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Have your kindness and friendliness been mistaken as being flirty and leading someone on? Yeah me too. I did a thing today. Dealt with (and addressed) unwanted advances from a coworker that I’ve been avoiding since last year. Naturally, I prefer to avoid conflict. But the harassment has to stop. I felt like I grew a few inches taller on my vertebrae. Also feel like a million bucks for taking ownership of my action, reaction, emotion and situation instead of feeling victimized and marginalized. Pretty impressive at how much growth one can have in a year. I’ve become more courageous, resilient, stronger and quite honestly, powerfully empowered. Take. No. Shit! #empowerment#takenoshit#shero
This scene was gorgeous, but what really made my morning was the inquisitive river otter that swam to the edge of the lake to check me out! After being startled by what looked like a mini Loch Ness monster, I spotted a second one, and watched in disbelief as the duo popped their heads out of the water and chirped at one another. I had a fully loaded breakfast burrito at Eddie’s after all that went down, so this is definitely on my list of most memorable sunrise sessions ever.
One does not simply run in the mountains without a smile on their face 😊
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Our Planet is truly grand. There are so many incredibly unique and intelligent sentient beings on Earth besides humans is there not… Yet for every 1 thing going right there seems to be 100 things going wrong. I am not trying to be negative, rather I just care very much about the current crisis confronting much of this planet’s biodiversity… I feel a responsibility to speak up, forgive me… We might think that a species like this desert bighorn sheep is fine, but let’s not ever forget the shifting baselines. While spending a good bit of time with them I unfortunately saw firsthand how far too many are suffering from acute pneumonia, a dreaded disease that is spread by domestic sheep. Populations from Colorado to California are suffering from this horrible illness. According to the department of Fish and Wildlife “the bacteria causing pneumonia in bighorns are not native to North America, and thus bighorns have not had evolutionary time to adapt to it.” Not all that long ago, I even reported some observations I had to a friend of mine, who specializes in bighorn sheep research - a population of bighorns that were thought safe on one side of the Colorado River were actually now suffering from this pneumonia as well. It’s heartbreaking to see whole herds of these magnificent animals trying to survive and then having to fight that much harder... (3/3)
“For the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we face a global mass extinction of wildlife. We ignore the decline of other species at our peril – for they are the barometer that reveals our impact on the world that sustains us. Humanity’s misuse of natural resources is threatening habitats, pushing irreplaceable species to the brink and threatening the stability of our climate. We know how to stop this. It requires governments, businesses and citizens to rethink how we produce, consume, measure success and value the natural environment.” - Mike Barrett, Director of Science and Policy at WWF-UK
“Appreciation” - Brandon Kline One year after “Find Your Way” and “Let Your Light Shine”, I was backpacking with my brother in Shenandoah National Park. Looking back on those four days, it is hard to put into words the spectrum of emotions I experienced, both physically and mentally. The diversity of Autumnal beauty we were immersed in as we hiked down and up and down and up in elevation was nothing short of spectacular! To say our third day was grueling is putting it mildly. I had planned a hike taking us approximately 8-9 miles while gaining over 2,000 feet of elevation change. As a fairly experienced backpacker now, I have since trekked more daunting tasks. But back then, being only my second time, it almost broke me. I recall at one point, as we were hiking up the last leg of decent elevation gain on the Appalachian Trail en route to Hawksbill Mt., I was (in my head) yelling at myself to “enjoy this man, you are on the AT for the first time!” My body, dehydrated (as I had sucked through my water early) and exhausted, just wanted to fall over down the cliff side. By the time we got to the spring and then chose our camping area for the night, I was nearly in tears of joy for having made it. I awoke pre-dawn as planned and continued the half-mile to Hawksbill Summit to catch the sunrise. All the aches and pains and struggles were, at the moment of the Sun breaking the horizon, justified into something more grand than I could have imagined. I told my brother, who had met me up there for the moment, that if this photograph came out right I was going to title it “Appreciation”. Appreciation, for what it takes to be out here, for the trials endured and embraced to witness such beauty, for the journey we travel to a new day dawning. (part 3 of 3)
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We recommend you get in plenty of vertical—Observation Point anyone?—in preparation for the feast of Thanksgiving in two days. Trail Candy Tuesday claims: “Truffles are great on the Trail or as your post-meal sweet.”
When we first got Kita
She was so timid.
Unsure of people and places and food and sounds.
She backed away from outstretched hands and winced when we leaned in to pet her.
One afternoon I took her on a hike nearby our house and, suddenly, she was this brave, confident dog I’d never met.
Outside, beneath a shaded canopy of trees,
Wrapped in the chilled March breeze...she came alive. .
She sniffed every plant, every rock, every tree.
She picked up sticks and ran full-speed into the creek, taking time to drink in the moment...and her first taste of snowmelt.
The wonder in her eyes that day and, still, every time we go outside fills my soul with light.
I watched my scared dog unfold with paws open into a new world she never knew,
And that day, something changed for us too.
Something both erased and erupted in this new pair.
A shared something, I couldn’t—and still can’t—explain.
I could sit for hours and watch this dog, on her third home, revel in the outdoors.
Because it’s the same way I feel with the sun on my face,
It’s the very same aspen groves and alpine lakes that reawakened my own tarnished soul.
And now we’re tethered by the roots that pull us again and again back to that place of comfort. .
Since that hike, this rescue has visited six different states, slept in tents on top of mountains and played in glaciers in the sky.
She’s run on black sand beaches and cuddled by a fire watching a meteor shower.
This rescue that was discarded twice for being too much, too hard, too stubborn...came alive when given a lot of love and the chance to start again. .
And before I chose her,
There were so many other faces staring at me through a screen.
So many sad puppy eyes and old dog beards gazing back.
My dog had a happy ending.
I guess what I’m saying is you may think you want a perfect purebred puppy with health records and a chronicled past and that guarantee.
But I’m asking you to consider the underdogs,
The misfits and the lone wolves.
Consider the rejected, the forgotten, the abused.
Who knows, maybe with your love and a little work,
the dog you save...will become the dog that saves you.
Winter skies do not disappoint. We turned down the nondescript one lane road. Drove by the crabbers house with traps neatly stacked in the side yard. Passed the old tall pines that made it feel like night had already come. When burst out into the marsh the sky was full of grey. Hopes for a good sunset sinking like the sun. We figured we’d make the most of what day light was left. Then this happen.
In full #Fall mode right meow. 😺🍁🍂Enjoyed my last hike of the season before snowshoe season starts next week. Hot toddy’s are sounding really good this time of year and our fireplace has been cooking this week. 🔥 Despite all the turmoil in our world, this is a time to give thanks for what we have. Like the Brain Master, @jimkwik says, “What you Appreciate, Appreciates”, meaning what you appreciate will increase over time. The more grateful you are, the more the Universe will provide you with things to be grateful for. 💫 From my own experience, I do believe that what we put out into the Universe comes back tenfold. This is true for negative experiences as well. If we believe the world is a terrible, scary place, the Universe will reflect back to us and show us things to validate this negative perspective. If we believe the world is full of beauty, hope and love, the Universe will provide us with experiences to validate this perspective. Like attracts Like and this applies to your thoughts as well. So be mindful of your thoughts and focus your attention on what you want from life, rather than what you don’t want. This is how we create our worlds with our thoughts. 🔮 And remember “what you appreciate, Appreciates”. ⚡️✨#fallmusings