Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Hike and Happy New Year!

Howdee all,

When life has you in a hole…hikes _038

    Or you feel like you are in the outside looking in..(look closely that's me)..hikes _040

     look to what inspires youhikes _043

    Enriches you

     And brings you joy…hikes _048

From that viewpoint…the rat race looks better…You can find your peace… hikes _049

   And you can go on fulfilled and happy….

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I find inspiration when I hike into nature..I find it so much more beautiful than any man made creation…(see Las Vegas below)..

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I enjoy the challenges of hiking up boulders

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    To the next view..

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Calico Tanks…Rocks holding water…

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    We went on this hike Christmas Day with Mark and Debbie as our guides..

Ok..I think the rock below looks like a Porchini mushroom..but ..err..hikes _060

Some others may think otherwise….

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This hike was supposed to be a short climb up and down…but…we hiked thru an area that was new to us all…this is our hike down…

20 feet drop in this area…YIkes..

thank goodness Mark knows what he is doing and showed us how to get down…

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We had several areas that were challenging…this is a hole we had to go way down except thru the hole…

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When life gives you challenges….face them…and find joy in the challenge….(Ok i was a bit scared…but it was Fun!)

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   Hopefully….you can make it through the challenges....

Safe…and in one piece ..If you need help…ask a friend.

(Thanks Mark for helping us through)hikes _067


I wish you all a Wonderful, Peaceful, Healthy,Joyful

New Year!

May you find Joy in the Challenges of Life


Inspiration from Nature.


  1. Happy new year, Dawn! You look like you're being eaten.

  2. Thats a great first shot Dawn, but I am far too much of a Gentleman to say what I am thinking. {:)))
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  3. The colors are spectacular, Dawn! Must have been a great hike.

    Same wishes back atcha!

  4. Oh my, how gorgeous the rocks are. That hike would have me cramping in the first two seconds.

  5. I love the pictures, but I have no desire to do the same.

  6. Happy New Years, Dawn
    It has been a treat to follow you on your travels all year. Those red rock are a far cry from the yellow sand of the Space Coast.
    Looking forward to more adventure in 2010

  7. I really enjoyed this post! I think I will bookmark it to find inspiration during challenging moments in the coming year. You rock! (pun intended)

  8. Wow, that's a fabulous hike Dawn. Wish I was there. Love the slot canyon and tight places.
    Hope to see you in Q.

  9. You guys are true hikers, but please be careful esp. with 20 feet drops. Happy New Year and see you in Jan. 2010.

  10. What a hike! Happy New Year Dawn!

  11. Dawn,
    Your photos are ALWAYS inspiring..ahem..maybe not the mushroomie rockie but I really do enjoy all your travels and the colors you capture really make me want to visit so many of the areas you have traveled! I wish you and yours all the best for 2010..great health, great adventures and LOTS or morel mushrooms to go with it all!!

  12. Oh what a Fabulous post Dawn! I also think that nature is much much more beautiful than anything man made.
    Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is a great year for you and the start of a great decade too!

  13. Wow, those rocks are beautiful! Nice shots, Dawn!

  14. You are brave to climb those rocks. The red rocks are gorgeous--great photos. Wish we were there. I am still trying to change our tickets! Hope you have a great 2010!

  15. So lovely! Poetry AND motion!

    Happy New Year!

  16. Great post, Dawn! Very inspiring.

  17. Happy New Year to you and Jeff also!
    (Yup, looked exactly like a Porchini mushroom to me too! ;-)

  18. Happy New Year!
    Thanks for putting your travels out there for fellow nature & travel enthusiasts to discover and follow. For those of us who are a bit to anchored at the moment to be on the road non-stop your experiences give us a feel for seeing more of this great country than we are able to ourselves - for the moment.

  19. ...a really fun (and gorgeous) post!! Happy New Year to you too...


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