Recently I celebrated my one year Melbourne-versary – that is, the anniversary of my arrival in Melbourne one year ago. I came into this adventure hopeful, but unsure as to how I would cope living so far from home, and how I would do with this giant unknown. Over the last year however, Melbourne has completely won me over with her special southern charms. I’m all settled into life down under these days. Continue reading “Where I’m From”
It was Christmas Day in Sumner, New Zealand, where I was spending the holidays with Tom and his family. Continue reading “The Great Penguin Incident of Christmas 2015 (or How to Be a Good Steward)”
Yes, you read that right. Continue reading “You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks”
As I contemplated my keyboard this morning, wanting to write about some recent frustrations, I noticed a new email in my inbox and found my good friend and fellow ranger had already beat me to it. Knowing I could never improve on her eloquent writing and persuasive grace, I thought I’d share her post here. Please pass along her observations with whomever you can. I find them to be very important.
Things are quickly going from “okay” to “not okay” in our parks, and it isn’t because of the animals. My friend/colleague in California offers a ranger’s-eye view —
Meanwhile in Death Valley National Park, the tally so far stands at:
– 6 padlocks cut
– 7 closure signs removed
– 3 locks picked
– 2 deadbolts vandalized beyond repair
– 2 piles of poo outside locked restrooms
– 2 big-ass boulders moved aside for a vehicle to drive off-road around a locked gate
– And an unaccountable number of traffic cones and sandwich boards tossed aside or run over by a vehicle
Thank you for vandalizing! Please come again!
Multiply this by more than 400 park units. People intent on getting into a forbidden place rarely stop to consider the consequences of their actions. I fully understand the public’s anger at being locked out of public lands, and their ideological…
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What a year!
It started above 10,000 feet in the mountains near Leadville, CO – moved to the snowy red rock deserts of Utah – then up to the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde – home for a short but sweet visit to my native Florida – and is wrapping up beach-side in the gorgeous Dominican Republic. Side-trips to St. Louis and all over the American Southwest added even more adventures to this awesome life of mine. Continue reading “My Top 12 Photos of 2012”
Annual slideshow time! Enjoy 🙂
I am very fortunate to have found myself an incredible group of supportive and loving friends out west. The following series of photos was taken previous to an 80s-themed party at Canyonlands this past summer (don’t judge our costumes, there are no Wal-Mart’s or shopping malls out here!). Every time I view them together I smile. I thought that I’d share them with you in the case they might make you smile too. I like to call the series Friends. Continue reading “Friends”
I feel like myself again. Continue reading “Two Returns”