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A Wild Crane Chase

Where were the cranes? After driving four and a half hours, with the anticipation building, there weren’t here. Just a few ducks and a rogue goose. This was fast turning into a wild crane chase. It all started last week while listening to Colorado Public Radio. One of reasons I…

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Ghost Forests

Black against white. An azure blue sky above. And silent, oh so silent. When I first moved out west, I became familiar with alpine forests. Always attracted to wilderness and national parks, I started weekend sojourns to Yosemite National Park. The park teemed with activity during summers, with thousands of…

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Poop Eaters

As a pet owner, there’s something I’ve mused about for awhile. Somehow, even though I grew up with a dog, there was something I never noticed this until I adopted a dog after I already had two cats.  I would  clean the cat litter pan, and notice that miraculously, there…

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Staying Found

Where the heck was the trail? Or more importantly, where was the trailhead? When I’d decided to go on a hike around Mt. Shasta in early October, I’d thought there might be snow, but as I walked farther into the forest, the snow had become deeper. Still I didn’t worry,…

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