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Random Plant: Pearly everlasting

Of about 100 species of everlastings that are found throughout the world, only one is native to North America.  Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea, Asteraceae) inhabits much of the continent and can typically be found in prairies, meadows, and in waste spaces along roads, fields, and vacant lots. 125 more words


Pilgrimage 2014: No Zimmer at the Bunkhouse

I stopped in at the Highlander bar and grill for a quick burger in backcountry Washington. Stevie Ray Vaughan played on a jukebox to the break of a cue ball under a neon Budweiser sign. 717 more words

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Pilgrimage 2014: final equipment check

Coleman waterproof matches, Kopplin’s compass whistle and thermometer, vapur collapsible water bottle, 4 in 1 keychain screwdriver tool with led non working flashlight, three working flashlights, julbo glacier glasses, one size fits all rain poncho durable hooded, reusable. 162 more words

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Pilgrimage 2014: Complicated Simplicity

Day 2 finds me sitting in the 18 x 36 ft ice cream parlor, gourmet coffee bar, breakfast cafe, Whitaker bunkhouse lobby and museum dedicated to all things climbing. 795 more words

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Pilgrimage 2014: Fear and Loathing at the Recovery Cafe

24 hours in Seattle and can’t leave the city center. I find myself in gratitude for the weather and am slowly realizing that the man made part of my journey is part and parcel of the point. 855 more words

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Pilgrimage 2014: Imaginable Scale

Descending into Seattle from 30,000 to 10,000 ft., 70 miles out of Seattle, one has to look up at the summit of mount Rainer. I could never imagine the scale of this mountain compared to the earth below.  254 more words

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Pilgrimage 2014: Strange Rumblings from 36,004 ft.

I left my humble but busy law office in Alpharetta at 11:35 for a B757-200 at Hartsfield-Jackson scheduled to board at 12:47. There is nothing Ike traveling through a city of 4 million people at 95 mph with ten minutes to pass through DHS security, at the world’s busiest airport, to really get the travel-jones going. 451 more words

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