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Masked Marauders

I heard them before I saw them. “Eeeek, Eeek!” Their high-pitched shrieks alerted me I wasn’t alone. Out of the darkness they came.  The motions sensor light clicked on, illuminating their fat, furry bodies.  First one, with the trademark pointy nose and mask across its face, followed by the fluffy,…

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Dreading Winter or…

Looking forward to it. I got reminded today that there are indeed two perspectives when talking with a friend of mine. “Ugh, I heard we’re supposed to get snow again on Sunday.  Why can’t it stay like today all year round?” he lamented. “I take it you’re not  a winter…

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Being a Mountain Person

I remember the moment. As I hiked along Bubbs Creek in Kings Canyon National Park, my heart began to sing.  I could swear it would explode right out of my heart. There had been moments before.  When I first moved to the Sierra Nevada in California, I marveled at the…

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Seventy Degrees

Runners in shorts and tank tops.  People wearing flip flops, eating ice cream.  If you didn’t know better, you would have thought it was the middle of July.  I couldn’t reconcile the scene in my mind with what was coming the next day. Twenty-four hours later, it felt like mid…

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