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  •  Mine, too:) (10+ / 0-)

    What wonderful memories (even the not so savory ones, like the memory of the porta potty in the back of the van and the cramped quarters of the old pop-up camper.)
    I remember how completely awed and struck silent I was at the sight of the color and vastness of the canyons, and how moved I was at the sight of the Rockies, and how sweet the water tasted when we drank it from a stream near Salt Lake City and how deep the impression of the western and southwestern states has stayed in me.  Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona.  So beautiful.

    •  I Recall The First Time, As A "Flatlander" (9+ / 0-)

      seeing those mountains for the first time. A speed bump is the highest elevation you get where I grew up. Makes me think of the passage in Undaunted Courage when Lewis and Clark first came up to the Rockies and dropped to their knees to awe.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:16:53 AM PST

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      •  too funny. . . (10+ / 0-)

        a speed bump being the highest elevation where you grow up. Now that's homespun humor if ever there was. Very funny. Thanks for posting, webranding, and of course, anytime Lewis and Clark's twin names come up I am all ears. Hiked a lot of their terrain from Montana all the way to the Northwest. Well, at least in segments. I can also see why these flatlanders dropped to their knees before the Rockies. I mean, it literally and figuratively takes the breath out of you. . .those 'big busted ladies' as one mountain man so described.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:22:02 AM PST

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    •  as a reminder. . . (12+ / 0-)

      to an earlier comment, either to you or someone else commenting on this piece, consider writing a diary of such memories, because those days will not come again; not given the literal rape of the land and the spoils of its natural resources; at least until we wake up realize what we're doing is not only desecrating Nature's repository of features and resources, but sealing our fates. This natural nest is all we really have to count on; not the damn money, politics, religion and all the rest that tends to cheat minds and drains hearts and spirits of the lesser essentials of life and living. End diatribe.
      Thanks, again, for this other posting, sureyujest (though I do not considering the retort just made).

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:25:25 AM PST

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      •  and thank you for sharing this diary (6+ / 0-)

        and reviving some much loved memories for me.  Even my memories and old pics can't serve justice to the natural beauty and raw landscape--I'd have to see it again in person to smell the air and feel the wind and hear the birds and rivers and put my hands to the sun warmed rocks to really experience it again in full, but my memories are family moments and will always be with me :)
        Have you ever been to Estes Park, CO?  

      •  This should be required reading in schools..... (0+ / 0-)

        This brilliant sentence sums it up. I am going to use this as I convince friends to take an interest and visit and maybe even get active! Thank you again.  

        This natural nest is all we really have to count on; not the damn money, politics, religion and all the rest that tends to cheat minds and drains hearts and spirits of the lesser essentials of life and living.

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