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National monuments–we all own them

On April 26 President Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of  the Interior to review National Monuments created within the past 20 years with an eye toward rescinding or downsizing them. The aim is to allow commercial development … Continue reading

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Sno-cone trees

The deep snows of January this year remind me of some winters at Montecito-Sequouia Lodge, where I lived and worked in the ski touring program. It lies at 7,200 feet elevation on the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon … Continue reading

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Silence of the snowy forest

In the snowy winter forests of the Sierra there is a sense of quiet and peace. Sound is absorbed and muffled by the snow. I have often stood on a snowy overlook and soaked in this silence and peace. The silence … Continue reading

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Mushrooms in the forest

It seems the deeper we look, the more and deeper inter-relationships we find in nature. It never ends. During my two weeks camped in Tuolumne Meadows this summer, I took a ranger-led walk from the head of Tenaya Lake to … Continue reading

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New Zealand – The Darran Mountains

Continuing our tour of New Zealand’s South Island–we’ve toured Milford Sound by boat and have just landed. On the walk back to the car an interpretive sign caught my eye. It told me that annual rainfall here averages 6.76 metres (over … Continue reading

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New Zealand – the Lake Country

New Zealand demonstrates the dynamic forces of weather, ice and earth movements on a grand scale over short distances. It’s enough to make you sit up and take notice: We belong to a world of amazing and fascinating natural power–and you and … Continue reading

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New Zealand – The Waterfall

The day after arriving on the Waimakariri River, we drove up the valley on Highway 73. After twelve kilometers, the highway crosses the river and heads up a side valley to Arthur’s Pass. To our right we passed the mouth … Continue reading

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