Leaves at My Feet

The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

John Muir

Cholla Cactus Garden

For Ethan’s 40th birthday in March, we took a massive trip through the southwest with our friends and oftentimes travel companions Todd and Tammy, starting and ending in Las Vegas. Along the way we visited 5 National Parks in Southern California including the magical Joshua Tree National Park. By far…

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My first trip to Colorado in September 2017 was a doozy. Ethan had been summoned to Boulder for work and this time it worked for me to tag along, so of course he spun it off into a massive parks trip! We began in Boulder and eventually went as far…

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A Walk Through Congaree

On our way to my family’s annual beach stay at Oak Island, we decided to stop by Congaree National Park. The drive from Asheville to Oak Island takes us through South Carolina already so it wasn’t too out of the way to take this little side trip. A thunderstorm was…

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Arches: A Dream

Growing up, I would come across photos and brochures lying around our house of the southwest – remnants of my parents’ brief time living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hearing my parents describe the dry desert environment conjured images of life on a different planet; it sounded so different than the…

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The National Parks

Over the past few of years I’ve watched a few episodes of Ken Burns’ epic documentary National Parks: America’s Best Idea. In preparing for a trip to several of the National Parks in Arizona and Utah, I had a hankering to revisit the series and found this handy episode guide…

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Shoot the Stars

When I was a kid, one of my dad’s hobbies was astronomy. We were fortunate enough to have a meadow near our house that allowed for some decent star viewing on a clear night. Although I opted to sleep through most of his early morning forays to view meteors, satellites,…

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Head in the Clouds

Head in the clouds, leaves at my feet. These words came to me one autumn day many years ago, while pondering the brilliant sugar maple leaves strewn about the ground. Ever since, the phrase echoes in my mind — when I hike, while I drive, or as I look into…

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