmit values of respect, personal responsibility, restraint, and a deep and genuine concern for the victims of abuse, racism, oppression and reinforced economic disparities. Elie Wiesel said it best, “We must take sides.  Neutrality helps

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May 23 , 2020 /

LIVING MEMORIALS

This post was inspired by Kumud Ajmani, friend and host moderator of #SpiritChat on Twitter.  His weekly post today for our Sunday AM gathering was “On Living Memorials” and that prompted me to think of some examples from my experience which I am glad to share here.  Here is a link to his post for

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May 4 , 2020 /

COUNTING ON YOU: 35 YEARS AGO AND TODAY

“Those of us within certain traditions and cultures have, for centuries, had a commitment to using our talents and energies to help make things better.  We do this by living and working together in communities. We must look at ourselves, our nation and the rest of the world, we must look at where we are,

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