Yosemite

Yosemite ~ Part Three ~ Tuolumne Grove

Well there is no doubt that if you have followed me for a while you know that I am a bit of a Star Wars geek.  Without a doubt, this story about Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park, will drive that home for you.  Now I am not one tot collect action figures, legos, or do cosplay.  Even though I know and love those that do.  I think I find joy in the Star Wars of real life and those sorts of comparisons.   The whole master and

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite ~ Part Two ~ Inspirationville

So, as stated in part one of this series, Yosemite for me was all about channeling inspiration.  I tried to do this at every location we visited.  I would try to imagine what it was like to hike to the spots that we drove to, even the ones that we hiked to after we drove to the trail-head.  The days it must have taken to get to where we can get to now in just a few hours.  The payoff must have been

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part II

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part II

Leaving the White Sands National Monument and Missile Range in our dust, Murray and I headed off for the nights stay in Hobbs, NM.  On our way out we took our chances at the edge of the range and pulled over to grab this shot…

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Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part I

Joshua Tree Pilgrimage Part I

Let The Adventure Begin ~ New York to Harrisonburg, VA

I have been an Master/Mentor in The Arcanum for roughly 12 months now. Many of my apprentices have graduated from my cohort and moved on. While they are looking forward to leveling up with other masters and sphere’s, they will always have a place in my community. Late in 2014, one of those apprentices, Lisa Speakman suggested that she would like to do a meet-up in Joshua Tree National Park with some of the other apprentices on the West Coast. After much thought and consideration, I decided that I was overdue for another road trip out west and

Zion

Going West 2012 ~ Part Three : A Day, and Night in Zion

First thing I want to say is that Zion was one of my favorite spots on this last trip out west. There is a reason this place is often thought of as nature’s cathedral. You truly feel as though you have died and gone to heaven while there. Every vista is majestic and spiritually uplifting. Anyone who knows me knows that I am of agnostic belief. I believe there is a god, but I do not believe that a book, or any one religion can explain it. That is all I want to say about that. I will say

Acadia: A Different Kind of National Park

Acadia: A Different Kind of National Park

I have to admit, after touring the west in 2010 and being completely overwhelmed with the vastness and beauty of it all, the thought of touring Maine seemed a bit, anti-climactic. Truth is, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Park History and Features

Acadia National Park is a National Park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert