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  •  Stunningly gorgeous pics and wonderful diary! (14+ / 0-)

    Thank you so much for this.  What breathtaking beauty.
    When I was a kid (1976) my folks loaded my brothers and I onto a Ford Econoline van and we drove to California and back, so I was fortunate to have seen Bryce, Zyon, and the Grand Canyon when I was young.  

    •  I Hike/Camp For At Least Two Weeks (9+ / 0-)

      every year. This year the "big" trip is to Bryce and Zyon, which I hate to admit I've been around but never to.

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

      by webranding on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:03:20 AM PST

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      •  You will love it! (9+ / 0-)

        take lots of pics and share with us.
        I wish I could go back and show my child what I saw.  
        The one area I haven't yet seen much of is the northeast though, so we'll likely wind up there first.  
        What I loved the most about the canyons was the feeling that there was something so much bigger than anything thing I'd ever known before (I was so young when we went)--it was very humbling.  My child had something of the same impression this fall when we drove to MI's Upper Peninsula to the Taquamenon Falls.  In the face of such stark natural beauty, and such largess of wonder, it is kind of hard to be self important LOL  It is like an excess of beauty that is difficult to take in all at once.
        I have been back to Colorado as an adult and I even once thought I'd like to move there, but I am and always be a Michigander I think--I do love my home, but will visit the rest of our country with great pleasure when I can ever afford the travel :)

        •  you still can. . . (8+ / 0-)

          show your child what you saw, surelyujest, simply by relating the stories through your eyes and memories and enhanced by imagery. What you just wrote would be more than ample to keep your child's interest, or anyone else's, because YOU WERE THERE. You lived and did what you say. Indeed, why not write a diary and share this info with the rest of us maintaining the front or back lines of our great Daily Kos community? Why not, indeed!

          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 10:14:59 AM PST

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          •  Well, you are so right about sharing stories (8+ / 0-)

            about our lives with our kids (and we all know how they hang on our every word about "when we were young"  LOL!)  Nah, mine would like it much better to actually see it, and I would love it too.
            About writing diaries...I was wondering if the travel diaries are yours alone or are you starting a group?  Is this a site wide invite to share our travel stories?  I do like to write about MI and have written diaries about some of the things I love about it w/pics.  I'd love to write a diary and share pics from my trip a couple of months ago to the Upper Peninsula (Whitefish Point, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Hiawatha National Forest, Tahquamenon Falls) / Mackinac Island/Mackinaw City/  Mackinac Bridge/Wilderness State Park/The Straights of Mackinaw.  I have so many photographs of such gorgeous fall views here if anyone has an interest in them.  And some cool history, too.  But...none of mine are nearly as breathtaking as yours are in this diary--I'm afraid I might bore you.  

            •  Consider joining Backyard Science (5+ / 0-)

              if you haven't done so already. When I write diaries, I usually post through the Backyard Science group; that gives me a built-in audience.

              My stories tend to combine my forestry work with my travels. Here's an example from last fall, just to give you an idea...Idaho photo diary

              Your photos don't have to be as spectacular as richholtzin's. You just need to tell a good story. At any given time, there will be a certain number Kos readers ready to click on a story that does not involve politics.

      •  the golden circle. . . (12+ / 0-)

        complete, that is, if you include the Grand Canyon's North Rim in your upcoming travels. I'll be posting a diary soon about Zion National Park, that is, if the DKos community gets behind these missive-postings, thereby signaling to me I am writing to an attentive audience that enjoys such readings. Otherwise, there is so much more political agenda going on in the postings that I sometimes wonder if I'm just wasting people's time and DKos' space by submitting these tour itin offerings, or by whatever name I can use to front same. Thanks, again, for posting your commentary, webranding.

        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 10:17:20 AM PST

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    •  now THAT was a funny typo...oops (11+ / 0-)

      I meant to say my folks loaded us IN to the van, not ON to LOL!
      No, my dad wasn't Mitt Romney (although I did grow up in MI).

    •  I'm curious. . . (8+ / 0-)

      what age were you at this time? I am especially fascinated with people's stories about the Southwest before the worst slaughter of its open spaces took place in the 1960s and just got worse over time. Thanks for posting this memory lane commentary.

      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 10:18:53 AM PST

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      •  I was in the 2cd grade, so I must have 8 years old (8+ / 0-)

        It was '76, the bicentennial.  The year of the Pet Rock (I got my pet rock on the trip--the only pet my dad ever approved of LOL).  My parents, two of my brothers and I, and a family friend all drove out together in a big van pulling a pop-up and food and gear.  It took almost a month to get to CA and back to MI.  It was a long trip, but so worth it.  I was exposed to a whole new world of culture and geology and history that literally blew me away.  That trip shaped every bit of the adult I have become and fostered a fascination with anthropology and history and wide open spaces (and fear of falling off mountains!) that are a large part of my own personal history, as well as my ancestors.
        You know, after talking to you and reading your story, you have inspired me.
        Soon, very soon, I will get permission from someone integral to my family genealogy/history and share a story here--it's actually pretty interesting.
        Soon--not right away.  Soon :)

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