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  •  as always, gracias, wynative. . . (6+ / 0-)

    for your support and commentaries. Today, by the way, around 4 my time (MST), I am posting the first of a 9-part diary series on the epic John Wesley Powell (his first 1869 expedition down river to the end of the Grand Canyon), starting there in your big, wonderful state. . .Wyoming. . .assuming that's where you live. His starting point was Green River, by the way. As for your Susie. . .and her age. . .I lost "Grandma," as I called my dear, darling Pumpkin the Pensive a couple of years ago, and she was going on a healthy 22 years of youth. It's funny, but miss her today as though she just left yesterday. It's difficult to get over losing a good friend, whether pet or human. And, yes, DV is a peerless place and I have heard similar comments (such as yours) from others who came to realize this huge valley setting is truly special. Anyway, you just reminded me: click on Dawn Chorus, her diary, and that always makes my day, as well. Hope to see you on today's tour and the rest of the saga of Major Powell. Next Saturday I will also post another national park tour, this time to the stunning and rugged beauty of Capitol Reef and the Waterpocket Fold country. Something tells me you and others don't want to miss being on that tour.

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

    by richholtzin on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 12:29:26 PM PST

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    •  Wyoming (4+ / 0-)

      Yes, I live 52 miles from Yellowstone. The local CoC is terrified that the sequester will shut down Yellowstone because tourism is the lifeblood of this town. The town nearest us is Powell, I believe named for John Wesley Powell. I will join you later today on your diary and will wait anxiously for the Capitol Reef (we hope to go there this Spring) and Waterpocket Fold (? never hear of that one) tour next week.

      •  I know right where you are. . . (3+ / 0-)
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        wynative. Used to fly in that neck of the woods (for an airlines many, many years ago). . .all the garden spots, including Miles City (not a garden), Duluth (colder than a you know what), and Casper (now there's a wiff of air that doesn't go down too easy . . .the chemical/oil smells). Anyway, I am going to relate in this 9-part series the entire 1869 intrigue, which, as you may or may not know, Major Powell had telescoped his epic tome, meaning he included both expeditions, yet the readers in his time, and for some many years after, never knew there were two different trips. As for closing down the 'Yellow,' no way; it's not going to happen. This lame Congress and the Pres. has got to come to their senses and stop mucking around with what's really important and least important (i.e., their excessive salaries, wonton spending for stuff we no longer need to spend money on), and on. I'm hurrying to put the final touches on today's Powell diary. P. S. You are going to go nuts (in a good way) when you see the Waterpocket Fold country! Guaranteed!

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

        by richholtzin on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 01:29:23 PM PST

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